Automating aircraft maintenance data has proven a long and difficult process. “No solution does it all,” is the one recognized rule. Some major airlines, especially in North America, have continued to patch legacy systems like Maxi-Merlin and Sceptre. But new aircraft, massive increases in data burdens, and the pressure for regulatory compliance are prompting most to look for new solutions.

Airlines appear to be turning more toward best-of-breed maintenance solutions, rather than enterprise resource-planning (ERP) systems with maintenance capabilities. Trax and AMOS have been racking up big customer counts among airlines recently, and numbers matter as they give companies both experience and a larger user base to justify investment.

Airlines rarely have sufficient spare staff that are expert in both MRO and IT to manage a major IT transformation. That is one problem with trying to assemble a solution from among the best applications. And the best often are produced by modestly sized IT firms, not exactly what major corporations are comfortable with.

Beyond airlines, the rest of the aviation ecosystem—original equipment manufacturers, shops and distributors—also has its own often very specialized needs. The biggest companies, OEMs, have greater funds and management resources. But the ecosystem also includes small companies that, like airlines, can be hard-pressed to manage a major IT transformation.

Maintenance-management solutions differ substantially in their depth and breadth. Some are suited only for small carriers or start-up airlines that outsource most of their maintenance. These tend to be the most affordable solutions, easy on the budget of a young airline. More expensive applications that require additional time to install are necessary for larger carriers that take greater responsibility for performing or managing their maintenance.

In short, even as new MRO solutions become increasingly necessary, implementing them is not necessarily getting easier.

But choices abound. Here is a look at the significant IT providers in three classes: ERP solutions; fairly complete maintenance-management applications; and point solutions for particular IT challenges.

Read about the products and specializations of these software companies at AviationWeek.com/mro

Information Technology
Company Name Software Type Software Name Website
IFS Defence ERP www.ifsdefence.com
Infor ERP Infor Aerospace and Defense www.infor.com
Oracle ERP cMRO www.oracle.com
SAP ERP SAP www.sap.com
2MoRO Solutions ERP Aero One www.2moro.com
Adsoftware Maintenance Management Airpack www.adsoftware.fr
Applied Database Technology Maintenance Management Wings www.adbtech.com
Aerosoft Systsems Maintenance Management DigiMaint www.aerosoftsys.com
Aviation InterTec Services Maintenance Management RAAS www.aviationintertec.com
Camp Systems Maintenance Management CAMP www.campsystems.com
Cimber Air Data Maintenance Management Amicos NG www.amicos.com
Commsoft Maintenance Management Oases www.oases.aero
EmpowerMX Maintenance Management FleetCycle www.empowermx.com
IBM Maintenance Management Maximo Asset Management www.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/maximo-asset-mgmt
IBS Software Services Maintenance Management iFlight MRO www.ibsplc.com
IFR Maintenance Management Amasis www.ifrskeyes.com/amasis
Infospectrum Maintenance Management InfoTrak www.infotraksolutions.com
Miro Technologies Maintenance Management GOLDesp, AuRA www.mirotechnologies.com
Mxi Technologies Maintenance Management Maintenix www.mxi.com
Pentagon 2000 Software Maintenance Management Pentagon 2000SQL www.pentagon2000.com
Rusada Maintenance Management Envision Maintenance Manager www.rusada.com
Ramco Systems Maintenance Management M&E/MRO www.ramco.com
Sofema Aviation Services Maintenance Management Various www.sassofia.com
Swiss Aviation Software Maintenance Management AMOS www.swiss-as.com
Tata Consultancy Services Maintenance Management Swift www.tcs.com
Tracware Maintenance Management AeroTrac www.tracware.co.uk
Trax Maintenance Management Trax Maintenance www.trax.aero.com
Ultramain Maintenance Management Ultramain www.ultramain.com
Volartec Maintenance Management Alkym Management & Control System www.volartec.aero
4Sight Technologies Point Solutions em360, PMPro, CheckPlan www.4sighttech.com/technology/maintenance-management.php
Aerdata Software Point Solutions Corporate Management System, Stream www.aerdata.com
AviIT Point Solutions eMan www.aviit-eman.com
Armac Systems Point Solutions RIOsys www.armacsystems.com
CALM Systems Point Solutions CALM http://calm-systems.com
Component Control Point Solutions Quantum Control www.componentccontrol.com
Corena Point Solutions Corena www.corena.com
Critical Technologies Point Solutions AirVault www.airvault.com
EMC Point Solutions Xhive www.emc.com
Enigma Point Solutions Enigma 3C www.enigma.com/solutions/3c
Euroscript International Point Solutions Various www.euroscript.com
iBaseT Point Solutions Solumina www.ibaset.com
IDMR Solutions Point Solutions InForm www.IDMR-Solutions.com
InfoTrust Group Point Solutions TechSight/X www.infotrustgroup.com
MINT Software Systems Point Solutions MINT MRO www.media-interactive.de
Omega Point Solutions Ames Suite www.omegaair.com
Perceptive Solutions Point Solutions Redstone www.perceptive-inc.com
Superstructure Group Point Solutions AQD www.superstructuregroup.com/aqd.aspx