A leading DMS Vendor needed interfaces for both Volkswagen Audi and General Motors.
They decided to use Tamara Systems to develop them. They did not do this because
of a lack of expertise; on the contrary they are a high tech company with the skills
to match. They did it because we were seen as a very cost effective means of achieving
their goals and so it proved.
For the Volkswagen group (Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda and Commercial) we have developed
a communications bridge which will allow any DMS to integrate to FISH, ELSA or Saga/2.
The bridge handles all of the VW communication protocols. All the DMS needs to do
is to write text files. This saves months of development effort. If you need this
integration we can definitely help.
We also developed a communication control program for General Motors Exchange interface.
This, in conjunction with AXWAY, wraps the transaction files with the necessary protocol
and creates both the Payload and Message Meta Data files, it monitors the transfer
of the data and ensures delivery to General Motors. Conversely, it unpacks data coming
from GM and acknowledges receipt. This component is reusable. If you need to move
from GM’s DCS2 to Exchange we can save you time and effort.
Another DMS system needed to link with Experian so that dealers could check whether
used cars were legitimate and were not stolen or had not been involved in a serious
accident and had been written off. We developed a central server which would take
the dealer enquiries pass them onto Experian and would then highlight vehicles with
potential problems. The server was developed using Microsoft’s .Net.
A large automotive group was moving from one DMS system to another. The size of this
task was significant and they could not afford to convert all their modules at the
same time. We helped with the migration and bridged old and new systems so that they
could move departments across at their pace without losing the integrity of the accounts
and customer balances. Because the data conversion was bespoke we also managed to
carry forward much more information from the old systems which otherwise would have
Third Party Integration
Linking systems that are based on older technology with more modern systems can prove
problematic. The following are good examples of our ability to overcome these challenges.
“We approached Tamara Systems to discuss the feasibility of converting our current
data to a new system which would involve in excess of 200 individual conversions
(sales, purchase, nominal and bank conversion.) Tamara Systems had the expertise
to map our current data correctly to the new system, and within a couple of test
runs we were ready to do the live conversions, Nominal ledgers balanced to zero.
Sales and purchase ledger open item transactions aged correctly and balanced. The
vast majority of the ledgers converted without problem, however, if we encountered
a problem, it was resolved within a few hours and a new file was ready to be converted.
Data conversion was one of the most successful elements in the change over to the
new system, Tamara Systems was instrumental to that success.”
”I was very impressed by Tamara System’s professionalism. If you give them a job
you can be confident that it be completed on time and on budget. I will have no hesitation
in using them again and would gladly recommend them to others.”
We have many other examples of integration and data migration. If you need to get
data from one system to another there is more than a good chance we can help.
“We were looking to integrate our DMS “Motorline” with Volkswagen’s MSR applications
and needed to do this quickly. Rather than developing the communication protocols
ourselves we decided to use bridging software from Tamara Systems. This reduced the
development time by several months and allowed my staff to concentrate on developing
additional enhancements for our VW/Skoda customers. By using this strategy we developed
ELSA and FISH first and then found that SAGA/2 had been developed almost as a by
product, it was a quite a bonus. The staff at Tamara were helpful and knowledgeable
and worked with us in partnership, allowing us to deliver our promise to Skoda and
our customers on schedule and within budget. I would certainly recommend Tamara Systems