Boeing cloud mega-deal takes flight

Boeing has strengthened its strategic partnerships with AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft in a cloud mega-deal that will reduce the company’s reliance on on-premises systems and provide employees with connected digital solutions.

Financial terms of the multi-year agreements were not disclosed, though it was reported last year that the three tech giants were competing for a contract with Boeing worth more than $1bn over several years. But rather than choosing just one cloud computing service, the planemaker has become the latest of a number of businesses who are reaping the benefits of adopting a multi-cloud strategy.

Most of Boeing’s applications are currently hosted and maintained through on-site servers, managed by Boeing or external partners. Expanding cloud solutions removes infrastructure restraints, simplifies processes, creates easier and more secure access to information, and empowers Boeing developers to create applications nimbly, unleashing additional opportunities across all business units.

Putting significant investment in the company’s digital future, Boeing will expand on its existing relationships with each provider and will create a single foundation for its approach to cloud computing in the years ahead.

Susan Doniz, CIO and SVP of information technology and data analytics at Boeing, said: “These partnerships will strengthen our ability to test a system – or an aircraft – hundreds of times using digital twin technology before it is deployed. Our partners will help Boeing take advantage of the best the industry has to offer while enabling employees to tap into leading tools, training and experts to improve skills and learn new ones.”

The cloud partnerships also strengthen Boeing’s commitment to sustainable operations, providing expanded access to more energy efficient systems and technologies, streamlined data centers, and digital tools and testing that will help reduce Boeing’s carbon footprint.

Chris Raymond, chief sustainability officer at Boeing, added: “No one company or industry can ensure a sustainable future alone. We’re grateful to partner with technology leaders like AWS, Google, and Microsoft, who share our commitment to reducing carbon emissions.”