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Most fleet decision-makers recognise that today’s hi-tech fleet management systems, such as Jaama’s multi award-winning Key2 asset and driver management technology, can seamlessly interact with other internal and external software to dramatically improve operating effectiveness and efficiency.
As a result, sophisticated web-based software developments mean that fleet operators no longer need to manually input every item of fleet information.
Additionally, the development of smartphone apps – for example, Jaama’s My Vehicle App’ with auto-triggering means, all information uploaded by drivers automatically updates their employer’s Key2 system – ensuring the very latest data is always available.
Meanwhile, the starting gun has been fired on the ‘connected car’ revolution and the arrival of so-called ‘big data’ signalling transformational change enabling fleet decision-makers to predict the future in terms of vehicle service, maintenance and repair and driver behaviour via data analysis thus taking away operation uncertainty.
Today best practice dictates a whole life cost approach to vehicle decision-making, but the new technological age and the arrival of ‘big data’ will industrialise the amount of information available to fleet decision-makers resulting in a data lake. That means significantly more data being fed into whole life cost calculations and driver performance records enabling more accurate determination of optimal business mobility solutions.
Against that background, fleet management software is an exceptionally fast-moving world. Therefore, it is essential that providers have the long-term strategic approach to continually enhancing their systems with new functionality to meet new ways of fleet operator working.
That is why Jaama, invests some £2.6 million a year to ensure its multi-award winning, web-based Key2 system, ‘MyVehicle App’ and most recently Maintenance Exchange products remain at the cutting-edge.
What’s more, unlike most other fleet management software providers, Jaama ensures that system updates are included within their annual fee thereby negating the requirement for costly upgrades.
Additionally, acquiring an outdated system that has no means of boosting functionality to meet new requirements and working practices is therefore a complete waste of money in the long term.
Consequently, it is vital to analyse a software company’s innovation record and discuss with them their programme for increasing the depth of functionality that will see new modules introduced and new solutions launched to further improve fleet management efficiency and therefore business effectiveness.
Fleet decision-makers and their colleagues must feel comfortable forming a long-term business partnership with their chosen supplier to maximise operating efficiencies and support.
A good supplier wants to provide a solution rather than sell a system and to enable that to happen business objectives of both organisations are shared to achieve the common goal.
Therefore, a fleet’s chosen software provider must be able to deliver a highly sophisticated, modern, online system, and be fully focused on continuous product development and functionality improvements.
The ‘right’ fleet management system capable of reflecting future strategic business change as well as taking account of future fleet industry transformation is critical if sector-leading levels of vehicle and driver performance alongside cost management and compliance are to be realised.
Driver ‘self-service’ is fast becoming vital to deliver reductions in fleet administration, while the paperless office is also more than a vision, but a reality. Therefore businesses must have good systems in place that will digest vehicle, driver and journey information and make it meaningful not just today, but also tomorrow.
In turn that will enable fleet managers to make informed decisions as they will have a holistic picture resulting in operational efficiencies that will maximise compliance and deliver cost savings.
Attempting to make decisions without data, good systems and processes in place is, for fleet decision-makers, like playing roulette with their organisation’s money and legislative compliance!