Dubai Ports and Customs accelerates import/export with IBM

Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCF) has accelerated the import of goods through the emirate’s ports by using IBM’s WebSphere MQ technology.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  February 25, 2002

Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCF) has accelerated the import of goods through the emirate’s ports by using IBM’s WebSphere MQ technology to reduce transaction times.

Rather than having to submit separates manifests for each department, users are now able to send them to one central point before Big Blue’s middleware agent sends validated versions to the associated departments.

Juma Alghaith, application development manager for the information technology system department, Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation explains that IBM’s middleware allows the organisation to leverage its existing legacy systems rather than having to replace them.

“The major advantage for us was that we did not have to replace the three existing systems with a completely new system: we could simply use IBM’s middleware technology to easily and seamlessly link the three core processes. This allowed the solution to be put in place at a minimum cost, with no impact on the service we need to provide,” he says.

Bashar Kilani, manager of business transformation & integration software, Middle East and Africa, IBM added that the WebSphere solution was particularly suited to the PCF environment as it was able to integrate different platforms seamlessly.

“WebSphere MQ is perfectly suited to a project of this type. Integration of core business processes across different platforms is a task that this middleware technology performs particularly well. WebSphere MQ is an extremely flexible, robust and scalable solution,” he says.

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