The digital thread cannot be achieved without connecting all the quality issues and events across an enterprise to the digital parts managed within a PLM system.
In March 2020, the Pharmaceuticals industry faced one of its most public-facing and time-pressing challenges to date: develop, manufacture, and distribute a vaccine for COVID-19 globally as quickly and safely as possible. While sheer human perseverance played a pivotal role in driving the notable speed to market for the vaccine, this approach is not sustainable nor practical for commercial drug products. Digital methods and tools should be leveraged to achieve similar results in a sustainable, efficient, and profitable way. Pharmaceutical manufacturers now face the need to confront these challenges head-on and embrace connectivity across the value chain, starting with laying the digital foundation for innovation in the form of Digital Knowledge Management and Pharma 4.0.