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J.D. Power Taps Technology Visionary as President and CEO

Dave Habiger, a seasoned technology sector visionary who has led several initial public offerings and served as CEO of multiple public companies, succeeds Finbarr O’Neill as the data and analytics firm’s new chief executive.

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Cox Automotive Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against CDK Global

Add Cox Automotive to the growing list of tech vendors and dealers alleging that CDK and Reynolds and Reynolds Co. conspired to eliminate competition for data integration services and seize control over dealer and third-party data.

Experian Acquires String Automotive

String’s marketing intelligence platform will be matched with Experian’s own data-driven insights. The combination will direct dealers on how to spend marketing dollars and where to target their conquesting efforts, officials said.

CDK to Acquire Auto/Mate Dealership Systems

CDK Global has entered into a definitive agreement with Auto/Mate to acquire the technology company, which provides a suite of DMS products and solutions to more than 1,000 new-car dealerships. The transaction is expected to close later this summer.

KAR to Acquire DRIVIN for $43M

KAR Auction Services will acquire the company that operates as DRIVN for $43 million. The company was founded in 2015 as CarCo Technologies by Groupon cofounders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky.

automotiveMastermind Adds Toyota to Its Platform

automotiveMastermind, a predictive analytics and marketing automation technology company for automotive dealerships, today announced that Toyota dealerships across the country will now be able to partner with it.

DealerVault Rolled Into Authenticom

DealerVault and its holding company, Data Specialty Group LLC, have merged into Authenticom LLC, creating one company serving more than 15,000 dealerships across the company, the companies announced today.

IT Firm Launches Specialized Services Aimed at Dealerships

United Datacom Networks Inc. (UDNI) announced the launch of Dealers Edge, a new IT support program designed to help dealers meet their legal obligations with respect to data privacy and security. Services include remote management and 24/7 monitoring.

Asset Protection

Retail expert says the more dealers carve out their place in the Digital Age, the more their proprietary and customer data becomes a legal and financial liability to their dealership.

The Year Ahead: Part Two

Dealer operations expert concludes his two-part series on planning for 2016 with a discussion of topics relating to technology and data, mergers and acquisitions, and personnel.