Key factors while considering automation
Functional: Solution should have the ability to capture seamlessly the transactions across various departments, with least amount of data entry.
Deployable: The solution should be built on open architecture and should be deployable on any hardware, operating system, flexible databases, with least hardware configurations.
Adaptable: User friendly, with least amount of training, requires least amount of data entry, well-integrated document flow, and configurable control and work flow with required notifications and escalations.
Auditable: Ability to track the changes, deviations, exceptions, and approvals. Tight control overinterface data with time stamps and audit controls
Scalable: Ability to support and perform with optimum response as the operations scale up with more users, more business functions, integrations and analytical reports.
Integratable: Ability to be integrated with any external applications, databases, EDI, instrumentation SCADA, PLC, Mobile, RFID, bar code. Should support SOA/web services and multiple integrations standards.
Manageable: Systems should be manageable with least technical competency at the port, and with least administration on a day-to-day basis.
Affordable: Modular deployment approach – ability to start with minimal functions and then expand to other functions. Can be configured independently, and integrated as and when required.