After looking at many TM solutions, some of them home grown ones and some from stables of Product companies, I feel there is still something which is missing.
Two of the important perspectives, I think, which most of TM solution is forget – The Planner, The Execution clerk.
From Planners perspective, he needs to have flexibility with the system being intelligent enough to make intutive decisions which are closer to reality. However, this would mean lot of data to be fed into the system and even more programming to be done to enable system process this data. This some times is the area of concern for the Solution Owners and Program Managers which then culminates into a solution which gives a feeling that something is missing.
For Execution clerk, things are not that much complicated. However, he comes at the end of whole chain meaning he gets last view and thus is last when it comes to servicing requirements.
The time spent in getting data required for both these roles kills the productivity and thus makes job laborious. Unfortunately, current products in the Transportation space are not really targeting these pain points.
I really feel, Planner perspective can be dealt with when data can be provided for the resources, load and planned tour details are available in one screen with possibilities to drill down to get the data.
However, when I had a preview of the coming version of TM, I could make out that this is something which is going to be loved by people who matter and the people who work.
For Planner perspective, the flexibility to change UI and then the data that Planner wishes to see are amazing. There is a great flexibilty to filter Load that has to be planned and the tours that planner wish to see.
Transportation cockpit is an amazing tool for planning and Geographical representation gives you how it is happening on the gorund. Also, for Execution clerk there is dashboard with POWL which they can customize and get on with the work.
Since the system is yet to come to public and hence much of details are not available but surely, what I have seen, I can say we have hit correct areas.