Airlines nowadays can’t escape the fact of using so-called MRO software systems to manage the Airworthiness of their fleet and plan their maintenance. Due to continuous pursuit of improvement, efficiency and cost control by airlines, these MRO software systems tend to be in use for not more than 10 years (give or take the ability of MRO software vendors to be able to keep up with market needs and technological advancements). However, one of the biggest barriers for an airline to replace its MRO software system is the data migration of all required data into a potential new MRO software system. After all, this data is the Airworthiness of the fleet and undergoing an operation of migration this data across to a new system could have severe implications.
Why airlines postpone the replacement of their MRO software system
Within EXSYN we tend to refer to this as the Data Barrier to change. Typically, this will result in airlines postponing the decision to replace their MRO software system and introducing new solutions to address rising needs within the airline. Thereby only increasing the Data Barrier itself as over time the landscape of systems used for Airworthiness and Maintenance gets so dispersed it will only become more difficult to migrate this information across to a new MRO software system. Ultimately resulting in an airline not being able to benefit from modern technological benefits and the cost savings and efficiencies that come with it. To illustrate this, there is still a significant number of airlines worldwide (typically national flag carriers) that still use IBM Mainframe solutions, either for parts or for the whole of their Airworthiness compliance and Maintenance planning & execution. IBM Mainframe by the way being technology from the late ‘80’s and working based on hierarchical databases rather than relational database technology. Try making that integrate with and Electronic Techlog or Aircraft Health Monitoring System…
How to overcome the data barrier
Based on our mission to support airlines with applying digital technology and adapt to an ever more digital world, starting from the inception EXSYN has pursuit to breach this Data Barrier for airlines and making it more easy to simply “switch” MRO software. This led to the introduction of TITAN in 2012 and has since then steadily developed into a robust tool that truly knocks down the Data Barrier to change for airlines. Today it has been used in conjunction with many different MRO software systems, including Mainframe systems. In addition, it draws from a large pool of industry standardized data to bridge data gaps and increase the level of data quality, enabling airlines to benefit from their new MRO system from day-one.