It takes a lot of information to make a widget. Parts, materials, expenses, how things fit together — from research and design to assembly to servicing finished products, the manufacturing industry generates a lot of data. That data is usually unavailable to everyone who works on a widget over its lifetime. Research and design has its own data about costs and assembly in its database. Manufacturing may need that same information, but because its own systems are structured differently, manufacturing can’t use the information from R&D.