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Innovation Insight for Digital Twins — Driving Better IoT-Fueled Decisions

Published: 22 March 2017

ID: G00324871

Analyst(s): Yefim Natis , Simon Jacobson , Martin Reynolds , Alfonso Velosa , Benoit Lheureux , Marc Halpern , David Cearley , W. Roy Schulte


The emergence, adoption and hype around digital twins are growing. CIOs should drive discussions with their business unit peers on the potential business value of digital twins, and their limitations in IoT and digital businesses, while driving policy on their architecture and use.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
  • Description
    • Required and Optional Elements for a Digital Twin
    • A Broad Range of Entities May Have Digital Twins
    • Digital Twins Blend the Real and Digital World
  • Benefits and Uses
  • Risks
  • Evaluation Factors
  • Recommendations
  • Representative Providers

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