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Cetaris Fleet - Built from a Business Point of View
Comments: Our primary business goals was to transition our shop structure of a "break/fix" to a "preventative maintenance" organization. As a result of the Cetaris implementation we realized a 51% reduction in road failures and a 15% reduction in maintenance costs within the first 18 months.
At its core, Cetaris Fleet is a product that was built from a business point of view. The underlying capabilities of the software helped change the way we think about our business. Not only does the software provide features that help automate preventative maintenance, repairs, parts, and warranty. It did it in a way that recognized our ultimate success was reliant on user adoption and our ability to show measurable return on each investment.
We moved the company from a non-computerized show to a shop that was fully automated. It would have been helpful to have more of an "get started" version of the product that provided us a set of guidelines to get started with.
Long time user
Comments: Overall the experience has been excellent. Customer service is quick and responsive and goes beyond the call of duty when needed. The data from the system helps us track maintenance costs and equipment performance.
Software is very detailed and gathers data down to the component level of the repair. Data is easy to retrieve and use by management and shop level personnel.
Some screens are a little busy but that is to be expected for the level of detail that is collected
Alternatives Considered: Trimble TMS
Reasons for Choosing Cetaris: Switch was made in 2005 and it was to upgrade to a windows platform
Reasons for Switching to Cetaris: Cetaris was more detailed and the company had a better continuous improvement attitude. Customer support was much better
The best platform to maintain the software system and maintain the system economy .
Comments: This platform is a supportive during implementation and maintenance and management of different stages of costs.
This overall platform helps in saving the major time in maintaining the cost and the system. The cost tracking and billing and the complete cost management can be done very easily in this particular tool.
This platform need to be worked off-line and some of the screens will be delayed due to some network issues.
Very solid system
Comments: Our hosted solution is always available and always up to date. Easy to use, but great product breadth and depth.
Integration with our transportation management software and our telematics helped simplify our business processes and take paper out of those systems.
Great software, but it is expensive. Cost of competing systems was lower, albeit with less powerful functionality and reporting.
Alternatives Considered: Dossier Fleet Maintenance
Reasons for Switching to Cetaris: Better reporting
Comments: Out of the box a user can expect many ways to keep up with the maintenance of their assets. If an end user does run into issues or has questions customer support is great. Feedback is typically quick.
Good solid software out of the box. Dependable customer support to answer questions about current versions or future versions
Cost to make changes/improvements to the system if an opportunity is identified.
Alternatives Considered: Trimble TMS
Reasons for Switching to Cetaris: Better upfront presentation of product and implementation support.
The ease of use with phenomenal ROI. Reporting, scheduling and support are exceptional.
That you can not reserve a part to a specific unit until it is able to return to terminal.
Reasons for Choosing Cetaris: Was holding our business and capabilities back.
Switched From: ManagerPlus
Visionary Company to Meet Your Current and Future Needs
We have been using Cetaris Software for 7+ years and it has only improved. Cetaris is a visionary company that is constantly working to enhance existing modules and develop new ones based upon customer request, current market condition, and prospective technology that will be needed for their clients to maintain and drive new success. We have kept up with the latest version releases, and Cetaris does an excellent job at executing the deployment of each release. Hiccups are quickly resolved. And their staff is always polite and seeks to understand the obstacle you are trying to overcome, the business objectives you are trying to attain, or the enhancement you are seeking to integrate. Cetaris provides recommendations for existing solutions and advice for new development. The varied and flexible reporting has been a tremendous benefit to identify and focus on efficiency and a cost savings on multiple fronts. I would highly recommend Cetaris to any customer seeking a Maintenance Management Software package! Their customer support, professionalism, and genuine interest in your business to succeed will not disappoint you!
Swift Systems Application Administrator
Cetaris Steering Committee Chair
The features that have been the most impactful to Swift Transportation have been the millions of additional warranty dollars that have been flagged for us to process OEM reimbursement. The real-time reporting grids to manage day-to-day activity, the advanced reporting templates for reviewing data in the next business cycle, the dashboard visuals that can be used for “at-a-glance” state or to dive into the analytics of your company activity, and the SIMs (System Integration Modules) that interface with other software have been extremely valuable and provide much efficiency to us. Cetaris is of medium complexity to use. Any good software package will be like this. If it’s too easy, you are missing features that are critical to your business’ needs and success. Cetaris is a highly integrated software package that provides much flexibility for multiple uses.
Some areas to consider: There is a great amount of set-up that needs to be done in the Administration Modules. This is very detailed, and requires a person that is adept with attention to detail and SOPs. The benefit is that once the set-up is done, the system is very automated. We use the Roadcall Module extensively and would like to see better integration of the supplier used in this module rather than going into the WO module. In the overall scope, the module is very workable and well integrated with other modules. The Tire Module is one that we desire greatly for forecasting and cost savings. Though we do not have it now, this will be delivered in the next version.
Data collection that drives decision making easier and saves you money.
When I dove into the training, I was overwhelmed with the amount of data collection it demanded. After a few weeks, I was able to learn that the data was essential and haven't looked back since. I was amazed with how much reporting can be created, details (history for repairs and parts), how easy I can navigate and help other troubleshoot when they have problems.
I have since joined the Steering Committee and attend the User Conference every year to see what is coming out next and to better myself with the Cetaris software.
The amount of reports that can be generated from the collected data. The amount of details which helps for parts, repairs and labour. From the details and reports, I can have a good overview on how the technicians are doing. If one takes little longer to do a specify task, he might need some more training (which some are scared to ask for help). There is always something new with every new release which helps me better my work and my daily tasks.
The amount of time it takes to get a person trained to navigate in the multitude of modules. Some can get the hang of things pretty quickly, but other require additional time to get used to everything.
Cetaris Fleet Maintenance Software
Comments: In using Cetaris Fleet we are able to monitor our maintenance costs closer to become more productive and efficient in areas we didn't see before using this software. Working with the Cetaris team over the years they are always interested in your feedback on new enhancements that they are working on and/or new ideas that you may have. You feel like part of the team to grow this software.
The software is easy to use for the end user (Technicians).
As an administrator of the system I would like to be able to dig deeper into audit trails history.
Cetaris Daily Use
The meter import function that enabled projected maintenance scheduling
Can improve with integration with McLeod
Comments: Very positive experience. Over the meeting, we developed a familiar relation with the rep. Our representative still remembers the joke we were doing back and we love this amicable business relation. Effective and nice!
It's very easy to use. Very instinctive and so powerful in regards of connections between all aspects.
For us, the fact it was all in English was an challenge because in Quebec, it must be available in French. The French version is a work in progress but Cetaris and Robert partnered up for translating the most of it.
Cetaris Fleet Review
The Cetaris team has been very supportive during implementation and over the years of usage.
(2007 to present)
Integrated system links Assets, maintenance and spare parts inventory providing us with detailed transaction history and cost reporting. The system use of VMRS coding separates it from other EAM software. It is used in all of our operating divisions globally.
Does not work without internet connection, will not work off-line
Software that works
Comments: Great personal customer support
Software gives me accurate life cycle cost reports
A little bit of effort to get up to speed 100%