Using data to make your fleet (and your business) smarter

The business world is abuzz about the prospect of using big data analytics, and fleet management is absolutely not immune to that. On some level, everyone who manages corporate cars and their drivers is eager to make their teams smarter using data. That's why they're putting together complex spreadsheets on team performance and examining them closely.

Every fleet manager is eager to make their team smarter using data.

But how will they actually translate raw data into real, tangible improvement for their fleet members? This needs to be a detailed, multi-step process, and not every manager has it figured out just yet. For many, it's still a work in progress.

A range of leadership skills required

Getting results out of data demands a lot more than just looking at charts and making snap decisions. Anyone can look at the numbers and get a good handle on car fuel consumption, but the job is a lot more than that.

According to the Industry Skills Councils within the Australian Government, making progress with data requires four key skills:

  • Reading the numbers - How well can you interpret statistics and understand intuitively what they mean?
  • Written communication - Establishing the business case for data-driven change requires writing detailed reports about your expectations.
  • Oral presentation skills - To motivate your fleet members to improve, you'll need to be able to speak compellingly about your ideas.
  • Detail-oriented leadership - Once you devise a new strategy, the onus is on you to follow up and examine, in great detail, whether your team is follow through on it.

Moving from management to automation

Eventually, you'd like to reach the point where this entire process is automatic. In other words, you won't have to ask your team to perform fleet maintenance tasks like inflating tyres and changing oil - they'll just know.

You want your whole fleet to work automatically, like a robot.You want your whole fleet to work automatically, like a robot.

Data should be a driving force behind this process. The more information you collect about your fleet's performance, the clearer your necessary changes will be. Over the long haul, you can attempt to build a culture of automation in which everyone's role is obvious and easy to carry out.

How software has changed the game

Orienting your fleet around data can be a challenge, but it certainly becomes less so if you're using the best possible software for fleet management. That's what we hope to provide at Smartfleet. What you get is a comprehensive system that allows you to manage your own data entry and reporting smoothly and painlessly.

The end goal is greater intelligence. We want you to make smarter decisions based on better information. Our innovative software helps make that possible. Contact us today and find out what a Smartfleet solution can do for you.