This month, analytics giant J.D. Power acquired one of the largest finance-and-insurance software companies in the country and also launched a partnership with one of the biggest F&I product and training providers.
Both moves lay groundwork on the company's long-term ambitions to channel its data and industry reputation into profit streams, though an executive at J.D. Power said the timing of the announcements was coincidental.
J.D. Power purchased Superior Integrated Solutions Inc., the parent company of Darwin Automotive, on July 7. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. And on July 1, J.D. Power and JM&A Group announced they will collaborate on a line of F&I products.