STAR - Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail - is an industry-funded initiative whose members include OEMs, Dealers, and DMS providers. STAR's mission: re-energize the automotive retail industry through voluntary industry standards that will reduce costs and complexity for dealers while increasing innovation and operating efficiency for all. STAR will identify an Internet-based "blueprint" for connecting Dealer and OEM systems, replacing today's proprietary data exchange networks with a common IT link in the dealership and to all OEMs. By joining STAR and becoming involved in the standards development process through STAR's special interest groups (known as "SIGs") or by joining STAR's Dealer Advisory Group, you can play a significant role in defining the future of both your industry and your business. Take charge of the IT-driven world to come by harnessing the power of STAR. It's the simple way to simpler dealership operations.
STAR's Dealer Advisory Group
How Does STAR Benefit Dealers?
Builds a common data exchange between dealers and OEMs Provides more real-time transactions for their daily business Provides more reliable, accurate, and timely data Reduces their IT environment complexity and cost An open standard gives dealers a choice with a DSP (Dealer System Provider), thus reducing cost and improving application quality A multi-franchise dealer would only need one Dealership Management System (DMS) per dealership, not per franchise. Provides new profit opportunities for dealers (remote diagnostics, telematics services in the vehicle like email, weather, traffic, MP3, etc) Better upstream data integration to OEMs and downstream data integration to customers STAR BODs built by the DSPs are highly reusable and can be delivered to dealers more quickly
Dealership Infrastructure Guidelines
The Dealership Infrastructure Guidelines (DIG) is a publication for dealerships providing a guidebook and deployment handbook for IT infrastructure at the dealership.
The continuing growth in the need to deliver data and solutions to dealerships compels automotive manufacturers, herein referred to as OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), to evaluate both the current methods and plans for meeting future requirements. This document identifies the overall direction chosen. It also explains choices available to a dealer to standardize dealership infrastructures and communication solutions.