Don’t Get Stuck in the Big Data Chute

Being thrown by your fleet’s big data? It’s not hard to get hung up on all the different points circling the ring of your database – odometers and fuel information, notes on maintenance from the mechanics doing the work, cues from onboard trackers about your drivers’ behavior, and the list continues.

Unless you understand why you’ve collected all of this Big Data, it’s likely you still don’t have a solution for using it to change the way you run your fleet.

It’s time to take the reins and follow these four pointers to lasso your fleet’s big data:

  1. Set clear objectives that align with your business – Identify how your fleet supports your business. Then set financial and performance goals that position the fleet to contribute to the sustained success and growth of the organization.
  2. Focus on the data you actually need – Determine which data points have a direct correlation to your goals for supporting the business (productivity, safety, efficiency, etc.). Narrowing your focus will eliminate data exhaustion.
  3. Zoom in on the outliers – When reviewing the data categories relative to your goals, what’s falling outside the norm? Areas adjacent to those costs may also be contributing factors.
  4. Establish actionable items – Put a plan in place to address the unfavorable data in order to make a measurable impact. These steps should be realistic and drive incremental improvements.

Big Data will help you identify which vehicles are the biggest offenders for keeping you from your goals. Once you know which vehicles are costing you the most, predictive analytics will help you determine why they need your attention. Armed with this knowledge, you have the means to confidently implement a proactive approach for future planning. Read more about how to turn data into decisions.