What should Fleet Management Software offer?
Are you shopping around for a fleet management solution? You’re not alone! If you’re not quite sure which features should be at the top of your must-have list, Software Advice is here to help.
Software Advice, a company that pairs buyers with fleet management solutions developed by their vendor partners, recently released their 2014 Fleet Maintenance Management Software BuyerView report, which includes insight from 385 prospective buyers of fleet maintenance management systems.
In this post, we’ll boil down four of the report’s findings and take a look at whether the Pedigree Technologies OneView platform meets the needs of the survey’s respondents.
MUST-HAVE #1 – STREAMLINE PROCESSES AND ELIMINATE MANUAL METHODS
Taylor Short of Software Advice said, “The most surprising piece of research we found was that a large majority of fleet managers still use manual methods for their operations, but it’s beginning to change as managers recognize the multitude of comprehensive systems [that are available] today.”
Buyers’ Current Fleet Maintenance Management Methods
As illustrated above, 60 percent of those looking to purchase a fleet management solution said they currently use manual methods (such as paper files and spreadsheets) to keep track of their fleets. The OneView fleet management solution allows you to eliminate paperwork and manual processes, which results in saved time and money. For example, General Equipment and Supplies saves 50 hours per week by eliminating manual methods and using automated IFTA reports. Click here to see how they did it.
MUST-HAVE #2 – IMPROVE EFFICIENCY THROUGH DATA, SPEED AND INSIGHT
The report also uncovered the top ways buyers want fleet management software to improve efficiency of business processes.
Top Ways Fleet Managers Want to Improve Efficiency with Software
Pedigree Technologies OneView allows you to utilize engine diagnostics information, schedule preventative maintenance for your fleet, get email or text message alerts when maintenance is due on assets, and get organized by having data in one system that generates powerful reports that can be automatically delivered to your email inbox. Click here to learn more about the OneView fleet maintenance solution.
Additionally, the report includes the respondents’ top reasons they were looking to purchase software.
Reasons for Software Purchases
MUST-HAVE #3 – MAINTENANCE, TRACKING AND WORK ORDERS
According to the report, maintenance, asset tracking and work order capabilities were most commonly requested by fleet management system buyers. Short added, “We can see that the fragmentation of features throughout the fleet management software market has left a lot of managers without useful functions like work order management, strong reports or maintenance alerts.” However, Pedigree Technologies OneView supports all of these top-requested features.
With Pedigree Technologies, you can choose from our solutions and create a custom OneView platform that meets your business needs. OneView is a centralized operations command center that lets you track and manage multiple types of assets. Our open and scalable system is built to meet your business needs now and in the future. Plus, with OneView, you can easily add on solutions like our electronic logbooks or equipment management whenever your business is ready. Click here to learn more about OneView solutions.
MUST-HAVE #4 – CLOUD-BASED CAPABILITIES.
Many respondents indicated they want to have access to their fleet management system outside of the office. They said they were looking for a system with features like web portals, mobile integration and GPS tracking. Short said, “Like many other software markets, fleet managers are increasingly seeking Web-based features like mobile access and GPS tracking, which are extremely convenient tools for fleet management.” With OneView, users have access to important data from anywhere they have an Internet connection and GPS capabilities allow fleet managers to know the location of their high-value assets in the field.