NAFA Releases New Fleet Information Management Guide

The amount of infor­ma­tion, data, and knowl­edge on tech­nol­o­gy and fleet infor­ma­tion man­age­ment sys­tems avail­able is over­whelm­ing. How do you make sense of it all — quick­ly and with the assur­ance that you are mak­ing the best analy­sis and deci­sions pos­si­ble? How do you become bet­ter versed to speak with the IT, pur­chas­ing, and pro­cure­ment depart­ments, and then report effec­tive­ly to your upper man­age­ment on fleet needs?

Just pub­lished, NAFA’s Fleet Infor­ma­tion Man­age­ment Guide pro­vides a thor­ough review of the fun­da­men­tals of fleet infor­ma­tion man­age­ment (includ­ing fleet infor­ma­tion man­age­ment sys­tems, FIMS) and reviews fleet sys­tem selec­tion and tech­nol­o­gy options to con­sid­er.

“Data and data man­age­ment are crit­i­cal to suc­cess­ful­ly main­tain­ing a fleet. In order to run all-impor­tant life­cy­cle analy­ses, you need to col­lect and main­tain all the data gen­er­at­ed by your process­es,” said NAFA Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer Phillip Rus­so, CAE. “NAFA’s Fleet Infor­ma­tion Man­age­ment Guide is the effort of hun­dreds of vol­un­teer hours from a team of fleet man­age­ment experts and vet­er­an fleet pro­fes­sion­als. It will pro­vide clar­i­ty for fleet pro­fes­sion­als in an aspect of fleet man­age­ment that is very com­plex.”

NAFA’s Fleet Infor­ma­tion Man­age­ment Guide:

  • Reviews the selec­tion and acqui­si­tion of a com­mer­cial off the shelf (COTS) fleet infor­ma­tion man­age­ment sys­tem using the request for pro­pos­al process
  • Exam­ines impor­tant imple­men­ta­tion items includ­ing project team for­ma­tion, project man­age­ment plan, project phas­es, and train­ing
  • Describes key func­tions and mod­ules, such as life­cy­cle man­age­ment, fuel man­age­ment, and main­te­nance and repair
  • Explores telem­at­ics func­tions and uses, the cur­rent state of telem­at­ics tech­nol­o­gy, and appli­ca­tions in the fleet mar­ket­place
  • High­lights data man­age­ment and sys­tem admin­is­tra­tion, includ­ing data col­lec­tion, data stan­dards, data integri­ty, and sys­tem admin­is­tra­tion
  • Illus­trates the impor­tance of fleet busi­ness ana­lyt­ics and report­ing, as it explores key fleet per­for­mance indi­ca­tors, report­ing, and data analy­sis meth­ods
  • Pro­vides use­ful tips to avoid com­mon mis­takes and pit­falls, as well as “data analy­sis paral­y­sis”

Numer­ous tables and charts includ­ed pro­vide sum­ma­rized infor­ma­tion so you can com­pare the advan­tages and lim­i­ta­tions of var­i­ous fleet sys­tems side by side. A detailed exam­ple of a FIMS request for pro­pos­al is also pro­vid­ed.

With NAFA’s Fleet Infor­ma­tion Man­age­ment Guide, fleet pro­fes­sion­als can learn to:

  • Nav­i­gate with rel­a­tive ease through the myr­i­ad of tech­nol­o­gy options, con­fig­u­ra­tions, and jar­gon
  • Pro­vide key selec­tion cri­te­ria and eval­u­ate respons­es to your RFP
  • Become bet­ter versed and equipped to speak with IT, purchasing/procurement, and upper man­age­ment
  • Avoid “data analy­sis paral­y­sis”
  • Bal­ance stake­hold­ers’ expec­ta­tions and pro­vide the right lev­el of infor­ma­tion to key stake­hold­ers

“This guide has been cre­at­ed through much time and effort, and the end result was worth every bit of it,” Rus­so said. “I believe NAFA’s Fleet Infor­ma­tion Man­age­ment Guide will be instruc­tive and help­ful to fleet man­agers at every stage of their career.”

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