Our COO and CTO talk about Ulysses-Systems and VesselMan integration
On September 16, first call sponsorship winners were invited to the Norwegian Embassy. Ulysses Systems is proud the solution Connected Maintenance System being realised with VesselMan (Norway) was chosen out of many for funding by Innovation Norway.
Ulysses systems wishes the new second call candidates success in their projects
IN SOFTWARE TOO, TEAMWORK IS BEST ACHIEVED WITH A MANAGER
In software, systems integration requires the stakeholders to be close, just as in football, where owner, manager and players need to be close.
And like football, the stakeholders need to communicate their plays.
And the language needs to be common.
WE ARE EXCITED TO WELCOME KOSTAS GOLES BACK!
Most of us know Kostas from his key position at Bourbon Offshore as Project Coordinator for the Task Assistant®.
Kostas combines rich practical experience with impressive academic accomplishment.
He holds graduate and post graduate degrees in engineering, aeronautics, information systems and economics with business strategy, a record hard to compete with!
He also speaks seven languages…German, Italian, Spanish, French, Japanese, English and Greek… maybe he learned another one yesterday!
We feel certain that Kostas will contribute hugely to our Team, putting his valuable experience to good use delivering services to large accounts and boosting customer satisfaction.
New publication: MAPMAKERS vs OPAQUERS
In my mind-map I can resolve and explain a seeming discrepancy, but in the world of software logic, the business case of spelling a middle name in two different ways becomes quite opaque, like Kafka’s mysterious bureaucracies and dark corridors.
How can my software reconcile records that exist for years in their various forms in different database locations and relationships? How can I find the logic that prevails?
In today’s applications, the user interface, if you can find the right one, tells a stakeholder what data is for by relying on the stake-holders mental model of a process. But it does not tell the stakeholder how the data is converted so that, for example, a person’s identification credentials are accepted.
How can mapmaking help solve this?
What is the problem today with integration? 2
In Football practice team members discuss and demonstrate their moves in various scenarios. They don’t just agree when to pass the ball.
Integration is similar in that it’s not a translation from a source to a destination.
It is an understanding of what each participant does and is likely to do with the shared information.
Restricting this to data field exchange is similar to agreeing when to pass a ball: It assumes no one will vary the scenarios.
In a world where computers are undisputedly productivity tools, we can’t slow down productivity improvements either via monolithic applications or by applying unsophisticated integration. We need teamwork.
Ulysses Systems PMS and VesselMan Drydock Systems Integration
A Business Innovation Greece Program 2014-2021 Project
Financed by EEA and Norway Grants
What is the problem today with integration? 1
Perhaps the same problem as the focus on team work.
Before computing became an essential productivity tool, the benefits from constant improvement were not obvious.
For example, bringing all your information together for a purchasing decision and not having to access e-mails and applications separately.
Similarly, before football reached today’s level of sophistication, having one star player in a provincial team was good enough. But to compete in world class football, team management is not an afterthought. Software is similar…
Software is similar, in that productivity can increase tremendously going forward.
We can think of the software vendors, who can increase the productivity of an enterprise, as being the star players.
Can you expect one vendor to increase your productivity to the highest level possible in every module? If not who will make sure you can access the highest productivity in every module?
People that care about productivity and know the marine business like the backs of their hands.
People that care about how your systems integrate with the highest productivity tools.
Day of the Seafarer
Wishing all seafarers health to them and their loved ones.
Swift Repatriation for those trying to get home and a return to normalcy to those looking to get back into the world.
Configurability : Orion Bulkers
In Shipmanagement the brittle companies falter whilst the pliable prevail.
Regulations change, opinions change, management changes …
All of the above are not only possible, but likely if not inevitable within the lifecycle of your Shipmanagement solution and while your company may be prepared for these scenarios, that does not mean that your software is.
At Ulysses we have come across countless companies that know exactly what they want to change, how they want to change and until when.
The only thing holding them back is the brittleness of their software.
Ulysses offers a configurable platform that can be torn down and built from scratch without losing historical data at a pace that is faster than other systems get deployed.
TA Mobile Applications – Now available on App Store and Google Play
For R10 clients, TA Mobile is now available for download on both Apple Store and Google Play Store!
Contact us to assist you setting it up!
Ulysses Customer Service: Arcadia Shipmanagement
Arcadia -established in Athens in 1998- was one of the first shipmanagers to adopt a computerized maintenance management system with the implementation of the Task Assistant in 2005
“At Arcadia Shipmanagement we have been using the Task Assistant since 2005
During this long period we have worked with many Ulysses consultants and support engineers
Solutions and dedication have been a continuing guarantee
Ulysses’ high staff retention rates have been very useful with a number of Ulysses people having served us for over a decade”
In 2007 Arcadia won the Lloyds list “Tanker Company of the year” and a Green Award certificate holder
Green Award certified companies and vessels are entitled to various incentives to encourage their socially responsible behavior.
All of Arcadia’s vessels fly the Greek flag whilst placing great importance to the long tradition of Greece being at the forefront of the Maritime Industry.
Arcadia also hosts the offices of Olympiacos Basketball Club which has seen the most successful years of its history under the current management
Task Assistant and ShipServ
ShipServ is a leading e-Procurement platform for the marine industry
Task Assistant Asset Management software is enhanced by a streamlined procurement process that is enabled by its integration with ShipServ
Task Assistant data quality facilitates a more comprehensive leveraging of the value offered by ShipServ by:
– Offering better potential in discovering trends through management reports
– Assisting shipmanagers in increasing economies of scale
Exmar Upgrades all 45 vessels to latest Task Assistant version
Most recently Exmar Shipmanagement upgraded to the latest version of the Task Assistant.
It was a five version leap which is both unusual and challenging and many new features were enabled for users
The upgrade required good preparation, planning and execution by the joint Exmar and Ulysses teams
Execution was even trickier considering that three vessels had planned vetting inspections at the time of the upgrade, but in the end disruption and downtime were both minimal
The vessels that had planned audits continued to use the previous version until the inspections were concluded and were then subsequently upgraded
Users went home on Friday closing having worked on the previous version and on Monday at opening went straight to using the latest version
About Task Assistant Upgrades
Ulysses produces regular TA upgrades which are available to all users upon release.
TA upgrades are interoperable which allow vessels to operate on different versions.
This eliminates the risks of upgrade execution, ensuring a smooth transition from one version to another.
All shipmanagers that have used the TA have successfully upgraded multiple versions.
Hotfixes are installed automatically on all workstations and on every version.
Ulysses Athens: WFH extended for another two weeks
As Greece begins easing restrictions on movement; and with no one being able to rule out the rekindling of the threat, Ulysses has decided to extend working from home for another two weeks.
The past few months have seen the world united in having to make drastic lifestyle changes and tough choices
The swiftness with which this disruption has come upon us has people scrambling to select what seems like the lesser of two or multiple evils
The residents of Greece have until now managed to navigate through this initial phase with success but murky waters still lie ahead until everything is back to normal
Let’s hope this is the beginning of people’s lives swiftly but carefully going back to normal.
TA Inventory: Results Matter – Gaslog
No crew member has to check for or order critical spares, a process that ensures peace of mind in both the office, but also on-board
After a requisition has automatically been raised, it is sent to the relevant role for approval before dispatched to the office
TA enables spares consumption to be linked to scheduled and unscheduled maintenance
Replenishment is recorded seamlessly at PO delivery and storage locations can be assigned at a later date
Task Orientation ensures that software emulates on-board work
One of the most expensive vessels in the world, the Exmar Tango FLNG, runs Task Assistant
TA Inventory: Results Matter – Naftomar
Under FiFo, the oldest costs will be the first costs of consumables to be removed from the balance sheet.
By first consuming the oldest spare, Naftomar significantly reduces the risk of inventory obsolescence.
Most impressive are the high levels of company buy-in to produce such precision.
Check out how Naftomar have been using TA Inventory Assistant facilities to monitor the quality and value of their inventory.
About the Task Assistant Inventory Management
The Task Assistant facilitates FiFo uniquely and at every step of the way.
TA Inventory Management Applications produce FiFo as part of normal PMS use which significantly reduces workload on-board and ashore.
Consumption and Deliveries are properly reported as a by-product of fluid and flexible workflows offered by Task Assistant Workbench Facilities.
Inventory reporting therefore comes automatically without extra effort.
R10 Release! includes the NEW Event Coordination Management Application (ECM).
Available to all the Task Assistant users with the next upgrade.
Find out about our affiliate Ulysses Learning and what they are doing to assist companies make such big and swift shifts in the way they work!
Our colleagues at Ulysses Learning are assisting companies in making these very large shifts in these very difficult times. We are proud of them!
Ulysses Learning specializes in e-learning and performance improvement solutions with a strong presence in Financial Services. Energy. Telecom and Healthcare.
Social distancing has increased the workload of customer-care centers while drastically changing the way work.
This added responsibility is felt the most in Healthcare where Ulysses Learning has an especially strong presence.
Mumbai in lockdown
TA Mobile Application
Available to all the Task Assistant users with the next upgrade.
This month marks the 16th anniversary of Ulysses’ presence in Mumbai.
What we have been most proud of over this period has been our staff retention rate with 8 current employees counting more than a decade at Ulysses. None more emblematic than Vikram Purohit who joined Ulysses a few months after our office opened in 2004. If you are a Ulysses Systems customer, in all likelyhood you are familiar with Vikram as our reliable, hard-working colleague with the most positive of attitudes. Above all Vikram is a culture-setter at Ulysses, an example we urge our younger employees to aspire to and an image we would like to project to our clients. Thank you Vikram! Truly one of a kind.
Bying Software…or new Nikes? ERP Implementation Failures
It doesn’t take a an expert of even a professional to know about ERP implementation failures.
According to Gartner 70% of ERP projects take too long to implement, overshoot their budget – and most importantly – don’t deliver the expected business benefits.
The cost of these ERP implementations can be so high that they can bring even the biggest corporations to their knees.
In these strange times…
In these strange times our minds turn to the wellbeing of our Ulysses-Systems community, especially the seamen, who not only continue to run the world’s supply chain but in many cases cannot disembark and be with their families. We have rapidly prepared for this situation, working hard so that you, our valuable customer community, can carry on without significant business disruptions or lapses, continuing to benefit from our outstanding support. Feel free to contact us to give you tips, best practices and new solutions on how to setup and operate the Task Assistant from home.
Buying Software or… new Nikes? ERP Configuration
Leave the customisations for your outfits. In software ‘configuration’is the word.
At Ulysses we understand that all companies are different, which is why we offer abstracted features ready to be extended or consumed through our Task Assistant Workbench and API Facilities.
The ERP ice age has finally come to an end!
FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH?
ERP solutions which originated in the 80’s and 90’s were developed to simplify the bookkeeping process and improve its accuracy.The goal was straight forward: Record “How much we spend” Discovering “Why we spend” was then unsuccessfully attempted through reports that broke costs down into cost centres .
But hasn’t the ERP ice age come to an end?
D. Lyras: Software that makes crew life easier while increasing productivity
HAMBURG – October 15th, 2019. Tanker Operator Supporting seafarer performance and productivity – making better use of technology
Ulysses Systems was happy to attend the Ammitec Pita Cutting Event!
Onboard the youngest TA installation: the impressive TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd.
La Seine preparing for her maiden voyage!
Visiting one of our most long-lasting clients Chellaram Shipping Pvt Ltd