As they grapple with challenges ranging from pressure on costs to scarcity of talent to new competitors, Aerospace and Defense (A&D) companies are becoming more aware of the need to work in efficient extended enterprise. But realizing that goal means resolving tensions between familiar and new ways of working: security versus openness; intellectual property protection against shared innovation; pooling of skills against fierce competition for talent, to name just a few. Balancing these effectively to create a high performance extended enterprise is a major departure. It needs new thinking and different behaviour.
Greater integration between suppliers, partners and customers is the clear direction forward for the industry. To gauge the maturity of such efforts towards operating as an extended enterprise, Accenture commissioned a qualitative survey among twelve leading A&D companies. Research shows that A&D businesses grasp the necessity of working in an extended enterprise in order to address the challenges they are facing and drive growth, but are finding it challenging to do so. This point of view compares the progress A&D businesses have made so far with Accenture’s analysis and recommendations.