Fleet management software
Many companies will utilize software to manage their fleet of vehicles. There are many benefits to doing so. Fleet management software is oftentimes cheaper than outsourcing a company’s fleet management. It also gives a business complete control over the management of their fleet.
When outsourcing, it becomes necessary to hand over control, while not complete, a substantial amount of it, over to someone. There is a certain amount of risk a company assumes when doing so. For some companies, this is well worth it, for others, it is not. When deciding on the use of fleet management software, it becomes necessary to make some comparisons. Doing so is the only way a company is can make an informed decision.
There are many different types of fleet management software programs on the market, stand-alone (downloadable) packages and online programs are the primary ones. Below, we will discuss some of the similarities, differences, pros and cons of these software programs.
When looking for a quality fleet management software program, whether an online or downloadable one, a company will need to look for the following, the ability to track the progress of shipments, map out logistics, communicate with drivers, all with the aim of lowering costs, reducing risks, improving safety and increasing profitability. A quality program will be affordable, offer training, robust features and be highly recommended.
There are a number of advantages associated with purchasing downloadable fleet management software. It gives a company complete control over the program and its uses. This oftentimes provides a greater sense of security and control. A company doesn’t have to worry about suddenly and perhaps inexplicably, being unable to access their software, which may be the case when using online fleet management software.
Online analysis tools and software programs offer many of the same features as downloadable software. They allow businesses to track and manage costs and vehicle performance. The primary difference is that all of a company’s information will be located online. If for some reason, the system goes down, gets hacked or goes out of business, this could have a serious and negative impact on a company’s business. On the plus side, the best providers of online fleet management software will have secure websites that are encrypted to provide protection and to thwart hacking attempts.
In many ways, whether or not to purchase downloadable or on-line fleet management software, comes down to preference and how comfortable a company feels with essentially allowing another company to not only handle very important documentation but real-time fleet management processes, which if interrupted, could cost a company a lot of money and cause a tremendous amount of problems. To avoid the aforementioned, many businesses would rather purchase a downloadable version of fleet management software and run everything from their own computers.
Before making a decision, companies should take a careful look at each type of software programs. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. Thoroughly considering each, will be necessary and will pay off big in the end, whether positively or negatively.