“We have listened closely to our customers’ needs and wants over the years and we believe Mainsail Vanguard delivers on what we’ve heard along the way,” said Michael Schwank, Tideworks’ president.
Built on Adobe Flex, a Rich Internet Application (RIA) framework for building highly interactive applications, Mainsail Vanguard offers several features including:
(i) Flexible, interactive search tools. Users can instantly find the information they need with more features accessible from a single screen.
(ii) One TOS for containers, ro-ro and breakbulk. All the functionality needed to handle any cargo type, including containers, rolling stock and break-bulk cargo.
(iii) Customised user experience. Administrative options for terminal management to select the features that are most appropriate for their terminal, as well as control which users are able to view, add, edit and delete data on each screen. Individual users can also set specific preferences to view and sort data the way they want to see it.
(iv) Lower total cost of ownership. Offering a simple, cost effective means to deploy, run and modify the TOS to the customer’s specific needs.
“We have been working with beta partners all along and are now making the first version of Mainsail Vanguard available to our customer base, free of charge, so they can begin taking advantage of its features and provide us additional feedback.”
The product incorporates existing functionality currently available in Tideworks’ Mainsail Terminal Management System. Future releases will include expanded capabilities to handle all cargo types as well as comprehensive modules for billing, Container Freight Station (CFS) operations and more. Mainsail Vanguard is already scheduled for deployment at two Tideworks’ client sites in 2011.