SCPA to Implement Cloud-based Billing Services

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

May 18, 2015

Billing Platform announced  that it will support South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) by providing a cloud application that streamlines and modernizes billing operations to promote efficient revenue recognition in a dynamic and evolving environment.
Established in 1942 by the South Carolina General Assembly, SCPA promotes, develops and facilitates the harbors and seaports within the state of South Carolina.  Today, the South Carolina Ports Authority operates the state's seaport assets in Charleston, Georgetown and Greer, a $45 billion-a-year economic engine generating hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state and beyond.

The Billing Platform application will be tasked with integrating with various ERP and yard management systems to support a diverse suite of vessel and container services in real-time. The solution will be configurable to automate complex charge routing and invoice delivery processes to ensure that the right charges get to the right people, as fast as possible.

Barry Sturmer, General Manager Financial Systems at SCPA, was initially "seeking to replace numerous home grown billing applications and processes with a single solution," he felt that "Billing Platform fills that need by allowing us to rate and bill any type of service."

"The solution allows us to do more than just meet our billing needs. We need to replace some business processes that precede and feed billing. Billing Platform allows us to incorporate those processes into the application. That leads to extensibility. By that I mean that we can extend the delivered application by creating new data entities and add unlimited additional fields to delivered entities, without writing code."

The platform allows SCPA to customize its data model quickly and easily in response to business demand. All system customizations for SCPA are implemented independent of core system functions, allowing for seamless upgrades and cross-environment portability.


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