PTC Appoints Kathleen Mitford as Chief Strategy Officer

BOSTON, MA, Jan 17, 2020 – PTC announced that Kathleen Mitford has been appointed to be the company’s chief strategy officer. In this role, Kathleen will oversee key functions including PTC’s strategy, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), strategic alliances, corporate marketing, and academic groups.

Kathleen Mitford (Image source: PTC website)

“Kathleen possesses outstanding vision, clarity of thought, and a talent for getting things done,” said Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC. “Her decade-plus years of experience at PTC, many successes across the company, and valuable contributions made as a member of our executive leadership team make her the ideal person to lead PTC’s strategy. I look forward to continuing our close collaboration.”

Kathleen takes the helm of PTC’s strategy organization after her successful tenure as executive vice president, products, during which time PTC and its innovative technologies were consistently recognized with leadership positions in such areas as the industrial internet of thingscomputer-aided design, and product lifecycle management. As EVP, products, Kathleen led an international team comprised of several thousand software developers, with major R&D hubs in the United States, Israel, and India.

“PTC has made great strides and has enjoyed significant market success, and I look forward to helping us pursue even higher levels of growth,” said Kathleen. “During the early days of my career at PTC, I helped create our strategy organization and now look forward to leading our next phase of development.”

Kathleen received numerous awards in her previous role, most recently being recognized with the 2019 Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council’s Tech Excellence Leadership Award. In addition to serving on the board of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, Kathleen participates in a variety of panels, lending her knowledge and expertise to future innovators. She is also a passionate champion of inclusion and diversity as well as causes dedicated to accelerating women in technology.

Kathleen’s appointment follows the retirement of former chief strategy officer, Barry Cohen, Ph.D.

About PTC

PTC unleashes industrial innovation with award-winning, market-proven solutions that enable companies to differentiate their products and services, improve operational excellence, and increase workforce productivity. With PTC, and its partner ecosystem, manufacturers can capitalize on the promise of today’s new technology to drive digital transformation.

For more information, visit PTC.com.

Maplesoft Releases MapleMBSE 2020

WATERLOO, Canada, Jan 17, 2020 – Maplesoft announced a new release of MapleMBSE, the software that enables companies to employ a Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) process within their design projects without requiring every stakeholder on the project to be an expert in complex MBSE tools. The latest release, MapleMBSE 2020, offers improved workflow for creating and documenting models.

MapleMBSE provides a streamlined, Excel-based interface to the systems model with task-specific views for editing the model directly, thereby ensuring consistent information and knowledge sharing across the design group. The familiar Excel interface enables subject matter experts to obtain and analyze the information they need to make decisions, and to feed the results back into the model. By eliminating the need to funnel everything through a small number of systems engineering tool experts, MapleMBSE democratizes the engineering process and significantly reduces the overhead, time, and errors that typically come with using a standard systems engineering tool. The new release provides more flexibility in working with the model, including the ability to view and edit previous revisions of the model easily to support experimentation and “what if” scenarios, to revert changes and return to a previous state, and to create, view, and modify documentation for model elements for improved transparency and traceablity. In addition, improved performance means the time to load a MapleMBSE model has been significantly reduced.

“Most project stakeholders aren’t trained to use complex MBSE tools, nor should they have to be. In the past, true stakeholder involvement has been very difficult to achieve, and yet it is vital to the success of the project and the organization. With MapleMBSE, it is easy for all stakeholders to contribute to the systems engineering process,” says Paul Goossens, vice president of MBSE Solutions at Maplesoft. “This new release further improves the workflow to support efficient and effective model development and communication.”

In addition to connectivity with Teamwork Cloud from No Magic, which allows customers to seamlessly access models created in a number of different tools, including MapleMBSE, MagicDraw, and Cameo Systems Modeler, the new release also has ability to integrate MapleMBSE with the latest release of IBM Rational Rhapsody, as well as other SysML-based tools.

MapleMBSE customers include Nissan, Honda, NASA JPL, Sandia Laboratories, and Lockheed-Martin Space Systems.

For more information, visit MapleMBSE.

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft has provided mathematics-based software solutions to educators, engineers, and researchers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for over 30 years. Maplesoft’s flagship product, Maple, combines the world’s most powerful mathematics engine with an interface that makes it extremely easy to analyze, explore, visualize, and solve mathematical problems. Building on this technology, the product line includes solutions for education and researchsystem simulationcalculation management, and systems engineering. In 2018, Maplesoft spun off its online education product line into a separate corporation, DigitalEd.

Maplesoft products provide modern, innovative solutions to meet today’s technical challenges, from exploring math concepts on a smartphone to reducing development risk in complex engineering design projects. Maplesoft products and services are used by more than 8000 educational institutions, research labs, and companies, in over 90 countries.

Maplesoft is a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Group. For further details, please visit www.maplesoft.com.