Tech­nol­ogy reliance for forestry boom­ing

Australian Forests and Timber - - Foresttech 17 -

The global forestry soft­ware mar­ket is ex­pected to grow at an an­nual rate of more than 22% dur­ing the next five years. One of the ma­jor rea­sons for the mar­ket growth is the need to stream­line for­est op­er­a­tions like wood har­vest­ing, sil­vi­cul­ture, and for­est im­prove­ment, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­port on the global forestry soft­ware mar­ket by Tech­navio.

Ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy have made it pos­si­ble to bet­ter un­der­stand and uti­lize for­est re­sources in a sus­tain­able man­ner, ac­cord­ing to the re­port that pro­vides an anal­y­sis of the most im­por­tant trends ex­pected to im­pact the mar­ket out­look from 20172021. The im­ple­men­ta­tion of forestry soft­ware among forestry com­pa­nies and de­part­ments has rad­i­cally changed the science of for­est man­age­ment.

“In some coun­tries such as the U.S. and Canada, for­est de­part­ments are re­quired to sub­mit reg­u­lar for­mal re­ports on their ac­tiv­i­ties and up­date their plans in re­sponse to the chang­ing con­di­tions and ob­jec­tives. For­est de­part­ments that fail to com­ply with for­est man­age­ment plans face penal­ties, which leads to the in­creased adop­tion of forestry soft­ware,” said Am­rita Choudhury, an in­dus­try ex­pert in en­ter­prise ap­pli­ca­tion sec­tor.

Tech­navio says the top three emerg­ing trends driv­ing the global forestry soft­ware are:

• Rise in de­mand for in­te­grated forestry soft­ware so­lu­tions

• Ac­ces­si­bil­ity to mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions

• For­est de­part­ments go­ing en­vi­ron­ment-friendly The re­port also notes that end-users pre­fer ven­dors that pro­vide in­te­grated and con­verged soft­ware suites, as opt­ing for dif­fer­ent soft­ware may lead to in­te­gra­tion is­sues. In­te­grated prod­ucts and soft­ware suites from the same ven­dor have bet­ter in­te­gra­tion abil­ity and sup­port other func­tions. As the in­creased com­plex­ity of net­work in­fras­truc­ture has made in­te­gra­tion an im­por­tant buy­ing cri­te­rion, so­lu­tions with bet­ter in­te­gra­tion are find­ing higher adop­tion.

“Trim­ble pro­vides in­te­grated for­est, land, and fi­bre man­age­ment soft­ware so­lu­tions that en­able for­est prod­uct com­pa­nies, tim­ber­land in­vestors, for­est landown­ers, and state and fed­eral de­part­ments to im­prove their pro­duc­tiv­ity, qual­ity, and op­er­a­tions. There is likely to be a steep in­crease in the num­ber of play­ers of­fer­ing SaaSbased forestry soft­ware that is com­pat­i­ble with the other ap­pli­ca­tions,” Choudhury.

The in­creas­ing use of mo­bile de­vices such as smart­phones and tablets is en­cour­ag­ing the ven­dors to launch mo­bile apps or mo­bile­friendly web­sites. As mo­bile de­vices have be­come an in­te­gral part of ev­ery­day life, em­ploy­ees are in­creas­ingly us­ing them to ac­cess for­est health and to cre­ate a sus­tain­able for­est plan.

The grow­ing use of mo­bile de­vices and smart­phones for pro­fes­sional pur­poses is a key trend in the global forestry soft­ware mar­ket. Forestry con­sult­ing firms and for­est landown­ers are in­creas­ingly fo­cus­ing on adopt­ing mo­bile forestry apps be­cause they pro­vide them the flex­i­bil­ity to ac­cess and share har­vested tim­ber data when­ever and wher­ever needed. said

Key ven­dors cov­ered in the Tech­navio re­port are: Bay­wood Tech­nolo­gies, Ma­son, Bruce & Gi­rard, Sil­va­com and Trim­ble.

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