The one thing threatening to ruin aerospace and defence’s reputation for innovation
October 21, 2020
October 21, 2020
The aerospace and defence industry has traditionally been at the forefront of innovation. It was an early pioneer of Industry 4.0 and 3D printing, and drove advances in artificial intelligence, GPS navigation and satellites. So for an industry that recognises the value of emerging technology, why have only half of aerospace and defence organisations identified a new IT operating model that accommodates cloud?
What sets the aerospace and defence sector apart from many others is its laser focus on security – and understandably so. Established procedures for safeguarding data – which often involves government furnished information, export controlled data and sensitive national security information – often makes industry leaders hesitate to embrace the integrated security capabilities of the cloud, and legal departments shake their heads profusely.
What they’re missing out on is the ability to effectively leverage the oceans of data being thrown off by remote electronic sensors, cybersecurity, and satellite and drone surveillance. To manage, protect and actually use this information, aerospace and defence organisations will have to boost their storage capacity and analytical processing power.
The good news is that, by using cloud platforms, combined with integrated security throughout the IT supply chain, aerospace and defence companies can secure their critical data well beyond traditional perimeter security practices, thanks to:
No wonder two-thirds of aerospace and defence companies have already done formal planning and analysis of legacy applications for cloud migration. Yet, while the majority (86%) have evaluated IaaS solutions, only half have identified a chosen solution at this point. Organisations in this sector are still hesitating.
How to get started with cloud
Moving at least some workloads to the cloud is no longer a choice – it’s an inevitability. At some point providers won’t offer on-prem solutions any more. Already, we’re seeing a dramatic uplift in the major enterprise software providers producing cloud-only solutions.
The industry needn’t worry about being an early adopter. That ship has sailed. Cloud is a now mainstream, highly secure, proven software, platform and infrastructure solution. The migration path is well worn. Fortunately, small steps can bring significant rewards:
As the ability to spin up infrastructure quickly and manage high data volumes becomes a strategic necessity for aerospace and defence organisations, it is no longer a case of whether to use cloud, but how.
Now is the time for aerospace and defence organisations to define their cloud strategies so they can continue to drive impressive innovation and meet their strategic goals.