Compare and contrast core and enabling technologies in two companies. I chose aerospace (Boeing and Northrop).
Explore the stages of evolution and the organizational affects of these technologies.
Introduction - Boeing:
Boeing is engaged in the designing, manufacturing and marketing of various kinds of aircrafts. Boeing is the largest aerospace company in the world with presence in manufacturing of commercial aircrafts, military aircrafts, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. The company has customers in more than 90 countries and is also a major supplier to NASA. The company is headquartered in Chicago and employees approximately 160,000 people in more than 70 countries. The company is organized in five segments:
- Commercial Airplanes
- The three segments that comprise our Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business:
---> Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA),
---> Network and Space Systems (N&SS) and
---> Global Services and Support (GS&S)
- Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC)
The company's other segment classification principally includes the activities of Engineering, Operations and Technology (EO&T) and certain intercompany items. EO&T is an advanced research and development organization focused on innovative technologies, improved processes and the creation of new products
Core Technologies of Boeing:
Defense systems are one of the core businesses of Boeing and it encompasses a huge marketplace of its own. And, even though it is subject to governmental budgetary constraints in the present economic environment, the defense marketplace offers a wide array of opportunities to companies with an exceptionally broad range of technical capabilities. There are very few companies that answer that description, but Boeing is certainly one of them. Last year, the company further strengthened its position with strategic acquisitions that expand its capabilities in core and adjacent markets. In addition to being one of the largest U.S. defense contractors, Boeing has achieved strong growth and increasing success in recent years in international defense markets. Wins in 2008 and early 2009 included a C-17 sale to Qatar, a follow-on sale of F-15s to the Republic of Korea and the sale to India of the P-8I, a variant of the P-8A Poseidon, a long-range multi mission maritime patrol aircraft that Boeing is developing for the U.S. Navy.
Boeing is one of the forth running companies in the world in terms of core technologies used to manufacture some of the most advanced defense systems for the world. Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) combines weapons and aircraft capabilities, intelligence and surveillance systems, communications architectures and extensive large-scale integration expertise. IDS has three capabilities-driven businesses
- Boeing Military Aircraft
- Network and Space Systems
- Global Services & Support - a Tanker Programs unit and an advanced technology development organization, Phantom Works.
The Boeing Integrated Defense Systems strategy is to understand the enduring needs of customers and provide value-added solutions to meet their requirements. The strategy includes understanding the art of using current and emerging technologies to improve the capabilities of existing products and delivering new solutions. Very few companies in the world contend with the degree of complexity that Boeing takes in stride. Systems engineering and Analysis Domain is the point of departure as they collaborate enterprise wide to define a more efficient future.
Boeing has hundreds of programs which are great examples of its world class enabling technologies capabilities, and nearly all of them are performing well. These include proven production programs such as the Boeing 737 and 777 on the commercial side, and the C-17 airlifter and the F/A-18E/F strike fighter on the military side. They also include a long list of development programs, including the new freighter version of the 777, which was just recently certified by the FAA, and Future Combat Systems for the U.S. Army and the Ground based Midcourse Defense program for the Missile Defense Agency-two programs through which we are successfully demonstrating our large-scale systems integration expertise.
For now the most challenging programs and the most critical to the company's future growth is the 787 Dreamliner. The growing pains that the company has experienced with this airplane the first large airliner made mostly with composites rather than metal, and the fastest-selling new airplane in aviation history-are not uncommon with game changing innovations. During the later stages of development of a new program like this one, the leading edge of innovation sometimes turns into the bleeding edge of innovation. But there is no doubt in our mind-and our order book would attest-that the 787 is the real deal: the biggest advance in commercial aviation since the Boeing 707 at the dawn of the Jet Age.
Some of the key highlights of enabling technologies of Boeing are summarized below:
- In the year 2009 the company achieved significant Integrated Defense Systems program execution milestones, including successfully completing the most challenging Ground-based Midcourse Defense system test to date; completing final assembly of the U.S. Navy's first P-8A; achieving the ...
In about 3,000 words, this solution discusses Boeing and Northrop, comparing and contrasting their core and enabling technologies, along with exploring the stages of evolution and the organizational affects of these technologies. The various business areas the company operates in is also given.