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Customer Story

Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime achieves agility, responsiveness and innovation in providing services and staffing solutions for shipping.

Crowley Maritime, a global leader in marine solutions, vessel management, energy and supply-chain management, exemplifies just how valuable it is to focus on these goals. Since 1892, Crowley Maritime has constantly, innovated, adapted and worked hard to become the internationally respected industry leader it is today.

More than 20 years ago, Crowley Maritime moved its operations onto the IBM mainframe. Over time, the company developed and deployed hundreds of custom mainframe applications. But after two decades of rapid growth, it became increasingly clear that Crowley Maritime needed to modernize its IT, to move out to the cloud and significantly reduce dependence upon mainframe.

Moving to the cloud meant establishing a cloud-based Enterprise Service Bus architecture that could support distributed processing for analytics and reporting. That in turn meant integrating all existing applications and data. To get there, the company had to overcome many challenges. But one issue emerged as a major roadblock: Integrating mainframe data into the new distributed, cloud-based architecture.

The complexity, labor time, expense, and risks of directly porting decades of data and hundreds of customized mainframe applications made that approach completely unworkable.  A different path to mainframe integration had to be found.

Read more about the operational challenges facing this company, such as inquiries about shipments and agents lacking visibility to all systems and how Precisely helped them face those challenges.