Erria had been using a trial version of Intellocorp's new SaaS (Software as a Service) program Intelloship on one of its combined dry-cargo and container ships, but officially signed a fleet-wide contract for the service before the trial period was half way through.
“We choose Intellocorp as they have a vast knowledge and understanding of the industry,” says Erria managing director, Henrik Andersen.
“After just a few weeks, we gained a better picture of our business. There is no backlog in the office, and the dashboard is available 24/7, 365 days a year.”
Intelloship, launched earlier this year, is designed to give real-time data on fuel performance, crew performance and several other key performance indicators (KPIs) for a variety of container, cargo, cruise and Ro/Ro vessels. Data is provided at sea as well as onshore to company executives.
Intellocorp used Microsoft technologies and tools to build Intelloship, which runs in the Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure. Microsoft has since invited Intellocorp to become a new strategic partner.
“Microsoft did a great job in making this happen and we had great success,” said Intellocorp CEO, Morten Bjoern.
Ship operators can use the software to view fleet information in one place, the Executive Dashboard which is constantly updated. This allows for transparency of data across fleets and from ship to shore.
Intellocorp says that the biggest benefits of the system are that it is web-based, requiring no on-site installation unless the user chooses the On-Premise version, and therefore needs no local maintenance.
“Companies are looking for advanced software systems to monitor their fuel performance, and more, and typically end up making huge investments,” said Mr Bjoern.
“Some programs can cost millions of dollars to develop, plus you also have the added high cost of software analysts. All of this is removed with Intelloship.”
Intelloship also incorporates LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) user authentication, Excel spreadsheet web uploads, filtering capabilities, benchmarking and a ‘lite’ design to minimise bandwidth requirements.
Users can download cumulative trend data directly from the website in Excel format and integrate it with Crystal Reports or other Microsoft tools, while a historical archive of all voyage reports entered into the system in Excel format is available, accessed via the Dashboard.
Intellocorp says that a future release of the system will include a ‘Data Threshold’ feature where data validation will range between minimum and maximum values and trigger alerts if it doesn't meet specified criteria. These alerts can be sent via e-mail or automated phone call.
“Making data work for the customer is our prime directive,” said Mr Bjoern.
“Most companies only utilise between 5-10 per cent of the data collected to monitor vessel performance. But now they can get back to the basics by using the data they already have available while having our software help analyse it.”
“Then they'll have a clear, failsafe decision-making tool that has minimal risk and huge savings. As Erria A/S now knows, this is business intelligence at its best.”
The Intelloship program is available for a fixed monthly fee.