"Monday morning, eigtheen years of dawning..."
Monday 25th June 2018 sees the launch of the Auction Information Management System (AIMS) at Manheim Shotts in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The product of over two and a half years development, AIMS is a next generation web application providing inventory, financial and process management services for the vehicle auction industry. Built using Microsoft .Net Core and React JS, and hosted in Microsoft Azure, the product benefits from the latest software technologies, implemented in line with industry best practice and design principles.
Ian Fisher, MD of Kingfisher Systems states ‘The first Kingfisher auction management system was developed by my father in the mid 1980’s using a database language called Foxbase and hosted on a local SCO Xenix server. The next incarnation, Auction Manager, was installed at Shotts Motor Auctions in June 2000, almost eigtheen years ago to the day. AIMS thus represents the culmination of a 30 year’ journey that has seen Kingfisher grow from offering a single ‘on premise’ product to become a global supplier of cloud based software solutions to the vehicle auction sector. The AIMS project team’s primary focus has been to ensure that AIMS is designed and developed in a structured and considered manner. The result is the most complex, functionally rich solution that the company has developed to date, and is quite simply the best auction management system in existence today providing unrivalled functionality and ease of use.’
The AIMS rollout to other branches of Manheim Auctions and Vehicle Solutions will continue through 2018 and into early 2019, and will eventually see 20 individual centres operating the solution, while collectively processing in excess of 400,000 vehicles per year. The product supercedes Manheim's legacy auction system MBOS.
The AIMS project team will now move on to the next phase of development which will result in new functionality and features that will continue to help drive efficiencies and operational improvements within the Manheim Group.
As a footnote, in the late 1990’s, Kingfisher developed the Aftermarket Information Management System for Land Rover UK, a product that was also known as AIMS. The more things change, the more they stay the same…