Currently, four public fleets share one fleet management system and divide costs while learning from each other. Screencapture courtesy of Scott County
Reducing Costs by Sharing Fleet Management Software
There are various reasons why fleets may not have the fleet management software its fleet managers want and need — there could be an agency-wide mandate on the software that can be used, it could share the same software as another department, or perhaps a robust fleet system is just too expensive.
Fleet management information systems (FMIS) are a big investment, and although user fees can be directly correlated to fleet size, the high implementation cost can keep small fleets from purchasing a state-of-the-art fleet-specific software system.
That’s where shared use comes into play. In Minnesota, what began as a collaborative procurement for a new FMIS has now turned into a system shared by four small public fleets, with additional fleets also talking about joining. For these fleets, shared use has not only broken the barrier to purchasing a high-end fleet system, but it led to additional efficiencies through collaboration as well.
by Thi Dao
I´m a Fleet Management expert, and the manager of Advanced Fleet Management Consulting, that provides Fleet Management Consultancy Services.