Transportation Industry in the Digital Age or How to Digitize the Transportation Industry
Software is at the core of any business – be it the service, telecommunications or transportation industry.
How to Digitize Transportation Industry. “The transportation industry has undoubtedly come a long way in terms of innovation. The industry has become increasingly automated, but not at all levels. In particular, there’s still a lot that remains to be done on interaction across the value chain, which often consists of thousands of subcontractors who each have to interact with each other when the parts are to be produced, delivered and assembled into one product,” says Andreas Grydeland Sulejewski , CEO of Neptune Software.
An example of digitizing the transportation industry is the Volvo Group, which is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The company employs approximately 100,000 people globally, has production facilities in 18 countries and sales offices in more than 190 markets. In fact, the Volvo Group’s value chain consists of more than 5,000 different subcontractors.
“Naturally, because of its size, the company is challenged when it comes to logistics and coordinating its value chain. It’s critical that operations run smoothly as delays in one part of the value chain will have serious implications for the rest of the process,” says Sulejewski.
Still many of the transportation companies are organised in silos, each of which has its own processes to concentrate on.
“The implication for the employees is that they are forced to deal with several different systems, which can be both time-consuming and sometimes frustrating. In addition, it can be challenging for the IT department to operate several systems at the same time as well as dealing with integration in cases where the systems can have different coding languages and different user interfaces,” he says.
Time to take control of your value chain
Although many of the companies recognise the challenges posed by the silo structure, they are often unable to make the changes necessary due to a lack of digital expertise.
“Today, a majority of the industry players use traditional development tools, which are time consuming to use, expensive and which do not give customers sufficient flexibility. The task of tackling the logistics challenges often seems impossible, and far too few companies are asking for digital advice,” says Sulejewski.
Neptune Software introduced the Volvo Group for low-code tools, enabling the company’s employees to develop an application using a minimal amount of coding, regardless of the employees’ pre-existing digital skills. Instead of the app being built by external IT specialists, Volvo’s own employees have thus participated in the company’s digitisation project and contributed to the development of the new platform.
“Our solution for Volvo was to establish a team of developers who worked with each silo in the company to integrate with the others in the best way possible. Volvo’s new app combines data from several different sources, which helps the management to keep track of the entire value chain,” says Sulejewski.
In the new app, Volvo can follow all the steps of the production process – including how many parts are ordered and when they will be delivered, to which truck will deliver the parts and at which dock.
“The solution enables Volvo to take into account the most critical aspects of the value chain. The system logs both maintenance orders and delays, so that necessary adjustments can be made during the production process,” says Sulejewski.
A majority of the industry players use traditional development tools, which are time consuming, expensive and do not give customers sufficient flexibility
Neptune Software introduced the Volvo Group for low-code tools, enabling the company’s employees to develop an application using a minimal amount of coding
The solution enables Volvo to take into account the most critical aspects of the value chain
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