Sandicliffe sets a record pace

Sandicliffe Motor Contracts is seeing the benefits of switching to a new software system by Drive Software Solutions (DSSL) which was installed in record time.

Sandicliffe HQ Building

The Derbyshire-based contract hire, leasing and fleet management specialist commissioned DRIVE to implement a new system for the business. Thanks to a close working relationship between the two companies, the software system was installed in record time – and is providing key efficiency savings for staff at Sandicliffe.

Sandicliffe Managing Director Alastair HoustonAccording to Sandicliffe Managing Director Alastair Houston, the willingness of DRIVE staff to go the extra mile has resulted in the successful implementation of the suite of software within a very short timeframe.
The project began in November 2017 when DRIVE software was installed and was up and working on January 20, 2018. Including the time lost to the Christmas and New Year festive holidays, the software implementation period was around three months – this process normally takes between six to eight months to achieve. Houston said:

Our old software supplier was very supportive – we had been with them for a number of years, but their product was coming to the end of its life and we had to get a new provider as they were withdrawing technical support for it. We went to DRIVE for some support to implement a new system in a very short time frame – and they did that very well.

Sandicliffe Commercial Director Paul EastwoodCommercial Director Paul Eastwood believes the only limits the business now faces are those it imposes on itself, rather than being limited by software. He said:

We have so much more scope with the system and what it can offer, the only limitation is ourselves.
Expected efficiencies down the line will allow quality time in other areas of our business and support our need for a consistent way of performing both internally and for our customers.

While Sandicliffe has been presented with some challenges, particularly around finance which no-one could have foreseen, the reaction from the DRIVE team has been exceptional.

We could not have wished for a better team to support and guide us through what is a massive business change.

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The DRIVE perspective
by Director of Sales and Marketing Simon West-Oliver

simon west oliver drive portraits 10 17 004Drive Software Solutions was approached by Sandicliffe Motor Contracts with a challenging proposal – to implement a whole new software solution in record time. What would normally take six to eight months was needed to be done in around half that time.

This is what we delivered into Sandicliffe – it’s an out-of-the-box working solution with the minimum risk, it is a true hosted managed platform – this means we become a genuine partner for delivery and deployment. This will help Sandicliffe maintain its competitive edge in a rapidly changing marketplace.

Our system needed to be deployed rapidly. We mapped out a rapid deployment project to get them up and running with the least amount of risk in the shortest time possible.

The DRIVE perspective - Implementing the system

natalie leavey drive portraitslr 04 17 128Natalie Leavey, Manager – Medium Business Unit at Drive Software Solutions, was the project manager responsible for implementation of the project at Sandicliffe. She said:

This was a challenging project to take on because it was a much shorter time frame than normal. As a result, we had to do more things in parallel, having multiple streams of work happening at the same time such as migration and reporting, testing and configuration.

The DRIVE Solution provided to Sandicliffe

A single phase implementation of DRIVE, making full use of ORACLE scalability, reliability and referential integrity capabilities, to deliver the core business functionality consisting of...

Fleet Administration

Fleet Administration

A comprehensive fleet management solution

Rentals

Rentals

Fully integrated short term rental module 

eModules

eModules

The eModules enables drivers and fleet managers to log on and manage a range of tasks.

Finance

Finance

Innovative solutions help you maximise returns and put you in control of finance

Credit Management

Credit Management

DRIVE provides two methods of credit limit management, which are company specific and generic.

Leasing and Quotations

Leasing and Quotations

Comprehensive module which allows for a quote to be completed 

Workflow

Workflow

Our experience gives you workflows that are logical and just work

Reporting

Reporting

ORACLE-Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) reporting tool

About DRIVE

DRIVE is a global cloud based solutions provider and strategic mobility company. With over 30 years’ experience and an ongoing commitment to our core market to deliver asset management solutions in the evolving mobility sector, we are a partner trusted by the biggest names in leasing across the world.

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