Software giant SAP looks to be targeting the lucrative U.S. dealership market. American vendors may be in for a battle.The sedate world of dealership software vendors could be headed for a shakeup. For years, ADP Dealer Services Group (adp.com) and Reynolds and Reynolds Co. (reyrey.com) have grabbed about 80 percent of the estimated $2 billion U.S. market for dealer-management software.
Reynolds CEO O'Neill: Needs of the dealers are top priority
Finbarr O'Neill, the new CEO at Reynolds and Reynolds Co. (reyrey.com), will be the first to admit he's not a tech guy. His strength, he says, is that he understands the needs of auto dealers.
Wanted: IT workers willing to relocate to the South
The industry's newest, most advanced, IT-hungry plants are far from the computer science centers of America these days. So how do the automakers in Montgomery, Ala.; Canton, Miss.; and Lincoln, Ala., fulfill their information technology needs?
Change is this CIO's specialty
At first glance, Bruce C. Carver looks more like a linebacker than a corporate vice president. At 6 foot 3 inches tall with massive shoulders, he is an imposing figure. But Carver, hired by Dana Corp. CEO Mike Burns in September to lead a massive restructuring of Dana's (dana.com) IT organization, does not have the home field advantage.
CIO drives home his point
Dana Corp.'s (dana.com) IT restructuring should come as no surprise. CEO Mike Burns set the groundwork last summer by reducing the supplier's business units from four to two - commercial vehicles and heavy duty.
Everyone speaks the same language
Pawlak's challenge: Keep Visteon's Asia IT operations hummingA few months after he moved to China, David Pawlak, information technology director for Visteon Corp.'s Asia Pacific operations, went to a computer parts mall in Shanghai to shop.
Looking to get the red out
6 top tech leaders reveal their toughest challengesAsk the top IT person at one of North America's largest parts suppliers about his or her top challenges for 2005, and you're likely to get an answer involving cost control. Automotive News surveyed six IT leaders at large suppliers. Here's what they told us.
Podcast is new GM marketing tool
iPod, MP3 player are added to sales arsenalThe blog, that Web medium for unfiltered, unsanctioned personal comment, has been adopted by automakers looking for tools to connect them with customers and others in new ways. So it was only a matter of time before someone discovered the blog's new spoken-word cousin.
Autobytel founder finds himself in hot water - and he loves it
10 years after starting online car-buying venture, Ellis takes tools of success to Spa FinderPeter Ellis is in hot water. It's the kind of hot water many of us would like to be in after a long, stressful day at the office - the soothing water of a whirlpool bath at a glitzy spa. And no one should have an easier time finding a spa than Ellis.
Thin displays, see-through car pillars are on horizon
Mike Gauthier, director of corporate technology with Siemens VDO Automotive (siemens.com), says an aging population will influence what we'll see in the car of the future. And a number of breakthrough technologies are expected to play key roles.
XM has a new shining star
There's a new kid in the satellite radio neighborhood. XM-3 - the technical name for XM Satellite Radio Inc.'s (xm.com) newest satellite - joined siblings Rock and Roll in orbit after being launched from a platform in the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 28.
Bound for heaven
In any given month, OnStar receives about 20,000 calls for roadside assistance. The service also unlocks the doors on 37,000 vehicles, informs police of 400 stolen vehicles and gets 13,000 emergency calls. And the list goes on. Is it any wonder that OnStar features real people in its commercials?
Got your number
$5.6 billion: Forecast for value of in-car infotainment market in China in 2010 $13.98: Monthly subscription fee for XM's satellite radio and NavTraffic services; 9.36 million: Number of unique visitors to autobytel.com in November
27: Number of automakers that use UGS Corp.'s product lifecycle management software