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Posted 08 December 2016 by Wim De Maeyer 
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Vopak Launches New Terminal Management System Built with OutSystems Low-Code Platform

Company innovates its business and is ready for the digital future

Utrecht, December 5, 2016

OutSystems announced that Vopak, the world’s leading independent tank storage company, launched a new Terminal Management System that was solely built with OutSystems low-code application development platform. The Arrival2Departure application is now active in the port of Savannah, Georgia, USA, and will soon be rolled out worldwide to all of Vopak's terminals.

The Terminal Management System -- a big step forward in the company’s digital transformation -- supports Vopak's main logistical core processes. OutSystems enables Vopak’s developers to build and deliver enterprise-grade applications faster and more efficiently. Vopak is already experiencing several business advantages with OutSystems flexible, cloud-based platform, including:

  • Real-time insight - Because the Terminal Management System operates from one central database that is updated in real-time, employees have 24/7 insight into the terminals' logistics processes, from anywhere in the world. Operational decisions can be made using the actual data, resulting in better planning decisions and increased safety.

  • Mobile workforce - Unlike the old ERP, the Terminal Management System is available on safe tablets and smartphones. This gives terminal employees in the workplace immediate access to all protocols and procedures.

  • Flexible IT - With OutSystems, the IT department can implement changes in weeks instead of months like the old ERP system. This enables the company to respond more quickly to new situations and requests from the workplace and from its customers.

  • Efficiency improvement - All these benefits combined provide a great efficiency improvement within the company. Roughly estimated, terminal employees' work can be carried out 10 to 25 percent faster.


"The development of this Terminal Management System is part of a larger IT transformation program within Vopak," said Leo Brand, Vopak's CIO. "In parallel, we are phasing out our old ERP system and will only support our business with PaaS and SaaS applications going forward. For our core processes, we made a strategic choice to develop on OutSystems low-code development platform. OutSystems enables us to build our own custom applications, bringing them to the business as a PaaS and implementing changes extremely fast. This provides Vopak with the ability to innovate the company's core processes, really making a difference in comparison to our competition.”


"Vopak is an excellent example of the transformation that is currently happening in enterprises worldwide. Large monolithic systems have proven to be inflexible, and progressive organizations are instead opting for configurable, cloud-based architectures. OutSystems helps enterprises in this transformation by greatly simplifying the development, management and rapid change of applications," said Paulo Rosado, CEO of OutSystems.

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About Vopak

Royal Vopak is the world's leading independent tank storage provider, specializing in the storage and handling of bulk liquid chemicals, gases, and oil products. Vopak has a worldwide network of tank terminals. The terminals are strategically located for users along the major shipping routes. Customers are mainly companies operating in the chemical and oil industries, with Vopak storing a large variety of products for many industries.


About OutSystems

Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organizations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire application portfolios that easily integrate with existing systems. Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems.

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