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The concept of digital thread is becoming more commonplace. Over the past two years, companies choosing to begin digital thread projects have skyrocketed. PTC’s State of Digital Thread report found that 94 percent of industry leaders surveyed were at least in the planning stages of digital thread – and 67 percent of companies have started those projects in the last two years. The survey showed that digital thread is incredibly popular yet remains in the early stages of maturity. The other nuance is “digital thread” is manifesting itself in multiple applications within the enterprise.

At PTC, we define digital thread as creating a closed loop between the physical and digital worlds optimizing products, processes, people, and places. This definition encompasses the growing number of applications and benefits of digital thread.