The Production Data Warehouse offers secure, transformed and structured storage of data. Its rule-based data validation prevents garbage in – garbage out scenarios. Secure transacting prevents corrupt data storage while extensive and detailed logging allows for ease of verification and troubleshooting. Even before data can be stored, it is transformed into formats that can be used without modification for future applications (e.g. aggregation, conversion from time to position based data, segmentation of data, etc.). Its unified data structure allows for much faster data access regardless of the target application and without compromising on data integrity. Storage volume reduction is achieved without data loss. Genealogy allows the user to follow the lifecycle of the finished product right since its conception, i.e., a complete family history is maintained on every product and at any given time, the raw material that went into its making or the processes that were applied to these material for the creation of the final product can be traced back for analysis.