This case describes the Microsoft Corporation Puget Sound region vehicle fleet management process and explores strategies for improving overall effectiveness. The case employs a systems integration approach to standardizing operations between sub-systems and leverages economies of scale to optimize processes and improve efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Microsoft contracted with an intern team from the University of Michigan’s Tauber Institute for Global Operations to assist in improving its fleet management process. The team focused on optimizing the region’s asset management system, reducing shuttle passenger travel costs, creating synergies across the fleet management operation’s four functional areas, and standardizing data collection.
This case is appropriate for undergraduate/graduate level business courses in operations management dealing with economic/financial modeling or buy/lease decisions, cloud-based computing technology, or optimum resource allocation.