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How an Airline is Using Better Tools

This is a bit of a side note, but I read an article this week with a lesson for those of us that use (or need to use) better project management software tools.  The article was on how United Airlines will now be using iPads for all of its pilots.  The purpose of the iPads are to get rid of the reams of charts that pilots have to carry around with them all the time.  These charts are necessary to always have the current navigation charts, airport diagrams, and other pertinent information about each flight.

That is a big change to a decades-old procedure.  Do you ever find that the reason you are using the tools and procedures that you do, is because "we've always done it this way"?  We should not implement technology for the sake of technology, but conversely we should not eliminate technology opportunities simply to keep a decades-old process.  The right technology matched with the right problem and implemented in the right way can reap big rewards.


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