INTELI, Intelligent Trusted Supply Chain for Aerospace & Defence - Case Study


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Developed by BAE Systems, INTELI is a blockchain-powered supply chain management platform designed to address the complex demands of the aerospace and defense sector. Its goal is to provide end-to-end visibility, real-time tracking powered by IoT, and streamlined collaboration processes.

Project Summary

August 2022 – October 2022

United Kingdom

My Role

As the Lead UX/UI Designer, I spearheaded the design strategy and execution for INTELI. My key responsibilities included guiding and mentoring a team of two designers, setting expectations, delegating tasks, and ensuring quality design output aligned with the overall project vision.


The Disrupted Aerospace Supply Chain

The aerospace & defence supply chain suffered from significant inefficiencies due to:

  • Lack of Visibility: No centralised view of order progress, causing delays and an inability to address priority issues.
  • Manual Processes: Time-consuming and error-prone manual data entry and approvals.
  • Siloed Systems: Disjointed workflows across multiple systems, leading to fragmented data and communication breakdowns.

Understanding the Users

INTELI would serve both buyer and supplier organizations. We conducted thorough user research to define personas with their unique needs and pain points:

  • Buyer: Manages pricing, Purchase Orders (POs), tracks progress, and processes invoices.
  • Procurement Planner: Handles customer demands, requiring full visibility for prioritization.
  • Manufacturing Engineer: Creates designs, specifications, shares with suppliers, and reviews quality certificates.
  • Production Planner: Manages capacity, scheduling, and production line performance.
  • Supplier: Acknowledges orders, handles manufacturing, provides quality certificates, often involving subcontractors.
design process

The INTELI Blueprint: Analysing the As-Is Process

We kicked off with a comprehensive experience review of the current end-to-end user journey.​

We conducted interviews and workshops to collaboratively map the existing end-to-end user journey. This revealed patterns of behavior, pain points, and key opportunity areas.

The end-to-end user journey map, including low-fidelity sketches for both the buyer and supplier.

Targeting Pain Points: Designing for Efficiency

Key phases of the solution architecture

Based on the journey map, we brainstormed solutions addressing the core problems, focusing on the following phases for our MVP:

  • Design Submission
  • Order Creation
  • Manufacturing & Monitoring
  • Shipment & Receipt

Mid-fidelity wireframes were built and used for iterative usability testing with representative users. This provided valuable feedback for design improvements.


Delivering Transparency and Efficiency: INTELI in Action

INTELI addresses the identified supply chain inefficiencies with the following features:

Real-time Visibility & Updates

All users track order progress, receive live manufacturing updates, and view RAG statuses for delivery forecasts.

Impact: Reduced lead times and proactive issue resolution.

Location Tracking

IoT-enabled geofencing tracks parts during manufacturing and shipment for accurate delivery planning and investigation of delays.

Impact: Improved logistics efficiency and resource planning.

Centralised File Management

Designs, POs, certificates, invoices, and delivery notes are uploaded, shared, and managed within INTELI. Online form features reduce manual errors.

Impact: Eliminates email chains, speeds up approvals, and creates a single source of truth.

design system

Ensuring a Seamless Experience: INTELI’s Design Foundation

A comprehensive design system ensured consistency and efficient development:

  • Color Palette: Aligned with industry standards, emphasizing clarity and information hierarchy.
  • Icons: Intuitive iconography to support actions and statuses.
  • Buttons, Fields, Filters: Designed for ease of use and error prevention.