Microsoft deploys blockchain, AI and the cloud for Maersk Line

Maersk can address security, latency and availability issues through cloud
Necip Ozyucel, cloud and enterprise business group lead at Microsoft
Necip Ozyucel, cloud and enterprise business group lead at Microsoft

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The world’s largest shipping line Maersk is no stranger to digital transformation. It was the first global logistics company to embrace IoT, creating a framework by which it could monitor not only every vessel in its fleet, but the speed, course and engine parameters as well.

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Now, with the help of Microsoft, it has taken that a step further, and the technology giant is exhibiting its Maersk success story on its stand at GITEX Technology Week 2019. Maersk adopted Microsoft Azure, migrated key workloads to the cloud, and modernized its open-source software, which included the adoption of Kubernetes on Azure.

Essentially, this means that the shipping line can now monitor and control all stages of a voyage for every single one of its more than 600 container ships. “Maersk software engineers now spend less time on container software management and more time on innovation and value-added projects.

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"The resulting business value is savings on resource costs, faster solution delivery time, and the ability to attract expert IT talent,” says Necip Ozyucel, cloud and enterprise business group lead at Microsoft.

“This system enables Maersk to optimise its routes in real-time across the 350 ports it services,” he explains. “It can re-route ships around weather systems, reduce insurance costs by only paying insurance on risks that are current and not historical, prevent ships being delayed outside ports through slow-steaming if there’s a backlog and so on.”

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