The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) is a non-governmental, non-profit umbrella organization for national societies working in the field of information processing. It was established in 1960 under the auspices of UNESCO, as a result of the first World Computer Congress held in Paris in 1959.
As the leading multinational, apolitical organization in Information & Communications Technologies and Sciences, IFIP represents IT Societies from 56 countries or regions, covering all the five continents, with a total membership of over half a million. Further, IFIP links more than 3500 scientists from academia and industry, organized in more than 101 Working Groups reporting to 13 Technical Committees.
Every year, more than 100 conferences are organized within the IFIP umbrella: they provide unparalleled coverage from theoretical informatics to the relationship between informatics and society including hardware and software technologies, and networked information systems. Such events are the natural field for IT societies and academic members to share experience, and discuss challenges and opportunities.
IFIP Working Group 5.1
Understanding the whole life-cycle impact of products is a critical issue in product development today. Today, challenges faced by product development teams include globalization, outsourcing, mass customization, fast product development and product traceability. These challenges enhance the need for collaborating environments and knowledge management along the product lifecycle stages. Therefore, new approaches are necessary to deal with product development, capable to take into account the increased importance of life-cycle issues, as well as to support systems that allow to develop and sustain the information and data associated with products through the entire product life- cycle.
A number of different, complementary tools, environments and methodologies are adoptable. The IFIP Working Group 5.1, entitled Global Product development for the whole life-cycle, is made of both scientific and industrial experts on the engineering and systems support aspects of the issues for which the term product life-cycle engineering (PLE) applies. PLE is an integrated approach to manage the creation and dissemination of product engineering data throughout the project structure. It is an evolving field of research in academia with strong impact on industry practice.
The activities of the IFIP WG 5.1 include the organization of a yearly, international conference (the IFIP International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management) and the publication of selected papers on the International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management.
The International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management
Since 2003, the PLM International Conference brings together researchers, developers, and users of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). The conference is a major international forum that involves all stakeholders of the wide concept of PLM, hoping to shape the future of this field and advance the science and practice of enterprise development.