With the Digital Transformation evolving with advanced modeling and simulation capabilities, there is a paradigm shift from isolated systems and tools to a digital ecosystem with stronger interoperability between systems and workflows. As dependencies of external stakeholders and data become tightly coupled, there is increased complexity of maintaining data integrity with various inputs, frequencies, and data types. This posed a great opportunity for the Northrop Grumman’s Model Based Sustainment (MBS) team to establish connectivity and data dependencies throughout the entire life cycle for our systems from design to operations and maintenance that is sustainable to support program requirements and operational readiness. The MBS infrastructure and data management needs significantly benefited from federated data sources to build a common data model to inform service and support with accurate response and reduce manual effort through the utilization of Data as a Service (DaaS) technologies like eQ Technologic and NG’s developed Service Bus. These capabilities have enabled to achieve higher efficiencies and access to actionable information to support our customer internally and externally. This Digital Thread focus has been key to the transition from the traditional physical and manual concepts to dynamic virtual environments to influence the outcome of design decisions.