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Cloud-based telematics: What challenges will it solve for your business?

Posted by Thelma Marshall on Sep 13, 2016 12:29:37 PM

More and more businesses today are turning to the cloud to solve a number of problems. In fact, with tighter cloud-computing-626252_640.pngbudgets and increased focus on productivity, 82% of companies said they saved money by moving to the cloud. But cost savings is not the only reason to switch.

IBM’s 5 Reasons Businesses Use The Cloud cites several benefits — like improved collaboration, better access to analytics, increasing productivity, reduced costs, and faster development cycles.

Cloud technology allows applications typically used in-house to have remote internet capabilities while offering greater real-time data, analysis, and many added efficiencies. In fact, 80% of cloud adopters saw improvements to their productivity within 6 months of moving to the cloud.

A study by Nucleus Research, which examined 70 case studies of companies adopting SaaS, found that cloud applications deliver 1.7 times more ROI than on-premises ones. That’s largely because four out of five cloud deployments deliver increasing benefits over time.

Security and privacy risks — a very real issue in recent times — are no longer a large concern. Today’s cutting-edge applications automatically update with the latest security functions, providing businesses with the latest, seamless security upgrades.

Benefits increase as the cloud becomes the new normal

What are some of the challenges cloud telematics could solve for your business? Here are just a few to consider:

Lack of detailed information about fleet

You want to be proactive, not reactive, in overcoming challenges. Cloud telematics allows for better data analysis: Fleet vehicles send data to the cloud platform in real-time to be stored and analyzed by the telematics system.

Multiple applications

Hosted applications provide dynamic scalability, which enables developers to focus on application functionality across a single platform. This eliminates the need to deal with other infrastructure or middleware.

Prohibitive costs

In-house telematics can be pricey and may not conform to fit your business. Cloud telematics offer lower initial setup costs and allows for better scalability.

Lack of flexibility

The cloud is ideal for organizations with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demand. It makes scaling up or down easy and provides agility and an advantage over competitors.

Unreliable automatic software updates

With the cloud, updates happen automatically as soon as they are available. This includes the latest in security measures.

Skyrocketing IT costs

With the cloud, companies do not need to run and maintain their own servers. A cloud computing infrastructure may require a smaller IT staff because your organization won't be managing the software anymore. The cloud also cuts out the high cost of hardware.

Lack of employee collaboration

With the cloud, workers can access applications from anywhere at any time, with real-time updates.

Vehicle and operator behavior

The cloud offers better preventative analytics: It assists with internal risk assessments, driver scoring, and feedback. It uses data to augment operator behavior and create smarter usage.

It is predicted that the global market for cloud equipment will reach $79.1 billion by 2018. Those who make the move to cloud telematics will have the competitive edge to better manage their operations — regardless of location — while cutting costs, improving safety, and increasing productivity.


Topics: telematics, big data, warehouse intelligence, cloud-hosted applications

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