Digital Transformation Excellence – Experience in Aerospace

Sebastian Jaeger, Dr. Stefan Ohl, Dr. Roman Friedrich, AlixPartners


Studies clearly show the benefit of digital transformation. Now, it is also time for Aerospace & Defense companies to get ready for take-off. In the large digital transformation programs that we have driven for and with our clients over the past years, we have identified key success factors and continuously refined our approach to make the change happen. Fast, powerful and with the best return on investment while minimizing risk. Our suggested approach consists of three main phases, as shown in figure 1. The first phase is targeted to create transparency and direction. We recommend conducting a fast, yet holistic assessment of the existing digital offering, operations and foundations. This is one key element for the digital strategy formulation which needs to be embedded in the overall corporate strategy. As a complement to the retrograde planning from a corporate and “digital” vision, the initial assessment both delivers quick win potentials and guides to the right course of actions. In the second phase, concrete use cases are being evaluated based on balanced criteria and then added to the implementation roadmap. In phase 3, the implementation roadmap is being implemented in a fast and efficient manner. Quick local pilots along with fail fast principles guarantee for a high share of successful projects in the portfolio, that creates a healthy base for upscaling and an overall positive momentum.

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