For 35 years, CIMdata has been working in the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) industry. Our consulting services and research expertise are known around the world for their best-practice-based content. CIMdata has leveraged its first-hand, working knowledge and experience to create the CIMdata PLM Certificate Program—the PLM industry’s most comprehensive non-biased education and training offering for today’s PLM professionals.

CIMdata's PLM Certificate Programs are assessment-based and are delivered through a series of education and training sessions that have been designed to ensure that those involved in a PLM project have a strong understanding of PLM concepts and industry best-practices.

Earn Your PLM Leadership Certificate with CIMdata's PLM Certificate Program for Industrial Users, PLM Software, and PLM Services Providers

Get the knowledge YOU need to improve YOUR PLM projects with proven PLM education focused on YOU!

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What does the CIMdata PLM Certificate Program Cover?

  • Introduction to PLM - Key Concepts & Learnings
  • PLM Benefits & Potential Value
  • PLM Strategy & Solution Definition
  • PLM Solution Evaluation & Selection
  • PLM Implementation, Monitoring & Continuous Improvement
  • PLM Process Development & Testing
  • Integrating PLM within the Enterprise
  • Expanding PLM Across the Value Chain
  • The Role of Configuration Management in PLM

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Why should YOU choose the CIMdata PLM Certificate Program for YOUR PLM Education?

The CIMdata PLM Certificate Program does not focus on specific solutions offered by PLM solution providers

Programs are taught by CIMdata's own PLM industry recognized experts

Facilitators have taught dozens of classes

With 35 years experience in the PLM industry, PLM is CIMdata's business

CIMdata's PLM Certificate Programs are tailored to the experiences of our participants

CIMdata provides PLM education focused on YOU

At CIMdata we see PLM education as a relationship so after the program is complete you will be invited to become a member of CIMdata's global PLM Leadership community


Who Should Attend?

  • Those involved in a strategic PLM initiative
  • PLM Project Team Members
  • PLM Software & Service Providers
  • PLM Systems Integrators
  • Systems Integrators
  • Functional Directors
  • Mid-Level Business Managers
  • Program Champions & Sponsors
  • Business Subject Matter Experts
  • Project Leaders
  • IT Professionals
  • IT Managers


Your PLM Education is Important. Choose CIMdata's unbiased PLM Certificate Program to guide you along the way.



Peter A. Bilello

Peter Bilello, President of the strategic management consulting and research firm CIMdata—an internationally recognized authority on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)—has more than 30 years of experience in the development of business-enabling information technology (IT) solutions for research, engineering, and manufacturing organizations worldwide. He has held positions in PLM analysis, selection, implementation, and training; CAD/CAM/CAE/CIM implementation and management; synchronous and lean manufacturing consulting; software engineering; and general data management strategy development and support. He has authored numerous papers and research reports on PLM and related topics, and his articles, commentaries, and perspectives have appeared in publications throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

As part of his continuing work in PLM, Mr. Bilello provides in-depth technical analysis, strategic and tactical business planning, market and channel development, and training services to a range of IT, PLM, CAD/CAM, and ERP solution providers, systems integrators, and resellers. Mr. Bilello also provides in-depth technical and business requirements development and assessment; system selection, education, training, and implementation planning; and quality assurance services, to a range of international companies in many discrete and process manufacturing industries, such as automotive (e.g., GM, Tata Motors, Nissan, and Visteon), aerospace (e.g., Boeing, Airbus, and Embraer), defense (e.g., BAE, General Dynamics, and Rafael), heavy equipment (e.g., JCB, JLG, KONE, and Wärtsilä), high-tech electronics (e.g., AMD, Apple, Bang & Olufsen, Bose, HP, and Shure), consumer packaged goods/consumer products (e.g., Coca-Cola, DFA, GMCR, ITG, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, and P&G), telecommunications (e.g., 3COM, Huawei, and Tellabs), medical devices (e.g., BD, Alcon, and Ethicon), utilities/infrastructure (e.g., EDF and PBMR), pharmaceutical (e.g., Alcon and Abbott), petrochemical (e.g., DOW), retail and apparel (e.g., Reebok and David Yurman), and a number of national research institutes (MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia).

Mr. Bilello has been directly involved with consulting on the selection, integration, and implementation of large-scale PLM solutions. He has spoken on many different PLM-related topics in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Prior to joining CIMdata, Mr. Bilello worked for Delphi, where he was responsible, among other things, for the development of Delphi’s Enterprise Data Management Strategy and Enterprise Information Architecture, which was developed to integrate IT with business processes. Mr. Bilello was also responsible for the deployment and management of CAD/CAM/CAE systems and services for a $5 billion unit of Delphi. While at Delphi, Mr. Bilello worked extensively in component/supplier management software development, manufacturing systems engineering, and shop floor and synchronous/lean manufacturing support.

Mr. Bilello also worked for General Motors (GM), where he was responsible for the development and support of systems that ran within GM’s “factory of the future” manufacturing research facility. Before joining GM, Mr. Bilello held various research positions including research assistant at the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory (a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory), and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. At SUNY Stony Brook Mr. Bilello supported various research contracts that were funded by the U.S. Department of the Army, DARPA, NATO, and other international agencies.

Mr. Bilello holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Physics from the California State University, Fullerton, and a Master of Science in Engineering degree, in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, from The University of Michigan.


John MacKrell

John MacKrell, Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of CIMdata—an internationally recognized authority on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)—has over 40 years of experience in the application of computer-based solutions to engineering and manufacturing, with more than 20 years at CIMdata. He has held senior positions in product management, marketing, research and development, and consulting, with companies that produce CAD/CAM/CIM, solid modeling, computer-aided systems engineering (CASE), and machine vision systems and services.

Mr. MacKrell’s experience includes marketing management, product management, market analysis, and basic research in solid modeling techniques; developing solid modeling solutions; developing data management systems, user interfaces, and software design and implementation.

Mr. MacKrell’s consulting activities include PLM education; requirements specifications for PLM solutions; the application and reuse of best practices in product development environments; strategies for collaboration and sharing data and knowledge throughout extended and distributed enterprises; PLM ROI, benefits analysis, case studies, and lessons learned; metrics definition; and developing end-user plans for the acquisition and implementation of PLM technologies—including PDM, data visualization, collaboration, CAD, and digital manufacturing. His PLM consulting experience crosses industry boundaries to include PLM use, in process, chemical, food and beverage, CPG, and mixed process and discrete situations, as well as in discrete manufacturing.

Mr. MacKrell’s consulting for PLM solution providers includes technical and market education, strategic planning, technical and competitive product analyses, and white paper development. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, trade shows, and seminars throughout the world.

Mr. MacKrell is co-author of many editions of the PDM Buyer’s Guide, author of the MCAD Buyer’s Guide, author of the PDM Business Appraisal Guide, co-author of STEP: Towards Open Systems, and author of a number of other books and articles related to PLM.

Mr. MacKrell received a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture from the University of Michigan, and has studied computer science in the graduate program at the University of Maryland.