McLeod upgrades software solutions

McLeod Software released Version 15.2 of its LoadMaster Enterprise and PowerBroker software solutions, as well as Version 15 of its DocumentPower Enterprise and FlowLogix business process management solutions.

“One of the most valuable tools in the McLeod LoadMaster and PowerBroker system is the Rapid Alert Notification System (RANS) which detects events in the customer’s business and sends instant electronic notifications to the appropriate people, when those critical events occur,” McLeod said. “In this release, McLeod has greatly expanded the capabilities of RANS to notify the right people when expected events have not occurred with the new Overdue Events function within RANS. With this new capability, McLeod customers can now define the time at which any specific event is considered overdue and who should be notified.”

The company also noted that it has expanded the capabilities of the FlowLogix workflow management tool, and created more integral business process automation solutions within the LoadMaster and PowerBroker systems that employ the FlowLogix automated workflows to deliver “management by exception” capabilities for a wide range of typical customer business processes. FlowLogix allows managers to monitor and measure the business processes managed in the workflows, as well as individual employee performance in their assigned tasks, according to the company.

McLeod introduces Logix Solutions, a set of pre-packaged business process automation solutions built with FlowLogix and Logix eForms and integral to the LoadMaster and PowerBroker systems. “This family of products now includes e-Rate confirmation, Billing & Settlement, and Advanced Billing & Settlement, with more products on the way early in 2016,” according to the company.

In addition, the company’s PowerBroker's Private Notification Network (PNN) module has added a new version of the current Available Loads function, which makes selected loads visible to the broker’s existing carriers via an email.

PNN also stores each carrier’s preferences for the types of loads and specific geographies or lanes they prefer to work in, the company said. “This preference profile has been restructured for more detailed carrier lane definitions, making it is possible to set up better lane filtering for the broker’s carriers and get faster, more accurate representations of the lanes that are truly of interest to specific carriers,” the company said. “Brokers can specify lane types by state, dispatch zone, zip code range and market area. Mixed lane types are also now supported for a carrier. And a new ‘exclude’ option makes it easy to list the places a carrier does not want to travel.”

According to the company, for the past two years Katz, Sapper & Miller (KSM), a trucking industry CPA and consulting firm, has partnered with McLeod to produce a Trucking Operations Benchmarking Survey, based on data covering 215 data elements measured over a calendar year for a large number of U.S. based truckload carriers.

Receiving the results and analysis from this survey requires the carriers who would like to participate to generate the required operations data in a specific spreadsheet and submit it to KSM. KSM then compiles that data in a confidential way to protect the proprietary nature of each company’s data and produce the report, according to the company.

With release of Version 15.2 of LoadMaster, the complete KSM benchmark report is built into the base system for McLeod customers, making it a piece of cake for any company who either wants to participate in the broader KSM/McLeod survey, or simply benchmark their own operations performance and measure changes year over year.

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