aboitiz jebsen appoints db wizards to enhance their crewing system

April 3, 2012 Manila, Philippines - Aboitiz Jebsen (Abojeb), dB Wizards and Microsoft Philippines recently announced a three-way partnership that will enable Abojeb to meet the needs of its organization as well as stay competitive in its field by enhancing its crewing system with Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

PR-PBSP.jpgPhoto Shows (L-R): Poch Reyes - Managing Director, dB Wizards; Arleen Asuncion - Vice President for Crewing System, Aboitiz Jebsen Company Inc.; Bjorn Jebsen - Chairman of the Board, Aboitiz Jebsen Company Inc.; Vivian Cristobal - Assistant Vice President, Aboitiz Jebsen Company Inc; John Bessey - Managing Director, Microsoft Philippines.

This partnership is a renewal and extension of the relationship that started 10 years ago when Abojeb first developed its crewing system with tapped dB Wizards to develop its crewing system. After maximizing the usage of the system, both technical- and functional-wise, Abojeb realized the pressing need to upgrade its crewing system to address the many changes in the business rules, their business models, and to also stay competitive. This paved the way to the company’s most recent adoption of the Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

“The company’s move from the existing platform to this long-term sustainable system architecture offered by Microsoft allows for the accommodation of the complexity and additional functionality requirements in our operations,” said Bjorn Jebsen, Chairman of the Board, Aboitiz Jebsen Company, Inc.

“We evaluated various providers and applications and chose dB Wizards based on overall company stability, technical expertise and its relationship with Microsoft to allow us to use the company’s newest version of SQL Server 2012,” Jebsen explained.

“We are happy that more and more Filipino companies like Abojeb are realizing the value of making sound IT investments. This is a major step for Abojeb and we, together with dDB Wizards, are committed to ensuring that they maximize this investment, ultimately making their operations more streamlined and their people more efficient,” said John Bessey, Managing Director, Microsoft Philippines.

Abojeb is a company that provides ship management, crew management, training and other fully integrated maritime services to shipping companies worldwide. Abojeb services the maritime industry by efficiently managing its shipping and crewing system with the objective of answering the specific needs of its key stakeholders – its business partners, ship owners and managers worldwide as well as over 7,000 Filipino seafarers.

A key element most useful to the Abojeb partnership is the tight relationship with Microsoft. As an executing solutions partner, dB Wizards developed and designed the system on the Microsoft platform, taking advantage of SQL Server 2012 advancements in scalability, security and reporting, making possible the major enhancement that Abojeb will implement with on their crewing system, which will run on the SQL Server 2012. “With Abojeb being one of our first customers, we are delighted to be chosen once again by Abojeb as their partner of choice for this project,” shares Pocholo Reyes, dB Wizards Managing Director.

dB Wizards is the leading IT Organization that provides world-class solutions and services to enable customers to achieve their business objectives. It takes pride in being a 100% Filipino-owned corporation, and an award-winning company, bagging the title Systems Integrator Partner of the Year in 2011 and 2008. The value-adds it brings to the partnership with Abojeb are its 13 years of experience in application development, discipline, change management, and SLA based support via it’s manage service practice. All of these are, which is particularly valuable in its co-development effort to train Abojeb’s IT team programmers, change management, and support via the manage service practice.

Through partnerships like this, Microsoft is making its products and innovations more accessible and available to the companies, organizations and corporations in the country. Bessey further emphasizes the value of the partnership with dB Wizards, “With its successful track record of ten years in ICT, dB Wizards is a good choice of partner to work with. dB Wizards brings a wealth of experience to the table.

“And one important thing that Microsoft believes in is that we are dependent on our partners for our success.” concluded Bessey.


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