Handling data effectively is a key part of fleet management

When you're managing a fleet of professional drivers, one of the key challenges you face every day is handling data. Knowing your fleet is all about having a command of various facts and figures - fuel consumption rates, maintenance costs and so on. Ideally, you'd have the technology in place at your business to record this information, keep it accurate and use it for every internal process necessary.

When your company's information gets scattered, it's difficult to put it all together.

Often, reality doesn't adhere to this ideal. What typically happens instead is the "silo problem" - your company's information gets scattered across a range of different places, and it becomes difficult to put it all together and work it into your decision-making processes.

If your company has this issue, it might be time to do something about it.

Silos are a widespread issue

Siloed data might seem like a fairly simple problem, but if you take a look around, it's actually a widespread issue in business today. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), 16% of IT decision-makers in Australia and New Zealand believe that data silos are hurting the productivity and collaborative ability of their organisations.

Daniel-Zoe Jimenez, senior program manager of big data at IDC, stated in a company release that this is a key issue for businesses to overcome as they move forward.

Is your company's data siloed or disjointed?Is your company's data siloed or disjointed?

"In the third platform era, becoming a data-driven organisation is no longer a choice, but a necessity," Jimenez said. "Making decisions based on data-driven approaches not only increases the accuracy of results but also provides consistency in how the results are interpreted and fed back into the business."

It's not hard to see that data silos can potentially have a big impact in fleet services. Managing a fleet optimally is all about having visibility into your data and making informed decisions.

Changing your company's culture

If you want to improve your organisation's approach to fleet management, the way to do it is to transform company culture. Let your entire staff know that sharing information and collaborating on key decisions is a key part of what you do.

To make this happen, you have to have the right software for fleet management. This is what you get from Smartfleet - a total solution that presents all the key information you need in one centralised place. For personalised managed services that make running a fleet easy, there's no need to look any further.