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8.4. ASSESSING THE EXISTING DMS

While preparing to work with DMS providers, the Needs Assessment in Appendix can be invaluable. Dealerships should use this worksheet to gather information about their existing infrastructure and their current and future computing needs. Whether a dealership chooses to work with a third party network service supplier or their DMS provider, the answers to these questions will provide the supplier with pertinent information. Using the assessment may just save the dealership a considerable amount of time and money when comparing supplier offerings. Examples of issues that need to be worked out between the dealership and the DMS Provider include:

For more information review the checklist in the appendix. Additions, modifications or updates to the DMS may be needed in order for it to be placed on the dealership's Internet enabled infrastructure. Through proper planning and coordination, the DMS can seamlessly migrate to the dealership Internet infrastructure.