Danish shipping company Maersk has decided to advance its cloud-first technology approach by expanding its use of Microsoft Azure as its cloud platform.
According to a statement, Azure gives Maersk access to a resilient and high-performing portfolio of cloud services, enabling its company to innovate and deliver scalable, reliable and secure products with faster time-to-market.
Azure also enables Maersk to build scalable platforms to enable organic and inorganic growth, supporting the company’s transformation strategy.
In addition, Maersk will be able to gain better insights and support new ways of working through the use of machine learning and data analytics, the announcement said.
Remote Container Management (RCM) is already a result of the existing cooperation between Maersk and Microsoft. With this digital solution, Maersk can monitor temperature and humidity data from hundreds of thousands of coolers in real time.
Another project, Connected Vessel, aims to optimize fuel economy by monitoring performance data from Maersk container ships to create a shared view with experts ashore who can offer advice to ship captains and help reduce bunkering costs and reduce emissions.
“Digital technologies are critical for the logistics industry to develop solutions and services that help build and maintain resilient supply chains, Microsoft,” commented Judson Althoff, Microsoft executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
He added, “With Azure as Maersk’s strategic cloud platform, Microsoft and Maersk are working together to accelerate innovation and digitize the industry to meet the evolving needs of their customers.”