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Google and Airforce to join hands on Cloud-Based Aircraft Maintenance Ecosystem

Google Cloud | July 20, 2021

Google Cloud and the U.S. Air Force’s Rapid Sustainment Office have decided to jointly develop a technology platform that will utilize a company-built computing ecosystem to support aviation sustainment operations at the service division.

According to the joint announcement on Friday, the partnership aims to integrate Google’s Apigee application programming and interface management tool and Anthos managed application technology into the maintenance ecosystem of the aircraft as part of Project Lighthouse.

The open, agile, flexible, and scalable platform will also provide seamless integration for the network of technology providers of the Air Force, including predictive maintenance applications to managing robotics.

As explained by Nathan Parker, the deputy program executive officer at RSO, “Our collaboration with Google Cloud will accelerate our way to implement, integrate, and scale technologies for the Air Force.”

Further, Mike Daniels, the vice president for the global public sector at Google Cloud, added, “Appreciations for Project Lighthouse. Now, more people are going to have the tools and technologies to do their jobs faster, and we’re dedicated to playing a vital role in this effort.”

The Air Force has a plan to prototype, validate and assess the scalability of the ecosystem of Project Lighthouse within its technology platform before deployment.

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Accenture Announces Intent to Acquire AFD.TECH to Bolster its Cloud First Network Capabilities

Accenture | December 16, 2021

Accenture has announced its intent to acquire AFD.TECH, an independent network services company specializing in network engineering, operations and business services. Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed. This acquisition would add more than 1,600 highly skilled professionals to Accenture globally, along with multidisciplinary capabilities across engineering, design, deployment, and operation of next generation networks, such as 5G and fiber. “The combination of latest technologies such as 5G, cloud and next generation IoT is transforming the way businesses are operating across all the industries by creating opportunities for innovative services and new sources of growth. To succeed in their digital transformation and take advantage of its full potential, companies must act now to adopt the right strategy and build new business solutions enabled by network investments. This acquisition would give us a significant footprint in advanced mobile and enterprise networks.” Olivier Girard, market unit lead for Accenture in France & Benelux The newly acquired expertise when combined with Accenture’s Cloud First capabilities would provide a broad spectrum of proven practices, operational excellence and human ingenuity to help clients drive comprehensive transformation across their disparate networks. Karthik Narain, global lead, Accenture Cloud First, said: “Most networks were not built for today’s highly distributed world of cloud, edge devices and remote work. Increasingly, companies will need to invest in modern networks that seamlessly connect across the dynamic capabilities of the cloud continuum—from public through edge and everything in between. AFD.TECH’s network operations and IT capabilities, as well as its deep industry knowledge, would complement Accenture’s cloud, edge computing, security, and network capabilities to help clients shape, build and operate cloud-first networks.” Founded in 1998, AFD.TECH serves leading telecom brands and clients across various other industries, including energy, industrial, infrastructure and life sciences sectors. The company is based in France with additional offices in Belgium and Morocco. “Combining our strengths with Accenture would allow us to leverage the potential offered by the latest technologies and to allow an even-broader client base, both existing and future, to grasp the full potential of the range of new services that will be generated by the deep transformation across nearly every industry and market in the next five years. The opportunity to join Accenture would allow us to scale capabilities and enable tremendous opportunity for our clients, our company and our people. Together, we would help clients adapt their operating model, expand the skills of their people and drive innovation to unlock the full potential of 5G.” said Jérôme Picard, co-founder and CEO of AFD.TECH. The acquisition of AFD.TECH would strengthen Accenture’s network operations capabilities in Europe and follows Accenture’s acquisition of Arca last November and of umlaut in October 2021. The acquisition requires prior consultation with the relevant works councils and would be subject to customary closing conditions. About Accenture Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services—all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.

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Accenture Helping Navitaire Accelerate Its Journey to the Cloud

Accenture | February 23, 2022

Accenture is helping Navitaire, an Amadeus company providing technology and business services to the airline industry, accelerate its cloud-first transformation journey, enabling the full migration of Navitaire’s application suite to the Microsoft Azure platform in just 24 months. The collaboration — in which Accenture is teaming with Avanade, its joint venture with Microsoft — is key to helping Navitaire achieve its long-term cloud strategy centered on customer innovation and improved flexibility, responsiveness, efficiency and scale, benefits that have become even more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic recovery. Accenture will assist Navitaire in further integrating new technology capabilities such as advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as technology from its ecosystem partners, to help improve Navitaire’s clients’ ability to create new products and services for their customers. The team has already completed foundation builds in three Azure regions, with the fourth region targeted for the first quarter of 2022, and migrated New Skies, Navitaire’s industry-leading reservations platform, to the cloud. This gives airlines access to new cloud services and improved system performance. “Our accelerated transformation will enhance operational agility and better position us to develop new services for our customers across the travel ecosystem,” said Kyle Stromberg, chief technology officer, Navitaire. “The collaboration with Accenture will help achieve our cloud strategies and support our customers’ ability to innovate, deliver personalized digital experiences and make more data-informed decisions.” Emily Weiss, a senior managing director at Accenture who leads its Travel industry practice globally, said, “As the pandemic has shown us, being digital and in the cloud is essential — and time is of the essence. We’re now in an era of compressed transformation. Our work with Navitaire will help it spur innovation at speed and with scale, which are the hallmarks of a truly cloud-first organization.” Last year, Accenture was positioned as a Leader in both Market Impact and Vision & Capability for systems integration capabilities on Microsoft Azure in a report from Everest Group, a leading industry analyst. About Accenture Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 674,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners, and communities. About Navitaire Navitaire, an Amadeus company, delivers industry-leading technology services supporting growth, profitability and innovation to more than 60 airlines and rail companies worldwide carrying a total of 819 million annual passengers in 2019, including many of the world’s most successful low-cost and hybrid airlines. Navitaire offers a full suite of cloud-enabled proven solutions focused on revenue generation and streamlining costs in the areas of reservations, ancillary sales, loyalty, revenue accounting and business intelligence. Navitaire has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Amadeus Group.

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C3 AI and Google Cloud Partner to Optimize Supply Chains with Enterprise AI

C3.ai | June 15, 2022

C3 AI the Enterprise AI application software company, announced a new supply chain software product to address today’s disrupted global supply chains, developed through its partnership with Google Cloud. The C3 AI Supply Chain Suite improves on-time in-full customer delivery through better demand forecasting, optimized inventory and production, and supplier lead time visibility. “Our work with Google Cloud to create intelligent, highly resilient enterprise AI supply chain solutions has never been more important, Combining AI capabilities with cloud infrastructure and the data organization and orchestration power of Google Cloud’s Supply Chain Twin will give customers the ability to predict changes and react quickly in increasingly inflationary and dynamic labor and supply environments.” Ed Abbo, president and chief technology officer of C3 AI The C3 AI Supply Chain Suite leverages the full power of Google Cloud products and infrastructure, including Google Kubernetes Engine, Google BigQuery, and Vertex AI, which lets customers easily extend and configure AI algorithms. Google Cloud solutions provide packaged integration services and data models, such as Google Cloud Cortex Framework and Google Cloud Supply Chain Twin, to rapidly integrate at massive scale company, public, and community data such as news, search trends, weather, and transportation routes. “The expansion of the Google Cloud and C3 AI partnership in support of resilient supply chains represents another collaboration across industries and domains such as manufacturing sustainability, consumer packaged goods, retail, and healthcare,” said Hans Thalbauer, managing director, Supply Chain and Manufacturing Industries, Google Cloud. “Customers are already realizing faster time-to-value and seeing actionable insights in their data.” About C3.ai, Inc. C3 AI is the Enterprise AI application software company. C3 AI delivers a family of fully integrated products including the C3 AI Suite, an end-to-end platform for developing, deploying, and operating enterprise AI applications and C3 AI Applications, a portfolio of industry-specific SaaS enterprise AI applications that enable the digital transformation of organizations globally.

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Volocopter Collaborates with Microsoft on VoloIQ Aerospace Cloud Project

Volocopter | May 17, 2022

Today, Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), announced a strategic collaboration with Microsoft to develop an aerospace cloud system in Microsoft Azure that will address the nascent cloud computing requirements for eVTOLs, UAM, and autonomous aviation. Once primed for commercial use, Azure will support the digital platform VoloIQ, the operating system for Volocopter's UAM services, and its subsequent transition to autonomous operations. Volocopter plans to make the VoloIQ its standard UAM operating system for all electric passenger and drone flight operations. Its modular structure will be vast, covering aspects like booking and e-commerce, commercial scheduling, operational network planning, flight planning, flight monitoring, supplying airspace digital twins, and vehicle data logging and analysis. Volocopter has chosen Microsoft Cloud / Azure to securely interconnect all these UAM ecosystem elements into one integrated set of services. "Having Microsoft on board as a project partner and investor is proof that the solutions Volocopter creates – like the VoloIQ – are pioneering and hold remarkable market potential. We're proud that Microsoft Azure is the one to provide a secure cloud and thus to ensure safety remains at the forefront of our operations." Alexander Oelling, Volocopter's Chief Digital Officer. Volocopter and Microsoft will begin collaborating by ensuring Microsoft Azure meets the VoloIQ's needs for commercial operations. Azure will then enable the VoloIQ's flight and service support for Volocopter's electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft (VoloCity, VoloDrone, and VoloConnect), alongside ground infrastructure (VoloPort) support in real time. "From the newest technologies to regulation, creating solutions to seamlessly address the cloud computing requirements for supporting continued advancements in aviation is a complex endeavor. We certainly see the potential a secure, robust, and efficient cloud platform could offer aerospace and urban air mobility operators," said Uli Homann, CVP of Cloud and AI at Microsoft. "Working in collaboration with Volocopter, we will start to build the foundation for a commercial model for aerospace cloud." The collaboration between Volocopter and Microsoft was first publicized in 2020, when Volocopter and Lufthansa Industry Solutions announced plans to develop the VoloIQ for autonomous aircraft operations using Microsoft Azure. The VoloIQ's aim is a straightforward one: to provide complete digital transparency and greater ecosystem efficiency in real time. By utilizing this digital resource, Volocopter's services – and all the relevant process elements needed to realize this service – will be user-friendly and digitally accessible for customers, pilots, operators, and stakeholders alike. Furthermore, the VoloIQ's solid scope will streamline Volocopter's transition into an autonomous air taxi services provider when the time comes and bolster its efficient maintenance and infrastructure as soon as it becomes operational. About Volocopter Volocopter is building the world's first sustainable and scalable urban air mobility business to bring affordable air taxi services for goods and people to megacities worldwide. Volocopter leads and cooperates with partners in infrastructure, operations, and air traffic management to build the ecosystem necessary to 'Bring Urban Air Mobility to Life'. Volocopter has over 500 employees in offices in Bruchsal, Munich, and Singapore. The company has raised $579 million in equity from investors including Geely, WP Investment, Mercedes-Benz Group, Intel Capital, and BlackRock..

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