This week I wrote my first set of articles for the M2M Evolution Magazine. I may have gone a bit overboard. I focused on Fleet Management and visited over 200 Fleet Management websites.
I was shocked at how many there were and how good some of them were. I was particularly impressed with the simple ROI Calculators available for many of the sites. You could tell a lot about the way a company’s software works, based on how they calculate the ROI. For example, many of the sites were specific to route efficiency management and the price of gas was all that was in the assumptions. Others were about optimizing the Less than Truck Load (LTL) with some being clearinghouses for independents and others being about getting more production internally. Additionally, a few websites tried to manage the overall complexity of the ROI calculation. These included fuzzy logic embedded in the software for things such as maintenance and insurance reductions.
Overall I was very impressed with the attempts but it made me think of the discussion with James Brehm about the failure rate of M2M implementations... Read More