Business Technology Interoperability Committee

The AIA vision for interoperability across the industry is that:

All participants in the aerospace value chain will be able to exchange information relative to product design, business relationships, transactions, and product support across an information backbone which is open and accessible to all.

This vision is being achieved through industry agreements on policy, infrastructure and standards, eliminating the need to force the adoption of common IT tools across the industry.

This site provides a single source of reference for the recommended AIA solutions to key interoperability issues arising across organisations and their customers and supply networks.

It also provides a series of white papers that introduce the most current innovations in Business Technology in the context of the aerospace and defense environment and the particular conditions in which it operates.

The recommendations are maintained by the Business Technology Interoperability Committee (BTIC), which is chartered jointly by the Technical Operations Council and the Supplier Management Council to identify and assess key standards and initiatives to support industry interoperability requirements, and to develop agreed industry recommendations and guidelines for their use. The principal challenge addressed by the BTIC is the need to identify a coherent set of standards-based solution components which can be used to address a broad range of interoperability scenarios, eliminating the costs of developing individual point-to-point solutions. Adoption of such standards-based solutions can deliver business benefits to prime contractors and suppliers, by offering common interfaces to multiple customers and facilitating deployment of simplified electronic processes.

The BTIC has developed a consistent methodology and framework for managing the business scenarios and solution components, with processes for developing recommended solutions and adopting new solution components. The methodology and framework are described in detail in the AIA Interoperability Implementation Guidebook.

The defined business scenarios and recommended solution components can be found by following the links below.

Solution Components

The BTIC Radar Chart (click to view) provides a simple reference for the various technology standards and initiatives that are under the attention of the BTIC.

EEIC Standards Radar Chart

The radar chart illustrates the maturity of the recommendation for each standard or initiative, with the outer ring populated by work that is being actively tracked by the BTIC, the inner ring showing work that is a candidate for adoption as part of the Interoperability Framework, and the central circle showing components that have been adopted as AIA recommendations.

The four quadrants of the chart show the AIA strategy for each component. In decreasing order of preference, the strategies include:

  • Adopt existing standard
  • Monitor external development – where the development is intended to deliver a necessary component
  • Participate in external development – where the work needs to be steered to meet AIA needs
  • AIA development – where no appropriate external tasks can be leveraged to meet our needs

The following standards and initiatives have been adopted, or are under consideration:

BTIC Work Products

  1. Disruptive Information Technologies: Leveraging the benefits, avoiding the pitfalls
  2. Radio Frequency Identification: Business scenarios that can benefit from the application of RFID
  3. Policies and Codes of Conduct for the Use of Social Networks: Leveraging the Benefits…
  4. Cloud Computing: a Report on Cloud Computing used in the Aerospace and Defense Industry
  5. Information Technology Guideline: Aerospace and Defense Industry Supply Chain Information Collection
  6. REACH-IT: A Framework for Understanding REACH with Guidelines for Integrating Systems and Addressing Compliance Requirements


For more information, contact Chris Carnahan, Assistant Vice President, Technical Operations & Standards.

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