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JSON vs. XML in Automotive Retail Systems Integration

Like everything else, system integration in auto retail is taking a more modern path For auto retail to succeed, manufacturers (OEMs) and dealers need assured methods of exchanging all kinds of data: vehicle, parts, customer information, warranty claims, sales and operational data, and more.   Over the previous decades, data exchange evolved from occurring solely between […]

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The best business model is a function of technology and business process

The best business model is a function of technology and business process I’m enjoying some of the great speakers hosted by the Ricardo Mobility Summit today.  I thought Ernie Garcia’s (Founder & CEO of Carvana) response to a question, “What can the automotive industry learn from Carvana’s success?” was very astute.  He called out that […]

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A Love Letter to APIs

A Love Letter to APIs There is one thing, we here at Motive can unequivocally, unabashedly, and without immutability, agree on. (Don’t get me started on football – Steelers, Broncos, or Cowboys oh my!!). We love APIs. If we think about what an API is, at the heart of it all, is an entry point. […]

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Transformation – A Look Back at 2020

Transformation – A Look Back at 2020 Looking back on 2020 – we can’t think of a more transformative year. Not only for Motive Retail but for the industry at large. At Motive, we made major strides and made major investments in our product offerings; rewriting our flagship product, and investing in the future of […]

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The Cost of Integrations

The Cost of Integrations The effort to integrate your system to other APIs can cost a lot in time and resources.  And unfortunately, those costs are often multiplied by the number of times you need to integrate to different DMS or other systems.   In this short video, we highlight the common efforts it takes to […]

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MIX is not Fortellis

MIX is not Fortellis We’ve heard suggestions that Motive Integrator eXchange (MIX) must somehow be a competitor to CDK’s Fortellis.  Although there are similarities – both are API platforms  – Motive’s purpose in creating MIX is fundamentally different.  Our intent is to standardize retail integration across the full spectrum of systems that collectively make auto […]

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Reflecting on NADA’s commissioned report Dealership of Tomorrow 2.0

Reflecting on NADA’s commissioned report Dealership of Tomorrow 2.0 I recently “re-”stumbled across Glenn Mercer’s Dealership of Tomorrow 2.0 report that was launched at NADA at the beginning of 2020.  The scope of the report was to make predictions about the changing automotive retail environment through the late 2020s, and it was written right before […]