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If you’re currently using hardware at your dealership that’s meant for consumers, it’s probably for one, very good reason – it’s cheap.
There’s no shame in that. Managing to keep your IT cost-effective and under budget is no small feat. That’s why many dealership owners opt for less expensive, consumer-grade options in their IT.
However, if you’re one of them, do you know what disadvantages this inadequate technology might be bringing to you?
Consumer technology doesn’t have the capabilities that its enterprise-grade counterparts do. The fact is that consumer-level hardware and software are designed for personal use – they’re only meant to be capable of handling the workload that, at most, a small household would bring to it.
Compare that to your single, or multi-location dealership, and you’ll start to see the problems:
As you can see, if you opt for consumer-grade technology in order to save money, it won’t be long before you’ll have to buy replacements that can handle your workload or external hard drives to store your vast amounts of data.
Instead of trying to cut corners now, it’s recommended that you get technology in line with industry recommendations; below we’ll discuss GM’s.
GM recommends the following hardware and software for professional dealerships:
With so many complexities within the GM guidelines, your dealership needs a partner who knows the technology and the auto industry. Don’t try to figure it all out on your own – work with the TNN team to plan, execute and maintain your new enterprise-grade IT environment.
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