TL2000 was developed by McCormick & Associates, Inc., based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Founder Ralph W. (Mac) McCormick was a degreed industrial engineer with extensive experience in systems and data processing as an IBM representative, as a business consultant and with Dow Chemical Company. McCormick & Associates launched in 1980, focusing on the development of real-time information systems for the transportation industry, including, motor carriers, agents, brokers, intermodal carriers and truck rental and leasing companies.They first brought ADDS (Advance Design Dispatch System) to market, developed on the IBM System/38.
In addition to a focus on carrier profitability through real-time, fully integrated software that addressed fleet utilization, cash flow, driver turnover, maintenance costs and EDI, with accounting and financial reporting directly connected to operations modules, McCormick leveraged the exceptional relational database management system and highly reliable computing power of IBM mid-range platforms. When IBM introduced the AS/400 in the late 80s, McCormick saw the potential and shifted their software to run on the new system, renaming ADDS to “TL2000” in the process. TL2000 was positioned as a “transportation industry information management system designed specifically to meet the needs of the irregular route carrier.”
As part of a business initiative to expand offerings for the needs of logistics providers and their supply chain partners, Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced that it had purchased the assets of McCormick & Associates, Inc. in January of 1995. TL2000 became part of the OmniTRACS suite of IT services with Qualcomm. At the time of the announcement, McCormick claimed to have the largest installed base among intermodal, bulk and tank highway carriers and the second largest installed base for dry vans.
Just two years later, Qualcomm announced that it was refocusing its energies on satellite communications services and had sold three of its fleet management software products to transportation industry software specialists. TMW Systems purchased Qualcomm's TL2000 software operation in 1997.
Throughout the ownership transitions and continuing today, operations and support for TL2000 software and the impressive roster of carrier customers have remained in Indianapolis. The initial product design and architecture was far-sighted even in the 1980’s and capabilities have continued to evolve under TMW. Even the legendary IBM platform itself has continued strong through name changes from AS/400 to System i to the current IBM i designation. TL2000 continues to demonstrate the ROI for carriers in working with transportation software that supports operational efficiencies by embedding best practices within the execution process.