Discreet and essential EDI
Interview with Julien Grandjean software developer and integrator at MGI.
A wide range of skills
I joined MGI in 2005 to work on integrating the AP+ system launched that year at the Marseille-Fos port. I basically built the interfaces. Over the years, I’ve shifted to software development using JAVA, the language used for AP+. I’ve also developed my operating skills, in other words the relationship with our server hosting partner, IBM, in order to better understand the technical aspect of server configuration. In 2012, I also got the opportunity to go to New Caledonia with my manager for the full installation of AP+. It was an amazing experience! However my main focus is still Electronic Data Interchange. EDI is the process used to connect all the private and public systems of port communities that use our solutions – AP+ before, and now Ci5. I’ve already interfaced a number of systems but it’s not over with the roll-out of Ci5 in future port communities!
The technical department – an essential component at MGI
With both AP+ and Ci5, most communication uses EDI. The technical department is an essential component that provides important internal assistance for the user support department and for managers and project managers who manage port communities equipped with our CCS. With my skills in integration, operation and EDI, I’m kind of a jack of all trades who people come to when they have a technical problem. With my colleagues in the EDI division, we analyse the problem and find a solution to get things going again quickly!
On the job from the design of Ci5 to its roll-out
For Ci5, I got fully back into EDI. I worked on the migration of the EAI (Enterprise Application Integration) platform to make it compatible with Ci5. The latest technologies used in the new CCS didn’t exist in the AP+ platform.
AP+ used XML and Ci5 runs with JSON. Re-developing the architecture will save us a lot of time down the road since we’ll be able to easily translate messages from other tools and adapt to new technologies. Integration of declarations, import and export inspection procedures, ship calls, dangerous goods, bookings, manifests, gate in and out… with Ci5, we reconnected all the Marseille-Fos port’s private and public IT systems in the exact same way. Right now, most goods statuses and key information are integrated into Ci5 via EDI. In 2019, we’ll do the same for all the port communities that switch over to Ci5.
Work that makes sense
What keeps me motivated after over thirteen years at MGI? I would have to say that it’s the service we provide. What we do is crucial and essential. You might not notice it, but EDI represents the majority of data that is entered into the CCS. I also like the diversity of my job. We receive countless formats and each day we have to be resourceful and innovate to come up with the solutions that operators expect. It’s MGI, which means that we work quickly and as a close-knit team!
A bright future for MGI
What’s in store for us? I see a bright future because there are still a lot of services that can be developed, especially to provide better goods tracking and for the famous last mile. We’re on our way to writing a new page of our history and I can’t wait to be part of it!
By Marie Pavesio, marketing and communication manager.