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Cloud Computing – The Game Changer for Aviation

In the face of business uncertainty and stiff competition, the aviation sector has devised strategies to cut costs. Cloud computing models enable airlines to establish a robust infrastructure - catering to resource requirements on a need basis. Cloud computing also assists businesses to become more efficient due to cost effective access to technology/information.

Businesses across the spectrum can accomplish positive outcomes by leveraging cloud computing. Organizations with sufficient funds could go for a private cloud - having computing capability behind a firewall and can be accessed through private networks. Smaller firms can establish public cloud model due to low IT costs. The data and applications are placed in remote locations in a public model and can be accessed through the internet.


Selecting the right mix of cloud services


Several midsized firms are configuring cloud services with their established IT infrastructure to complement resources internally for projects of short duration, while increasing capabilities.


According to Ric Telford, Vice President of cloud services at IBM “a hybrid environment is often an excellent solution for smaller organizations. Midsized businesses usually have a limited number of servers to bring together. When you need to get additional resources, you can grow into the public cloud and pay for the servers you use for a fixed period of time. Then you shrink back again when you're done. Now you have the flexibility where you know you're not going to run out of resources”.


Cloud computing can not only support current competencies and enhance IT efficiency, it can enable organizations to identify new insights. The interfaced systems/devices connected to robust back-end systems, facilitate transformation of data into informed decision making.


Under these circumstances, cloud computing could be the panacea to the sectors issues.


Positive Customer Experience


Increasingly aviation firms are leveraging cloud technologies to provide passenger services - luggage drops with label printing and self-boarding gates. The systems store data (check-ins, bookings and reservation systems, visas and security clearances) which facilitate decision making. The cloud based systems can be established without an additional cost - increase in IT infrastructure/IT personnel since the firms providing the service can manage the economies of scale. IT up gradation would not be necessarily. Hence, aviation firms can emphasize on critical business: transporting passengers.


Aircraft Maintenance


It is critical for airlines to be in a position to procure, restore and sustain a gamut of aircraft parts, while staying abreast with changes in technology, safety guidelines, regulatory compliance, aircraft servicing logs and history.


According to the Air Transport Industry Insights Airport IT Trend Survey of 2013, “49% of airports would be assessing cloud services based on trials in the near future”. The study also forecasted that by 2016, critical initiatives related to cloud computing would result in 22% of new infrastructure outcomes by the aviation sector, while 49% would place cloud computing on trial.






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