Good news today as IBM Canada Ltd. announces the creation of a major international Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Centre of Excellence in Montr?al – with Bombardier Aerospace as its first customer. The creation of this centre of excellence will enable Canadian manufacturers to participate in large projects by providing them with sophisticated PLM expertise and solutions. The product lifecycle management solution, tailored for aerospace and defense, strategically employs industry-established best practices, integrated business processes and concurrent collaborative solutions to increase profitability.
The new centre will support manufacturing companies of all sizes throughout their product development processes, from design to maintenance – a discipline known as Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). This centre, the latest in IBM’s international network of PLM centres, has a global mission with a North-American focus spanning a broad range of industries including aerospace, automotive, industrial, oil and gas, chemicals and electronics.
Denis Desbien, vice president of IBM Quebec said, “We are strengthening Montr?al’s strategic position as a technology hub, and we are helping to further strengthen the Canadian and more specifically, the Qu?bec aerospace sector.”
For the duration of the five-year contract with Bombardier Aerospace, IBM will manage Bombardier’s current portfolio of PLM applications and implement new ones to support upcoming business requirements. Approximately 40 Bombardier employees will join IBM’s PLM Centre of Excellence in the coming weeks. The centre will create jobs for more than 200 highly skilled professionals. The PLM Centre can offer state-of-the-art expertise to help small and mid-sized companies reduce manufacturing costs and improve time to market.”
PLM – yet another acronym to learn, perhaps fittingly from a company whose name is an acronym. Who now remembers that IBM stands for International Business Machines and originally used to sell equipment to handle punched cards. Remember when one of their key slogans was Think. Oh those were simpler days.
Do a search on the IBM Canada website now and that word only turns up in ThinkPad or ThinkCentre. Not to worry, I’m sure there’s still a huge amount of basic thinking still taking place in these Centres of Excellence.