Boeing

The more we know

Ted Colbert

Ted Colbert, Boeing chief information officer and senior vice president of Information Technology & Data Analytics

Every day at Boeing, we generate an enormous amount of data

We track and support thousands of airplanes around the world, each one producing massive amounts of data during flight. Additionally, we have more than 150,000 employees working with a range of tools and systems each day to deliver the best-in-class products and services for our customers—which creates an ongoing stream of data and information. Now more than ever, data can help drive sound decision-making and create value in today’s global marketplace.

For example, our aircraft are built with thousands of sensors that can tell us about everything from engine health to the ways in which weather patterns affect flight routes. In our factories, we rely on data and information to optimize and track millions of parts and tools. We also use data to keep our employees safe by examining safety patterns within and around our workplaces.

But simply adopting new tools to aggregate more data isn’t enough. We need accurate, real-time data, and we need to be able to use it in the right way. When used correctly, data can help us address the global cybercrime landscape, or help us make strides with advanced artificial intelligence techniques.

Data doesn’t work in silos; it needs to breathe and interact with other information in order to tell the whole story, not just parts of it. At Boeing, we’re working across our enterprise to let data and information drive our collective decision-making. With the right analytics tools, the right people, and the right processes to bring them together, we can harness the power of data and information to drive success in our second century.

By Ted Colbert, chief information officer and senior vice president of Information Technology & Data Analytics