Digital Twins Are Critical To The Evolution Of The Digital Business, According To DXC Tech


By Ben Moore,
Jan 28, 2020

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DXC Technology has highlighted digital twins as a business imperative for the next evolution of digital businesses.

Digital twins take advantage of the large amounts of data from connected devices to provide a detailed, data-driven model of a physical system.

As the Internet of Things (IoT) connects more and more of these devices within organizations, virtual simulations of physical environments are becoming an increasingly essential part of a business digital strategy.

According to IDC, 30% of G2000 companies will use data from digital twins of IoT-connected products and assets in 2020, achieving gains of up to 25% in product development optimization and overall efficiency equipment.

“Digital twins have become one of the most useful tools in a company’s toolbox,” says Dan Hushon, senior vice president and chief technology officer of DXC.

“By simulating physical environments in a virtual world, organizations are able to make predictions and understand things such as a propensity to buy, performance boosters, and even a patient’s wellness trajectory. “

While pioneer manufacturers first used digital twins decades ago, recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and high performance computing (HPC) are encouraging their use by mainstream businesses today.

With the great processing power of HPC, various industries have applied digital twins to scale simulations, shorten development times, and achieve tangible business results.

Some of the growing vertical use cases include:

  • Smart cities – Cities around the world are building models of their smart systems in a virtual world to predict, test and learn using data and analytics before deployment. For example, they can understand how autonomous vehicles react to connected traffic lights to make better, more timely decisions that improve outcomes, such as citizen safety.
  • Health care – In a value-driven healthcare environment, physicians are under pressure to become increasingly efficient and accurate in their diagnoses. Digital twins can help providers focus on the two or three most important questions to ask a patient for a finished diagnosis. Medical device manufacturers can use digital twins to create and test custom, 3D-printed orthopedic implants that dramatically reduce a patient’s wait time.
  • Aeronautics and defense (A&D) – Companies in the A&D sector are leveraging digital twins to visualize the status of their products at every stage of the production process and in the aftermarket. Digital twins have completely transformed the way some ships and planes are designed. For example, digital twins assess the quality of airfoil vanes in jet engines by providing manufacturers with a complete view of the process, including the thrust produced under real circumstances.

“Initiatives such as digital manufacturing / industrial IoT aim to generate information from volumes of data (from devices, equipment and controllers) beyond what we are used to in the business, ”adds Mike Smart, senior analyst and operations manager at NelsonHall.

“HPC will help cope with this explosion of data generated by digital manufacturing projects such as digital twins. “

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