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Call for Speakers – PLM Road Map & PDT 2021

DISRUPTION—the PLM Professionals’ Exploration of Emerging Technologies that Will Reshape the PLM Value Equation 

PLM is increasing in scope and value with the emergence and application of new technologies and processes. With the expansion of digitalization across the whole life cycle, endless opportunities open up to innovate and work more efficiently, inside the enterprise and across the value chain of suppliers, partners, and users. Emerging disruptive technologies that expand the promise of the Digital Thread and the Digital Twin are going through the obligatory hype cycle. Some will make it into the mainstream, and others will be lost and forgotten. The ones that make it are true disruptors, capable of changing and redefining industries. Digital is everywhere these days, and its’ limits are hard to see.

PLM Road Map & PDT 2021 will examine emerging disruptive technologies such as SaaS, cloud, hybrid, low-code/no-code integration platforms, model-based engineering, additive manufacturing, virtual reality/augmented reality, IoT, blockchain, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. The value they promise to deliver and why they may be disruptive will be considered. No discussion on emerging disruptive technologies would be complete without looking at the standards needed to ensure openness and interoperability. Additionally, we will share some examples of applying these technologies in industries such as aerospace & defence, automotive, AEC, high-tech, and medical devices. In the tradition of providing an event tailored to PLM Professionals’ interests, we have crafted an agenda that offers a mix of presentation topics related to the conference theme.

Possible presentation topics could answer the following questions:

  • How do we select technologies, define processes, and train people to realize the potential value when whole industries are digitalized?
  • How do we establish a balance between efforts in strategy, innovation, standards, openness, growth hacking, and DevOps?
  • What is the role of the PLM Professional across the PLM ecosystem?
  • How fast can we go without losing the “M” in PLM?

We look forward to receiving your abstract on emerging disruptive technologies.

Key dates:

February 4Call for speakers/abstracts open for Spring 2021
February 16Abstracts due
May 19-20Virtual-live event (over two half days)
May 15Call for speakers/abstracts open for Fall 2021
May 31Abstracts due
November 17-18Conference – Sweden


Submit your abstract (100 – 200 words) and proposed presentation topic, along with a proposed presentation title to Please indicate the event you would like to speak at, it could be both.


Visit CIMdata’s website or email either – Cheryl Peck at; or Håkan Kårdén at

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