Dealers who hate poring over lengthy reports and tiring spreadsheets soon will be able to use new software that converts mounds of data into colorful visuals.
The software is similar to that used by the U.S. Army in Iraq to determine quickly the flight-readiness of their Black Hawk helicopters.
ADP Dealer Services has licensed this advanced data visualization software from FYI Corp., of Melbourne, Fla., for automotive dealership use. The software, FYI Visual, represents data using colors and shapes that decision makers easily can identify, analyze and act upon.
The first automotive application will be for large dealership groups, but ultimately it will be made available to all dealerships, says Kevin Henahan, ADP senior vice president of marketing.
ADP says the software will be available in about four to six months.
Coggin Automotive Group, with 18 dealerships in Orlando and five other Florida cities, has been testing the software for ADP. Managers at Coggin, a subsidiary of Asbury Automotive Group, need accurate data that can be interpreted quickly, says Jerry Daniels, Coggin executive vice president.
"We have found that FYI Visual is a robust and intuitive product for absorbing large amounts of data in a short period of time," Daniels says.
Dealers typically have the necessary information on their operations, but it is often contained in stacks of paper reports and spreadsheets.
With the software, Black Hawk maintenance crews see in seconds -- through the use of color-coded symbols -- which helicopters can be deployed and which need immediate maintenance after a mission.
A dealership group can use the software, for example, to keep track of hundreds of sales employees across multiple stores by using a visual representation, often contained on just one computer screen.
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