What makes me or the person I am nominating qualified for this position?
I have been a user of Siemens PLM products for 25 years starting with my first training course on UGII V4 in January 1987. I spent 15 years working with, managing and training people in the use of the Unigraphics / NX CAD system in design, drafting and CAM / NC Programming in NX. Over the past 10 years, I have been heavily involved in Teamcenter with responsibility for business process mapping, configuration, deployment and user training.
I bring a balanced and knowledgeable perspective to the use of Siemens PLM products – as a user, a systems administrator, a solution architect, a programmer, a business analyst and a trainer. This is a unique perspective to understand what it takes to sell the benefits of the technology and solutions to management, implement the solution and drive user adoption to realize the proposed value.
I have experience with User groups as a board member, chair, speaker and a regular attendee at user group conferences. I have attended the PLM World conference over 10 times along with several other PLM, IT and industry conferences.
I have been an active and positive advocate for improving Siemens PLM products. I strive for my teams to work with Siemens technical support and development in a positive spirit as evidenced by the hundreds of IR’s we have submitted to GTAC. A great deal of these have been converted to ER’s and PR’s. We accept that no software is perfect and continuous improvement is an ongoing initiative where it is vital that users provide their feedback and report opportunities for improvement. The user groups have a direct role to play to work with Siemens in improving the user experience and functionality for the entire user community.
Why I want to run for this position or see the person I am nominating run for this position.
I am a strong believer in the concept of user groups. PLM World is a group run by the users and for the users. It is vital that people with experience, passion and leadership are prepared to get involved and elevate their participation.
I feel the time is right for me to give back to this user group. I have gained a lot and taken a lot out of PLM World over the years. While I have presented in the past and will continue to submit my abstracts in the future, I want to do more. I want to help ensure that PLM World has a diverse representation of people on the board who cover a diverse range of industries and who use the broad range of Siemens PLM products.
I feel strongly that PLM World needs to continue to gather the feedback from the users and keep in touch with the challenges faced by their businesses. It is vital that the board members ensure that Siemens PLM receives feedback from the User Community to help drive innovation, robustness and continuous improvement in their software.
What would plan to accomplish or implement for improvement if elected to this position?
I would like to see more opportunities for users to interact with the Users Group. Many users of Siemens PLM products are simply not able to attend the annual conference which is where the regional users groups have a huge role to play.
There are thousands of users out there who could benefit from an active and vibrant RUG in their region. I plan on being actively involved in my local RUG and reaching out to RUG’s across the world to share ideas on how we can reach a wider audience and expose people and companies to opportunities to share, network and learn from each other how Siemens PLM products can and are being used.
Additionally, I will of course be a vocal and active member of the PLM World board to bring passion, energy and fresh ideas to ensure the voice of the user is heard loud and clear.
With that being said, here are four items that I would like to accomplish in my tenure:
1. Increase the number of active, vibrant communities – It is imperative that we build from the grassroots up and develop strong RUGs to cast a wider net
2. Develop specialized topic communities – With a broad net, we can focus on key topics and build best practices or disseminate knowledge that is beneficial for all through online collaboration. Those topics would be focused on key business drivers such as change management, design automation, product quality, component re-use, cost management etc.
3. Put the “world” in PLM World – In today’s global market, we need to foster global relationships by expanding the reach and vision of PLM World to include the global user base.
4. Improve facilitated collaboration at key events – Provide opportunities for companies and people with similar interests to network and collaborate. I have seen this model implemented at other conferences and have been impressed with the additional value this brings to the event.
Is there anything else about yourself or the person you are nominating that you would like us to know?
In addition to my experience in multiple roles using multiple Siemens PLM products, I have also worked in multiple sectors of the manufacturing industry over the course of my 25 year Automotive career. I have worked at OEM’s, Tier 1 suppliers, contract design houses and toolmakers.
My experience living and working in 5 countries across North America, Europe and Australasia combined with leading a global team and deploying Siemens PLM products across 30 countries has given me a deep appreciation for the complexities of operating in a global environment. Siemens PLM users are present in every corner of the world and we need to look for and embrace every opportunity to connect with them and enable them to participate in our users group, PLM World.
I embrace opportunities to work with others in our industry. I have a strong history of benchmarking, networking and sharing information with my peers in the PLM World. I have hosted and participated in numerous reference visits with companies large and small; existing Siemens PLM Software customers as well as new prospects. The sharing and dialogue always provides new insights for improvement.
If I am graced with the trust of the user base and receive your votes to join the board, I commit to you that I will work hard to ensure we continue to have an effective and energetic PLM World organization.