Advantum Milestones

1981
1981

The Early Years

PCS was established in 1981 as the primary supplier of information technology services to the Jamaican shipping industry. The company holds the distinction of being the pioneer in the computerization of the Port of Kingston.
1981

Incorporation of Port Computer Services Limited (PCS)

PCS entered a partnership with COSMOS, a leading developer and supplier of aterminal operating system, to provide the Container Tracking Solution for the Kingston Container Terminal.
1984
1984

Wharfage Information System (WIS)

Wharfage Information System (WIS) was developed and deployed to Kingston Wharves Limited. The solution facilitates the management of revenue for wharf companies – it includes core processes from data entry to the calculation of charges, generation of invoices, receipts and container gate-passes.
1988
1988

PCS acquired a second IBM System

PCS acquired a second IBM System 38 to accommodate increased utilization by a growing customer base.
1988

PCS introduced hand-held technology to the Port of Kingston

PCS introduced hand-held technology to the Port of Kingston. This was used to capture information at ship side, allowing for immediate data bank update of containers. This development marked the first time hand-held technology was being used on the Island.
1990
1990

PCS engineered the software programme to manage the first NCB Publish Share Issue

1990

Personal Computer interface was created by PCS

Personal Computer interface was created by PCS to move data between System 38 and the hand- held devices - a first, in Jamaica and the region.
1990

PCS developed a suite of software solutions for the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ)

PCS developed a suite of software solutions for the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) – the entity charged with the responsibility to regulate the daily supply and management of certain categories of labour on the Port and also to acts on behalf of its members in initiatives to advance industrial relations, training, security, information.. The suite comprised of: CESS Management Solution, Pension Management and Port Workers Payroll.
1992
1992

IBM AS/400

IBM AS/400 which maintains a reputation internationally as being one of the most robust servers was acquired to replace the two System 38 servers, effectively increasing the company's information processing capacity by 100%.
1995
1995

Acquired graphical operational software

Acquired graphical operational software from Belgium to manage yard, vessel and equipment at Kingston Container Terminal
1995

The region’s first fully automated Berth Planning Solution was developed by PCS.

1996
1996

PCS established (WAN)

PCS established an industry Wide Area Network (WAN) for the local shipping industry
1996

Developed Agent Information System (AGIS)

Developed Agent Information System (AGIS) allowing Agents to input manifest information manually or electronically for quick retrieval and billing of charges. PCS also developed Paragon, an accounting-based software package for the shipping industry and the wider business community.
1998
1998

PCS entered the regional market

PCS entered the regional market with the implementation of its Wharfage Information Systems (WIS) at St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority in St. Kitts.
2004
2004

Developed and deployed ADiS

Developed and deployed ADiS, a Demurrage Management Solution for Assessment & Recoveries Limited a collection agent.
2008
2008

PCS forged a partnership with the developers of Fortis

PCS forged a partnership with the developers of Fortis Enterprise Document Management Software to offer their suite of solutions in the region.
2008

Partnership with Microsoft

Partnership signed with Microsoft Solutions to offer their Dynamic Solutions and other Microsoft offerings in Jamaica.
2009
2009

PCS developed an integrated Interactive Voice Response

PCS developed and launched an integrated Interactive Voice Response with the labour deployment system for the Shipping Association of Jamaica.
2009

Partnership signed with Vintage Point Solution

Partnership signed with Vintage Point Solution to offer their Human Resource Management Solution in the region.
2009

Development of the ADVANTUM Suite of solutions

PCS the commencement of the development of the ADVANTUM Suite of solutions. One of the first contracts signed was to deploy ADVANTUM Port Manager replacing the Wharfage Information System (WIS) developed in 1988.
2010
2010

Launching of the brand DataVault

PCS took the bold step to enhance their business continuity solutions by launching the brand DataVault. DataVault offers two software solutions to allow for business continuity in the aftermath of a disaster or total system failure. It includes Online Backup and Server Hosting.
2010

Partnership with Digicel Jamaica Limited.

PCS launched its Server Hosting Solution in partnership with telecoms giant Digicel Jamaica Limited.

Today PCS has catapulted into a modern Information Technology Company which boasts state of the art equipment and software. PCS has also reengineered its products and services to meet a wider cross section of the business community.