NADA 2020 – See you there!

We are looking forward to seeing old friends and new acquaintances this week at the NADA show in Las Vegas. Every year, the convergence of so many parties in automotive provides a unique opportunity to build holistic perspectives on how changes in industry are driving the offerings that support automotive.  With ever-diversifying car buying personas and car buying methods, one…

Tapping into Automotive Telematics Data

In an economy where data is an increasingly valuable commodity, questions over data ownership rights continue to find an audience in economic, political, legal and even technical debates.  In the 2019 Auto Care Legislative Summit in September, a bill was further discussed that is advocating for increased consumer and independent garage facilities rights to telematically transmitted vehicle diagnostic and repair…

NADA Urges for Change to Data Integration Model

This week an “advertorial” was published in Automotive News, written by Peter Welch, the current president and CEO of the National Automobile Dealers Association.  Peter, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Data IS the auto retail industry’s oxygen. We’re working every day to enable the integration of data across the automotive ecosystem and as I’ve said before…we’re just getting…

Tips To Maintaining a Successful Integration Partner Program

Having been exposed to the world of automotive retail technology for several years now, I’ve learned that there is no end in sight to the ever-changing needs of the market. Ultimately what continues to evolve is the demand for tighter holistic systems integration. At this point in my career, my greatest success has come by way of building and growing…

The DMS Is Vanishing… And Why It Matters To You

 

The End Of The DMS?

The DMS (Dealer Management System) is on the verge of radical changes if not outright invisible_man2.pngextinction. Bold statement? Yes. Is it true? Consider this quote from none other than Sandy Schwartz, President of Cox Automotive:

“… a DMS in the future “should be a smaller unit” within a dealership, he added, “not this big anchor.” “And any such DMS should be open source — something that integrates easily with whatever other products a dealer wants to use”…