I had the privilege of presenting a summary of ATK’s PLM efforts at an Aerospace/Space industry focused PLM/CAx conference in Moscow, Russia on September 25, 2012. The conference gathered 67 representatives from 21 companies who were primarily suppliers/partners to Roscosmos (Russian Federal Space Agency). A .pdf copy of my presentation has been included with this blog post for review (click here to download).
I previously lived in Russia for a few years (1997-1999) so it was great to brush up on my Russian language and be immersed in their rich culture; I even broke away for a few hours and caught the subway to see the Kremlin (see photo).
Great interest was expressed to me in expanding the user dialog and exchange at a meaningful granular/technical level. PLM World Communities (http://www.plmworld.org/p/cm/ld/fid=35) were touted by conference attendees as the best exchange mechanism to come together on areas of common interest to exchange and share best practices and lessons learned across the worldwide user community.
As with any conference the best takeaways were from the conversations between sessions around how to optimally solve common issues. I was asked many questions about various approaches to deploying PLM/CAx and in the process of addressing and discussing these questions both parties learned and improved.
Even half way around the world from my day job the same issues of how to deliver products faster, better, and cheaper universally held as a common interest. PLM is clearly a solution with universal applicability and one which we can apply more effectively and help drive maturation forward when we exchange lessons learned in a mutually beneficial manner.