EMBRACE THE DIGITAL WORLD
As yachts increase in size, so do the complications in running such a vessel. Technology is moving faster than ever before so let’s embrace it with some bespoke yacht management software
Within today’s fast paced life and with the increase in legal frameworks on board the yacht, there is the ever necessary requirement to digitise everyday activities and to develop robust Standard Operating Procedures
(SOPs) that crew can follow in real time. It is also becoming more and more important for land based management and even the owners to be able to have a broad overview of the yacht’s activities in both financial and safety and compliance matters.
Of course we are in the ‘digital world’ but one can’t just adapt a piece of software used to run a boutique hotel or even a commercial freighter, our industry demands unique products that are fit for purpose.
Controlling, harnessing and organising aspects of our everyday lives through an internet connection is becoming more and more widespread as each day passes. Whether it’s remote shopping and banking, or something as simple as adjusting the settings of your domestic heating while you’re still away. These are the kind of daily routines we are now very familiar with. The overriding objective being to make our lives that much easier and more efficient!
No matter how large or small the yacht is or whether the yacht is registered for commercial or private activities, there is an obvious need for some bespoke software onboard to make every crew member’s life a little easier so they can concentrate on making sure the owners and guests are enjoying themselves.
With this in mind, I asked some of the industry’s top providers some key questions about their products and solutions. I started with the all important question of what the crew are looking for as a solution onboard?
Felix Mendes, Head of Sales at IDEA Data Solutions says, “In short they typically want simplicity and an easy to use interface, that’s their main priority. I guess it is a fear of something new and too complicated to operate. Then they need to know it works, but will always ask about ‘personal’ support and back-up – this is vital for them.” Mendes concludes, “Finally they need to know the system will deliver exactly what they need. Although our system is incredibly advanced and scalable, we are careful not to over complicate things, we don’t want the users to be too overwhelmed.”