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  • December 21, 2014

How Lloyd’s Register shipped mobile app on mainframe by Joe Curtis

Juergen Kress
PaaS & Middleware Partner Adoption


Oracle helped Lloyd's Register have an IBM mainframe support a mobile app.

Lloyd's Register (LR), the global shipping classification organisation is using its IBM mainframe to support a speedy mobile app used by thousands of surveyors after turning to Oracle's Mobile Application Framework (MAF).

The organisation is owned by Lloyd's Register Foundation, a charity, but runs as a business. Its marine arm relies on ship fleet managers booking surveys for LR to inspect and assess their docked ships in order to make its money.

But until February this year, LR was relying on a website created at the dawn of the internet, running off an IBM mainframe.

It was used for customers to make survey bookings and check existing boat data, and for internal surveyors to monitor boat surveys already made.

LR database administrator Richard Childe said surveyors also relied on out of date laptops to access the site, while docks usually lacked internet access.

As a result, LR came to him with a demand to create a mobile app that would do the job instead.

However, the app needed to utilise the IBM mainframe that contained all the shipping survey data - a real sticking point, said Childe.

Childe, who called LR a "big Oracle shop", went digging into its existing Oracle deployments and found the Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF), which was updated just this year to allow customers to create single-source mobile apps for Android and iOS. Read the complete article here.

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