Installed or Online, Best in Both Worlds

Between 1997 and 2009, every single one of our hundreds and hundreds of customers purchased the installable version of our software, Express TMS. They installed our software on their own servers and their own workstations. They purchased Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft SQL Server and they maintained their own networks. In 2009, all of this changed. Higher taxes, a weak economy and aggressively regulatory posturing combined with the advent of cloud-based computing to transform the software industry and the business model of virtually every company in it. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not.

Installed:

Purchased, installable software is a capital investment in computer hardware and software and it’s not a one-time investment. It’s an investment that is more akin to a commitment. Once the investment is made, continued investments are required. Without those continued investments your processes are not evaluated and updated, the status quo becomes the norm and your company becomes less and less competitive over time. On the upside, it’s an asset, something you keep, something you own. Hardware and installed software, when properly sourced and properly maintained, can be very cost effective over time.

Some of the reasons why an installed system might be a more appropriate choice for your company include:

  • Your company is a subsidiary of and linked to another company.
  • Your company has made a sizable investment in IT infrastructure.
  • Your company uses proprietary software systems.

If you’ve researched the various TMS systems available today, you know that the majority are HTML based systems that are not installable, at all. In fact, there are only a handful of TMS systems that can be installed, worse yet, very few of these are based on current technology. Meaning they are developed on what is almost an abandoned development platform, an old language. They are virtually non-upgradable and almost unmaintainable. Still worse, most installable systems do not run on Microsoft SQL Server. This means more database maintenance and a smaller pool of talent in the market that can work on the database at all. All translating into higher costs and never-ending performance issues for your management, your IT staff and your personnel.

Purchasing the Express TMS, Installed Edition, guarantees a lot:

  • A true software application, not HTML.
  • Our most current technology, always in-sync with our online systems.
  • Current, modern development platforms, Visual Studio and MS SQL.
  • Continuous, automated tax updates, software updates and upgrades.
  • Advanced, automated Database Server and Terminal Server management.

Online:

Is online software the right choice? Not all online systems are created equally, and very few can deliver anything even close to the performance of an installed software system. Why is this? Most online systems are really just websites. Written in HTML, they might look good, but they don’t perform. Select a system like this and “sluggish”, “slow”, “limited” and “weak” are words that you will end up using to describe your system, a lot. But there are many advantages, given you make the right choice.

  • Tax advantaged, can be immediately expensed.
  • Lower IT costs, PC’s or laptops only, no servers required.
  • Database software costs eliminated completely.
  • Portability, security, dependability and performance.
  • Automated software maintenance and upgrades.

Of all the online TMS systems available today, only Express TMS is a real application. Delivered smartly over Terminal Server and tunneling directly into the program without going through a Terminal Server desktop. This means that our online system runs straight off your desktop, just like any installed application. No Google Chrome, no Internet Explorer, Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Just one small pipe for video and all work done on our servers. This means high-speed processing, high-speed screen changes, data retrieval and posting.

Better still, we manage Terminal Servers better than virtually any Terminal Server based software system in the world, not just the transportation software industry, the world. With our advanced Terminal Server management capabilities, your personnel can import and export files directly from the desktops, they can operate document scanners and print using their own printer setups and printer drivers. When we say our online system looks, behaves and operates exactly like our installed system, we mean it.

These are major differences that impact how your personnel work and how much work gets done. Software does not help your company when your personnel are waiting for screens to refresh or when their internet browsers become virus infected from bouncing back and forth between your TMS and Facebook. Our software is a dedicated platform that is self-contained, free from the design constraints and performance limitations that plague other systems. It’s a superior system that outperforms the competition on every level.

Which is Better?

Let’s be clear, virtually every TMS system available today is a website. “Sluggish”, “slow”, “limited”, “weak”. Of all the online TMS systems available today, only Express TMS is a real application. Delivered smartly over Terminal Server and tunneling directly into the program without going through a Terminal Server desktop. This means that our online system runs straight off your desktop, just like any installed application. No Google chrome, no Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge. Just one small pipe for video and all processing done on our servers. This means high-speed processing, high-speed screen changes, data retrieval and posting.

So, which is better? Whether installed or online, the Express TMS is the right system. And for some very basic and very compelling reasons. Our software is just plain better, more complete and easier to use. We don’t claim what we can’t deliver. We’re not faking it. Our software runs your entire company, no holes. From Dispatching through Accounting, Safety and Compliance, Vehicle Maintenance and Shop Management, Mobile Communications and interfaces to virtually every meaningful third-party system in the country. Our software is the most extreme, most versatile, most profoundly complete system available today. The Express TMS is the enterprise ERP system that your company will never outgrow. When you start with the right software system, the question of how it’s delivered, installed or online, becomes a matter of preference.