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Fleet managers warned of IT 'inadequacy'

Fleet managers are being warned they could be tricked into spending large sums of money on inadequate software systems.

Ashley Sowerby, managing director of Chevin Computer Systems - one of the exhibitors at tomorrow's Fleet News IT&E event at Gaydon - is warning of the differences between purpose-built 'web applications', which are able to handle thousands of users before any appreciable loss of performance is noticed, compared to 'web enabled' software that can become 'sluggish' after just a few users have logged on.

'There's a world of difference between the two," he said. 'Systems sold as 'web enabled' become slower and slower as more is expected of them by users - whereas true web applications will work virtually as fast, however many users log on.

'A true web application like our own FleetWave is built to work like the best websites, which can cope with huge volumes of traffic, whereas a 'web enabled' system has to use another intermediary piece of software known as a 'gap fill' application, which is required to do a lot more processing. Such a system may slow up with just 25 users logged on, whereas a proper web application could cope with say 25,000 users before any loss of speed is noticed.

'I can hear our competitors shouting 'they would say that, wouldn't they?', but it needs saying. Unless fleet decision-makers know the difference between the two, there's a danger of them being seriously misled by the small print and buying systems which don't suit their purposes.'

Chevin claims FleetWave is the world's first true web application fleet management system. It was unveiled at the Commercial Vehicle Show last year and is being used by a number of fleets.

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