Real-Time Business Solutions (RBS), a provider of smart systems for ports and terminals, has revealed the potential benefits and challenges of implementing cloud-based software.
According to RBS, several “myths” have formed around the use of cloud-based technologies which need to be reassessed in order for port and terminal operators to leverage them successfully.
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For companies seeking to improve their operations and optimize performance, there is a concern that transforming the structure of their business and implementing new software could represent a substantial investment.
However, RBS has argued that implementing cloud-based systems actually eliminates a number of up-front IT investments, allowing terminals to start small and increase their IT resource allocation accordingly, whenever it is required.
In addition to this, software that is completely on the cloud removes the necessity for on-premise IT infrastructure and applications, saving terminals massive amounts in capital costs.
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Another fear associated with the introduction of cloud software is that IT infrastructure will, instead of being managed locally, be monitored and controlled by a service provider.
Despite this assumption, access to the cloud in conjunction with the Internet of Things (IoT) facilitates mobility for stakeholders, who can oversee data and information from any location with any device.
While terminal operators and personnel will still control front-end infrastructure, the flexibility this technology offers enables terminals to focus their resources on other areas for more efficient operations.
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Cloud architecture weakening the security structure of a terminal operating system (TOS), according to RBS, is another myth which persists in the industry today.
In reality, cloud software providers must follow strict regulation and comply with the industry requirements such as the ISO Standards, policies that are heavily enforced to ensure a safe and protected environment is created for maintaining Big Data in a terminal.
The importance of TOS systems is now growing, as terminals which have not yet adopted this kind of solution face a greater risk of data and information loss.
With the support of cloud software, which stores data and information safely in one location, the risk of security breaches is mitigated.