SWEDEN-based business software developer IFS has been appointed by Western Australia’s Mid West Ports Authority to support efficiency improvements as it seeks to accommodate the higher amounts of cargo tonnage it handles.

Cargo tonnage growth at the Port Authority’s Geraldton port exceeded 20 per cent last year, with the Authority’s general manager of corporate services David Geldart saying more efficient processes were needed.

“To achieve that we need accurate, timely and complete information across our entire operations. IFS will give us real-time information on a dashboard to make decisions when they are needed rather than having to wait for end of month reports,” he said.

Mid West Ports will implement IFS Applications as an integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution to replace a number of separate existing systems.

The ERP solution will integrate information across its marine and landside operations to support more efficient operational and financial processes, real-time decision making and mobile information access.

Through the precise coordination of marine and landside operations, Mid West Ports will be able to handle increased cargo volumes without more staff, as the system allowed staff to avoid double handling of information through the use of spreadsheets.

Financial processes will be automated, freeing up staff resources and improving customer service.

IFS will drive efficiencies through improved coordination of asset maintenance and associated staff resources.

With IFS Touch Apps, maintenance crew can access and update work order asset management and service management information while on the move, further increasing productivity.

When selecting an ERP provider, Mid West Ports ruled out selecting multiple best-of-breed vendors because of the additional integration risks and software licensing costs involved.

“With a fully integrated system you take those risks off the table,” Mr Geldart said.