Gartner® Quick Answer: What Is a Digital Twin?

Digital twins are becoming increasingly important and dynamic. Immense technological advances and developments, especially in the direction of IoT, have made the Digital Twin a valuable decision-making tool for companies in a wide range of industries in recent years. However, a lack of a consistent definition of the term Digital Twin still often leads to confusion, even among companies that are already implementing digital twins.

In its recent report, "Quick Answer: What Is a Digital Twin?" published in May 2022, leading market research firm Gartner provides a simple yet apt definition of digital twin to clearly understand its invariant characteristics. Gartner supplements the definition with conditions that digital twins must necessarily meet, as well as those that serve as additional characteristics that can further clarify the possible roles, uses and forms of the digital twin.

The report is divided into the following sections:

  • Quick Answer: What Is a Digital Twin?
  • More Detail: Digital Twin Design Pattern
  • Immutable Characteristics
  • Additional Characteristics
  • Recommended literature

Download your personal copy of the report and read what really lies behind the term "digital twin" and what digital twins are primarily used for.

Gartner, In. "Quick Answer: What Is a Digital Twin?" by Ted Friedmann, May 11, 2022.

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