British Airways plans company-wide ERP as profit margins tighten

British Airways is considering deploying a company-wide ERP system to help it cope with increasingly tighter margins in the air industry.

British Airways is considering deploying a company-wide ERP system to help it cope with increasingly tighter margins in the air industry.

The system would be one of the biggest ERP-deployments in Europe.

BA CIO Paul Coby told Computer Weekly, "We have standalone ERP systems in our engineering and human resources departments, and we are now considering a company-wide deployment to help maximise efficiencies.

"Any such system will have to wash its face in terms of justifying itself as a company-wide roll-out, but we expect to make a decision by the end of the calendar year."

The two ERP suppliers in poll position for a the British Airways project are SAP and Oracle.

BA completed a six-year project to deliver ERP in engineering and maintenance in 2006.

The Engineering Wide System (EWS) is already the world's biggest aircraft maintenance SAP system.

The project involved replacing 150 legacy applications with SAP, which now controls aircraft maintenance in 26 hangars and at 142 airports worldwide. EWS also controls engineering staffing, spares supply and airworthiness data.

British Airways said the benefits of EWS included improved accuracy in tracking maintenance requirements and quicker processes for ordering parts.

Oracle is used to power the airline's HR function.

Coby was speaking at the annual SITA Air Transport IT Summit. At the summit, IATA director general Giovanni Bisignani said airlines would have to optimise their ERP systems, as part of a raft of measures, to make sure their IT was in good enough order to ride the oil price crisis plaguing the industry.




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