Trucking with CLI



 News, Products & Tips

February 2007 

in this issue

·  The Space Between Applications

·  User Group Conference Approaching

·  FACTS® Map Density: Digital Mapping Application Available

·  Welcome New Clients

·  Tip of the Month

·  Calendar of Events


Dear Ken,

Welcome to the February 2007 edition of "Trucking with CLI." This month our feature article is written by David Olson, director of Enterprise Solutions at Progress Software. In layman's terms, David informs us of the ever-increasing importance of connectivity, which is how various software systems communicate. It's an interesting read that I think you'll find valuable, so valuable in fact, that David will be writing a follow-up article for a future newsletter.

You'll also find updated information on our User Group conference, which is being held on April 19 and 20 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, NY. If you haven't registered, I encourage you to do so today. I also recommend that you look at our Map Density digital mapping module. Just a few of the many benefits are outlined in the article; if you'd like to learn more, you can request a demo to experience all of the "bells and whistles" firsthand.

Finally, CLI welcomes new clients Cal State Xpress and SuperVan in this edition, offers a tip on dealing with the earlier daylight savings start this year and keeps you up-to-date with the latest calendar of events.

Enjoy the issue.

---Ken Weinberg

The Space Between Applications

By David Olson, Director, Enterprise Solutions
Progress Software

There are a number of us in the industry that have been around long enough to have gray hair and, if you are one of those people, you'll remember a long list of approaches to make applications work together. From simple batch file transfers to comprehensive integration middleware we've probably seen or done it all. Dealing with application integration isn't new, but the heightened expectation around integration as a key business support area is. Regardless of the technology or methodology, as businesses seek greater agility and efficiency, they are increasingly turning their attention to the space between applications.

The space between applications is where technologies, architectures and practices come together to try to make it easier to integrate the business processes between applications. The space between applications is where we look at how we can transform batch processing into real-time transaction processing. The space between applications is where we can improve business processes by modeling modern process flow instead of simply implementing older paper forms. The space between applications is where we can improve supply chain management and reduce transaction costs. The space between applications is where we can easily add new or change existing business logic according to market or customer demands. The space between applications is where the next wave of competitive advantage is coming from. From the business perspective, it is the space between applications that will yield the greatest returns in efficiency and competitive advantage.

We all hear terms like SOA, ESB, SOBA, BPM and so on, but I'll let you in on a secret: All of those letters are a means to an end. None will bring you joy, happiness, agility or competitive advantage unless you use them to change the way you or your customers do business. Now is the time to take a hard look at your market and determine if there are new services or processes that you can create to drive change in your business. Once you do that, you'll quickly realize that you already have the starting points for those changes locked up in your business applications. The secret, of course, is to liberate your business logic, create some services and get them into the space between your applications. Once there, there is much we can do - we'll talk about that next time.

Progress Software Website

User Group Conference Approaching

The annual CLI User Group Conference is being held April 19 and 20, 2007 at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, NY. This is an excellent opportunity for CLI customers to get up-to-speed on all aspects of CLI software components. They'll learn not only from subject matter experts but from their business peers as well.

The meeting begins first thing on Thursday morning with an opening keynote session. There'll be structured seminars, separate breakout sessions devoted to Operations, Administration and IT tracks and opportunities to meet one-on-one so attendees can get answers to their most pressing needs and questions. New this year: We will set up a computer lab where participants can sit down with CLI staffers and work through actual programs to learn how to maximize their use of the system. The program continues on Friday, ending by noon.

This program is FREE to attend and will be very interactive so registrants should come prepared to participate. Please click the link below for a registration form, fill it out and return it to CLI ASAP to hold your place. Space is limited - Register today.

Click Here for a Fact Sheet & Registration Form »


FACTS® Map Density: Digital Mapping Application Available

CLI 's Map Density is a digital mapping tool that will permit you to view and grid your routes online replacing the "paper map process." Not only does it let you analyze your historic trends, it will let you slice and dice existing routes electronically and upload the new routes directly into the FACTS system.

With or without GPS tracking, we can trace the history of your existing drivers and their routes to see current structures, train you on how to analyze them, look for trends, etc. and ultimately let you revamp your route plans to improve productivity.

You can:

  • Reveal patterns and trends in your data that may otherwise be impossible to see
  • Perform sophisticated and extensive data analysis of existing route structures
  • Manage geographically-based assets, such as customers, drivers and equipment
  • Show driving distances between stops
  • See where all your drivers are in real time
  • Visualize and redefine your grid routing for your P&D routes
  • Create highly detailed maps to aid in improved route planning
  • View stop by stop driving directions
  • Use this tool in all departments to maximize efficiencies in sales, marketing, accounting, etc.

CLI's digital mapping tool interfaces with the Dispatching Module to improve delivery/pickup routing and driver management. The tool enables you to make better and more profitable sales, marketing and strategic planning decisions by applying geographically-based analytical software to visualize customer locations and thereby effectively plan P&D route areas. You will also be able to prioritize your current market, identify key geographical areas for business development and better understand your customer base at each facility.

In the end, this essential mapping application will improve your "street" visibility for the driver all the way over to the sales team.


Welcome New Clients

CLI is pleased to announce the addition of two new clients to its ever-growing roster of customers. Cal State Xpress and SuperVan have both chosen FACTS®, the total freight management system, to help increase efficiencies and streamline processes.

Cal State Xpress, located in South Gate, California, is an ISO 9002-certified motor carrier providing LTL and truckload service within California. They have service centers (terminals) in Oakland, San Diego, Fresno and South Gate (Los Angeles). LTL shipments are serviced on a next-day basis to most points and they offer truckload service to all points within California. In addition, they have both Interstate and Intrastate common and contract authority. Founded by Michael Wichert, president of Cal State Xpress, the company recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

SuperVan Service Co., Inc. was originally founded in December of 1980, operating out of a four-door facility in St. Louis, MO. Since then, SuperVan has grown into a multi-million dollar company, operating out of five locations. SuperVan operates via a network of major marketing partners, allowing premier full state coverage in 31 states. This network is complemented through an EDI system providing online tracking and communication capabilities. CLI's installation of FACTS will help boost an already superior commitment to excellent customer service.

Welcome Cal State Xpress and SuperVan.


Tip of the Month

As you may be aware, beginning this year, Daylight Savings Time (DST) is changing. Instead of starting the first Sunday in April and ending the last Sunday in October, DST will begin the second Sunday in March and last until the first Sunday in November. This means you must set your clocks ahead one hour beginning March 11. With that in mind, we thought we'd bring you a timely tip -- how to reset your system clock.

When updating/correcting the system clock of the database server, first ensure the FACTS Progress database(s) have been shut down to prevent data corruption resulting from the time adjustment.

If you're setting the system clock forward (i.e. it was slow/behind), you may restart the database immediately after changing the system time.

If you're setting the system clock backward however, you must first make sure you preserve the sequence of activities logged in the application before you restart the database. If you bring it up too soon, a later transaction may show a time stamp that is earlier than a prior transaction. Do not restart the database until enough time has elapsed to allow the new system time to 'catch up' with the time stamp when it was shut down. If this is not a concern, the database may be restarted at once.

You should also check and adjust the timing of any pre-set or Cron jobs before updating the system clock.


Calendar of Events




Feb 25 - 27

Distribution & LTL Carriers Association Annual Conference

St. Petersburg, FL

Apr 4 - 6

NAFC's 2007 Annual Meeting

Orlando, FL

Apr 12 - 14


Montreal, QC

Apr 19 - 20

CLI Annual User Group Meeting

White Plains, NY

Apr 22 - 25

TSMA Annual Conference

Orlando, FL

Jun 20 - 22

SMC3 Summer Conference

Myrtle Beach, SC

Sep 26 - 28

CLI Annual Leadership Summit

Tarrytown, NY

Oct 20 - 23

2007 ATA Management Conference

Orlando, FL


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