Speaker Series: Airport IT & Security

Sjoerd Blüm, Chief Information Officer at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, discusses his highlights from Airport IT & Security 2018 and what he is looking forward to at this year’s event.

Speaker Series: Airport IT & Security

Looking back at Airport IT & Security 2018, what did you enjoy talking about most?

I presented Schiphol’s: “Make IT Easy” IT strategy, which explains how we make things easy for our customers and stakeholders with IT solutions, what Infrastructure we create to carry these solutions and the excellent IT team and organisation we have as our most important asset to realise this strategy. In this presentation I enjoyed talking about the IT leadership which enables these solutions, infrastructure and teams to be successful.

What did you enjoy hearing discussed most at Airport IT & Security?

I enjoyed hearing about how other airports balance their IT efforts between keeping their airports running 24/7 with leading technology and creating the IT based digital airport of the future.

How can you see the industry changing over the next 12 months?

I foresee no radical change in the upcoming 12 months: what we will see in our business is a continuation and acceleration of already ongoing trends. Airport processes will become more and more IT intensive, airports will try to create more value out of their data through AI and Advanced Analytics and we will see more and more successful deployments of IoT.

What are the biggest challenges currently facing the industry?

With the growth in aviation (that will continue over the next decade) and the limited space we as airports have to physically expand, we will all need to be able to do more with our existing premises and infrastructure. IT will be the foundation to do this.

Looking ahead to Airport IT & Security 2019, what do you think will be the most discussed topics?

Data (solutions, infrastructure and organisation), because data is at the very heart of the digitasation of our industry.

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At Airport IT & Security 2018 Sjoerd co-chaired the IT stream, he welcomed us all to the event and what it means to be a leading airport in the IT industry. 

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