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Welcome to the first Smart Solutions event. 

The day has been designed to bring together the end-users of shipping software services and IT companies. Our first session in the conference room (lower ground floor) will be looking at the issue of harmonisation in the industry. We would greatly welcome your views and have listed some discussion points below to help the debate. Please use this session to share your views and experiences.  


1130 – 1300    Harmonisation for the shipping industry? – A discussion panel led by Capt Philip Bacon, AM Nomikos.




Jeremy Penn, Chief Executive, the Baltic Exchange
Capt Philip Bacon, Head of Operations, AM Nomikos
Peter Andersen, VP Sales & Marketing, Q88
Peter Svensson, CEO, Baltic Spot

Discussion points:

  • What are the disruptive technologies that the shipping & trading community should be paying attention to?

  • Should there be big all-in-one solutions from one supplier, or should we focus on integration of distinct applications from best-in-class specialists? 

  • How are current freight/voyage/fixture/derivative management software providers catering for tomorrow’s “surround strategy” without relying on bespoke integrations? How are APIs* coming along? The Standard Shipping API/webservice protocol?

  • What has been the impact of geographical dispersal on your business? How do we best deal with an organisation that has traders in London, chartering in Geneva, vessel operators in East Europe and voyage accounting in SE Asia? The relevance of Business Process functionality?

  • Are technology providers walling in their clients? Or is this paranoia?

  • How qualified are shipbrokers / business to challenge the techies’ view of the future? Is qualification even required? Who are the interpreters?

  • Class bodies are fixated with influencing regulation and preventing litigation… are they entirely missing the point of harmonisation?

  • “But our segment is too different” – fact or myth?


*API = Application Programming Interface, the software equivalent of the 19-pin plug

Food for thought……

“Blending applications” (Gartner)

Gartner Says By 2016, the Impact of Cloud and Emergence of Postmodern ERP Will Relegate Highly Customized ERP* Systems to "Legacy" Status

By 2016, heavily customized ERP implementations will be routinely referred to as "legacy ERP," according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner said that as alternatives to monolithic, on-premises ERP and enterprise applications continue to mature, CIOs and application leaders must take action to address the fast-approaching reality of "legacy ERP." 

"The need for agility and responsiveness has led highly customized ERP implementations to an impasse, creating a subset of legacy ERP installations that must be dealt with constructively," said Andy Kyte, vice president and Gartner Fellow. "Early ERP adopters, particularly large enterprises in energy, manufacturing and distribution industries, are paying the penalty of a decade or more of excessive customization. Businesses looking to improve administration today can take advantage of lower costs, better functional fit and process flexibility offered by blending cloud applications with on-premises applications in what we now refer to as 'postmodern ERP." 

The ERP suite is being deconstructed into postmodern ERP that will result in a more federated, loosely coupled ERP environment with much of the functionality sourced as cloud services or via business process outsourcers. 

Retrieved from on 29th May 2015

*ERP = Enterprise Resource Planning system


“User-centric Front-end Apps”, “The mobile world will conquer from the Front End”

In contrast to the structured back-end ERP, enterprises also employ highly agile and adaptive front-end software (…)

This user-centric software, which often runs on mobile devices, uses lightweight technologies such as Ajax, scripting languages, the Resource Description Framework (RDF), and representational state transfer (REST). 

These applications are collaborative, interactive, and exception-driven. 

Rather than predefined business processes that must be audited later, they feature ad hoc, informal processes that are highly variable. These front-end applications have very short life cycles — like throwaway software — and consistency isn’t the foremost goal.

Retrieved from 29th May 2015

1300    Lunch

Supplier presentations (lower ground conference room)

1400    How can the shipping industry make sense of all the data at its fingertips? Understanding the power of big data, and how to use it on a practical level.
ArgyrisStasinakis, Commercial Director, Marine Traffic

1415    The cloud and the real world. Real world voyage management in the cloud. 
Richard Abrahams, VP Research, Q88

1430    Maintaining service uniqueness & a competitive edge
Steve Fletcher, Commercial Director,  AXS Marine

1445    Latest generation of vetting software and predictive analytics
David Peel, Manager - Europe, Middle East & Africa, Rightship

1600    Drinks in the ground floor exhibition area

1800   Drinks and canapés in the ground floor exhibition area

1900    Close


This event has been possible thanks to the support of:

Marine Traffic, AXS Marine, Baltic Spot, PortPoint, Hubse, Rightship, CDDC, Chinsay, Trigonal and Q88

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