IATA & Airline CIOs scan the Clouds for opportunities to modernize

posted May 22, 2012, 7:48 AM by Bruce P. D'Sena
The ability to use the Cloud as a platform for delivering common business applications, processes and other IT services has for a while been generating interest in the air transport industry. Many airline CIOs see the Cloud as a launchpad from a legacy dominated environment to more modern technologies with better conformance to current industry standards and practices. 

Malaysia Airlines for example, is among the carriers who have begun moving along these lines,  citing cost reductions, time to market and mobility as attractive benefits. Among many of the common challenges that still need to be addressed though, include workable SLAs, directory synchronization and single sign-on.

Another attraction for the airline industry in general is the pervasiveness of which allows development of cooperative platforms - for example, the buying and stocking of spare parts and the integration of common-use kiosks. 

The same article mentions that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working on an industry strategy, and among the questions being addressed are whether cloud computing will be for direct customer facing systems & solutions or whether it will target operational areas such as airport systems. 

Why not both? - Is it too early for the latter? We believe that it's still early days and plenty of opportunities for innovative new service provides to add value. See our related earlier article for another example on how the Cloud is being used in the airline industry.

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