“K” Line Global System — Case Study


In 1999, “K” Line contracted Advent to develop from scratch a global operating system to replace their current back office system, which was not meeting the changing needs of “K” Line’s business.

Advent developed an n-tier application — with multiple middle tier servers deployed throughout the world — based on a single centralized Oracle database. While benefiting from the “thicker” Microsoft Visual Basic platform client, the system deploys automatically to the client via the middle tier server. This mechanism allows “K” Line to deploy the application globally without having to visit each desktop for an installation.

This project — begun in 1999 and completed in 2001 — boasts a timeline that was shorter than any other global shipping line operating system that we are aware of. Advent maintained the system for all “K” Line offices worldwide for three years prior to transitioning maintenance of the system to an internal IT group. The system is currently in use in every country in which “K” Line does business.