Analysing data and turning it into real fleet management results

To a significant degree, the challenge you face in fleet management is one of measuring and interpreting data. The job is all about looking at the numbers, figuring out what they mean and applying them to make your business better.

The average motor vehicle in Australia uses petrol at a rate of 13.3 litres per 100 kilometres.

For example, take car fuel consumption. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the average motor vehicle in Australia uses petrol at a rate of 13.3 litres per 100 kilometres. This number can serve as a benchmark to measure your fleet against. How do your drivers compare? Can they be better?

Be forewarned, though. Smart fleet management isn't just about numbers. It requires a diverse array of skills beyond the facts and figures.

Data demands diverse skill sets

Some of your job as a fleet manager is going to be mathematical in nature, but certainly not all of it. According to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, there are many skills needed to master the job of using business intelligence.

Analysis is one of those skills. You also need the ability to convey your analytical findings clearly to a group. For example, if you find a new strategy for fuel-efficient driving, you must be able to explain it in a way drivers will understand. Oral presentation skills, writing and editing, and leadership ability all come into play here. You must also be skilled in conflict resolution, just in case someone disagrees with your data-driven arguments.

Transforming your company culture

Long-term, what you really want to do is build a new culture within your fleet. This would be one in which everyone understands the importance of data and works hard to implement it.

If you know how to present data clearly, you can win people over.If you know how to present data clearly, you can win people over.

According to CIO, the best way to do this is to understand your employees' perspective and think about analytics in terms of what they need. How can you use data to find tangible answers that will improve their daily lives? If you can do this, people are more likely to take your side.

Explaining the value of data requires speaking people's language and using common terms and definitions that everyone will understand. Take the complex, data-heavy topics you're studying and state them in plain English, and people will come around.

What you need in a software solution

This entire data-driven transformation is much easier, of course, if you have the right fleet management software on your side. Smartfleet seeks to provide that software. We offer a centralised management system that puts all the data you need in one convenient place.

Fleet management involves an endless litany of cumbersome tasks, and you need accurate information to complete all of them. Our solution aims to make all that info more readily available and, by extension, your job a little easier. Contact us today to find out more.