27th Annual CMII/IPE Symposium and Training

Configuration Management Training

Configuration Management Training

Theme: Enterprise Configuration Management and Integrated Process Excellence
Date: September 22-23, 2014

Florida Hotel and Conference Center
1500 Sand Lake Road
Orlando, Florida 32809
Phone: 800-588-4656
Room Rates:
$109.00 + $14.75 tax and $9.00 resort fee
Group Code: 140920INST



Special Attraction and Focus

The focus of this year's event is on large organizations with multiple divisions who are striving to standardize their CM processes and enabling PLM/PDM software tools. The majority are already using the CMII/IPE model as their guide with an ultimate objective to achieve integrated process excellence.

A majority of the speakers are from large organizations that share this common objective. Many will be represented by two or more members of their planning and implementation team. The usual list of PLM/PDM tool exhibitors is being expanded to include several who have not been certified to be CMII compliant but nevertheless have outstanding potential.

Call for Speakers

If you have an Enterprise Configuration Management or Integrated Process Excellence experience to share please contact us at info@icmhq.com to apply for a speaking slot.

View a Special Invitation for Organizations with Multiple Divisions

Additional Courses

Additional CMII/IPE Courses are offered following the symposium. These courses give you the opportunity to earn your Advanced (CMIIA) or Professional (CMIIP) certification or take a three day refresher course (for CMII grads). Take advantage of a discounted registration fee by adding these courses.

Certification Course Course Title Dates
  CMII-07 How to Achieve Integrated Process Excellence Sep 24 - 25, 2014
CMIIA__ CMII-08 CMII and Integrated Process Automation Sep 26 - 27, 2014
CMIIP__ CMII-16 Laboratory for Hands-On CMII/IPE Training Sep 24 - 26, 2014
  CMII-09 Update and Refresher for CMII Grads Sep 24 - 26, 2014



Letter of Justification


Last Year's Speakers


Configuration Management Conference Emcee

Bill Deringer, RS Information Systems

Bill is Director of Weather Radar Systems at RS Information Systems. He is an attorney and systems engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the military and electronics industries. Bill is an active CM practitioner and holds the CMIIC certification. He has been the emcee for ICM's annual CMII conferences for the past several years.


Configuration Management Speaker

Scott Wilks, Delphi

Scott is the Corporate Change Leader in Delphi's Global Operations and has over 29 years of experience in the automotive industry. Scott earned his CMIIC certification in 2003 and his CMIIP professional certification 2009. Over the past 15 years, he has been a key player in the highly successful implementation of CMII throughout Delphi.

Accelerating your CMII/IPE Implementation
Delphi has been actively applying the CMII methodologies to products globally for over 15 years. Leveraging this experience, Delphi began applying the concepts to their business processes. Today, this expanded application is operational and in-line with many of the CMII's IPE-Integrated Process Excellence concepts. Our goal is to help you take advantage of what Delphi has learned and has to offer.


Configuration Management Speaker

Ross Krogh, American Medical Systems

Ross is the Group Vice President at American Medical Systems and a 29+ year veteran in the development, manufacture and service of sophisticated medical devices. He has held international leadership roles and responsibilities spanning Europe, Japan, China, Australia, India and Latin America.

Fast-Track CMII Implementation
How can an organization reduce the amount of time required to gain some of the business process improvement opportunities provided by the CMII model? How can you "jump start" the implementation process within your organization? What role should leadership play versus the role of the individual? Learn how one major medical device manufacturer answered these questions.

Configuration Management Speaker

Cheryl Anderson, Lockheed Martin

Cheryl is the Configuration Manager for the Missile Defense Agency's I&O Center. She holds the PMP, CMIIP and ITIL certifications and recently earned her doctoral degree in Organizational Development and Change.

The People Side of Configuration Management
We often find ourselves so wrapped up in CM and DM practices that we forget about the people who have to live with our processes. This can result in a lot of resistance which manifests itself in many ways, especially when we try to change or improve something. The discipline of organizational development (OD) has studied all kinds and causes for change and how people react. We would like to provide some examples on how to use OD to accomplish changes with less or no pain and more cooperation.

Configuration Management Speaker

Ryan Satterly, Altran

Ryan is a senior consultant in the life sciences division at Altran. He has a BS in Biomedical
Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management. He has expertise in R&D, Quality Engineering, Quality Control, Configuration Management and Manufacturing. He earned CMIIC certification in 2009.

CMII Impact on My Life and My Career
Rarely does a person come across something, particularly in their formative years, that has a positive life-changing impact. I was fortunate to be one of those few people. My exposure to ICM and the CMII Model was one of the most significant and influential events in my life. This presentation is the story of how my life and my career were changed by CMII.

Configuration Management Speaker

Susanne Lauda, AGCO

Susanne is AGCO's global project lead for manufacturing automation. AGCO manufactures agricultural equipment at sites around the world. She has identified the need for a harmonized global change process as they standardize on a new PLM tool. She has a degree in production engineering and holds the CMIIP professional certification.

Challenges of Implementing a Standardized Change Process in a Global Environment
What are the complexities that result from an organization that mainly grows through acquisitions and mergers? How does an organization compensate for the impact of multiple international time zones and language differences? What are the issues that need to be addressed when defining new "platform level" product configurations? Learn how a major international manufacturing company addressed these issues.

Configuration Management Speaker

Rob Lund AMS

Rob is the Director of Program Management at American Medical Systems. He has held several roles in the R&D and Operations organizations over the past 17 years. He had developed a variety of products for treating pelvic health conditions and holds over 20 U.S. patents. Rob holds the BSME degree and CMIIC certification.

Application of CMII in Decommissioning
What are the lessons yet to be learned by most organizations when it comes to decommissioning? Are there considerations that go beyond simply removing products from service? What other things beyond traditional end-of-life could drive the need for decommissioning activities? Learn the true complexity of decommissioning.

Configuration Management Speaker

Joseph S. Anderson, Rolls-Royce

Joe, PLM technical specialist for Rolls-Royce, spent 15 years of progressively responsible experience implementing CMII in a global automotive enterprise. His focus at Rolls-Royce remains the same — provide a robust, interoperable business process and PLM system that provides a modern and cutting edge user experience.

Integrated and Interoperable: People, Processes and Systems
Increase profitability by integrating legacy behaviours, processes and systems with an agile focus and a CMII backbone. Corporations striving for success must align the people, processes and technology with the business strategy and vision without sacrificing user experience.

Configuration Management Speaker

Anne Osborn, Otterbox

Anne is a Data Control Coordinator for Apple, LG and Samsung at Otterbox. With more than eight years in the service industry and two more in management, she still strives to deliver her best to her company's internal and external customers. She has a BA from the University of London and is close to completing CMII certification.

Configuration Management as a Path to Success
The time to market challenge is especially grueling for a retail company; and the processes of CMII can seem impossibly out of reach when that company has no CM department. However, through excellent organization, communication and leadership, target goals can be reached in less time and with less resources. Those seemingly fantastical goals have now been set as a golden standard to be aspired to with every project.

Peter Dreyer, CMII/IPE Australasia

Peter is setting up CMII/IPE Australasia with courses to begin in 2014. He has held a variety of positions in manufacturing companies over the past 30 years. CM has been a requirement in every discipline and an on-going challenge. Peter holds the BSME and MBA degrees and is PMP certified. He holds the CMIIB certification and will earn CMIIC on 10/26/2013.

CMII/IPE in Australia and New Zealand
This presentation will describe the challenges and potential for CMII/IPE in Australia and New Zealand. Using anecdotes and examples, Peter will show his aptitude and passion for configuration management and process development. He will also describe the approach he is taking to the CMII/IPE Australasia startup.

Configuration Management Speaker

Carmen Gillenwaters, Sedasys

Carmen has over 20 years of experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry and is currently Manager of Quality Systems for Sedasys. She has worked in quality, manufacturing and development positions throughout her career. Carmen has a BS in Mechanical Design Engineering and holds CMIIC certification.

CMII — Beyond the Physical Item Hierarchy
Have you ever wondered if there are other ways to structure your information in addition to the physical item hierarchy? Sometimes it just does not answer all questions about how your data is related. This presentation explores the need for other structures beyond the physical item hierarchy and how CMII can be applied to them.

Configuration Management Speaker

Zoran Marinkovic Marshall Aerospace Canada

Zoran earned an engineering degree in 1988 and worked at aerospace firms in the former Yugoslavia, Toronto and Seattle until 2000. He went to Ballard Power Systems in Vancouver as a project engineer and then moved into CM. He earned his CMIIC in 2004 and CMIIA in 2006. He went to Marshall Aerospace Canada in 2006 and is now a fleet CM Manager.

Communication Challenges in Diversified M,R & O Environment
The CM team is the hub for communications and data exchange between industry organizations and government agencies working on the same M,R & O contract. Having clear, concise and valid requirements and communications is most challenging when each stakeholder is upgrading their ERP and/or PLM software and data repositories.

Configuration Management Speaker

Joe Graham, NWRL Inc.

Joe graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2004 with a BSEE. He had several deployments in the Bering Sea and South Pacific. He earned his MSEE in 2008. He continues to serve in the Coast Guard in various engineering and support assignments. Joe received CMIIC certification in 2006 and started NWRL, Inc. in 2009.

Workbook Approach as the Interface Between Personality and Process
While processes and plans are tools that can move an organization towards efficient and effective operations, they are only as good as the personalities that create and implement them. Personalities, however are subject to bias and other limitations. Workbooks are used to evaluate and challenge the weaknesses of personalities.

Congiguration Management Speaker

Lisa Fenwick, CMstat

Lisa is currently Vice President of Development at CMstat, where she has worked for the past 18 years. CMstat is a leading provider of COTS Configuration Management and Contract Deliverables Management software. Lisa has a degree in engineering from the University of Maryland and holds CMIIC certification.

Enterprise CM: Eating the Elephant One Bite at a Time
This presentation will explore the who, what, why, when and how of Enterprise Configuration Management, what steps should be taken to take CM to the Enterprise level and what is to be gained.

Configuration Management Speaker

Laurent Perkins, Bentley Systems

Laurent is a senior consultant for Bentley Systems. During his career, he has worked in the Nuclear Power Generation industry and in the field of configuration, documentation and information management. He uses his experience and advanced CMII training to apply best practice principles and methodologies to new projects as well as improve the data
integrity of aging assets in their operation and maintenance phase. Laurent holds the CMIIP (professional) certification.

My Current CM Implementation Project for a Nuclear Company
This presentation will share my experience at deploying a Configuration Management on a $8 billion project to build two new nuclear power plants in the U.S. It will describe the benefits of evolving from a document-centric to a data-centric strategy for managing engineering information as it moves through the design and construction phases.

Configuration Management Speaker

Ben Ronen, NTT Data
Ben is the Task Manager and Strategic Advisor for an IV&V team at NTT Data, Inc. He is a CM expert with over 14 years of experience in government contracts and process improvement. He is an active CM practitioner and holds CMIIC certification.

The Cost of CM Non-compliance
The return-on-investment (ROI) of implementing CM practices across an organization is a commonly calculated value. What is more difficult to calculate is the cost of not implementing a set of CM processes. Balancing these competing costs is required to make an informed decision. This presentation will describe how to accurately determine the cost to your organization of CM non-compliance.

Configuration Management Speaker

G Stephan Cowart, Boeing
Steve has 25 years of experience in the transportation industry and is currently a lead manufacturing engineer for Boeing in their Charleston, South Carolina 787 plant. He received the 2011 Boeing Special Invention Award for intellectual property related to CM software used to monitor the 787 configuration. He earned the CMIIP in 2012.

CM Challenge of the 787 Aft and Mid-Body Sections
The aft and mid-body fuselage sections are built and shipped to a final assembly plant in Everett, W A and a new final assembly plant in Charleston, SC. This presentation will describe the CM challenge from a manufacturing engineering perspective and in context of the increasing rate of production and two assembly plants.

Configuration Management Speaker

Marc Lind SVP, Global Marketing at Aras
Marc leads worldwide marketing at Aras, a leading provider of enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Previously, at Analog Devices he led a division-wide new product development reengineering project that addressed the growth in global outsourced operations and resulted in development cycle time improvements and cost reductions as well as ISO 9001 certification. Earlier in his career, Marc was a consultant with MEAC on the Toyota Production System and quality systems. Marc holds a BBA in Operations Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Secure Social in CMII Configuration Management
Social computing has proven powerful around the world, and as it enters the workplace it brings along a series of justified concerns about security. The ability to maintain need-to-know levels of access on critical information while achieving greater collaboration with social capabilities for improved communication and productivity is a real challenge. This session will explore the implications of social computing as it relates to CMII configuration & change management, how security can be enforced and what this trend will mean for the future of product development and systems engineering.

Configuration Management Speaker

Dr. Bob Paxton, National American University
Dr. Paxton is Campus President Distance Learning at National American University which is headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota. NAU became a co-sponsor of the CMII training and certification program in April, 2010. It was through the assistance of Dr. Paxton's staff that ICM was able to bring courses CMII-01 through -04 on-line.

CMII at National American University
Students may earn CMII certification through ICM. They may also turn those certifications into college credit. For credit CMII courses are offered by NAU at the undergraduate level. NAU also offers for credit CMII courses leading an MBA with an emphasis in operations and CMII management at the graduate level. This presentation will describe the various programs and the student options.


Previous Sponsors and Exhibitors

PSA: Product Lifecycle Management Software
PSA: Product Lifecycle Management Software