TMW Systems History

 

Tomas M. Weisz founded TMW Systems in 1983 in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, TMW has established itself as a trusted software partner and a leading software and services provider to the transportation services industry. Today, TMW employs nearly 700 men and women serving more than 2,300 customers, including many of the largest, most sophisticated and complex trucking and transportation management companies in North America. Customers are predominantly in the commercial freight industry, including for-hire carriers, dedicated fleets, 3PLs and freight brokers, but increasingly include private fleets in distribution, manufacturing, construction and waste handling as well as municipal governments, along with the retail repair centers that service these heavy-duty fleets. TMW customers collectively manage over $71 billion in annual freight spend, direct more than 508,000 power units and maintain almost 2 million assets worldwide, including North America, Europe, Latin America and Australia-New Zealand. 

In 2012, TMW Systems became part of Trimble’s® (NASDAQ:TRMB) international Transportation and Logistics division, with offices in Cleveland, Dallas, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, Vancouver, and Melbourne. In 2013 and 2017, ALK Technologies of Princeton, NJ, and 10-4 Systems of Boulder, CO, respectively joined the Trimble Transportation Enterprise group, reporting through the TMW Systems organization. 

TMW solutions form the technology backbone for operations at many customers. This comprehensive platform automates the workflow and processes of every aspect of a transportation business — from order to cash, including a myriad of transportation-specific requirements, data and service integration points and business processes.TMW solutions are domain-specific; designed, developed and maintained exclusively to meet the needs of the transportation industry. TMW Systems maintains an active and frequent dialogue with its customers to inform product development, ensuring that product innovation is truly customer-driven. 

TMW is part of a large and growing market for transportation technology, estimated at $2.3 billion in North America alone. This market is comprised of software, mobile communications and associated technology services used by for-hire carriers, private fleets, transportation brokers, shippers and third-party logistics providers in the efficient movement of materials and products by truck and rail. The cost-effective and timely shipment of goods involves complex processes and requires extensive coordination between trading partners and transporters. Automation technology is required to manage key challenges that directly impact transportation efficiency and profitability, including inefficient asset utilization, rising costs of fuel, labor and insurance and increased regulatory requirements. TMW’s integrated platform addresses the specific challenges faced by participants in the transportation market and provides users with a demonstrable return on investment. 

In addition, TMW leadership is entrenched in blockchain technology for transportation. TMW is known for its role in building blocks like Smart Contracts as well as establishing a think-tank, Blockchain Engineering Standards for Transportation & Logistics (BEST-L), to collaborate on open engineering standards like code and design and to share the value of blockchain technology and its potential use over time. 

Software and cloud services from TMW Systems enable transportation service organizations to run lean, effective and profitable operations with extensive customer and partner integration capabilities. Increasingly the company’s software is the solution of choice for private fleet operations with complex requirements and business integration needs. 

TMW’s platform offers a strong suite of complementary software to deploy independently as business needs dictate, or together to address major business transformation. As a platform, the software integrates maintenance operations, business intelligence, document management, brokering, mode optimization, regulatory and compliance management, carrier and rate management, fuel purchasing, EDI and mobile communications to build increasing efficiencies and cost-saving opportunities in the management of fleets and freight. 

About Appian

Appian Logistics Software Inc. got its start in 1987 under the original company name of Kositzky & Associates in Oklahoma City. Michael Kositzky, founder and a degreed industrial engineer, was formerly a manager of the operations research consulting practice of Arthur Young and Company. Kositzky was joined a year later by James Stevenson, also an industrial engineer, who remains with the organization today under TMW as VP of Sales.

Beginning as a software consultancy for routing system implementation, the company introduced its own “Geo Whiz” mapping software in 1992. Geo Whiz was followed by GeoRoute routing software in 1996, but when the company changed its own name to Appian Logistics Software in 1998, GeoRoute became Direct Route, a trademark still in use by TMW today.

Software solutions provided by Appian earned them recognition as a leading logistics and supply chain software provider with noted trade publications. These products include:

  • Direct Route - Routing and Scheduling Optimization Software
  • DR Track - GPS Tracking/ Web Reporting
  • Resource Pro - Fleet Sizing and Driver Requirement Planning
  • Schedule Pro - Multiple Week Schedule Optimization Software
  • Territory Pro - Territory Creation

Appian software is widely used by many third-party logistics (3PL) organizations, large and small for route and network analysis as well as bid and proposal development. The Appian name is well-known among private fleets operating in beverage, grocery, retail and restaurant supply as well as building products, nurseries and growers, foodbanks and more.

Appian Logistics Software was acquired by TMW in 2011.

 

 

About IDSC

Integrated Decision Support Corporation (IDSC) was founded in 1978 by Dr. Richard A. Murphy, Ph.D. Dr. Murphy brought to his Dallas, Texas firm decades of experience in the transportation industry as an innovator in logistics decision support, combining academic rigor and information systems research with practical, industry application.

Prior to founding IDSC, Dr. Murphy had served as: Senior Vice President, Technology of Schneider National Inc; President and Founder of Optimal Decision Systems Inc., Associate Professor (tenured) at the University of Cincinnati, and Senior Management Scientist at The Procter and Gamble Co.

IDSC is still recognized as a pioneer in the industry for developing innovative software technologies that included the first power-to- load match optimization-- introduced in 1978-- and the first fuel purchase optimization program-- introduced in 1994. The company’s solutions enable truckload carrier customers to accelerate profitability through the use of optimization-based decision support planning and execution software.

The software that IDSC brought to market is designed to systematically increase revenue and decrease cost across the entire trucking enterprise. Netwise, Match Advice, Expert Fuel and Trip Alert employ advanced technologies for carriers to improve revenue per loaded mile, maximize utilization, control the route and minimize fuel and OOR costs, while still meeting customer requirements and supporting driver satisfaction. Online services TruckLoadRate.com and FuelAdvice.com continue to serve hundreds of trucking and transportation industry customers today.

Benjamin Murphy assumed the role of president and COO when his father Rick shifted to a more strategic role as chairman and CEO before IDSC was acquired by Trimble Transportation in 2007. Ben Murphy then joined TMW as vice president and general manager and Rick continued to be involved with the company on product and market strategy following the acquisition. 

About Innovative

The Innovative Computing name is inextricably linked with the trucking industry’s first commercial dispatch software systems and a legacy of transportation leadership going back more than 40 years.

Founded in 1969 by G.D. Madden, John Franklin and Bill Trousdale, software development at Innovative Computing Corporation (ICC) was originally focused on truck maintenance. In 1979, Innovative launched new software designed for truck dispatchers to improve efficiency. When interstate deregulation of the industry hit in 1980, ICC was nicely positioned to serve trucking companies that suddenly had to focus on improved trip planning, because inefficient trips and empty miles were no longer protected by regulated rates.

The software became a comprehensive business and operations management system for motor carriers, covering almost every aspect of daily activity, from on-line operations, routing and mileage to payroll, accounts payable and receivable, parts inventory, fuel taxes and contractor settlements, in addition to budgeting, driver logs, maintenance planning, customer service, freight claims and integrated voice response.

Innovative leveraged powerful IBM solutions, running an IBM 370 mainframe internally and working with System 34 and 36 (S/34, S/36) mini-computers and then the AS/400 as a mid-range business performance platform for its technology. The software dominated the trucking industry for years, serving hundreds of mostly truckload carriers, including many of the largest and most profitable trucking companies in North America.

Innovative’s swift growth caught the attention of an acquisitive Westinghouse Electric Corporation, which purchased the firm from Madden in 1990 and aligned it with its profitable Thermo King subsidiary. Unfortunately, Westinghouse experienced growing financial troubles in the early 90’s that left the Innovative group in uncertainty for years. Westinghouse eventually shed some businesses in order to acquire CBS in 1995, two years later changing its name to CBS and splitting off its struggling industrial businesses as Westinghouse Electric Company.

Ingersoll Rand purchased Thermo King in 1997 and Innovative was purchased by a group of investors also in the late 90’s. Ernie Betancourt joined Innovative as president. Betancourt later led a management buyout of Innovative Computing Corporation in 2001, along the way moving corporate headquarters from the long-time base in Oklahoma City to Nashville, Tennessee.

In 1999, the company took a page from the old IBM “service bureau” model of shared application infrastructure and launched Innovative Enterprise Software (IES) in a visionary new role—as a SaaS (software as a service) product targeting small trucking companies. The new products became known as IES Access and Access Plus—thriving platforms for small and growing carriers even today.

In 2009, Trimble Transportation acquired the operations of Innovative Computing Corporation from the holding company BetaZone, Inc. It maintains the Innovative solutions center in Nashville and a satellite IES development and support group at the TMW office in Oklahoma City. IBM i remains the exclusive platform for Innovative software, but the 2013 release by TMW of Innovative Web Edition—a rich graphical interface running in any web browser—expands the reach of the product to a new generation of software users. A significant number of the Transport Topics Top 100 Carriers currently run Innovative software in their operations.

About TL2000

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. Trimble Transportation 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.

About TMT

In 1981, Pat Paterson founded Transportation Management Techniques, Inc. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The idea of software programs for fleet and equipment management was a new one. Few transportation service providers or technology companies had the foresight to realize the need for such a program. Paterson’s 40 years of successful, hands-on experience in vehicle management fueled the vision of a fleet management company with a customer base spreading across the United States.

In 1994, the company was purchased by Rick Rosenberg, who brought a new vision and a new name to the firm. TMT Software Company relocated to Chapel Hill, blocks away from Research Triangle Park, the technology hub of North Carolina. The new name and location now reflected the dynamic environment of the software and fleet maintenance industries.

Trimble Transportation acquired TMT in May of 2007. “TMT Software has been a long-time business partner of Trimble Transportation, and this combination creates a unique opportunity for both TMT and TMW customers,” said David Wangler, president of Trimble Transportation, about the acquisition. “TMT customers will benefit from complementary products and the resources of North America’s leading provider of enterprise software to the transportation industry.

TMT’s TRANSMAN for Windows product was renamed as TMT Fleet Maintenance – SQL. 

The TRANSMAN for System i product, widely used by motor carriers running on the IBM OS/400 (now IBM i), was renamed as TMT Fleet Maintenance – IBM i.

The TMW Fleet Maintenance product lines have continued to innovate and expand capabilities under TMW, with exciting new Business Intelligence features that set them apart from competitors. In recent years, the introduction of TMT Service Center brought new opportunities for organizations focused on serving the outsourced maintenance needs of commercial fleets.

Trimble Construction & Logistics group is now a distributor of TMT Fleet Maintenance to the ready-mix and concrete fleet market. 

About TMWSuite

In 1983, Tom Weisz founded TMW Systems in his basement in Cleveland, Ohio.

A native of Hungary, Tom immigrated to the United States as a child and later started his working career as an academic. He taught math at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois before joining A.T. Kearney, a leading consulting firm. He adapted his theoretical mathematics background to solve real world problems using operations research tools and techniques, eventually focusing his work on the unique challenges inside the trucking industry.

His later work for Allied Van Lines as a senior transportation analyst and for Leaseway Transportation as director of software development prepared Tom to recognize an industry opportunity in the early 1980s, when the trucking industry was deregulated and IBM launched the personal computer.

TMW’s first commercial operations software, The Trucking System by TMW (TTS), grew out of collaboration with several newly established, mid-sized truckload carriers. Years later, with the rise of the Microsoft Windows® platform in the business world, development shifted to a graphical user interface and the company introduced the first versions of TMWSuite®. From that earliest customer collaboration, the company continued to focus solution development on improving customer efficiencies and profitability, extending and enhancing its software products. The market success of TMWSuite propelled TMW to a position of transportation industry leadership. 

In 2005, Wachovia Capital Partners and PepperTree Capital Management acquired TMW Systems, beginning a period of dynamic growth that culminated in 2012 with the company’s acquisition by Trimble Navigation Ltd.

Today, TMW is a Trimble Brand and a leading supplier of solutions for the transportation services sector - delivering technology that enables companies to improve operational efficiencies, transactional velocity and resource utilization, to deliver superior customer service and to ensure their long-term profitability. TMWSuite and the continuing success story of TMW are now enriched with other notable products and the industry legacies of companies such as Maddocks, McCormick, Innovative, TMT, IDSC and Appian.  

About TruckMate

Robert Maddocks started the company known as Maddocks Systems in 1981 and as president, grew it to Canada’s largest TMS provider at the time of its acquisition by Trimble Transportation in 2006.

Founded in Vancouver, B.C. in 1981, the company’s flagship software was formerly known as TruckMate for Windows, an enterprise-wide trucking software system. Because of the proximity to the West Coast and sizeable seaports along that edge of North America, TruckMate evolved as a transportation management solution that was suited for more than just truckload carriers.

Many TruckMate customers operate extensive logistics and warehousing divisions or are focused on intermodal drayage, IMC or more complex freight forwarding business. Regional LTL carriers find TruckMate features and flexibility to be a great fit for their unique needs.

Although TMW and Maddocks competed head-to-head for many years, the organizations developed genuine and mutual respect for one another, evident when the TruckMate organization became an integral part of the fast-growing TMW. The TruckMate customer community has experienced significant growth under TMW, and the expanding development and support teams gained critically-needed breathing room when operations were moved to a new and larger office in the Vancouver area recently.

TruckMate customers span the transportation services industry and most of North America, from Hawaii and Alaska to major Canadian commercial and private fleets extending from BC to New Brunswick and across the US to the deep South and Florida.

TruckMate continues to expand its reach, now targeting fleets in Australia and New Zealand.