Talk of the energy industry’s digital transformation is everywhere. But what does this mean in reality?
For most organisations, the act of scanning paper forms, moving to the “cloud” or deploying standalone software solutions that don’t talk to other vital systems has been the extent of their digital transformation.
The UKCS is still running on spreadsheets despite spending fortunes on large ERP systems. Many energy companies have implemented digital systems. But if they are not connected, they do not provide better decision-making power.
However, there is one company which believes the industry can do considerably better in the quest for success in a digitally connected world.
Aberdeen-based IT support company Solab has been leading the way in the development of a real digital revolution for almost three decades.
In 2012, Solab software development experts launched Onboard Tracker, an online solution to connect operations across your business. The modular, web-based software-as-a-service portal centrally manages integrated functions including operations, crew management, personnel logistics, training and competence.
Over the last nine years, managing director Kevin Coll has focused his team’s efforts on ensuring operational visibility is at the heart of their clients’ businesses.
Onboard Tracker is a powerful, connected portal that pushes enriched, consistent data to all vital departments throughout the company to ensure efficient and informed decision making to improve business performance.
A future digital workforce
In this fast-evolving digital world, technology should never stand still. Onboard Tracker has grown and progressed over the years. In fact, it is always advancing.
The latest new functionality introduced is the planning module which sits seamlessly alongside the wider operational modules. It connects and talks to all data, fully incorporating the critical planning process based on real-time data.
One company reaping the benefits of the linked system, including the new planning module, is leading global subsea service provider Subsea 7. Before Onboard Tracker, its mature, robust processes for managing personnel worked well, but the system was archaic. Subsea 7 recognised a need to modernise its approach, make the best use of its processes and have a digitally connected strategy.
“Onboard Tracker is central to our wider digitalisation objective,” said Paul McGowan, IT engagement manager at Subsea 7.
“It brings us stability, supporting 24/7 operations across our global footprint. Our data is accessible, real-time and presented in a clear way to enable decision making. We are excited about the future with Onboard Tracker.”
Coll said Onboard Tracker is truly the most flexible option for managing and connecting data in highly regulated industries: “From our humble beginnings in 2012, Onboard Tracker has stayed ahead of the curve by adapting our software to continually evolve to meet the needs of modern business. We are particularly proud of our newly launched planning module which is taking planning processes and decision making to the next level.
“Looking ahead to 2022, digital transformation should be about taking control of processes with structured and consistent data bolstered by an eco-system of modern, connected software applications playing a key role in business growth and success.”