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Lufthansa taps IBM in €1bn outsourcing deal putting cloud, analytics front and centre

Lufthansa is enlisting IBM to help modernise the airline's IT strategy

Deutsche Lufthansa AG announced it has enlisted IBM in a seven-year outsourcing deal worth €1bn that will cover the management of the company’s datacentres and IT services. Lufthansa said the move will help bolster its use of cloud, mobile and analytics tools across the business.

Saudi Airlines CIO: “Our survival depends on data”

Saudi Airlines has implemented a combination of Microsoft technologies in a bid to generate efficiency savings from big data

Saudi Airlines, one of the largest airlines in the Middle East, has recently completed the implementation of a combination of Microsoft’s on premise cloud-based business intelligence solutions in a bid to improve how the airline analyses, visualises and shares operational data. Muhammad Albakri, chief financial officer and chief information officer of Saudi Airlines said the move has enabled the company to improve operations and generate savings in the tens of millions.

Gatwick testing cloud platform to keep airlines, ground services in sync

Gatwick is the second busiest airport in London and the UK

Gatwick Airport is testing a cloud-based collaboration platform used to connect trusted partners across and outside the airport, allowing airlines and ground crew to share and access critical data. The move is part of the airport’s broader strategy to shift more of its IT systems to the cloud.

Pratt & Whitney, IBM team on aircraft engine performance monitoring with big data

Pratt & Whitney amd IBM are partnering on aircraft engine performance monitoring using big data predictive analytics

American aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney announced a partnership with IBM in a bid to use big data time improve engine fleet management for civilian and military airlines. The companies said the predictive analytics capabilities will help increase performance monitoring of operational commercial engines and optimise fleet management.

Cathay Pacific selects Rackspace’s cloud for marketing apps

Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific has selected Rackspace's cloud platform for its marketing apps. The news comes as Rackspace switches on its high performance cloud servers in the region

Hong Kong-based international airline Cathay Pacific announced that it has selected Rackspace’s cloud platform to host its marketing applications. The news comes as Rackspace flips the switch on its performance cloud servers in the region.

Datalex deploys travel retail software on Internap hybrid cloud platform

Datalex will use Internap's managed hosting service for its mission critical platform and move most of its other applications and databases over to a private cloud

Datalex, which provides e-commerce solutions for the travel industry announced at the end of last week that it will use Internap’s private cloud, managed hosting and cloud object storage platforms as well as a private connection service to underpin Datalex’s offering to airlines.

Q&A with Don Crabtree, principal infrastructure architect at Delta Air Lines

Don Crabtree, principal infrastructure architect, Delta Air Lines

In advance of the 4th Annual Cloud World Forum in London in June the Cloud World Series team caught up with one of the conference speakers, Don Crabtree, principal infrastructure architect at Delta Air Lines, who shared his views on cloud computing in aviation, the challenge of finding cloud-based aviation-specific solutions, and how the evolving aviation business will create new IT challenges (and opportunities).

Q&A with Dr. Jassim Haji, director of information technology, Gulf Air

Jassim Haji

In advance of the 4th Annual Cloud World Forum MENA in Dubai in April the Cloud World Series team caught up with one of the conference speakers, Dr. Jassim Haji, director of information technology, Gulf Air, who shared his views on Gulf Air’s commitment to providing the latest technology in aviation and overcoming the challenges of cloud deployment.

Cloud gives airports competitive edge but lack of specialised solutions remains, says Gatwick CIO

Michael Ibbitson, chief information officer of Gatwick Airport

Gatwick airport, London’s second largest airport has been moving its core internal and customer-facing IT systems since 2012 in a bid to make it more agile, efficient, and – as it mulls the addition of another runway – scalable. Michael Ibbitson, Gatwick’s chief information officer says that while the airport’s embrace of cloud has already begun to yield significant benefits, the aviation sector remains largely underserved by specialised cloud offerings which he says may create roadblocks in its endeavour to become the most innovative airport in the UK.

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