Collaboration Management Forum

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Hosted by: Chad Jackson, President & Founder, Lifecycle Insights Inc.

The Management Forum will cover topics of particular interest to executives managing processes and people for more effective global collaboration in product development and manufacturing. This year’s Management Forum will be hosted by Chad Jackson, a recognized authority on design and engineering in new product development, with over fifteen years of experience in the industry ( The following topics are currently planned for this year’s forum:

Presentation: The Challenges to Managing Today's Engineering Organization

Speaker: Chad Jackson, President and Founder of Lifecycle Insights

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How will the latest economic conditions affect your engineering organization? What is the generation gap in engineering? How is social computing relevant to engineering? If you're looking for a primer for the rest of the presentations and discussions in this track, then this is the session for you. It will provide an overview of the newest challenges, pressures and technologies related to today's engineering organization.

Panel Discussion: Getting the Most Out of Your Engineering Organization

Panelists: Kiho Sohn, Chief Knowledge Officer at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Robert Deragisch, Director Engineering Services at Parker Hannifin, Tom Crume, Sr. Mgr., Enterprise CAD/CAM Services, Boeing, and Nate Nalven, Director of Engineering Applications at Northrup Grumman

Has managing an engineering organization ever been more difficult? Most projects are understaffed and on shorter schedules. The generation differences from Baby Boomers to GenX and GenY are a source of friction. And product complexity is only rising. This panelist discussion will share best practices and approaches on how to get the most out of today's engineering organization.

Presentation: Mitigating the Risk in PLM Migration - A Tale of Transition

Speaker: Vijay Vasandani, Vice President & General Manager, NobleTek

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Many companies, often as a result of merger, acquisition, or consolidation, are forced into a situation where they must deal with multiple systems managing their product data. From an enterprise level IT perspective, there are obvious challenges to maintaining multiple PLM systems but migrating the enterprise to a single PLM system can also be a daunting task. An approach that stages PLM migration through federation during transition from a legacy system to a new system can help mitigate the risk of failure. The merits of this approach and when it can be used effectively will be discussed along with successful case studies to demonstrate the viability of the concept in real world scenarios.

Panel Discussion: Empowering Engineering Decision Making

Engineering Management Panelists: Rick Mihelic, Engineering Systems Manager at Peterbilt Motors Company, Robert Deragisch, Director Engineering Services at Parker Hannifin and Nate Nalven, Engineering Director at Northrup Grumman

Software Provider Panelists: Bob Merlo, Right Hemisphere, Bill Barnes, Lattice 3D, Doug Halliday, Trubiquity, Ed Martin, Autodesk and Ed Ladzinkski, Dassault Systemes

We all know the age old adage: early engineering decisions dramatically affect the cost, schedule and quality of the product downstream. So given that, how do you go enable your engineers to make the right decisions fast? This panel discussion will address that issue in the context of three challenges. First, product information is often scattered across many enterprise systems such as PLM, ERP, SCM and the like. Second, that product information is often not in the context of the product or part to which it applies. And third, engineers have lifecycle responsibilities that pull them far and wide across the company, undermining their ability to become experts in any software application or enterprise system.


About Chad Jackson

Chad Jackson is a recognized authority on design and engineering in new product development and introduction with over fifteen years of experience in the industry. As the President of Lifecycle Insights, Chad runs research studies to assist engineering staff, managers and executives to advance their professional careers as well as achieve organizational objectives by developing innovative products on-schedule and on-budget.

About Lifecycle Insights

Lifecycle Insights is an independent research and advisory firm that studies the most pressing issues affecting engineering professionals and organizations. The firm provides unique insight into not only how specific strategies and tactics will help an engineering organization achieve its goals, but also how those activities will personally affect the engineer, manager or executive. For more information, please visit:


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