Free Tool Helps Operators Evaluate Fleet Maintenance Software

Posted on July 15, 2009

Arsenault offers a free maintenance software ROI calculator and a downloadable tool tht helps fleet managers evaluate software vendors.

BURLINGTON, N.J. -- Arsenault Associates is offering free, interactive evaluation tools for companies considering fleet maintenance software.

The first is a detailed work sheet for calculating return on investment. The second helps would-be buyers evaluate software providers. Both are available at no cost from the Arsenault web site

Arsenault Associates provides Dossier fleet maintenance management software and related technology solutions.

"The economic downturn has many fleet-dependent firms looking for the means to control operating costs. Among the more popular technologies being reviewed is fleet maintenance management software," Arsenault CEO Charles Arsenault said. "In recent months we have seen a spike in inquiries from companies anxious to reign in maintenance expenditures."

Arsenault said that many fleets now in the market for software are first timers, so his company has developed tools to help them evaluate and decide.

The first of those tools, The Maintenance Software ROI Calculator, is formatted as a Microsoft Excel document. A fleet manager simply fills in numbers of vehicles according to type, presses enter, and the calculator will return a projected savings over one year for the entire fleet.

"Savings will vary according to the software chosen and the fleet's commitment to successful implementation," Arsenault said. "But this calculator provides a good ball park estimate based on our 30 years of experience."

The second decision tool helps evaluate software vendors.

"We've seen fleets make poor decisions by focusing on a program's functionality and paying only cursory attention to the company that stands behind it," Arsenault said. "So we developed the Maintenance Software Decision Matrix."

Also in the form of an Excel spread sheet, the matrix offers a series of questions that should be asked about any potential software vendor. Answers to each question are rated from excellent to poor expressed numerically. At the end of the matrix, each vendor receives an overall score.

"The questions are what make the matrix worthwhile. They are not always obvious questions to ask, especially for people new to the technology market. But the answers can show how well your software will be supported, how good the training will be, and how willing a vendor is to help solve the individual challenges your unique fleet might have," Arsenault explained. "It all relates to how successful your deployment will be, and how well the software will serve your needs over time as well."

The Maintenance Software ROI Calculator and Decision Matrix are available as free downloads from Arsenault Associates' web site at http://www.arsenault.biz/ or by calling 800-525-5256.

About Arsenault Associates

Arsenault supports green, fuel-efficient fleets and equipment. Its Dossier software serves a growing customer base of more than 4,000 fleets that operate over 600,000 pieces of equipment. Customers include large Fortune 100 corporate fleets, as well as mid and small size fleets in a wide variety of industries such as trucking, concrete, construction, food, beverage, education, marine, government agencies, and more. Dossier manages a variety of vehicles including tractors, trailers, trucks, buses, and autos, plus construction and material handling equipment. Arsenault has provided maintenance management expertise to fleets of all sizes since 1979. For more information, visit www.arsenault.biz.


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