The Customs and Border Protection migrated its Automated Commercial System’s collections processing functions to IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) SmartCloud for Government platform in June as part of efforts to achieve cost savings and reduce its physical information technology infrastructure, Nextgov reported Friday.
ACS allows CBP to process, control and monitor all imported goods. In 2018, the agency collected and processed customs duties worth more than $41B using the system. Sam Gordy, general manager for IBM’s federal business, said the cloud migration marks CBP’s adoption of “mainframe-as-a-service” model, which allows agencies to move complex processes to the cloud.
“Things like this ACS system [need] … the technological capability of a mainframe computer to function properly,” Gordy said. “Now you can do that.”
IBM’s cloud platform secured certification under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program in 2013.