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Digital workflow leader Intoware has launched its next-generation SaaS digital work-instruction platform for web browsers ‘WorkfloPlus-Web,’ which aims to connect the oil frontline workforce

This new iteration enables oil and gas operators to quickly and easily transform paper-based procedures into smart digital workflows that are now accessible via a web browser, while opening up the platform to operating systems such as Microsoft Windows for seamless integrated working.

“Our developers have listened to customer feedback and found new ways for workers to create, access schedules and manage maintenance tasks using WorkfloPlus,” said Lee McDonald, chief technology officer, Intoware. “While already available on Android and iOS, ‘WorkfloPlus-Web’ gives accessibility via your web browser, so frontline workers will be able to do everything they can do on their mobile or wearable device, now via their desktop or device browser.

“WorkfloPlus is built with Open API’s that connect the platform with third-party systems such as ERP, PLM, CRM and asset management. As it’s unlikely that WorkfloPlus will be the only digital ‘tool’ within your business, as work being carried out may require information held in existing systems which means they need to connect so data can flow easily. ‘WorkfloPlus-Web’ simplifies this process integration further still,” McDonald added.

The platform allows procedures such as asset inspections to be carried out as a workflow and when completed, data is passed in a formatted to satisfy a required system such as IBM Maximo and SAP, the application in turn allows for documents to be extracted and converted to complete tasks. The company said this workflow process integration led to digitalisation of more than 1,500 North Sea asset maintenance inspections, driving a 200% increase in productivity for Intoware’s client, Petrofac.

According to Intoware, if systems aren’t integrated via Open API’s in this way, it means these processes can become complicated by the number of different applications that are involved to complete a single procedure. Every time a worker for example, switches to a different system it wastes time and interrupts their focus on the job in hand.