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Friday, July 27th, 2018

Disruptive Innovation in Aerospace and Defense


“The 80/20 functionality vs cost arbitrage is not applicable nor possible everywhere but companies should systematically and proactively scan all dimensions of their products for areas where it can be. To do that, companies should conduct thorough functional reviews and value analyses of product functionalities to differentiate the core attributes customers require from those that are merely nice to have.”

In aerospace and defense (A&D), disruptive innovation can come in many forms. It can come in the form of a new product, technology, material, or process that leads to a step change in performance or efficiency; it can involve the emergence of a new market that redraws the landscape of a particular industry; or it can be about new business models or service offerings.

This Week’s Must Read features an insight piece from Alix Partners, in which the consultants explain the two main fronts that disruptive innovation in A&D is occurring on, as well as the barriers that hinder disruptive innovation in A&D—such as (1) long development cycles and long lifetimes for an aircraft in operation, (2) a relatively small pool of potential customers, and (3) certification constraints.

Read on to Find out More: “Disruptive Innovation in Aerospace and Defense”, from AlixPartners.

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“At the tip of the spear, there is no roadmap” – Intellectual Anarchy is the art of disruptive innovation that enables navigation of the unknown, consistently finding the edges of thinking.


  • Sopra Steria Enters Intelligent Automation Alliance with Symphony Ventures: Consulting firm Sopra Steria has announced a strategic partnership with Symphony Ventures to accelerate Intelligent Automation in the private and public sectors. The organisations hope that the alliance will help them to offer the market a unique blend of IA best practice in consultancy and implementation. | Soprasteria Press Release
  • Global Healthcare IT Consulting Market Will Reach USD 67.7 Billion By 2024: Global healthcare IT consulting market was valued at approximately USD 18.6 billion in 2017 and is expected to generate revenue of around USD 67.7 billion by end of 2024, growing at a CAGR of around 19.6% between 2018 and 2024, according to report from Zion Market Research. | Global Newswire
  • Synoptek Expands Business Systems Consulting and Worldwide Service Delivery Capabilities with Indusa Acquisition: Synoptek announces its acquisition of Indusa, a global technology company, focused on end-to-end enterprise software solutions and services. The acquisition positions Synoptek as one of the leading digital transformation consulting, implementation, and IT management providers, enabling improved business results with Microsoft’s key technologies. | Cision PR Newswire
  • One Third of SMEs Believe Brexit Will Have a Positive Business Impact: While Brexit remains an unknown quantity, as the March 2019 deadline for negotiations between the UK and Brussels fast approaches, small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK remain broadly positive, despite potential headwinds. While two thirds of SMEs believe Brexit has not affected them positively or negatively yet, a third believe that Brexit will benefit their business in the future. | Consultancy uk


  • Aerospace and Defense Trends 2018-19: Despite a brighter outlook for defense spending in the U.S. and in Europe, western companies in the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry need to be more aggressive in developing new technologies in the face of emerging competition from commercial entrants and from rival countries racing to make advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced weapon systems. | Randy Starr, Larry Jones, Strategy &
  • Top 10 Risks in Aerospace & Defense (A&D): As the global economy undergoes several ups and downs, and different countries change their defense priorities in the face of terrorism and political disruption, the risk universe in A&D keeps on changing. As A&D players design and implement strategies to grow in this business environment, they need to adapt their plans to consider the key risk drivers. | Sandipan Maiti, EY
  • New Face of the A&D Industry: Victors, Victims, and Survivors: As the U.S. aerospace and defense industry grapples with another round of budget cuts, structural changes will figure heavily in the industry’s future. Companies that not only survive but thrive in the future will be those flexible enough to initiate their own changes. | Bob Willen, Rene Ouimet, AT.Kearney
  • Becoming a Digital Frontrunner in Aerospace and Defense: Few companies are making the broad strategic moves necessary to gain a competitive advantage in the A&D indsutry. The leading companies have recognized that they must take a comprehensive, integrated approach to digital adoption. | Lacy Ketzner , Sébastien Cailliau , Greg Mallory , Konrad von Szczepanski , Susumu Hattori , Philippe Plouvier , and Jan Justus, BCG


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