About Jim Zwica

Jim serves as a solutions architect and strategic product expert and voice of the customer for Vertex Software. He has extensive experience in product lifecycle management (PLM) and collaboration throughout the supply chain, giving him unique insight into customer needs. As a strategic expert, Jim:

  • Works with customers to identify use cases and workflow improvements using Vertex
  • Serves as a liaison between customers and the Vertex platform, providing recommendations for improvements and upgrades  

Jim’s experience with PLM began in the late ‘90s, and developed into a strong strategic and consultative approach. Throughout his roles with EAI, Siemens, and Caterpillar, Jim consulted with manufacturers on how to best leverage PLM, communicated technology recommendations from the customer back to executive leadership teams, and led development teams to create technology for virtual design reviews.

Articles by Jim Zwica
Digital Transformation

The Problem With Files in Manufacturing (And How to Solve It)

Sharing files from engineering to downstream teams opens the door for miscommunication, loss of feedback, orphaned data, and IP risk. Stop depending on files to share information. jim zwica file dependency engineering downstream teams neutral sharing files 3D visuals visualization plm CAD product data visualize
Industry 4.0

The Future of Manufacturing: True Alignment Between Silos

Digital transformation gives manufacturers a chance to align different silos as they consume and interact with a digital twin. future manufacturing downstream teams digital twin service team factory floor line worker data quality vertex software
Product Lifecycle Management

PLM’s Growth in 2018

Vertex Solutions Architect Jim Zwica recaps the CIMdata PLM Market and Industry Forum event, noting how manufacturers are taking advantage of advancements in PLM technology. plm CIMData market collaboration innovation ROI return on investment scale
Model-Based Enterprise, Product Lifecycle Management

Changing Mindsets and Behaviors

Kurt, John, and I all come from different backgrounds and levels of comfort with PLM. Despite our differences, we all had the same primary takeaway from the PLM Center meeting. purdue digital enterprise center product lifecycle management plm silos department downstream teams digitalization software
Product Lifecycle Management

Expand Your PLM Toolbox

PLM software is vital to the success of product development. But, I encourage my colleagues to think of PLM software as just one piece in a large puzzle. product lifecycle management plm software tool provider design development process ROI return on investment objectives metrics alignment
Industry 4.0, Product Lifecycle Management

3 Digital Themes in PLM

To ensure optimal collaboration and a strong product model, forward-thinking organizations rely on three digital approaches to improve 3D product workflows. product lifecycle management plm software model model-based enterprise MBE digital twin thread collaboration methods design
Industry 4.0

The First Step to Smart Manufacturing

One of the biggest trends in today’s manufacturing climate is how rapidly organizations are accumulating data. The question becomes, once companies have all this data - what now? product lifecycle management plm data smart manufacturing industry 4.0 best practices factory real-time
Industry 4.0, Product Lifecycle Management

The Limitations of PLM Software

Before organizations can fully take advantage of the PLM approach’s benefits, they must realize the limitations of today’s PLM software solutions. product lifecycle management plm software limitations challenges data compatability hurdles problems
Product Lifecycle Management

Stop Thinking of PLM as Software

The inherent gaps in today’s PLM software solutions prevent companies from making significant progress towards Industry 4.0. product lifecycle management plm software industry 4.0
Industry 4.0, Product Lifecycle Management

How Industry 4.0 Revolutionizes Manufacturing

A key component in experiencing Industry 4.0 benefits is leveraging the product lifecycle management (PLM) approach. industry 4.0 smart factory plm product lifecycle management software manufacturing