Dick Hyatt, Decisiv’s CEO and President, has driven the creation, growth and ongoing evolution of the company. Hyatt is no stranger to building and leading early-stage technology companies, having held senior executive positions or led five start-ups throughout his career. As Decisiv’s chief evangelist he is quick to note that it takes both a shared and relentless company focus to drive the company’s vision of transforming how every commercial asset on the planet is acquired, managed, and serviced.
The commercial vehicle space – which can be largely categorized into light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty commercial vehicle markets, as well as off-highway vehicles and equipment – has always glimmered with opportunity in Hyatt’s eyes. “Prior to the early 2000s, the service supply chain for maintaining commercial assets and the interaction between all the different constituents was disconnected,” he says. “The information that was available during a service event was siloed, with all of the participants in a service event transmitting and recording information individually – in untracked phone calls, scrawled on notepads, or at best, keyed into their internal systems. It was difficult to streamline communication. The net result was excessive downtime, lack of transparency, and unmanaged cost.”
Hyatt and his team discovered that the industry’s disjointed approach to servicing commercial vehicles was costing asset owners and fleets millions of dollars a year. An equally critical problem was that manufacturers had little or no direct connection to their customers and their service experience. “Each service event was typically taking more than six days to complete and costing the asset owner $2,000 in lost revenue per out-of-service day,” Hyatt notes. “Of that service time, only 20 percent was actually spent working on the asset and the rest was lost on inefficiencies like typing the same information multiple times into several different portals, trying to decipher poorly transcribed paper inspection forms, waiting for faxes to come through, making phone calls to track down missing information, and getting approvals to do the work. In total, many billions of dollars of lost revenue resulted from an inefficient, disconnected service supply chain in North America alone.”