Many ShipTech companies have been around for decades - Shipamax predicts that there will still be two significant trends over the coming years:-
1. SaaS/subscription based services
Saavy providers will switch towards SaaS/subscription based services as customer’s become increasingly used to ‘click-and-go’ services vs. having to speak to multiple sales reps and wade through pages of contracts to purchase. Marine Traffic and Fleetmon deserve a notable mention here - both of whom offer easy-to-use, online portals to purchase standardised subscriptions.
2. Open APIs
The best tech companies will move towards an open API policy – an API, or Application Programming Interface, allows your technical team to let one piece of software talk to another – meaning you can pick and choose between providers while still allowing information to flow between several systems without additional data entry. Access to APIs should be free to enable you as a user select the best provider for each component of your technology system. Dataloy are leading in this field so far – one of the only companies we’ve seen offer a free and open API.
Here at Shipamax, our in-house team of developers and data scientists are focused on making Pre-Voyage Management for the 21st century. We’ll soon be accepting beta customers for Shipamax Pro. If you’re excited about the use of technology in shipping - sign up for Shipamax Free and we will reach out to understand how we can work together.