MarineCFO partners with Microsoft Power BI: Bringing more robust reporting to the quickly evolving maritime industry

MarineCFO partners with Microsoft Power BI: Bringing more robust reporting to the quickly evolving maritime industry

After decades in the maritime industry and constantly rolling out new, generic reports to customers, we kept coming up on the same problem: No one business uses reports in the same way. Every time we released a new report, support tickets would come flying in to request a customization, or to express the need for additional reporting. The volume of reports requested by our community made us realize two things: One report does not suit everyone, and we want our clients to decide how to report on their data in our system. We do not own your data, so our clients should have the tools necessary to get what you want from MarineCFO. To remedy this, MarineCFO has partnered with Microsoft’s reporting toolkit, Power BI, to deliver an easier and more robust way to understand trends, catch anomalies, mitigate risks, lower expenses, and much more. Some of the capabilities of Power BI include: Reduce the added cost, complexity, and security risks of multiple solutions with an analytics platform that scales from individuals to the entire organization. Find and share meaningful insights with hundreds of data visualizations, built-in AI capabilities, tight Excel integration, and prebuilt and custom data connectors. Gain leading sensitivity classification and data loss prevention capabilities to help keep your data secure and compliant—even when exported. With a little setup from the MCFO team, you can begin using Power BI with a few simple clicks. Power BI is connected to our database through a connection string, and once connected, the possibilities are endless. MCFO has created a starter kit for each of our modules, so whether using just...
Keep Your Crew Safe With V365

Keep Your Crew Safe With V365

Rethink Your Processes. Due to the uncertain times that we are facing, we have been forced to rethink different practices as well as create new ones to ensure the health and safety of our crew and personnel. This in turn ensures the success of our business. V365 was made to help you adapt quickly to change. Daily cleaning procedures are already a commonly used tool, but enhancing these to ensure proper sanitizing for frequently used areas can be very valuable. Within V365, you can create an updated inspection checklist template that can be published to the entire workplace. As requirements and guidelines change, the template can be updated and published with ease. Add materials, appropriate supplies, and PPE, and workplace users can mark when they are used with the V365 app. This will ensure that minimum quantities of supplies are maintained and will be replenished as needed. Triggers can be set to notify the appropriate parties, and create a new requisition or task when supply levels go below a set minimum. What do you do when a crew member is showing symptoms? Create a new form that can be triggered by scheduled crew changes. Is your crew in contact with personnel from other companies? Create a new JSA form or revise your existing form to include symptom screening. These can both help protect your crew and the crew they are working with. In addition to more rigorous cleaning procedures, updates to policies and procedures can be published with the click of a button within document management, and can be shared with all workplaces. You can also require that updates...
A Reduced Workforce Doesn’t Have to Compromise Efficiency.

A Reduced Workforce Doesn’t Have to Compromise Efficiency.

At one point or another, many businesses face the unfortunate reality of having a reduced workforce. Whether temporary or permanent, less crew means it is even more vital to ensure accuracy and efficiency in the workplace. Think of the most important issues and tasks that your employees need to address on a daily basis - and how missing even one task can compromise safety, cause non-compliance, or even jeopardize the success of your business. Keeping track of incomplete tasks, open deficiencies, and planned checklists does not have to be compromised. Electronically track movement of tasks, view upcoming scheduled items, what requires signatures, and time and date stamps. Ensure that everything is seen. Our Management Console gives a complete overview of EVERYTHING that needs attention, with built in links for more detailed information or to perform required actions. V365 is just one piece of our comprehensive product line. In difficult times, can your software keep your business moving forward? MarineCFO can. Let us show you how. Request A...
CASE STUDY: Robbins Maritime, Inc.

CASE STUDY: Robbins Maritime, Inc.

Robbins Maritime, Inc. of Norfolk, VA chose MarineCFO’s V365 solution in June 2017 in preparation for Subchapter M compliance. Robbins Maritime, Inc. (RMI) operates five near-coastal tugs and provides its customers with high-quality marine transportation services, while promoting safety and dedication to minimal environmental impact. Robbins Maritime, Inc. looked at several industry leading solutions to support their document management and electronic logging needs and found V365 to be the most feature-rich and was also simple for the mariners to learn and use. In a statement from Ross Robbins, Director of Safety at RMI, “at Robbins Maritime our goal is to pursue the highest level of excellence by providing precise results, integrity, and commitment in order to maintain a top of the line ethical business- both personally and professionally. V365 has helped us move from a mostly paper-based operational model to a more streamlined approach to data capture and logging. The system was up and running quickly thanks to the MarineCFO team and we haven’t missed a beat with V365 since it’s implementation over a year ago.” “We at MarineCFO are proud to call Robbins Maritime, Inc. a client and look forward to helping them grow their business and expand their fleet by continuing to provide technology leadership and digital transformation solutions to the maritime industry, enabling our customers to operate more safely, securely, and profitably,” said Dean Shoultz, Chief Technology Officer at MarineCFO. About MarineCFOMarineCFO provides technology leadership and digital transformation solutions to the maritime industry, enabling our customers to operate more safely, securely, and profitably. For more information on MarineCFO and its full suite of marine-specific compliance, operational,...
Cybersecurity Checklists Coming to V365!

Cybersecurity Checklists Coming to V365!

An industry first, the checklists are designed to engender cybersecurity into the psyche of mariners, DPA’s, TPO’s, Inspectors, as well as shoreside personnel. They offer a concise but simple way for mariners to undergo cyber training, record those events, memorialize lessons learned, perform cyber drills, and improve the physical and digital security of the vessel. It also serves as a means to report cyber incidents or attempted attacks to authorities and other interested parties. At the recent IMX show in St Louis, MarineCFO CTO Dean Shoultz chaired a session on cybersecurity. Additionally, Dean sits on the AWO cybersecurity panel. “At MarineCFO our mission is to provide technology leadership and digital transformation solutions to the maritime industry, enabling our customers to operate more safely, securely, and profitably.”, said Shoultz. “We have built these checklists around the principles described in NIST 800-171 Cybersecurity Framework. This framework simplifies the technical aspects of cybersecurity and expresses it in terms easily understood by mariners, and specific to the day-to-day operations of a marine transportation company.” About MarineCFOMarineCFO provides technology leadership and digital transformation solutions to the maritime industry, enabling our customers to operate more safely, securely, and profitably. For more information on MarineCFO and its full suite of marine-specific compliance, operational, management and tracking solutions, feel free to email sales@marinecfo.com or call (866)...
Press Release: Dean Shoultz Chairing IMX 2018 Cybersecurity Panel

Press Release: Dean Shoultz Chairing IMX 2018 Cybersecurity Panel

Houma, LA • St. Louis, MO MarineCFO would like to welcome everyone attending the 2018 Inland Marine Expo (IMX) to visit us at booth #843. We are exhibiting along with Decatur Marine and Conley Marine. MarineCFO’s CTO, Dean Shoultz, has been invited to curate a panel of experts for an IMX Education Session on the topic of cybersecurity. Historically, cybersecurity has been of little concern to the maritime industry, and even less so to the inland sector. Recent events, however, are changing the outlook on the true risks to vessel operators that accompany a cyber attack. Many operators have taken a wait and see approach to this threat, but with increased automation of critical machinery and on-vessel systems moving to the cloud, the time to address this issue is now. To make matters more problematic, established marine insurance policy standards specifically exclude matters related to cybersecurity. The crux of this issue is that if a cyber attack cripples your propulsion, or ransomware hijacks your navigation system — you are likely not covered. Dean Shoultz has gathered speakers for this panel that consist of industry experts from a variety of fields, and they will provide valuable information you can use to start your cyber planning. Panelists include representatives from Microsoft, TPO/Class Society, maritime insurance providers, maritime legal firms, and maritime technology firms. A range of topics will be discussed, including insurance policy tweaking, integrating cyber drills into your TSMS/SMS, the legal implications of not preparing and crew training, along with practical ways of planning and preventing an incident. “At MarineCFO our mission is to provide technology leadership and digital transformation...