Industry leaders list a digital thread initiative as high on their list of priorities. With the technology available to accomplish digital threads, there is a growing need for more guidance on strategy and implementation. With an exclusive survey of industry leaders combined with real-world experience, our latest research report State of Digital Thread outlines three must-haves for a digital thread implementation.
First, enterprises must confront their data gap. The survey uncovered that:
The lack of accessibility to this data suggests a huge gap between perceived and realized value of data – and reveals risks and missed opportunities. For example, connecting assets in the factory and field via IoT enables insights into how products are used out in the wild. This data could then be used to improve design, function, and engineering.
Another data gap is within the product definition - establishing a digital foundation in engineering via PLM to unify the product definition across disparate tools helps to connect cross-functional teams and utilize the data to make changes across the company. As enterprises confront their data gap, they must also recognize that the shortcoming of information is most often tied to traditional silos of systems which impede cross-organizational coordination.
Second, recognizing siloed systems and their pain points are imperative to moving forward with digital thread implementation.
We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. This is the case with siloed enterprise systems. Change is hard, but incredible potential is unlocked when information is more readily accessible across functions. These siloed systems of information and the processes that result from them do not keep pace with innovation, expectations of quality, efficiency and speed.
The top data challenges within traditional silos of information are:
The pain points of a traditional silo of information can only be resolved with a full digital thread. Bringing this information across systems involves identifying and creating cross-functional connections that unlock value for the business.
Organizing existing silos of product information across the value chain to create visibility into the data includes:
A true digital thread creates a “closed loop” between the digital and physical worlds. Although this is a daunting task, organizations that can connect their physical world to their digital processes can distill the process down to pertinent information to make decisions. By analyzing, managing and communicating information in a digital sense, companies can make faster and more accurate decisions based around the data.Closing the loop with the digital thread tactically means:
Organizations who achieve a holistic digital thread can connect the entire product lifecycle and extend it outwards to suppliers, customers, products and people in the field also empowering their employees at every level with actionable intelligence that is easily consumable.
Learn how companies are closing the loop between digital and physical.