Tech Mahindra is going to establish and maintain an EBS which stands for Enterprise Business System. This will be done in order to automate and modernize the processes of the port for 5 ports that are owned by the central government for Rs 350 crore which will include taxes.
The Indian Ports Association issued a tender which was won by Tech Mahindra according to which they are going to establish a common shared platform on the behalf of Paradip Port Trust, Kolkata port trust, Chennai port trust, Deenadayal port trust which was formerly known as the Kandla Port and the Mumbai port. This was stated by the shipping ministry.
The EBS aims to improve India’s raking in enabling faster processing of requests in the delivery of services with an improved turnaround time, doing business, decrease in the manual documentation required, decrease in the overall transaction costs and time, faster turn round of vessels along with a less dwell time, increased efficiency in the port operations, easy and simplified procedures for entry of cargo and improve transparency across the systems.
The time period for the implementation and stabilization of the project is around 20 months. However, the maintenance and operations support is for about 5 years.
Tech Mahindra is known to enter into a partnership with SAP, Dell, CISCO, Envision, and RTCom in order to roll-out the EBS for the 5 port trusts.
EBS is going to compromise on the three main solution components which include standard ERP solutions, port operations solutions and auxiliary solutions. It is also going to integrate with the PCS which stands for Port Community System and also with other enterprise business standard processes, retained applications of ports and shared infrastructure on the cloud so that it can become the next generation system that can serve the purpose of the ports in the years to come.
The system is known to be run by simple, transparent, error-free business processes along with the use of the latest technologies in order to achieve business objectives and also to integrate prevalent devices and systems. The solution suggests a cafeteria approach for the ports. This will give them the right to choose the systems according to their need.
Other ports of the central government which includes the Jawaharlal Nehru port trust, Kamrajar port ltd, Visakhapatnam port trust, Cochin port trust, new Mangalore port trust, VO Chidambaram port trust, and Mormugao port trust are already known to run an ERP system which is established by them on their own.
An official stated that the number of staff will decrease as repetitive jobs will come to an end. The shipping ministry already has a frozen recruitment at Class 3 level for more than 10 years now.
The official also stated that the strength of the workers will reduce as there will be no more repetitive jobs. ERP is known to provide end-to-end solutions which will provide the all the departments with an integrated making data and information which will be readily available and thus, resulting in easy decision making.