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Boeing's Enterprise One Gears Up for Takeoff

In a move to further expand its digital services, the Boeing Company has entered into an alliance with Ramco Systems Ltd. to complete a new software offering called Enterprise One, a comprehensive maintenance management system for airlines.

Under terms of the agreement, Chennai, India-based Ramco will supply key software modules to Boeing. Several of the modules are designed specifically to support the work of airline engineering staffs. Other modules cover logistics functions, including spares procurement and inventory transactions.

Another component of the new enterprise system supports maintenance planning and scheduling. This module, known as MaintStream, is already in service with selected airlines and was developed by Boeing subsidiary Richmond, B.C.-based AeroInfo Systems.

"The teaming of Boeing, Ramco and AeroInfo creates a synergy that delivers a total maintenance solution to the airline industry," says Rich Higgins, Boeing vice president of Maintenance Engineering & Publications

Higgins notes that the Enterprise One system will help airlines increase airplane utilization, decrease costs and improve overall business processes.

According to Higgins, all of the modules of the system are designed to integrate seamlessly together, forming a robust platform. The system features three modules: Logistics, engineering and maintenance.

Among other features, this module helps organize maintenance task cards, optimizes maintenance schedules, generates work packages and even supports bidding of contract work over the Internet.