Dealer Communications System for the Web has been
selected for the IBM iSeries B2B Team for Extreme
The iSeries 400 B2B Team is a select group
of business-to-business and business-to-consumer
Solution Developer applications, running on
IBM iSeries 400 (AS/400) servers, that allow
business to extend their core applications to
the Web, improving both internal and external
communications throughout the supply chain.
Strategic's Dealer Communication System for
the Web (Web DCS), a business-to-business application
for the distribution operations of motor vehicle
manufacturers, extends the manufacturer's operations
systems out to the dealers. Functions such as
vehicle distribution, warranty administration,
and parts distribution are pushed out to the
dealerships. Web DCS allows centralized management
of content and data, so that dealers always
have access to up-to-the-minute information,
without the need to rely on outdated printed
The ability to use any standard Web browser
as a user interface helps manufacturers and
dealers enjoy significant cost savings on telecommunications
over traditional dial-up applications and reduced
support costs over client-side applications.
Web DCS, a part of the Strategic Motor Vehicle
Family of Systems, is implemented using LANSA
for the Web, and has been recognized in publications
including Internet Week, Midrange Systems, VAR
Business, and Knowledge Management World.
Current Web DCS customers include Qvale Automotive
Group, a startup company that distributes the
Mangusta sports car; dirt-bike manufacturer
KTM SportMotorcycles, and Toyota de Puerto Rico,
which has implemented Web DCS for its parts
distribution function. Other WebDCS installations
scheduled for this year are Extreme Companies
Ducati North America (motorcycles) and AM General
(manufacturer of the HUMMER sport-utility vehicle).
"Our customers buy Web DCS for several reasons,"
says John Myers, Strategic's president. "They
understand the many years of motor vehicle industry
experience reflected in the application, they
value the cost savings, and they appreciate
the rock-solid stability that the iSeries 400
platform provides. Our customers want to focus
on their business, not on technology operations.
They expect 24x7x365 reliability without a large
operations staff, and the iSeries 400 meets