Airbus looks to Atos for enterprise content management system overhaul

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has agreed a five-year contract with Atos to overhaul its enterprise content management system.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though the Airbus investment was said to be 'significant'.

For Airbus, the aircraft design and manufacture process requires several years of collaboration between members of the firm’s 59,000 strong workforce and number of suppliers and customers. In order to support the collaborative process, large volumes of documents need to be stored, accessed and shared between a number of different companies operating in a variety of different geographical locations.

Under the new contract Atos will ‘develop, maintain and transform’ its existing enterprise content management applications, aiming to reduce the cost of running the platforms by rationalising the underlying infrastructure.

It will implement a variety of software, including IBM's FileNet content manager and Vivissimo search tools, Oracle WebCenter Interaction and Portal software, as well as Microsoft Sharepoint.

The deal will be implemented by Atos teams in Toulouse, Hamburg, Madrid, Seville and Pune.

“We are extremely proud to have been chosen, from a number of competitors, as Airbus' global partner to transform the management of its information assets,” said Jean-Marie Simon, CEO Atos France.

“Atos, with its best-of-breed Enterprise Content Management solutions, will enable the aircraft manufacturer to improve its productivity and to accelerate innovation and growth while simultaneously bringing down costs."

Airbus announced earlier this year that it would be implementing the Spotfire Analytics platform from Tibco to improve its manufacturing processes, helping it realise a 25 percent improvement in fuel capacity. Airbus has also partnered with Dell to provide electronic flight bag (EFB) systems, offering pilots access to flight data on Dell laptops, replacing paper operating manuals and other documents.

Last year Atos won a three-year contract for a nearshore delivery centre for the plane manufacturer's engineering services arm.

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