SunPower’s Pascal Rassinoux to Keynote CIMdata PLM Road Map

CIMdata_logoANN ARBOR, MI, May 12, 2015 – CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces that SunPower’s senior operations program manager, Pascal Rassinoux, will make a keynote presentation at PLM Road Map for the High Tech Electronics (HTE) Community. The event will take place on June 16th at the Biltmore Hotel & Suites in Santa Clara, California.

In his presentation, “How SunPower Deployed PLM Globally: Adopting PLM the Lean Way,” Pascal Rassinoux will share how his team responded to a challenge from SunPower’s leadership to find a way to get the benefits of a traditional PLM implementation only faster and better.

Six years ago SunPower had a number of challenges in new product introduction. In particular, each product team had its own distinct process and system for managing configurations and changes, making cross-functional collaboration difficult. At the same time SunPower was gearing up for its biggest challenge to date: construction of the California Solar Valley Ranch project.

In response attempts were made to launch a comprehensive, global PLM program in a traditional way, requiring consultants, IT professionals, a six-figure budget, and new hires to sustain the new tools. The plan failed to get funded. However, the need for a PLM solution did not go away.

This keynote presentation will chronicle how the SunPower team overcame these constraints by adopting a lean methodology, with a pragmatic, cloud-based approach to deploying PLM. That new approach successfully reinvigorated the PLM program back to the original, enterprise scope at a fraction of the cost.

As SunPower’s senior operations program manager, Pascal Rassinoux has implemented PLM solutions across multiple groups in over nine countries, growing the user base from 20 to 40,000. He currently heads a team that is responsible for configuration management processes as they continue to extend PLM adoption throughout the enterprise.

PLM Road Map for the HTE Community is the must-attend event for HTE industry executives and PLM practitioners globally – providing independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the HTE industry germinate and take root. The theme for this event is “Innovating in a Nanosecond World: How PLM Makes Innovation and Collaboration for the HTE Industry Repeatable, Sustainable, and Scalable.”

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