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March 23, 2010 14:59 ET

DealerTrack Revs Up Its Dealer Management System With Customer-Facing BI Environment From Information Builders

Automotive Dealers Gain Insight Into Opportunities and Risks With Dashboard-Driven Reporting Environment

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 23, 2010) -  DealerTrack is revving up the analytic capabilities of its Dealer Management System (DMS) with a customer-facing business intelligence (BI) solution from Information Builders, an independent leader in BI solutions. As news about the struggling U.S. auto industry continues to dominate headlines, DealerTrack is demonstrating how BI dashboards, created with the Information Builders WebFOCUS BI platform, can help dealers make smarter, more profitable decisions related to customers, sales, inventory, and finance.

In addition to operating the industry's largest online credit application network, DealerTrack is an application service provider (ASP). It created DMS to manage every aspect of the automotive retail business, from selling cars to handling vehicle inventory to producing financial statements. Offered as an on-demand service, nearly 2,500 auto dealers have adopted DMS for its comprehensive functionality and lightweight, on-demand deployment model. These customers can log in to the system from any Web browser -- a similar architecture to the WebFOCUS environment, which is known for its zero-client footprint on user desktops.

According to CJ Pedler, a senior project manager in DealerTrack's South Jordan, Utah office, DealerTrack evaluated about a dozen BI products and selected WebFOCUS because of its lightweight, browser-based deployment model and also because WebFOCUS provides a superior end-user experience. "Information Builders is pushing us to the top of our industry with its customer-facing BI technology," he said. "WebFOCUS simplifies deployment for us and improves usability for our customers. Authorized users can use our DMS dashboards to easily select data, format reports, and obtain precisely the types of information they want to see from our Dealer Management System."

WebFOCUS also works well with DealerTrack's IBM iSeries platform and DB2 database, which, according to Pedler, made it easy to integrate with DealerTrack's existing software infrastructure. The new BI environment includes parameterized reports that enable dealers to easily extract data and create custom reports. For example, the Parts Inventory report helps service personnel restock inventory, the Sales History report helps sales managers make smarter purchasing decisions, and the Customer Activity report helps dealers launch targeted promotions. WebFOCUS enforces the existing login procedures and access restrictions resident in the Dealer Management System. A reporting wizard asks questions and then generates reports based on each user's responses.

"Information Builders has been phenomenal to work with. They have gone out of their way to improve the reporting system, strengthen the security architecture, and make the BI environment very appealing and user-friendly for our customers," said Blake Nielson, director of solutions at DealerTrack's South Jordan, Utah office.

DealerTrack demonstrated this new BI environment at the recent National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show in Orlando. DealerTrack expects to deploy 1,500 instances of the new reporting environment to automotive dealerships this year and ultimately to offer it to 2,500 dealerships supporting about 10,000 users.

"True customer-facing BI environments of this type are rare in the ASP market," said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. "Today's auto dealers must learn to work smarter to increase profits. DealerTrack is using BI technology to help them identify their best customers, pinpoint up-sell opportunities, and run their back offices as efficiently as possible."

About DealerTrack
Based in Lake Success, New York, DealerTrack's intuitive and high-value software solutions enhance efficiency and profitability for all major segments of the automotive retail industry, including dealers, lenders, OEMs, agents, and aftermarket providers. For more information, visit www.dealertrack.com.

About Information Builders
Information Builders' award-winning combination of business intelligence (BI) and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the world's most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides the security, scalability and flexibility needed at every level of global extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical, and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users. Information Builders' iWay Software suite provides state of the art, multi-purpose, pre-built integration components that address all SOA, application, data and information management requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading software platform providers. Information Builders also offers solutions in the performance management, business activity monitoring, and enterprise search markets. The company's comprehensive enterprise product offerings give Information Builders' customers the ability to grow and innovate according to their needs.

Information Builders' customers include most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,450 people and has more than 350 business partners. More information is available at http://www.informationbuilders.com.

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