Many companies still lack the ability to seamlessly support the continued digital use of their information. Their Bills of Materials need to be copied by hand and entered manually into their ERP systems. This changes when a Product Data Backbone comes into play and consolidates data and documents from across all departments and systems (CAD, PDM/PLM, ERP) into a common data foundation. It aggregates and connects all product data and documents in digital form. All disciplines are looked at as a whole across the entire product lifecycle. Dependencies can be controlled when changes occur and everyone is aware of any direct or functional relationships, turning the Product Data Backbone into a central repository for all product-related digital information. It enables companies to fully embrace Digitalization, e.g. in plant engineering and mechanical engineering, and implement seamless digital processes for their production operations.