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The State of Digital Thread: How Companies Are Closing the Loop Between Digital and Physical


Today's industry leaders consider digital thread initiatives a top priority. When stacked up against fifteen other technologic, strategic, and economic trends, participants of PTC's State of Digital Thread survey identified digital thread as the second most impactful, trailing only supply chain agility and ahead of typical headliners like artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, the evolving workforce, and digital twins.

PTC’s digital thread research, which includes a market survey of 150 engineering, manufacturing, service, and IT department leaders, explores the notion of digital thread in detail: what it means in concept, how it manifests in practice, the value it provides companies today, and the challenges they face in implementation. In this paper we share our findings.

Survey Firmographics





Survey respondents N=150, USA