McLeod Software ships latest version of LoadMaster, PowerBroker


McLeod Software announced it is now shipping version 11.1 of LoadMaster Enterprise and PowerBroker, with more new functionality than any previous release of the software products.

The most notable features included in the new release are:

Feasibility: LoadMaster Enterprise now offers a tool to help planners identify the best driver for a load being planned based on the real world constraints of any driver’s current position, current load, and available hours of service (HOS). The tool, Feasibility, provides a quick analysis of whether or not it is feasible to put that driver on that load.

Office Telephone System Integration: The new module for LoadMaster and PowerBroker creates an interactive interface with digital office telephone systems. Outbound calls can be made by clicking on the number inside the system. For inbound calls, each individual LoadMaster or PowerBroker user can be configured based on their role. The telephone system integration module will read the inbound caller identification information and the destination extension in order to determine the correct context for the call. Based on this context, it will provide pop-up menu buttons for the user.

The context identified for the inbound number can be a customer, shipper, carrier or driver. Depending on the role of the person being called, the system may offer buttons for the user to pull up different functions and populate them. These functions include orders, locations, movements, customer/carrier/driver master files, call-in screens, and planning or dispatch screens.

Offer/Order Capability: The offer/order function in PowerBroker has been expanded to provide automation when brokers send and receive rate confirmations or terms acceptance electronically with carriers. The outbound process for carrier offers is now a “one click” process for carriers who want to accept an offer. This facilitates the goal of many brokers of “being easier to do business with” for their carrier network, the company says. The order/offer process has live history tracking.

Expanded capabilities for McLeod Mobile: The McLeod Mobile applications were introduced at McLeod’s 2010 user conference. This year, version 4 of the application, runs on both Android and Apple iOS devices. It gives McLeod PowerBroker and LoadMaster users secure access to their systems, alerts, and vital information when away from the office.

Enhancements for LoadMaster LTL: the LoadMaster LTL dispatch and operations system has been unified with McLeod financial systems, driver, tractor, trailer, and safety systems in the core LoadMaster Enterprise system. New visual cross docking capabilities and visibility for inbound tractors are included in the new version. McLeod is also releasing a new LoadMaster LTL integration with Qualcomm’s mobile communication and workflow offerings.

Microsoft Dynamics GP integration: A new off-the-shelf integration is available for companies running the Microsoft Dynamics GP financial system with LoadMaster and PowerBroker. The integration maps the appropriate master information in the McLeod system, such as customers, payees including agents, carriers, and owner-operators to the master data in Dynamics GP. McLeod says its customers can take advantage of the features in the Microsoft Dynamics GP solution while keeping the tightly integrated transactions in their LoadMaster and PowerBroker systems intact and traceable.