Royal IHC is an international supplier of innovative and efficient equipment, vessels and services for the offshore, dredging and wet mining markets. The company is facing continuous change in customer requirements and global competitive pressure. In order to maintain its leadership and provide customers with innovative solutions, digitization is an important part of IHC Royal’s strategy. To execute on this strategy Royal IHC has chosen to leverage the power of low-code and join forces with Bizzomate and Mendix.
Royal IHC enables its customers to execute complex projects from sea level to ocean floor in the most challenging of maritime environments. The head office is located in the Netherlands, but more than 3.000 employees work on site and from offices worldwide to offer customer support on every continent. “Digitization is of strategic importance for Royal IHC”, says Jan van der Wouw, Director Digital Business at Royal IHC. “Therefore, we’ve launched among others a specific digitization program aimed at digitizing existing processes and developing new solutions. To achieve the digital ambitions, we needed a long-term partner and a low-code platform enabling us to scale the delivery of new applications in a faster and more efficient manner.”
To select the right solution Royal IHC had set specific requirements. The platform had to support Royal IHC’s demand for applications with a native mobile experience on multiple devices. Also, the applications needed to be available both online and offline. Besides this the new platform had to enhance the collaboration between business stakeholders and IT. This should ultimately lead to an increase of development capacity of the organization needed to meet the growing demand for applications, dashboards and portals.
After an extensive selection process, in which several low code platforms were evaluated, Royal IHC chose to join forces with Mendix and business partner Bizzomate. Superior online and offline mobile capabilities, a shared vision on how to support component-based architectures and the extensive knowledge and experience of the Bizzomate team, were key factors in the decision. The fact that Mendix is part of Siemens also contributed to this, as IHC is standardizing its entire global product development and product data management processes on Siemens’ integrated suite of Digital Industries Software solutions.
“Looking at the requirements we had and what Bizzomate and Mendix have to offer, we have found a perfect match”, Van de Wouw states. “We are excited to start making applications that provide true added value to the daily operations of our customers. The Mendix platform will be leveraged as an innovation platform to create solutions that give customers the insights they need to be proactive.”
“We are very proud that Royal IHC selected us”, says Dries Ausems, Bizzomate’s Merchant of Progress. “Royal IHC is a prime example of a Dutch maritime service provider that manages to stay ahead of global competition by pushing innovation. We look forward to work closely with them in this process and help Royal IHC to develop future proof solutions.”