Working on the very boundaries of physics and engineering the Aerospace and Defence industry (A&D) has unique challenges with regard to its utilisation of IT. Encapsulating design, computer modelling and manufacturing all underpinned by rock solid security and safety, any margin for error or business risk, must be reduced to levels well beyond wider industry norms.
Security is of prime concern with data of a highly secretive nature needing to be distributed to a complex chain of design, testing and manufacturing partners. Any form of cyber breach can simply not be tolerated, irrespective of whether the motives are for intellectual property (IP) theft, or for disruption. The supply chain requires watertight controls on data so that no detail is lost as designs move from conceptual, through simulation and proof of concept into manufacture and support.
With many products in the A&D sector having a life span of decades, comprehensive documentation for support and service needs to be held in easily accessible and secure formats. These products generate vast quantities of operational data during their serviceable life leading to increasing requirements for Big Data and its associated analytical technologies.
The extensive consultancy services of CCL have been adding value to the A&D industry for many years. CCL has been assisting them in the correct selection, implementation and support of the necessary IT systems enabling them to meet market expectations for their products and services, whilst also promoting global collaboration and innovation.