Meeting the pace of transformative growth

Megatrends in Aerospace:
Disruptive innovations ahead

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.

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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.

Stéphane Janichewski,

Senior Vice President, Head of Defense & Aerospace, Atos

Four transformation challenges and opportunities for the future of Aerospace

customer experience

Digital has dramatically changed aerospace users’ expectations and behaviors, making further advances essential. The impact: not just improving buyer convenience along with crew and passenger satisfaction but furthering differentiation by supporting the launch of new services and the development of new monetization streams…

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productivity & reduce costs

Improved data management and increasing automation can dramatically reduce the increasing complexity of aerospace products, manufacturing and supply chains. The potential impact is huge: reaching a further 5 to 15% cost reduction…

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into new markets

As digital profoundly transforms all value chains, aerospace players now face massive opportunities to extend their business. What’s at stake: not just launching new smart products and services around traditional segments but also opening new lucrative markets in adjacent sectors such as homeland security or telecom,…

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safety & compliance

New technologies not only bring aerospace into a new era but also multiply dangers. While aerospace security & compliance will be one of the most critical domains for the next decades, trust will be more than insurance – it will be a major business differentiator…

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Take a look at the key technologies that will shape the future of Aerospace:


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.

1Hybrid Cloud 2Insight platforms 3Additive Manufacturing 4Augmented and Virtual Reality 5Artificial Intelligence 6API Platforms 7Prescriptive Security 8Blockchain 9Smart Machines 10Quantum Computing
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