Posts Tagged ‘Port of Long Beach’

City of Long Beach and Microsoft form a ‘Digital Alliance’

July 1st, 2015 Brianne Schaer No comments

Ignify is proud to call the city of Long Beach our home. Headquartered in downtown Long Beach since 2011, we have embraced the city’s laid-back atmosphere while still working to provide the highest level of software services to maximize efficiency and streamline business processes.

Our Microsoft Dynamics AX customer, The Port of Long Beach, supports more than 30,000 jobs in Long Beach and is recognized internationally as one of the world’s best seaports. Ignify’s partnership with the Port has led to improved operating efficiency due to automated financial processes and increased visibility into reporting and analytics.

As a Microsoft Partner with strong ties to the city of Long Beach, we would like to share the collaboration between Microsoft and the Long Beach City Council to form a Digital Alliance. The Digital Alliance program was launched in 2012 in Washington, D.C. and aims to bring increased technology access, education and training to students, residents, and small businesses.  

Check out the article below, released by the City of Long Beach.

The Long Beach City Council has agreed to collaborate with the Microsoft Corporation to bring Digital Alliance programs to the City and its residents. Partnering with local governments, Microsoft provides staff expertise and capacity building workshops designed to inspire young people as well as entrepreneurs.

“This new partnership is part of our commitment to creating a tech culture and economy in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Microsoft is a global leader in innovation and I'm excited that they are going to leverage their expertise and talent to support workforce and economic development programs for local residents and students.”

Currently, two types of events are proposed in Long Beach: Digi Camps and a BizSpark session. Digi Camps, which offer separate sessions for girls and boys, give kids a chance to take on technology challenges through small-group work, interact with Microsoft executives, and learn more about technology-related careers. The BizSpark session will serve local entrepreneurs and demonstrate how technology can simplify everyday tasks, increase their productivity, reduce business operations costs, and grow their business.

“By combining the numerous digital and training assets of Microsoft with the Mayor and City of Long Beach’s focus on education and investing in the technology sector, we know that this relationship will empower the citizens of Long Beach to realize their full potential,” said Tori Locke, General Manager for Microsoft’s State and Local Government business. “Microsoft is excited to support the City in its efforts to create more economic development and educational resources for the businesses and youth in Long Beach.”

The City and Microsoft will determine the best dates and locations for the events. Once planned, up to 100 girls, 100 boys, and 200 local business owners will be able to participate.

Brianne Schaer is a Product Marketing Specialist at Ignify. Ignify is Worldwide Microsoft Partner in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010, and offers eCommerce, ERP, CRM, Order Management and POS solutions based on the Microsoft Dynamics line of products. Ignify has been included as the fastest growing businesses in North America for seven years in a row by Inc. Magazine and Deloitte in the FAST 500 from 2008 to 2013.

Ignify Customer Spotlight: The Port of Long Beach

April 22nd, 2014 Brianne Schaer No comments

As one of the nation’s premier seaports, the Port of Long Beach provides roughly 316,000 jobs in Southern California and handles more than $155 billion worth of products, from clothes and shoes to lumber and steel, that pass through its harbor annually.

In addition to it being an economic powerhouse, the Port is a leader in providing environmental initiatives to minimize or eliminate negative environmental impacts.

With such a huge economic, logistic, and environmental footprint to track, the Port needed a reliable system to monitor its operations, such as tracking the high volume of vessels and cargo that pass through its waters to managing invoices and the billing system.

Ignify’s specialized implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX improved operating efficiency by automating the invoicing and accounts receivable processes, increasing oversight of revenue recognition an analytical reporting systems, enhancing productivity, and providing complete visibility of Port processes.

“Ignify came up with an ingenious idea,” Douglas Albrecht, Director of Information Management of the Port of Long Beach said at Ignify’s CXO Breakfast Series. “We have built data interfaces with partners such as the Marine Exchange and the City of Long Beach; almost all data flows into the system electronically now, everybody works from the AX screens.”

The CXO Breakfast Series featured Albrecht as the keynote speaker. He shared how choosing Microsoft Dynamics AX has streamlined previously burdensome manual processes in order to make the Port’s operations run smoothly and efficiently. This has, in turn, strengthened overall port processes while improving customer satisfaction.

Albrecht said that the number one complaint he would receive from staff prior to implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX was the inability to access important information. The staff could work more efficiently if it didn’t have to dig through information.

The billing system was the first main target area.

“Replacing our billing system was one of the most significant things we had on our plate because that’s where our revenue comes from,” said Albrecht. “You don’t want to disrupt that information flow for a moment.”

With Microsoft Dynamics AX, the Port’s data is correct, accurate, and accessible at any time. The invoices became consolidated—instead of 30 or 40 invoices for one vessel call, there is one invoice for everything, from inbound to discounts to the dockage.

The Port’s successful implementation and usage of Microsoft Dynamics AX was recognized by Microsoft as they were a finalist for a 2014 Customer Excellence Award.

“What I want to share is we don’t do IT projects,” said Albrecht. “We do business projects; and the way we do this—the way we make this real—is we bring business managers in as project managers on our IT and business projects.”

Ignify’s port solution is based on the Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics platforms, and provides the following functionality to port authorities, shippers, and marine terminal owners:  vessel information management and vessel scheduling, billing and invoicing, contract management, property management, and electronic data interchange.

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Brianne Schaer is an Assistant Copywriter at Ignify. Ignify is a technology provider of CRM, eCommerce, ERP, and Point of Sale software solutions to organizations. Ignify has won the worldwide Microsoft Partner of the Year Award in 2013, 2012 and 2011. Ignify has been included as the fastest growing businesses in North America for seven years in a row by Deloitte, Inc Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine from 2007 to 2013.

Ignify Customer Port of Long Beach Receives CIO Award

June 19th, 2012 Ashley Harbaugh No comments

Ignify is proud of the recognition our customers receive for their business accomplishments, and we’re glad to announce another award that one of our distinguished customers have earned: Doug Albrecht, CIO of the Port of Long Beach, received the 2012 CIO Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal. Recipients of the 2012 CIO Award were honored at a special reception on Thursday, June 14, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Business Journal’s CIO Awards honor individuals in top information technology positions within organizations who play vital roles in making Los Angeles businesses, institutions and nonprofit groups successful.

Doug Albrecht has been a cornerstone figure in implementing the business and technology initiatives responsible for the Port of Long Beach’s outstanding economic development. His division helps the Port achieve its strategic goals by improving business processes and implementing business-critical systems that make the organization more effective. He is also responsible for providing technology expertise internally to the organization, and for ensuring that the Port’s technology users deliver the highest customer service through continuous service improvement. Ignify is glad to partner with the Port of Long Beach in creating and implementing the software solutions that assist in streamlining processes and enhancing productivity.

Doug Albrecht, CIO of the Port of Long Beach (center), is joined by Port of Long Beach colleagues Mike Fetner, System Adminstrator (left), and Charles Mallory, Assistant Director Information Management (right).

One particularly important technological and business project that the Port of Long Beach worked on with Ignify was the re-organization and streamlining of the Port’s financial and analytical reporting systems. With such a high volume of vessels and cargo to track, the business software previously responsible for helping the Port of Long Beach monitor their operations required the manual processing of shipping documents, vessel information, and billing, which created a massive amount of paperwork. This system not only slowed processing efficiency, it also made it difficult to get a clear view of management information for decision making.

The Port of Long Beach partnered with Ignify to fulfill critical IT requirements by implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX. This system enabled the Port of Long Beach to eliminate time-consuming practices and improve operational efficiency by automating the invoicing and accounts receivable processes; increase oversight of revenue recognition and analytical reporting systems; enhance productivity; and provide complete visibility of Port processes.

Mr. Albrecht was also the keynote presenter at Ignify’s CXO Breakfast Event in May 2012, offering crucial insights to other business and technology leaders on how the Port utilizes Microsoft Dynamics AX software, and the significant advantages this system and the Port’s IT infrastructure provides business operations.

Congratulations again to Doug Albrecht and the Port of Long Beach team!

Ashley Harbaugh is a Product Marketing Specialist at Ignify. Ignify is a technology provider of CRM, eCommerce and ERP, software solutions to businesses and public sector organizations. Ignify has been included as the fastest growing business in North America for 5 years in a row by Deloitte, Inc Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine and ranked as one of 100 most innovative companies in the world in the Red Herring Global 100 in 2011.