Categories: a-port-information, BusinessPublished On: 01.07.2022423 words2.2 min read

Ports of the Future: Could Spreadsheet Solutions be Putting Organisations at Risk? Is Digital Transformation the Answer?

Ports of the Future

Ports of the future are efficient enablers for UK sustainable economic growth. This is achieved by ports being connected, digital, green and economic activity hubs. With this achieved, ports can enhance their competitive position, improve efficiency, enhance safety, improve resilience, and move towards decarbonisation aims.

Spreadsheet Troubles

Paper and spreadsheet processes, whilst popular, are not always the best tool for the job. Dependency and reliance on legacy tools can expose organisations to potential losses such as revenue, productivity, security, and scalability.

A quick Google search can reveal the countless number of spreadsheet horror stories where data inaccuracies have led to share prices falling, unhappy customers and damaging reporting. Managing data heavy, time consuming spreadsheet processes can affect the productivity of employees. Tedious tasks involving spreadsheets can lead to slip ups within formulas, and human error can have a drastic impact on organisations balance sheets, security as well as productivity.

As organisations grow, spreadsheets cannot offer the scalability required to handle vast amounts of client data. As file sizes grow, performance is impacted ultimately hindering essential processes for organisation.

Digital Transformation – the First Step Towards Becoming Ports of the Future?

Technologies providing the means for digitalisation of processes can capture data from the environment, machinery, buildings or equipment improves efficiency of processes, productivity and sustainability.

This movement supports the maritime industry align with the UK Gov Future of Freight vision. In the medium and long term, a sector that is cost-efficient, reliable, resilient and environmentally sustainable are key for this vision.

The power of digitisation allows organisations to work offline mitigating risk associated with connectivity. This provides resilience through the ability to quickly scale to demand, providing robust solutions to absorb, resist and avoid disruption and recover when disruption does occur.

Operational Efficiencies Driven by Data

Data capture provides organisations the opportunity to identify weak points in the chain, predict future events based on historical trends, establish optimisation options, and model new ways of working based on the impact of new technology prior to investment.

Simple methods of data capture and reporting offers visibility to ports to identify bottlenecks. For example, road freight entering ports and

Digital Transformation – The Solution

Agile application platforms, such as TAAP, are being used globally across many industries fulfilling digital and data capture requirements driving operational efficiencies and cost saving.

This is just the start of what’s possible.

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