It is in the nature of things: engineering thinks and acts in a network-like manner, actually always in systems, and today more digital than ever.
Holistic approaches such as PLM or SysLM need answers to the increasing speed with which ever more complex products have to be developed. Engineering faces the challenge, but also the opportunity, of further optimizing processes.
Digital transformation is the driving force behind this process optimization. Data is the fuel. The path to automated production necessarily involves the complete digitalization and networking of development and production (Riedel, 2019).