Integrating Mainframe with App Front End

Location: USA

Industry: Import & Export/ Warehousing/ Accounting


The United states imports roughly $ 2 trillion in goods through its borders. Most of the documentation associated with this trade is filed manually. The US Customs department offers brokers to file this information electronically however a stringent and complicated certification process means only about 18 companies in all of the US are certified for this submission. To make matters worse, during the last 10 years, US import regulations have changed a great deal. There have been many factors which contributed to the increased complexity of the procedures that importers and brokers have to undergo, which include.

ACELynk aimed to become the premier cloud services provider for Custom’s submissions this by integrating their cloud hosted front end (AceLynk) with US Customs’ Automated Commercial System (ACS)


Allied Consultants connected the AceLynk (ASP.NET) front end to the IBM Mainframes running the ACS system. Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 was used to parse messages, transform them to ABI/ACS requirements formats and to transmit the messages in a reliable and secure manner. The web application is ported to the cloud using Microsoft Azure services enabling a cost-effective, flexible, reliable and salable front end for the application.

The company has plans to offer the integration services as a third party cloud services.

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