Over the horizon, the aerospace sector seems to be facing bright prospects. Beneath the surface, however, signposts show the industry is at an inflection point. In promising but challenging times, aerospace players must not just rethink the way they operate; they must reassess their customer relations, adapt their security strategies and transform their business models.Download the Aerospace Look Out 2020+ Paper
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Today’s transformations are opening the way to strategic opportunities for aerospace players to be at the heart of tomorrow’s disruptive growth domains and to find new avenues for value creation.
Senior Vice President, Head of Defense & Aerospace, Atos
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Hybrid Cloud is reviving cloud initiatives by enabling seamless integration of private and public cloud platforms. With this model, organizations can exploit the benefits of public cloud: pay-per-use, ‘infinite’ bursting resources, agility and innovation. Aerospace players must adapt their IT processes and prepare for related security implications.
Insight platforms enable aerospace players to capture, analyze and get insights from data along the entire value chain, across all silos. Leveraging the latest Big Data technologies, these platforms can be employed as the cornerstone for next generation aerospace smart services platforms.
Additive Manufacturing or ‘3D Printing’ facilitates rapid prototyping and low-volume production. Beyond its potential in new model design and testing acceleration, aerospace players must consider its broader adoption for small series manufacturing, spare part management and aircraft personalization.
Augmented and Virtual Reality are blurring real and virtual worlds, allowing customers, partners and employees to engage with digital services within the context of their current environment. Aerospace players should develop use cases in crew experience, sales and maintenance as well as on the shop floor.
Artificial Intelligence promises to second human cognitive capabilities with virtual assistants, chatbots, knowledge engineering, smart machines and autonomous vehicles. It will impact customer experience, business models and operations along the entire value chain. Aerospace players must prepare for the business, human and legal impacts.
API Platforms allow data and services to be distributed across third parties. Aerospace players should put API platforms at the heart of their digital strategy to attract ecosystems partners and create multi-sided marketplaces.
Prescriptive Security uses real-time dark web monitoring, AI and automation to detect potential threats and stop them before they strike. Applications range from cyber-protection to safety and compliance. Aerospace players should explore integrating it into their IT/OT Security Operation Centers and the aircraft themselves.
Blockchain is a potential game-changer for conducting business with parties without prior trust relationships. Beyond aircraft or equipment identity management and history audit, it could revolutionize supply chain management, automated contracting and the microservice economy.
Smart Machines have the potential to disrupt parts of the industry as we know it. Beyond drones, driverless vehicles, such as robo air taxis, could ultimately provide completely new forms of passenger mobility or automated freight transportation. Technological, business and legal implications are huge and must be explored now.
Quantum Computing promises to break traditional combinatory analysis limitations, bringing advances in High-Performance Computing for design and manufacturing. It will also elevate risk by potentially breaking current cryptographic standards. Aerospace players must start preparing for both quantum computing and quantum-safe cryptography.
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