Consolidating multiple data sources into a single web-based system simplified communications and saved countless hours of effort.
Data can be too much of a good thing when it isn’t well managed. That was the case for United Oil. The successful retail and wholesale fuel business, with more than 130 gas stations in Southern California, did not have control of its gargantuan volumes of data. The company believed that was negatively affecting everything from resource allocation and labor costs to quantitative analysis.
First, it was essential to understand United Oil’s business. This meant knowing how it used or hoped to use its voluminous data and what types of interactions should be in place between the company and its retailers and resellers. We needed to become deeply involved with United Oil’s senior management. We had to earn their trust and craft software applications that could simplify and automate business practices and give complete control to administrators. All of this to be done through a web based system.
Over nearly a decade, we have become intimately familiar with nearly every aspect of United Oil’s business. Working with United’s managers, we have provided numerous systems that are now essential to daily operations. Each one has contributed to greater worker productivity, a reduction in manual effort and costs. We have transformed once laborious chores done with carbon paper and pencils into digital workflows that eliminate waste and free up resources.
Our custom software has reduced man-hour requirements, and some of those reductions are traceable to improved communications with remote locations and customers. Providing functionality through a web interface eliminated practically all deployment costs. That’s because there’s no need to install software at remote locations. At the same time, the custom-built software solutions that run the web-based system – produced for a fraction of the cost of pre-packaged proprietary software — have allowed United Oil to avoid the seven figure expenditures it would have incurred had it chosen such software.