Royal Caribbean Cruises selects CA to transform IT

Infotech Lead America: Royal Caribbean Cruises has selected CA Technologies’ IT management solutions to transform IT and enhance the guest experience on 35 of its ships.

“Our investment in technology has increased dramatically. Thanks to CA Technologies Business Service Innovation approach, we have transitioned our focus from maintaining IT systems to delivering new, innovative guest services with speed and agility,” said Bill Martin, chief information officer for Royal Caribbean Cruises.

“CA Technologies has enabled us to transform our IT organization and address the high expectations guests have as a result of the trend towards consumerization of IT. Guests want wireless access to the Internet from their smartphones, tablets, laptops and game consoles the second they board the ship to access a range of services; it’s imperative that we provide them the best possible experience with those services,” Martin added.

To simplify IT management both on shore and onboard its ships, the company uses a range of CA Technologies solutions, including application performance management, infrastructure management, automation, and project and portfolio management.

CA Application Performance Management helps Royal Caribbean ensure quality of service and quality of experience for its Web sites. CA APM enables the cruise company to identify and resolve potential problems before they cause downtime and disruption for guests.

Royal Caribbean uses CA Spectrum and CA Virtual Assurance for Infrastructure Managers to manage its on-board network and data center devices. The integrated solution, used on SL class and OA class ships, enables Royal Caribbean to monitor its infrastructure across multiple platforms via user-friendly dashboards that help the organization drill down to identify and fix the root cause of a problem before it impacts guests.

Moreover, Royal Caribbean uses CA Client Automation to track networked assets and deploy software upgrades remotely to help minimize the need for IT staff to travel around the ship and ensure devices remain continuously available.

“Hospitality companies such as Royal Caribbean know that the guest experience has to exceed expectations from the first moment of engagement throughout the entire stay. That means everything – from the reservation system and check-in process to the baggage and towel service – must run at optimal levels,” said Mike Sargent, general manager, Enterprise Management, CA Technologies.

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