Feature: Software-as-a-Service in Modern Terminals

Luc Castera, Co-Founder of Octopi TOS, which develops a terminal operating system (TOS) called Octopi, examines Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for today’s port terminals.

Traditionally, organizations were required to maintain on-premise software solutions. Adapting to a new software was a costly undertaking in regards to implementation and user adoption.

Because of this, we’re now seeing more and more organizations adopting SaaS solutions.

The SaaS method of software delivery allows organizations to pay a subscription fee to use a specific software and the software vendor is in charge of managing and hosting the software – rather than requiring the organization to install, host, and manage the software themselves.

In the world of port operations, the SaaS model allows ports to free up capital at the terminal level and grants terminal managers the freedom to do what they do best — focus on running operations.

Here are just a few of the many reasons why SaaS is so beneficial for today’s port terminals:


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Reduced Costs

SaaS provides notable savings when compared to traditional, on-premise solutions.

First, the SaaS model eliminates all upfront costs of installation, as well as ongoing maintenance and system upgrades.

SaaS applications are easily accessed and maintained by the service provider, not the customer.

Additionally, most SaaS models are typically pay-as-you-go, allowing port terminals to only pay for the

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