Under the changing dynamics of aerospace industry and growing stature of India in the field, Airbus is expanding its operation in Bengaluru by tapping digital talent pool.
As part of the larger strategy of the company, Airbus opened the Information Management Centre in Bengaluru to strengthen the group’s digital and IT requirement for the global operations. Airbus wants to focus on advanced analytics, big data, cloud, devops, application development and cyber security. The company’s decision comes upon realising the rich talent pool available in Asia’s Silicon Valley — Bengaluru.
Information Management Centre
Besides reducing its dependency on its global operations, Airbus wants to scale the Information Management Centre for its future business plans along with its global partner ecosystem. The European multinational aerospace corporation started its centre in Bengaluru in 2017 and has been strengthening it for its information management requirement. Besides enterprise resource planning (ERP) operations, Airbus has begun its engineering and product life cycle management.
The Airbus first Information Management unit set up in Europe employs over 1,400 engineers. The company manages 20% of its IT work in house, and the India center is expected to take this work to 40%, as per the company’s ambitious game plan. Besides Infosys, Wipro, Tech Mahindra, Airbus is depended on Indian IT firms such as Accenture, Capgemini and HCL Technologies to support its engineering, IT and design services. Infosys provides SAP ERP services for Airbus and recently acquired a Denmark-based company, which is supporting Airbus.
The company’s decision comes at a time when it is planning to showcase “Airspace Cabin Vision 2030”, a road map for coming up with new ideas for future flying experience. This is in accordance with new benchmark set by other leading airlines, tech companies and start-ups. The company is working on expanding cabin innovations, in-flight entertainment experience, seamless connectivity and enhancing passenger services. The company is expected to show case the new innovations during the APEX Expo in Los Angeles
Airbus India & South Asia President & Managing Director Anand E Stanley said Airbus is leveraging the strength of India.
“It includes talent, the ability to scale volume and the extremely strong presence of an ecosystem which perhaps is the largest IT partner base in the world. Our latest information management facility is about value play. It is about in-sourcing rather than outsourcing. It is about core and not non-core.”
The new facility, with a total capacity to house 500 people, is developed in a friendly campus taking maximum benefit of natural resources available, including vegetation and natural light. Besides availing virtual computing to reduce carbon footprint, the center, a part of the € 64 billion revenue company, also looks into account the demands of differently abled persons and use braille coding wherever possible. The company has already recruited over 300 employees at the center.
Airbus Partner Ecosystem
For seamless work experience, the facility offers remote collaboration office environment with latest state of the art facilities at all workstations. It supports agile working conditions and distributed Program Increment events, which holistically enhances employees’ productivity, and for seamless 24×7 operations. The company’s India center already employs 1,000 engineers for research and development activities across various projects.
Airbus India & South Asia Chief Information Officer Carlo Nizam said digital transformation is driving changes to our workforce evolution.
“We make it happen by availing make/buy approach that includes a greater degree of internal competences and capabilities as well as access to new partner ecosystems. These evolutions cannot be addressed from our European footprint alone and require an integrated global approach. Our footprint in India is a strategic and integrated arm of information management that provides access to a vast pool of skilled talent,” said Carlo Nizam
Airbus now employs a total workforce of around 134,000. The company is known for its most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
The company, which manufactures passenger aircraft, helicopters, military aircraft and rockets, is actively involved in India business. As per statistics, the company sourced services and components worth 555 million rupees in 2018, It is expected to double this year. In India the company has 46 vendors and they are expanding the supply chain ecosystem.
Airbus is going through a turbulent phase in India as its A320neos airlines used by IndiGo are facing engine problems. The airline is using the Pratt and Whitney 1100G engine.