Matson’s shipping network reaches Hawaii, Alaska, China, and Guam, along with other areas of the South Pacific. Its IT requirements include precise tracking of customer shipments as they move around the world in vessels, shipping terminals, container equipment, and trucks. In addition, Matson’s customers rely on cloud-based applications to provide real-time visibility and analytics in managing their own supply chains.
All these applications now run on the AWS Cloud, including Matson’s custom-built booking and billing systems, terminal operations, global equipment management, and customer-facing website.
“Several years ago we set out on a journey to modernize our entire portfolio of enterprise applications and to upgrade and optimize every corner of our IT infrastructure,” said Peter Weis, Matson’s CIO, in a statement. “Once we completed our application modernization, we were ready to culminate this transformation by migrating onto a single cloud platform.”
Weis said Matson chose the AWS Cloud for its cost benefits as well as its security capabilities and overall performance.
AWS Sees Hot Competition
AWS is number one, according to an August IHS study, which reported AWS revenues of $7.9 billion. But other cloud titans, and smaller competitors as well, are busily working to take some of that market share.
In September Google said it was hiring 1,000 more employees to boost its cloud business. It’s also providing enterprises with new training and certification programs. This is all under one big umbrella called Google Cloud.
IBM is also building out its cloud technologies, and it’s using its Watson IoT platform to give it a unique twist.