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CIMdata Provides Strategic Consulting for Embraer's Enterprise PLM Program

ANN ARBOR -- CIMdata Inc., the Ann Arbor-based PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, Thursday announced its strategic role in Embraer's next generation PLM initiative.

Embraer, the world's largest manufacturer of commercial jets less than 120 seats in size, first engaged CIMdata in 2011 to provide strategic advice and counsel during the strategy development and PLM solution provider selection phases of its enterprise PLM program.

Embraer's PLM program team was responsible for gathering and harmonizing the global organization's requirements, setting the vision, and selecting the solution provider for its future PLM environment.

"CIMdata's wealth of PLM expertise, global perspective and independence were invaluable to our program," said Fernando Ranieri, Embraer's vice president of strategy for engineering and technology. "CIMdata provided us with critical insight and expertise that accelerated our program definition. We look forward to working with CIMdata and will rely on their contribution during the implementation of our new PLM environment."

During this part of the Embraer's PLM initiative, CIMdata senior consultants employed their extensive methodology and associated tools while working with Embraer's PLM core team and sponsoring executives in a highly collaborative manner to define the company's enterprise PLM program and strategy for its success.

Alexandre Baulé, Embraer CIO, said: "Embraer has greatly benefited from CIMdata consultants' expertise and PLM consulting methodology. We have been impressed with CIMdata's best practice-based approach as well as the organization's ability to adjust to Embraer's business climate and culture. CIMdata is an invaluable member of our PLM program and we count on them in the months and years to come for the program's successful implementation."

Added CIMdata president Peter Bilello: "It has been a pleasure to work with Embraer over the last year and a half. CIMdata has been impressed with Embraer's strategic view of PLM and how it can transform the company. Embraer's culture of innovation, collaboration, and individual commitment supported by knowledgeable and engaged executive sponsors has provided the basis for a PLM initiative that is an excellent example of how a large-scale PLM program should be executed. CIMdata looks forward to providing additional strategic consulting support to Embraer's PLM program during solution implementation."

The involvement of CIMdata in this strategic initiative for one of the world's largest aircraft manufacturers further validates CIMdata's PLM consulting methodology and its position as the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm.

Embraer S.A. is based in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States. Founded in 1969, the company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. For more information, please visit

CIMdata, an independent worldwide firm, provides strategic management consulting to maximize an enterprise's ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of product lifecycle management -- the catchall term for computer-aided design, engineering and manufacturing and related services. Since its founding in 1983, CIMdata has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods in PLM.

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