Esolutions' hosting service is allowing Turners Car Auctions to provide real-time online vehicle tenders.
Turners went live with its own website last October to allow for the remarketing of ex-leased vehicles for licensed dealers in addition to its public website. Then in January Turners turned to esolutions' dedicated hosting service, as the site was upgraded.
Registered dealers can now bid for ex-lease vehicles in a secure environment, with Turners' web-based SQL database application allowing both closed and open tenders. Turners information technology manager Martyn Seddon says closed tenders allow bidding over a few days. Open tenders are real-time web auctions, which after a viewing period, take just a few minutes.
Esolutions says dedicated hosting gives Turners a high-speed 10Mbit/s connection via a firewall straight into Telecom's internet backbone and 24/7 maintenance in the EDS managed data centre. Esolutions' Safecom network security is employed, along with Microsoft software, and Turner's website and database are regularly backed up and the data stored off-site.
Seddon says the auction application was an in-house development but e-solutions provided the infrastructure for it within a week.
"It has definitely had a positive impact on our business," says Seddon. "We are more than happy with the rate of uptake from users. It's paying its way and it's a growth area."
Turners believes the dealer site is bringing more custom to its traditional auctions and boosting its image.
Enhancements are planned for both the dealer and vendor sides of the application in just a few months, following user feedback.