Fleet software: connecting data for smart fleet management
Sponsored by FleetCheck
Technology has transformed the management of many fleets, but it is equally true that numerous companies continue to rely on multiple systems - and even manual spreadsheets - to manage their commercial vehicle operations.
Modern fleet data is typically drawn from a range of external sources, and relying on fragmented systems can result in manual input, duplication, loss of control and ultimately data overload.
Some fleet operators rely on highly sophisticated spreadsheets and self-developed systems, and fleet service providers invest heavily in their own data delivery methods. Nevertheless, it’s easy to see why companies often end up juggling countless systems, spending inordinate amounts of time joining them all up, and fire-fighting inevitable accuracy issues.
As a fleet management provider, FleetCheck says it is constantly surprised at the number of companies still relying on multiple systems to manage their fleets and why such organisations remain reluctant to migrate to a bespoke fleet management solution?
Perhaps it’s seen as one investment too many; perhaps a fear of change. Most likely, said FleetCheck founder and managing director Peter Golding, companies simply lack an understanding of the true benefits that modern fleet software delivers.
But as technology evolves and fleet management becomes increasingly complex, companies resisting change will be putting themselves at risk of failure and even prosecution, particularly in respect of occupational road risk management compliance.
There is no doubt that modern fleet software is much more than day-to-day task management, according to FleetCheck, which was founded a decade ago by Mr Golding and whose clients include: AA, several NHS trusts, Kwik Fit, Barnardo’s, many town and county councils, and hundreds more companies spanning almost every industry sector.
Smart fleet management is about data analysis, and collating information from in-vehicle telematics as well as leasing, fuel card, service, maintenance and repair and licence checking providers to gain a holistic view of the vehicle operation and drivers.
Therefore, selecting a solution that provides a platform for unlimited data integration will help fleet operators achieve a genuine understanding of cost and activity, and therefore a true insight into their fleet’s performance.
So in reality, with fleet software there is no such thing as ‘data overload’; quite the opposite in fact. The more data streams fleet operators can connect, the better the output, according to Mr Golding, who launched FleetCheck after a garage-based career during which he became closely aligned to the challenges and concerns associated with the management of small fleets, often taking on the role of ‘fleet adviser’ to company owners who lacked the time, or the understanding, to manage their obligations as fully as he believed they needed to.
Years of dealing with the consequences of fleet management oversights led Mr Golding to question the support available, particularly to SMEs, leading to the launch of FleetCheck, which today also serves the diverse and complex requirements of the largest fleets.
During the seminar FleetCheck, which offers a suite of fleet management software solutions, will hear from Mr Golding how technology can work in harmony with data, bring everything together and enable companies to run truly efficient, cost effective and compliant fleets.
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