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We live in extraordinary times in which digitalization is radically changing the business, operations, and collaborative landscape across virtually every industry, government, and academic institution.  To meet the challenges of today and to prepare for those yet to come, aerospace and defense (A&D) companies must be able to understand, decide, and act faster to support our customers while remaining globally competitive.

This requires embracing and investing in a comprehensive digital transformation strategy based on an open architecture that can integrate multiple forms of data and vendor tools, with a common understanding of the company’s culture, programmatic goals, and time horizon.  Moreover, digital transformation is not ‘one-size-fits-all,’ nor should it be an ‘out-of-the-box’ implementation.  Rather, it must be based on the current systems, infrastructure, and needs of each company.

Accordingly, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Digital Transformation Council developed this strategic-level primer to help senior executives understand the far-reaching capabilities of digitalization and to offer a framework for taking the initial steps in their transformation journey.

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