New business technology tends to follow the same pattern, assuming it is successful from a functional standpoint. First, the creation or invention phase occurs among a small group of elite developers; such developers might work independently or within an elite government organization or corporate environment.

Once there’s a workable solution, high-level organizations begin gradual investment and adoption. Typically, the first groups to adopt advanced tech are firmly in the enterprise, research and big government sphere. If the technology is viable, and there’s a demand, large business products are created, followed by lower-cost, user-friendly SMB products.

Thus far, digital twins have not trickled down to the SMB set, but enterprise products are already out there, which means it’s only a matter of time before smaller-scale businesses solutions are available. In addition to the major players discussed in the introduction, companies such as GE and Predixalready offer digital twin software, and Siemens and Microsoft have been vocal about investing in the development of digital twin solutions.

For enterprising business owners who are in the target fields for early digital twin adoption, such as prototyping and manufacturing, keeping an eye on the changing landscape of this emerging technology is smart, if not downright essential.

We’ll keep you updated as enterprises and large businesses adopt digital twin software, and when SMB solutions start hitting the market, we’ll give you all the details.