Smooth Sailing for Virginia International Terminals

Virginia International Terminals

Virginia International Terminals, Inc. is one of the most sophisticated marine terminal operating companies in the world. It manages all of the state-owned port terminal facilities for the state of Virginia. Over 400 permanent VIT management staff and a variable work force of several thousand International Longshoremen’s Assoc. (ILA) laborers work around the clock to operate this state-of-the-art facility that generates $150 million annually.

Challenge

As a 24-hour operation, VIT depends on a variety of mission-critical applications to manage its operations. These applications, designed to track shipments, manage equipment, enable electronic data interchange and coordinate labor and other resources, were custom-developed in both Speedware/4GL and in COBOL. Furthermore, key information is stored within TurboIMAGE databases, a database management system proprietary to the HP e3000 platform. Virginia International Terminals was eager to undertake a migration process toward a more open computing environment. By doing this, VIT felt that it could protect the value of the investments it made in developing these custom applications and safeguard them against the future.

Solution

Fresche created a “jump start” migration program for VIT. First, Fresche’s professional migration services team performed a detailed assessment of the resources required to migrate VIT’s applications and databases. A consultant from the group then went onsite to VIT’s offices and migrated one of their key applications while at the same time training VIT’s technical staff on the process. Fresche also left behind a host of innovative application and database migration software tools.

Results

Because of the Jump Start program, VIT is now empowered to migrate their remaining applications and databases themselves — saving considerable money and allowing them to maintain complete control over the entire process.

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SummaryChallenge: VIT’s interest in moving toward an open computing system coincided nicely with Hewlett- Packard’s recent announcement of end-of-sale and end-of-support dates of robustness of Fresche Legacy’s tools, as well as by its exceptional customer service. VIT was looking for help to:
• Migrate toward HP-UX, a more open,
UNIX-based computing environment.
• Transition mission-critical Speedware/4GL and
Cobol applications without sacrificing functionality.
• Convert TurboImage databases to Oracle 9i
and train IT staff to manage this new RDBMS.
• Improve the graphical user interface of their
applications and extend their use to the web.
When it came time to partner with an experienced

 

Solution: Fresche Solutions created a “jump start” migration program for VIT. VIT is now empowered to migrate their remaining applications and databases themselves — saving considerable money and allowing them to maintain complete control over the entire process.

 

Testimonial: “Only one vendor stood out for its migration knowledge, experience, and exceptional service: Fresche Solutions. We are very pleased with our results to date and look forward to a continued partnership.”

 

– Clark Farabaugh, Jr., Assistant Director of IT, Virginia International Terminals