We like to think of our enterprises as already threaded by fully digital processes. But the reality of our current connectivity is far from realizing the goals for a connected digital enterprise. For a true connected enterprise, we need communications that are published by one system, and received and parsed automatically by several systems including internal and external systems in the manufacturing value chain. These digital hand-off capabilities have been pursued under the title of the “digital thread” and have been spearheaded by the A&D (aerospace and defense) industry. However, these concepts and technologies are gaining interest beyond the A&D industry and are converging with the digitally connected ecosystem goals of smart manufacturing. In this presentation, we will discuss the current progress towards a full digitally threaded enterprise.