ALBANY, N.Y. — Auto/Mate Dealership Systems’ dealership management system (DMS) is now integrated with Innovative Aftermarket System's (IAS) suite of SmartDealerProducts.

Dealers using both Auto/Mate's DMS and IAS' SmartDealerProducts solutions can now benefit from real-time information exchange between the two systems. Real-time data exchange eliminates redundancy and delivers more accurate information, compared with data exchanges performed via batch deliveries, officials said.

"The IAS integration with Auto/Mate enables all of our clients who have the Auto/Mate DMS to create a simple and profitable F&I process with real-time connections to all F&I related data in the dealer's DMS,” said Matt Nowicki, vice president of retail software with IAS. “The F&I data is transmitted in real time to SmartMenu and SmartP.R.U., saving our dealers time and reducing the potential for error.”

Prior to the use of open standards, a dealership may have had to manage several vendor relationships for leasing and lending purposes, but a standard format has led to the development of web portals that aggregate data from multiple lenders in one place.

"A typical F&I department relies on a mountain of data daily and the instant, secure exchange of data between the DMS and third-party applications is critical for smooth and efficient processes," added Mike Esposito, president and CEO of Auto/Mate Dealership Systems.