Sabre Airline Solutions Gives Airline Data a Critical Upgrade

Sabre Airline Solutions Gives Airline Data a Critical Upgrade

  • Martine Vesco
    Martine Vesco joined Talend in 2016 as a Senior Customer Marketing Manager. In this role, Martine develops and maintains a trusted advisor relationship with key customer contacts and creates Customer Reference programs as well as communities. Prior to Talend, Martine held a number of senior positions in customer marketing at leading software companies such as Dassault Systèmes, Business Objects and Workday.

Sabre Airline Solutions (Sabre) supplies applications to airlines that enable them to manage a variety of planning tasks and strategic operations, including crew schedules, flight paths, and weight and balance for aircraft.

The challenge for Sabre was that many airlines had not implemented the proper upgrades. That meant some large customers were as many as five versions behind. And moving them to the new suite would have been a time-consuming, expensive, version-by-version process. Customers, understandably, were nervous about tackling that process.

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Reducing upgrade time and costs for customers

Talend was given a deadline of two weeks to complete the migration for an important customer and surpassed the company’s expectations. This enabled Sabre to complete the needed migrations in just a matter of hours.

"To help our airline customers succeed in a very competitive industry, we need a way to migrate data more efficiently. Talend is the solution for data mobility " - Dave Gebhart, Software Development Principal

Replicating a process to save time and money

As a result of the shorter, more-cost efficient process, Sabre can now easily replicate it. The new process reduced the cost of doing migrations by 80 percent, and it enabled Sabre to do as many as 25 upgrades in a year, whereas previously they could manage only about 10. That means Sabre more than doubled the upgrade slots they are able to serve because of all the benefits of using Talend.

What's next? Sabre is currently working on a project that uses Talend for a more complex task. “We’re integrating three legacy applications, and we’re using Talend to extract data and transform it into objects that can be converted into XML service requests, which are then processed so the data can be loaded via web services into a new system,” he says. “Talend is the engine we’re using to drive this multi-step process.” 

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