Airbus Selects IBM To Streamline Systems And To Reduce Costs Following Consolidation Period

Airbus launches Enterprise Application Integration centre of competency...

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London - 25 Jul 2002: Following a string of successful mergers and partnerships, the leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus has successfully launched the Airbus Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) centre of competency with IBM. The centre will help Airbus and IBM effectively link the business processes of distinct units.

By integrating IT applications across its business, Airbus benefits from organisational and cost efficiencies by reducing redundancy and the number of steps it takes to deliver a product. IBM's solution delivers an enhanced information system for strategic business use, while cutting the combined expenses of system maintenance and evolution.

The first project integrated two significant silos within Airbus' IT systems: fulfilment applications and prime aircraft data sources. The resulting product data management (PDM) system stores and transmits all component data and revisions within one user interface. This provides increased productivity; quicker responses to change; and improved access to and distribution of information.

IBM's role was to design and implement CrossWorlds version 4.1 enterprise software, licensed for a three-year term, backed up with a number of implementation services. The project's architecture, integration and operating benefits are transferable across the organisation. Within a short space of time the Airbus EAI competency centre has inspired a number of PDM and e-procurement initiatives.

During the first phase of the implementation, IBM will focus on integrating internal "backbone" applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and business information systems with legacy systems. In the future the project will expand scope to meet external partner integration and inspire business-to- business scenarios.

"The Aerospace industry is busy assimilating change following an era of rapid consolidation and increasing collaboration," said Raul Cosio, general manager, IBM Global Aerospace, Defense and Discrete Manufacturing Industry. "Thus IBM is unlocking Airbus' existing enterprise intelligence to better link legacy data to strategic functions using advanced application-to-application tools such as IBM's CrossWorld's business integration solutions. Once the divisions have a better grasp of what they already know collectively, they will be able to reach outward to share more information with partners and customers to integrate processes across the extended enterprise."

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