Why Union Pacific Builds Its Own Tech – Informationweek

While Tennison jokes that UP isn’t likely to get into the general ledger software business anytime soon, it did develop its own supply chain applications, as the likes of SAP and Oracle couldn’t meet its stringent performance requirements (it will tolerate only 1.5 hours of downtime a month for system upgrades and changes)…

..The mother of all UP IT projects is NetControl, a Linux-based transportation management system to replace the mainframe-based system the company rolled out in the late 1960s. About 270 people worldwide are working on NetControl, which Tennison calls “our family jewels.” The $200 million system, which is rolled out in increments, is about halfway done and due to be fully operational in 2017.

(Full Story: Why Union Pacific Builds Its Own Tech – Informationweek)

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