Digital Threads must be Real Artifacts, not be only Marketing Concepts

Apache II (3rd floor)

A digital thread is a tangible, analytical, accessible graph of relationships between digital engineering artifacts. A digital engineering artifact is a fact, claim, assertion, or axiom that is held in a definitive source of truth. A digital thread platform is a service that provides curation for the creation, reporting, update, and deletion of these digital threads and which provides visualization and analytics over the digital threads and to the connected digital artifacts. An effective service offers both curation of the digital thread as well as the capability to explore as-yet-uncurated data to discover what should be, for business or mission purposes, part of a digital thread.

A digital thread is a mathematically formal graph composed of the numerous engineering artifacts and the structural, semantic, and provenance relationships between these artifacts. A business-useful digital thread is one that is open, dynamic, scalable, secure, and analytical.

We illustrate with examples how organizations that adopt a digital thread platform can realize dramatic improvements in schedule, cost, and capability acquisition. We also caution that a digital thread platform has to aid an organization in discovery of what should be, but is not yet, part of their digital thread.A “digital thread” is a mathematically formal graph composed of the numerous engineering artifacts and the structural, semantic, and provenance relationships between these artifacts. A business-useful digital thread is one that is open, dynamic, scalable, secure, and analytical.

We define what it means to be open, dynamic, scalable, secure, and analytical.

We illustrate with examples how organizations that adopt a digital thread platform can realize dramatic improvements in schedule, cost, and capability acquisition.

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(DT²) Digital Twin / Digital Thread