But, as with all things, change is inevitable. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the field of technology. Prudy and Carey knew they needed to keep up and take advantage of technological advancements happening in the wholesale petroleum distribution industry.
In the early 90’s, Prudy and Carey started hearing more about computer automation and its positive benefits. They started looking into ways to automate their accounting processes but weren’t familiar with the logistics involved. In walked AIMS with their COMPAS 7.0 accounting software.
Where and how AIMS walked into Prudy’s life remains a bit of a mystery. According to Prudy, “I heard about them probably at a LOMA trade show or a cold call from ‘Father Al’ [aka Al Peterson], who came and gave us a presentation and showed us what the software could do.” They were impressed and purchased the software. Home Oil has been with AIMS ever since.
Over the course of their relationship, they’ve gone through a couple of software upgrades starting in 1999 with COMPAS 8.0 and then moving to Commander in 2009. Each new version brought greater features and functionality that helped Home Oil become more and more successful.
Prudy makes a joke when she describes their ongoing relationship with AIMS. “It was always easier to stay than leave.” She cracks up and adds, “Only because they make it easy to stay with them. They’ve been so helpful and quick to help with any accounting issue over all these years. They’re always kind, knowledgeable, and available to answer on the spot. Now there’s email, but I’m old school and still like to call a warm body and they’re always there, just a phone call away.” It’s obvious that Prudy and AIMS have built a strong, family-like bond over the past 28+ years.