Boeing is anticipating the “healthy growth” of its Boeing AnalytX platform in pace with the needs of its customers, while also planning to ramp up its analytics offerings in 2018.
Boeing AnalytX was unveiled at this year’s Paris Airshow in June as a unifying platform that counts the likes of Delta Air Lines and China Airlines as customers. In October, the OEM stated that it had 223 customers signed up to Boeing AnalytX.
But despite being a new product and representing a further incursion into the data field, Ken Sain Boeing’s vice president of digital aviation and data analytics, says data concepts are not new focuses for the company.
“Boeing has been employing mathematical algorithms and analytic outcomes for decades and has used analytics for more than a half a century to build more reliable, efficient aircraft and services,” Sain says.
He foresees further expansions of the platform coming in 2018. “Over the next year we will be opening up self-service analytics, a complement to our analytics business consulting and analytics applications, providing our customers with what they have asked us for – more choice.”
Sain, who has overseen the OEM’s digital portfolio since July this year, says there is a great market opportunity for companies with data, but acknowledges that “tremendous hype” exists around exactly what analytics can and cannot deliver in aviation.
“We have found that data analytics provide tools to deliver an outcome – value, and our commitment has always been on helping customers achieve results,” he says. “In other words, it’s not about the data – it’s what you do with it, and our industry is still at the start of applying analytics on a wide scale basis.”
Read a full interview with Ken Sain in tomorrow’s MRO Network Daily newsletter.