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IDS Launches Automotive Industry First

  • 29 October, 2003 17:30

<p>~ IDS MotoV8 heralds new era in car dealer profitability ~</p>
<p>Sydney, October 29, 2003 – IDS Enterprise Systems, the global software provider to the automotive industry, has
launched a break-through in automotive retail systems. In an industry-first, IDS has developed a Dealer Management Software System (DMS), branded MotoV8, that provides dealer principals with greater profitability, increased sales, and improved visibility across their entire business, while simultaneously becoming more attuned to customer demand.</p>
<p>MotoV8’s launch follows over three years of research, development and testing in collaboration with key automotive dealerships in Australia and New Zealand, and was borne out of dealer demand for an integrated suite of business modules including accounting, sales, parts, customer retention, and reporting.</p>
<p>At an enterprise level, MotoV8’s exclusive dashboard function provides dealer principals with real-time business intelligence and reporting on trends, leads and staff productivity, as well as visibility on margins. At a customer-facing level, the workflow management tool proactively leads salespeople through the decision-making and purchasing cycle, ensuring adherence to standardised procedures and timely follow-ups, even culminating in Road and Traffic Authority registration alerts.</p>
<p>MotoV8 is entirely scalable and is aimed at dealerships operating in multi-franchise environments, with a secure hosted version available for smaller dealerships.</p>
<p>Technically, the system is around five ahead of competitors’ products, according to research conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS), the Melbourne-based IT and telecommunications research organisation. MotoV8 has been developed using Java J2EE and Internet technology, resulting in an intuitive browser-based look and feel for Windows“ environments. The software is both hardware and database independent, and has the ability to interface with existing software systems via a single point of data entry. The entire system also updates in real-time, eliminating the need for batching.</p>
<p>"In my view, there has been no DMS available anywhere in the world that entirely meets the business needs of a modern automotive dealership – until now," said Adam Kaplan, dealer principal at Hunter Holden, one of IDS’ strategic partners and a user of MotoV8. "Other players have complacently supplied stopgap products that help neither dealer nor consumer. IDS has identified this and stands to take the lead in the DMS market."</p>
<p>"MotoV8 is an niche application developed for dealer principals by dealer principals," said Gordon Towell, CEO at IDS Enterprise Systems. "The ongoing need for business owners to strip out unnecessary operating costs, ensure all sales opportunities are captured and suitably managed means the MotoV8 product will prove popular on the international stage, as already indicated by the level of interest coming from overseas. This launch is further evidence that we are committed to ongoing innovation for our customer base."</p>
<p>IDS Enterprise Systems is a global software developer whose primary focus is automotive distribution supply chain management, covering all aspects of sales, distribution and after sales requirements specifically aimed at OEMs, National Service Centres, Importers and Distributors. Its IDSe42 solution addresses the whole supply chain from the consumer, through dealer networks, national sales companies, manufacturing plants to
multiple suppliers.</p>
<p>About IDS Enterprise Systems</p>
<p>IDS Enterprise Systems is an Australian-owned and operated software company providing enterprise systems to businesses worldwide. With more than 20 years’ experience to draw upon, IDS implements complete business solutions ranging from Internet-based business-to-business applications through to supply chain management and ERP systems.</p>
<p>For further information, please visit</p>
<p>IDS Enterprise Systems Pty Ltd
Kylie Liddell, Marketing Manager
Tel: (02) 9899 9395
Jo Balfour/David Bass
Tel: (02) 9901 4235
Email: joanneb/</p>

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