Collaboration Award

Kingfisher Systems is delighted to have won the Collaborative Working award at the recent Cox Automotive UK Awards ceremony held at Mercedes World in Brooklands, Surrey.  The award recognises the successful deployment of Simulcast 2 to Australia and New Zealand, as well as the development of a new website for Manheim Brazil.

The Simulcast 2 project was a cross-continent effort, with the Manheim UK team guiding the Kingfisher development team in Scotland, to develop and configure the platform for the Australian and New Zealand markets. The IT team at Manheim in Australia was ably assisted by stream owners from every part of the business, and site champions in each Australian state and territory, as well as in Auckland. The progressive launch started in Adelaide in late September and saw 1-2 sites go live each week, for six weeks - a monumental effort by all involved, and a great beginning to a fantastic new service for Manheim customers.

Manheim entered the Brazilian market in 2015 with the opening of an auction centre in Sao Paulo. A UK project team was set up to co-ordinate the supply and configuration of a back office management system along with the development of a new website and various other systems. The OSCAR team in the UK undertook the back office development work while Kingfisher developed the new website. The UK project manager, Pete Saxon, managed the various work streams while liaising with the Manheim Brazil team to ensure their needs and requirements were fully met. In August, the website, developed using the latest technologies and featuring a fully responsive design, was one of a number of new systems simultaneously rolled out to the Brazilian market, ensuring the team there have the latest solutions at their disposal.