Modernize the marine industry with low-code development

By Carly Cohen

The marine industry is experiencing intense change affecting every segment, including design, manufacturing and operations.

Challenges the marine industry are facing include:

  • The critical need to meet sustainability regulations
  • Increased competition across shipyards
  • A larger requirement for interconnectivity between shipyards and vessels
  • Demand for high-tech, multi-role vessels

These issues are all putting a strain on the marine industry. Low-code development can help solve these critical disruptions and provide an easy to use, dynamic solution for a variety of complex technological challenges.

Connecting legacy equipment and low-code development

The challenge of modernizing legacy equipment alongside the increasing demand for high-tech, multi-role vessels is putting a stress on fleet operators. Organizations often depend on legacy enterprise software systems that lack modern capabilities and connectivity – but still do their primary job well. These older systems require manual coding for application development. Creating applications using traditional hand-coding methods is not only prohibitively expensive, but also too time-consuming to give marine organizations the agility they need to compete.

With a low-code development platform like Mendix, you can modernize these legacy systems to ensure you remain agile enough to respond quickly and efficiently to market, regulatory and technology changes.

Low code can connect with both legacy on-premises systems and cloud SaaS solutions, bridging the gap between systems. Connecting siloed, disparate systems through a low-code app means you don’t have to upgrade or compromise your systems or the data they store, process and share.

Closing the loop

For example, shipbuilders can close the loop in the Golden Triangle of ERP, PLM and MOM, integrating these enterprise applications to create a single source of truth, facilitate automation and accelerate business processes.

Ship owners can create connections that add IoT capabilities to bring in data from ships and their systems for preemptive maintenance. Engineers can use low code to extend the simulation-driven design capabilities in CAD/CAM systems to other areas of the enterprise, all without disrupting core systems or making unwanted changes to existing processes.

Learn more about low-code development and Mendix

This is just one way that low-code development can enhance the marine industry and address the needs of such a unique and rapidly changing market. Interested in learning more? Read our ebook, “Four reasons the marine industry needs low-code development – and why it works.” Then, get started with Mendix.

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