Press release - May 28, 2019

CONTACT Open World 2019: from smart product to smart services

On June 26 and 27, 2019, the 9th CONTACT Software User Conference will take place in Munich. Under the motto "Energizing your digital business", international industry experts, practitioners and pioneers will highlight the potential of digital value creation in product development, production and service.

Digital transformation is the biggest growth driver for innovations and new markets. At CONTACT Open World 2019, leading experts from industry, science and the technology sector will discuss current trends and developments in digitization. The focus is on new and innovative ways for the interaction of people, machines and IT systems.

"The product development and service tasks grow together when it comes to smart products," says CONTACT CEO Karl Heinz Zachries. Digitalization drives the individualization of products and services. Companies are interested in how they can align their processes holistically to this. In his opening speech, Zachries looks at business development and presents CONTACT's strategies, roadmaps and current developments to support customers in facing these challenges.

The open technology platform CONTACT Elements with its flexibly combinable, coordinated software modules provides companies with the basis to optimize their added value along the entire product life cycle - from the development of smart products to improvements based on their operating data to the realization of IoT applications in conjunction with data analytics and artificial intelligence. CONTACT development manager Frank Patz-Brockmann presents in his lecture the most important innovations of CONTACT Elements for CIM Database PLM, Project Office, Elements for IoT as well as Workspaces and introduces the technology and product roadmap.

Peter Bilello, President of the leading PLM consulting and market research company CIMdata, will give a keynote on current developments in the industry and the challenges facing companies as they move towards future-proof business platforms: "Beyond PLM? The Future of PLM Platforms". David Gram, Partner at LEGO Ventures, explains in his presentation "Radical Innovation Through Intrapreneurship" why companies should be more willing to experiment with the development of future customer offerings together with partners and users.

At Open World, renowned users and partners will give an insight into their projects and the use of CONTACT's solutions. Harald Kurz, Manager Virtual Engineering at MANN+HUMMEL, will present how the company combines established methods in the product development process with new agile approaches under the title "Agile Project Management in Practice - Operational Excellence in Change". Dr. Martin Dräxler, Project Manager PLM at Weidmüller, explains how Weidmüller models the product lifecycle in CIM Database PLM and thus drastically accelerates the processing of customer orders. Matthias Tölle, Managing Director at MIXACO Maschinenbau, shows in his practical lecture the use of CONTACT Elements for IoT. In addition, Bosch, Mitsubishi, T-Systems, Eurotech, BearingPoint, the Eclipse Foundation and many others will shape the 2019 industry event.

Here you can find further information about the program and registration.


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