The importance of pilot testing before implementing fleet management.
In our experience, pilot tests in fleet management are a common occurrence for many companies before making a big strategic decision that affects the fleet of vehicles or machines. Regardless of the proposed solution, a pilot project usually provides many important benefits:
With a pilot project, you have the opportunity to see how the technology works before deciding to invest in a large-scale solution. It allows you to “try before you buy,” so to speak. With minimal investment, a pilot project allows you to mitigate risks and above all avoid making the mistake of choosing the wrong solution or technology.
Even with a pilot project, you want a safe and effective solution to properly test that new technology that will increase the productivity of your business. It can be done faster than deploying the complete solution over the entire fleet, and with a smaller scope, there is less time between saying “go ahead” and seeing the solution go into effect.
Get a real fedback
Theories and action plans are great, but there’s nothing better than seeing the effect of a technology directly on your company’s day-to-day operations. With a pilot project, you don’t need to guess how that technology is going to work, as you test it yourself and you’ll be able to know exactly what works and what doesn’t.
With a simpler implementation you can see very quickly and cheaply what performance you are going to get out of fleet management, and if the partner is the right one.
Encourage new ideas
Sometimes, testing not only refines current ideas, but also helps form new ones. For example, you will realize that through fleet management you can make a true digitalization of your business.
Find monetary savings
Make sure you get a “digital transformation partner” and not a vendor that’s willing to tailor your solution to your specific business requirements, rather than limiting it to an out-of-the-box offering. A good digital transformation partner will know how to advise you how to get the most out of the service, help you automate and digitize everything you can. Improve as much as you can, do not stay halfway.
Metrics are an important piece of the experience strategy and long-term maintenance of any technology solution. Don’t just try the solution. Use your pilot project to test your metrics as well, so that after a large-scale implementation you can start measuring the right data from day one.
There’s nothing worse than feeling uncertain about a major business decision. On the contrary, there is nothing better than knowing the exact value of what you paid. Pilots aren’t just good for business. They are also good for your emotional well-being.
Prepare for deployment
A successful small-scale deployment makes it easier to upgrade to the larger version, making the final deployment less stressful and more likely to succeed. With digitalization through fleet management you can increase your productivity in your daily operations, do not hesitate to contact us if you think you have a challenge in fleet management and digitalization.