Full house at Technia PLM Innovation Forum 2009
September 23, 2009 | Technia News
Despite the turmoil in world economy Technia’s PLM Innovation Forum attracted about 300 participants and 25 percent more customers than last year, to share and gain knowledge of PLM. The theme of this year’s event was “Gaining market share with PLM in tough times”. Technia sees it as an indication of the importance in Product Lifecycle Management investments in these tough times. Improved operational efficiency has never been as important as in 2009 and 2010, as well as the ability to reduce time to market and meet or exceed customer expectations of quality and functionality. This becomes even more important in a chaotic world; meeting specified requirements in deliveries to fulfill delivery acceptance enables a better cash flow. And PLM is a key to reach these goals.
Technia’s new CEO Ylva Berg opened the forum and presented Technia’s new vision and organization. “Our customers shall be able to expect world class performance in all aspects of our company, from sales to project delivery, go live phase and application maintenance”, Ylva Berg said.
This year’s event consisted of a number of tracks covering PLM for different industries; Life Sciences, Apparel/Retail & Consumer Goods, Hightech & Electronics and Industrial & Automotive. In addition to this the Innovation forum hosted round table meetings for the Construction industry. One outstanding comment from many of the participants was the benefit of learning from other industries how their critical business issues had been solved with a PLM strategy. The evening proved this with many discussions between the delegates.
A number of customers pointed out the importance of PLM in their operations. For example Staffan Lundgren at Sony Ericsson pointed out PLM as an enabler to gain market share. Furthermore, Christer Hidesjö at ESAB spoke about PLM as a critical solution for sustainable development at ESAB, and Viktoria Norén at Haglöfs pointed out PLM as critical to enable and manage growth.
The internationalization of our business
10 percent of the participants were from outside the Nordics and some of the speakers, such as Lexmark’s Luke Mentzer, and Tim Smith from REI, travelled from abroad to take part in this event. Our new strategic partner Integware was represented by their CEO, Chris Key. This strategic partnership will further enhance our position as a key provider of Product Lifecycle Management solutions in the Life Sciences Industry and is in line with Technias international expansion plans.
Our sponsors, Dassault Systèmes, Microsoft and Tacton, have in a prominent way supported this event. One of the main speakers of the day was Dassualt Systèmes CEO Bernard Charles who delivered his visions and thoughts of the future of PLM in an inspiring and captivating way.
Technia moving forward.
With 200 employees with more industry specific expertise our delivery capacity and skill sets are unmatched, consequently we can serve our customers broader and more efficiently than before. We have always strived, and in many ways achieved, to make this event the most important arena for sharing of knowledge between PLM professionals.
“Next year we will make the event even better and we believe it is vital that it continues to be an event for all levels of PLM professionals. I welcome your comments on how we can improve for 2010, just send an email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +46 733 77 67. Finally I would like to thank you all participants who made this a great event!” summarizes Ylva Berg.