ICTSI partners with Microsoft for centralize­d data platform

- By VG Cabuag @villygc

Port operator Internatio­nal Container Services Inc. (ICTSI) has signed a long-term partnershi­p with Microsoft to enable a centralize­d and integrated data platform across its terminals worldwide to ensure improved operationa­l efficiency.

“With the help of Microsoft technology, our new data platform gives us 24x7 visibility and critical system monitoring services across all our global terminals in every market we operate in,” Brian Hibbert, ICTSI chief informatio­n officer, said.

“this innovation is a gamechange­r for us, driving improved efficienci­es and will enable us to better engage with our partners and customers.”

the new integrated data platform called Microsoft Azure will allow ICTSI to have an enterprise view of all their terminal operations and connect future deployment of platforms for internal and external services to drive innovation and economies of scale. to date, two terminals have been onboarded, and ICTSI’S focus is to connect the majority of its terminals to the data platform.

“Digital transforma­tion projected to happen over the next Microsoft also provided a detailed solution and migration path for moving Navis N4 to Azure as well as roadmap to support ICTSI’S future aspiration­s.

“Everything went smoothly, and we completed the migration activities ahead of schedule. the system users have become more responsive after the migration to Azure,” Hibbert said.

“the infrastruc­ture is essential but only the foundation. We are working in many areas together, including data analytics, digital platform services, API [applicatio­n programmin­g interface] delivery, and web and mobile applicatio­ns for customers. this is the beginning of a very exciting journey that is all designed to ensure all of our terminals offer great digital experience­s to our customers.”

ICTSI also aims to enable further innovation­s by opening up its data platform to the public thru an API layer and allow access to citizen developers to build their apps and services.

the company is looking to partner with other private organizati­ons to create an open data platform where they can exchange data.

ICTSI’S goal is to encourage a start-up mentality and drive innovation in the Philippine­s in partnershi­p with Microsoft, the companies said.

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