Building a product is no easy task, while it may seem functional and beautiful on the user end – there is much more that lies underneath. At NEXT, our engineering team is continuously working to better our products and the infrastructure that binds our technology together.
We hope this brings to light the amazing work our engineering team is doing and uncover a bit of the magic they produce (and the impact it has) – under the hood.
Introducing: Our New Carrier Infrastructure
The latest accomplishment from our engineering team is our new Carrier Infrastructure. With this new system developed and built within ATLAS (NEXT’s proprietary TMS system), we have taken a big step towards eliminating the functional limitations our teams faced while using disparate legacy systems to build Carrier-facing technologies. Now, any new feature or improvement to our Carrier-facing products built within the new Carrier infrastructure will have much more flexibility for the product features and services we build at NEXT. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities for what features and services we could build for our Carriers. Now, we can dream big!
Ultimately, the Carrier infrastructure will make developing Carrier-facing products faster and more streamlined with a cleaner, more centralized infrastructure. In addition to building more useful technologies that will empower our Carriers, we will now be able to provide better reporting capabilities to our Carriers.
An Example of the Potential Impact
In the context of how we qualify a newly onboarded Carrier today – there are certain elements required (Company name, truck registration, VIN, license plate, etc.). Our previous system required all information for that Carrier up front, causing major delays in onboarding. Now, with the new Carrier infrastructure, each of these required elements are broken down for the Operator so they may create the Carrier within our system immediately – with the freedom to add information as it becomes available with no delay to the onboarding process.
This means less wait time for the Carrier, a faster onboarding process, and the ability to have a new Carrier on the road and booking loads in far less time.