PACE GmbH has built a reputation for developing trail-blazing software products for the global aerospace and aviation industry. As part of TXT e-solutions, the company focuses on high-quality niches such as preliminary design & evaluation, product configuration, flight operations and training & simulation.
In 1999 PACE has introduced Pacelab Cabin, the world’s first commercial aircraft and cabin configuration software which has since become the industry standard in supporting the complex and multi-faceted definition process of aircraft and passenger cabins.
Originally conceived as a desktop-only application for aircraft engineers, the company kicked-off a major innovation project for the software in 2018. To help manufacturers, suppliers and aircraft buyers on their digitization journey, PACE has launched a comprehensive digital aircraft configuration environment which efficiently navigates the elaborate definition process in a single, clearly structured workflow. Marketed as Pacelab ACE, the set of inter-operating tools combines server-based business logic, web-based client applications and Pacelab Cabin’s industry-proven configuration capabilities with the latest communication and collaboration technologies.
The ELEKS team helped PACE to design and implement the user interface for Pacelab ACE’s new web-based client application. To fully leverage the cloud-based solution and to meet the demand of customer-facing business stakeholders, sales representatives and consultants, it was crucial to deliver a versatile, intuitive and continuous digital experience on tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices, making it easy for geographically dispersed teams to collaborate and align on decisions.
As a project kick-off, the team conducted a two-day, on-site product design workshop with PACE to prioritise the scope and create user personas with customer journey maps. ELEKS’ business analysts, product designers and architects regularly visited PACE for 1-2-week workshops to refine the project vision, scope and prototypes. For our client’s convenience, ELEKS also set up a nearshore team in Berlin.
Pacelab ACE has been showcased to much acclaim at high-profile trade shows and other industry events in Europe and the US. The response from the international aircraft configuration community has been exceedingly positive, with several customer implementations already underway.
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