Quest teams with Oracle to push Automan

Quest Middle East has integrated Automan, its business management solution for the automobile industry, with Oracle’s e-business suite to facilitate services including online procurement, inventory levels and servicing.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  May 9, 2001

Quest Middle East has integrated Automan, its business management solution for the automobile industry, with Oracle’s e-business suite to facilitate services including online procurement, inventory levels and servicing.

“It is exciting to see Oracle partners like Quest Middle East build vertical industry solutions on top of the Oracle e-Business suite to address the local market,” said Alakh Verma, business development manager (alliances), Oracle.

The Automan software comprises three section: AutomanSales for online sales transactions; AutomanParts, which monitors the availability and procurement of parts, and AutomanGarage for servicing facilities.

“Today’s automobile business environment demands a highly effective automative business management and operations support system,” said C.V Ramana Murthy, CEO & GM of Almoyyed International Group, of which Quest is a subsidiary. “Automan effectively addresses all these issues and provides a solution for auotmative dealers.”

Although the Automan product was officially launched 18 months ago, and the product has been taken on by companies in Bahrain including Nissan, BMW and Chyrsler, the integration with the Oracle suite marks the start of a more aggressive expansion plan by Quest in the Middle East.

Automan’s drive into the region comes as a survey reveals that Europe’s motor industry has been slow to adopt online strategies.

The study by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young revealed that over two thirds of Europe’s automative suppliers have no B2B strategy, and over a quarter if them cannot name any of the automative online exchanges.

Only 27% of respondents had heard of Covisint, the largest automative exchange online.

The survey also revealed that Europe’s auto and engineering component suppliers have not taken to trading online, with over two thirds of the 60 major suppliers shunning online trading, and saying they have no plans to trade online this year.

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