MAM begins beta testing next-generation catalogue

Posted: 09-06-2015

Pilot sites begin live trials of forthcoming Autocat v8 catalogue, which includes enhanced index and new functionality for more accurate product matches

MAM Software is pleased to announce that pilot sites have begun live trials of its next-generation Autocat catalogue, which is due to be launched this summer. The forthcoming 'Version 8' release will feature an enhanced Make Model Index (MMI), performance improvements and new front-end functionality designed to provide end users with more accurate search results.

Building on the success of the previous Autocat catalogue, the new application will utilise an enhanced Make Model Index (MMI) that will return results that are more closely matched to VRM information. MAM is currently working with suppliers to remap their data to include the four new fields (Power (kW), No. Doors, No. Gears, Transmission), which will reduce the reliance on product 'notes' to differentiate products, thereby reducing the number of search results returned.

The new catalogue will also feature a remodelled user interface with many new features and enhancements, including:

  • A new resizable interface with more space for key data
  • Larger VRM history with individual lookup
  • Improved search with quick group selection
  • Enhanced application grid with multi-select
  • New transaction history functionality
  • Improved performance statistics

Behind the scenes, the code is being completely rewritten to work with the new expanded MMI and leverage new programming technologies. Faceted search, optimised code and enhanced logic will help deliver better performance and an improved user experience.

These improvements will be a major benefit to users, as the increased accuracy of search results will lessen motor factors' need to dual supply and reduce the number incorrectly supplied parts that are returned.

MAM Software is working closely with its pilot sites to ensure the forthcoming release meets expectations. "An accurate, efficient catalogue is fundamental to our customers" said Mike Jamieson, Chief Executive Officer at MAM Software "We're working with our beta sites to ensure that the next release of Autocat provides users with quick and easy access to accurate, up-to-date parts information. We're also liaising with suppliers to help them leverage the new Make Model Index and improve the quality of their product data."

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