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Digital Ship Athens is a prominent bi-annual conference. Among the discussions at this year’s Spring event  (April 27th), ‘Digital Integration in Shipping’ promises to stir up interest. Panelists Theodore Ioannou (Bernard Schulte), Dimitris Marselos (COSCO Shipping Lines), Georgios Tsivgoulis (Thenamaris) and Dr. Antonios Lalechos (TMS Dry fleet) bring their experience and insights to the afternoon debate. And Dimitris Lyras, founder of Ulysses Systems, will be moderating.
Ulysses Systems is a bronze sponsor with the support of EEA Grants.

Happy to share news from the Digital Ship Hamburg Conference 2023 event! Actually, the first panel of the day was moderated by Dimitris Lyras, our founder. And Johann Meyer of Columbia Shipmanagement, Jan Solle of Fraunhofer CML, Giampiero Soncini of Oceanly Srl, and Nils Aden of Harren & Partner were the panelists.  More about the panel discussion here

Scrolling down the page you can read about our new contracts and funding, and R&D among other 2022 news. Admittedly, technology that solves problems for the shipping industry is our passion. But this passion for the industry also spills over into other hot IT topics.

Subsequently, for Ulysses Systems, events in 2022 included involvement in the cyber-security concerns of the European Union. Europe, no doubt, is a forerunner in cyber security awareness and compliance. In this context, Ulysses Systems contributed to the cyber-security awareness discussions initiated by dedicated EU forums. Do check out the video on this page.

This brings us to another subject we care about with a passion. That of sharing with our community, what we call the Chios Connection. The Chios Connection is important for Ulysses Systems. It informs our cutting edge approach to Maritime Software and justifies our lead in software usability. Find out ‘About Task Assistant®‘ on this page.

Among last year’s events we particularly cherish was our Chios user conference and our Transit Party during Posidonia. Scroll down to click through slides from both events.

Digital Ship Athens Conference

Aftermath Digital Ship Athens Conference
From left to right: Panteleimon Pantelis (COO), Dimitrios Lyras (CEO), Efthimios Bakas (DC), Panagiotis Patsopoulos (DCAM)

Digital Ship Athens Conference takes place twice a year and the recent conference, Thursday 27th April, was the Spring Event. An exciting one it was, with lively exchanges on digital integration during the afternoon session. We were glad to be there, taking part and enjoying the debates.

Integration in Shipping

Due to the interest in integration shown at the recent DS Hamburg Conference, a panel discussion was dedicated to integration in shipping. Panellists Theodore Ioannou, Dr. Antonios Lalechos, Dimitris Marselos, and Georgios Tsivgoulis provided valuable insights on the topic.
We are happy to present a brief report of the main takeaways from the various discussion threads.

Integration is far more fundamental than is widely discussed

The basic consensus that emerged was summed up by Dimitris Lyras, Ulysses Systems founder, and panel discussion moderator. “The discussion revealed that the problem of integration is far more fundamental than is widely discussed”.

An abundance of small software applications

The experts on the panel referred to an abundance of small software applications. The marine enterprise uses far more small software applications than we are currently aware of. And these specialized applications cover processes that warrant special attention. They, especially, apply to machinery monitoring, voyage fuel consumption monitoring. Other solutions are positioned between PMS and Condition Based Maintenance, and others relate and service commercial operations. However, they are not properly integrated into the enterprise IT ecosystem, and this is a huge problem. Dr. Antonis Lalechos (TMS Dry fleet) mentioned how lack of integration makes users biased towards some software at the expense of other software. The reason for this is that managers prefer the tools that serve them best. Integration, then, would solve the problem by helping them use the software they need without neglecting other software the enterprise needs. George Tsivgoulis (Thenamaris) very interestingly touched upon how the user interface can combine integrated information and present it to the user.

Is digitization achievable?

Is digitization without integration achievable? All the panellists agreed that we cannot achieve the vision of digitization or digital transformation without integration. And that “Silicon Valley” and the technology giants there and elsewhere have no actual stake-holding in integrations.
In effect, they prefer to sell entire systems rather than to join their clients’ applications.

The highest natural stakeholders in software integration

Consequently, the highest natural stakeholder in software integration is the ship manager/operator owner. And the expertise lies with the applications builders that sell software integration to the marine industry.

The natural response, then, is to assist the ultimate stakeholder to manage the complexities of integration. Rather than leaving it to individual vendors, who may not have a rooted interest in making integration a success.

Studying integration

Subsequent to the above conclusions, was the thought-provoking discussion regarding the study of integration and the serious need to bring it to the same level of importance that software development has.

Commitment

Theodoros Ioannou (Bernard Schulte) stressed the importance of the commitment and mind set of companies trying to achieve digital transformation. He maintained that it is a key issue, and this was discussed at length. He also drew attention to the fact that class, charterers and ports need to be involved. Comparably, George Tsivgoulis explained how integration is a strategic decision.

Machine learning

Dimitris Marselos (COSCO Shipping Lines) suggested how machine learning, if properly prepared and developed, could help verify varying values.

Conclusion

The conclusions of our panel discussion on integration in the shipping enterprise were concordant. Clearly, something needs to be done about it. Essentially, integration is part of a longer revision of the shipping enterprise mindset towards successful digital transformation.

Ulysses Systems, bronze sponsor at Digital Ship Athens Conference, 27 April. We thank EEA Grants for their support.

Ulysses Systems integrates enterprise emails and documents with procurement. Supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants Norway 2014-2021, in the frame of the Business Innovation Greece

Digital Ship Hamburg 2023 Event

The Digital Ship Hamburg Conference 2023 Event took place Friday 30th March. And Dimitris Lyras, founder of Ulysses Systems moderated the first panel discussion of the day.

Two key technology questions set the panel theme: ‘What do shipowners most want to see from digital technology?’ And the follow-up question:‘Can we purchase digital tools which will last us at least 15 years without being replaced?’

Certainly, we were privileged to have consummate domain experts from the marine or software industry presenting their stand point. Namely, Johann Meyer of Columbia Shipmanagement, Jan Solle of Fraunhofer CML, and Nils Aden of Harren & Partner. Among them, our good friend Giampiero Soncini of Oceanly Srl, a person of great accomplishment, experience and humour. So, we came away buzzing with thoughts about the long term view of shipping software, continuous improvement and integration. For this thanks go to our panelists and the lively interactions from the audience.

Digital Ship Conference Hamburg is a prominent annual event bringing together “shipping companies and maritime digitalisation leaders since 2003”.
Ulysses Systems was a promotional sponsor at the Digital Ship Conference Hamburg 2023.
Panteleimon Pantelis, Ulysses Systems Chief Operation Officer and Dimitris Glossiotis, Ulysses Systems Product Director attended the conference with Dimitris Lyras.

2022 Review

“We are happy to share our 2022 Review with our clients and wider community in the Marine Industry, and with our partners in the Software Industry. Last year, Ulysses brought many developments close to finalisation. The most important being the separation of data and logic from the technology which hosts it.”

Dimitris Lyras

Leading technologies

Our leading technologies are based on the separation of data and logic from the hosting technologies. This key step in continuous improvement contributes immensely towards our clients’ ownership of a fully integrated and hassle-free IT ecosystem. Furthermore, planning enterprise digitization developments and implementing them will seem painless.

These are:

And we already looking forward to next year where we will be sharing many more developments based on our core technology.

New contracts

Also in the course of 2022, we signed new contracts, news  we are grateful to share.
So, we extend a very warm welcome onboard to the new members of the Ulysses Systems Client Community:
Modion Maritime Management S.A., Protank Management S.A., Polsteam POLSKA Zegluga MORSKA, New Kronos Star Maritime CO S.A., Holger Navigation CORP, Flynn Ventures LTD.

Meeting our clients

Meeting our clients is a practical and bonding experience. Practically speaking, it includes important new information about products. And clients showcase applications they have build on Task Assistant® Platform. All in all, a very enriching experience.
The setting is also an important part of the experience. And last September our user conference took place in Chios, a meeting that left all participants with happy memories.

EEA Grants and Innovation Norway

In 2022 Ulysses achieved new funding contracts from EEA Grants and Innovation Norway: “Enterprise Search Solution for Marine Procurement Process” and in collaboration with VesselMan, “Crew Experience without Taxonomies”.

Supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants Norway 2014-2021, in the frame of the Business Innovation Greece

Supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants Norway 2014-2021, in the frame of the Business Innovation Greece

R&D

Ulysses continues in R&D, contributing to the Canada ORF project “Continuous Development, Maintenance, and Evolution of Cyber-Physical Systems”. The project brings together the Canadian Universities of Toronto, York, Queen’s, Ottawa and the companies: IBM Canada, Ulysses Systems, London Hydro, CircuitMeter, I-EMS, Société de transport de l’Outaouais.

Patents

USA Patent citations by Dell, IMB and Yale:
US20220171606A1 – Microprocessor Including a Model of an Enterprise – Google Patents.

Thanking our client community, friends and website viewers

We could not close our 2022 Review without thanking our community of clients, friends, partners and followers for your support and encouragement. It’s of great value to us and renews our resolve not only to meet but also to do our best to exceed your expectations with our products and services. Finally, we welcome your feedback because it can only serve to improve our offerings and your benefit from these.

So do get in touch with us through company members you are connected with on LinkedIn. You are also most welcome to contact us through our contact page.

About Cybersecurity

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Theat & Vulnerabilities Management - Taking Away The Complexity

The featured video stresses the common sense factor inherent in humans that helps us separate cyber-security concerns. This, then, helps promote cyber-security awareness, a concern high in EU priorities.

Ulysses Systems is a Maritime software specialist and member of ECSO work groups within ENISA European Cybersecurity Skills Framework.
Currently, Ulysses Systems is pioneering methods for fast development of new annexes to existing software. Also, recent work includes methods for monitoring underlying systems for compliance. https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7023371345065353216

About Task Assistant®

The Chios Connection

Chios is not only a beautiful location for hosting events. This year, in fact,  Chios was the venue for our annual user conference. On the subject of our connection with Chios, without a doubt, we admit it is a deep one. It informs our approach to software, and it keeps you, the stakeholders in the marine enterprise, utmost in our minds. We could sum it up thus:

"Ulysses Systems Task Assistant® is anchored on the solid rock of common sense and our Chios culture focuses on caring for the marine enterprise"

Our claim is not marketing or hype but the simple truth. We care enormously about our clients and about industry pains. And the common-sense aspect is an integral part of our caring and of our core differentiation. Clearly, from inception, we have respected how the stakeholders in every marine enterprise have an intuitive way of indexing events. And how they solve problems based on past experience, i.e., on stories.

As a result, we have engineered common sense as a design concept through “case-based reasoning” and story-based reflection. And these we have incorporated into our original knowledge management design. We continue this direction, which persists the continuous improvement of our software through flexible configuration of customisation needs. And our technology is geared on keeping our customers up to date with industry trends and innovations.

Task Assistant®

The Task Assistant® Solution Platform was not a pre-existing software app that was later adapted to ship management. Nor is it a narrow process software solution looking for wider justification in shipping. In fact, Task Assistant® was designed, from the start, as an underlying solution platform able to address the core issues of the marine enterprise. Not for one year, not for 5, not for fifteen. The goal was to build future-proof platform solutions. And if solutions are future-proof, it also means our customers can look forward to low-cost software.

We are serious about technology

We have been proving for decades that we are serious about technology. So, we started with Task Assistant® integrated platform, which provides unified data across applications. And we continue to prove it with our unique integrations approach and our pledge to provide small and large enterprises a hassle-free digitization experience. We, in fact, commit to our competitive advantage. In short, to provide flexible upgradeable, asset management solutions adapted to your way of working. https://www.ulysses-systems.com/blog/task-assistant-integrated-reporting/

Future-proof solutions

What typifies future-proof? Well, flexibility, for a start. Future-proof solutions are flexible, and this is important since no enterprise remains static. So, a flexible software system that adapts to process variation and optimisation is a system no enterprise can do without. Yet, flexibility is a design challenge which application-based software, fixed in nature, has great difficulty with. But Task Assistant® building blocks are expressly designed to enable an organization’s efforts for continuously improving operations. So, with a platform designed for continuous improvement, you will feel confident your software will support you now and going forward.

2022 Chios Conference

Ulysses Systems
Our investors - our clients - our partners - our team
Our team
Welcome speech
Clients talk: Dimitris Panou - TMS Tankers
Client's talk: Ivan Renette - Exmar
Client's talk: Andres Casanova - Gaslog
Partners: Apostolos Tassiopoulos - Epicure
Audiences are precious...
Chios Port - Ships at Anchorage
Ship at anchorage and Tug
Coffee break 🙂
After lunch
A fun discussion!
A windy arrival with smiles!
Autumnal after-hours drink on the waterfront
Exmar & VesselMan
Cheers!
Talking while walking
Chios
Night views of Chios port
Night views of Chios port
Spirit in Chios!
11th Century Nea Moni
A tanker in the distance
Poised on the waterfront!
Ulysses Systems
Au revoir dance!
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2022 Chios Conference

Our user conference this year took place in Chios. And Chios town waterfront provided the particularly feel good atmosphere of the event and delighted everyone. The conference sessions followed later by discussions over dinner and walks around town were most constructive and fun.
Moreover, during sessions, our clients shared ways in which they have used Task Assistant® to build their own tools, leveraging the unique data integrity of the software and flexibility in process building. We are gratified our clients get value out of Task Assistant®. In fact, nothing could please us more than to have our clients happy with the software solutions we provide 🙂
Finally, as the conference ended many participants came up with desire for a repeat. So, can Chios become a permanent venue for our User Conference events? What do you think?

TRANSIT @ Posidonia 2022

Ulysses Systems Party, Tuesday 7, June 2022

Marianna Lyra’s work, Transit, resonates with Ulysses Systems view that software is transitioning into becoming significantly more situationally aware. In actual fact, by emulating how humans understand the world rather than how computer languages manage data relationships. Thus, we are transiting towards expecting data to give us the story within the bigger picture.