May AutoSuccess – Rapid Recon

When Converting Silos to Seamless Workflow, Software’s Not Just Software

By Dennis McGinn

Last month’s column asked dealership execs to consider that software is not just software when evaluating purchase options.

For example, when evaluating reconditioning software, how do the choices you’re considering help you break down departmental and information silos that cripple seamless communications and frustrate work efficiency?

The most fantastic software on the planet won’t help much if the inputs needed to fuel its engine are disrupted, confused, and delayed. Often these problems are a case of management not knowing what it doesn’t know.

Top-down decisions from GMs, CFOs and even CEOs sometimes lead to missed opportunities when looking at reconditioning software. These individuals can value “latest and greatest” and cost savings promises over more profound advantages that a deeper evaluation might surface, leading to a different decision.

Software is not just software because the right software is critical for converting work and breaking down information silos across your reconditioning processes. And ease of use by actual users is KING.

Its first step in dismantling broken communications processes is creating transparency for all the information related to work. The right software is a tool to manage their group and individual accountability and share performance metrics across the platform from lot tech to dealer principal.

Mobile technology keeps the players well connected and equips communications, approvals, changes, assignments, and progress metrics to be monitored and managed in real-time.

Recon software influences every other department, from used car pricing to contracts in transit. All promises need to be verified:

  • Obtain evidence-proven functional reasons for the need itself and the solution considered.
  • Listen to what the talk on the street is about the product category and vendors.
  • Does the software help you manage for better outcomes, accountability, communications, and user consistency?
  • Is time to line reconditioning workflow improvement the vendor’s fundamental value proposition – or a Swiss Army Knife of features of questionable use in a busy recon and used car operation?

Accountability keeps everyone and every step honest and provides the glue for inspecting (measuring) what you expect.

Beyond cost, is the software able to unify departments by taking down protective communications and information silos that disrupt your dealership's work productivity? How does the software bring efficiency, accuracy and information accountability transparency to those who need to know, from lot technician to the CEO?

When evaluating reconditioning software, get all facts. The most important one is can the vendor provide data to verify claims, no matter how seductive they’ve whispered into your ear.

About Rapid Recon

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