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December 2009

2010 EVENTS

AASA Vision Conference

– March 16-17, Chicago

MTC Spring Meeting

– March 18, Chicago

MTC Fall Conference

– Oct. 10-12, Marco Island, Fla.

AAPEX

– Nov. 2-4, Las Vegas

COUNCIL REVAMP UPDATE

As announced during the Fall Conference and the November issue of

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MIS Council will become the MEMA Technology Council (MTC) in January. The name change reflects the broader direction the organization will take in covering areas outside the tradition IS function, i.e. business processes, data and process integration, and any area of a manufacturer’s operations that utilizes technology.

MTC Areas of Focus:

Business processes

Supply chain management

Business intelligence

Compliance

Standards

Data management

The MTC Web site redesign is underway and will be completed in early January. A special announcement and a news release will be published as soon as the new Web site is finished.

NEW SPRING MEETING

The MTC will hold a Spring Meeting on March 18 in Chicago the day after the AASA member-only Vision Conference. The meeting will be for manufacturers only. The tentative agenda includes:

OptiCat

– Demonstration and roundtable discussion on functionality, roll-out, etc.

Members of AASA’s Marketing Executive Council will join us.

Low-cost EDI

– Members will discuss the challenges and costs of aging EDI technology in the aftermarket and potential alternatives.

Special Ordering

– Members will discuss the myriad of requirements and options for implementing special ordering, including IPO.

E-commerce Mapping

– No, this will not be a primer on how to map one EDI format to another. Rather, a discussion will be held on the various e-commerce initiatives by third

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party providers that leverage customer requirements to sign up suppliers. The goal is to develop a map/path to generate a picture of the e-commerce landscape in the aftermarket to help MTC members make more informed decisions.

Registration forms, specific start and end times, exact cost and other information will be available in January. Be sure to put this on your calendar today!

ASSOCIATION NEWS & AUTOBYTES

AASA recently brought two new councils under its umbrella. The Overseas Automotive

Council (OAC) and the Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC) joined AASA in 2010. As a result, the AASA Communications Department is streamlining its output of e-newsletters to simplify processes and provide members with focused (and not overwhelming) information.

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will continue to provide information to MTC members on a regular basis, but it will be delivered in an attached PDF format as this issue is.

2010 FALL CONFERENCE DATES

Make sure you have budgeted for and have reserved dates on your calendar for the

2010 Fall Conference, which will be held October 10-12 in Marco Island, Florida. Your board and association staff are already working on the program and have already confirmed speakers for the following topics:

Future vehicle technologies and how they will impact the aftermarket

How to establish a data management services department within a manufacturer’s operations

Current state of the repair professional, repair shop and use of e-commerce technology

Bonus: Any company that pays its 2010 Council dues of $750 (which covers the registration fee to the Fall Conference for one person) during the first quarter can pay

$425 in advance (must also be paid in the first quarter) for each additional person to attend the Fall Conference. This registration fee for additional people after March 31 will be $500. A preliminary registration form will be made available in January.

COUNCIL DUES

The MTC is heading into 2010 with several activities underway, including the new Spring

Meeting, a new Web site, expanding the use of the Matrix, planning the Fall Conference, etc. The board needs your participation in the following areas:

Dues

– The primary contact from your company should have recently received the invoice for the 2010 Council dues. Prompt payment will enable association staff to focus on the activities.

Spring Meeting

– This meeting is a forum for suppliers to discuss industry issues among themselves. Put March 18 on your calendar and ensure at least one person from your company attends.

Matrix

– If you haven’t updated the Matrix or subscribed to it, do so this week.

Online Member Profile

– Start using it. It is a free service for all MTC members.

Fall Conference

– Oct. 10-12. Supplier participation is needed more than ever.

Following the 2009 Fall Conference, every channel partner who participated commented that they get so much from the event because they are able to meet with their supplier technology counterparts in an informal setting. Make plans today to attend!

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ONLINE MEMBER PROFILE FREE TO MEMBERS

We receive calls every month from members who would like to know more about the direction other suppliers are taking relative to e-commerce networks or would like to know how to improve call center tracking software. Other Council members may already have experienced what you are preparing to experience. The Online Member Profile is the place to identify who can help.

The Profile enables members to identify peers in the industry with similar software, hardware and network applications. The Online Member Profile is the Council’s virtual

“Birds of a Feather” and includes member contact information to simplify the process of finding help quickly.

Please visit the application to do some searching and to identify whether your company has submitted your application information.

If you haven’t already done so, visit www.miscouncil.org/membership/profile.html

and click on the downloadable pdf form to complete and fax in to the MIS Council staff.

Contact the association staff if you do not remember your association login information.

REGULAR MEMBERS

Advics North America

Affinia Group

Akebono

Beck/Arnley

Cloyes Gear & Products

Dorman Products

East Penn

Exide Technologies

Federal-Mogul

Gates Rubber

Honeywell

Horton Holding

KYB America

LUK (Schaeffler)

Mahle Clevite

Mark IV Dayco

NGK Spark Plugs

Parker Hannifin Corporation

Peterson Mfg.

Robert Bosch

SKF

Snap-on Tools

Standard Motor Products

Tendeco Sales

Tenneco

Timken

USA Industries

Vista-Pro Automotive

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AFFILIATE MEMBERS

Activant

ANX eBusiness

Corcentric

Edgenet

GCommerce

Pricedex

R.L. Polk

FAST FACTS AND IT STATS

Cloud Computing

Plans for Cloud Computing:

48% - We have no plans to use services

25% -

We’re considering using services

18% -

We’re receiving services today from a cloud provider

9% -

We’re planning to use services within the next 12 months

Concerns over Cloud Computing:

57% - Security defects in the technology itself

53% - Unauthorized access to or leak of our proprietary information

47% -

Unauthorized access to or leak of our customers’ information

32% - Application or system performance

30% - Business viability of provider; risk company will fail

22% - Business continuity or disaster recovery readiness of provider

19% - Features and general maturity of technology

17% - Vendor lock-in

3% - Other

Source: InformationWeek survey of 547 business technology professionals

Strategies for Tough Times

Planned strategies during current economic conditions:

38% - Delay distribution projects

35% - Lay off workers

27% - Install new software

16% - Close warehouses

15% - Install new material handling equipment

15% - Outsource more functions

13% - Reduce carrier base

13% - Bring outsourced functions back in house

Applications to be purchased for those planning new software installations:

14% - Warehouse management

8% - Transportation management

7% - Labor management

5% - Supply chain management

5% - Inventory planning

5% - Planning and forecasting

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Source: DC Velocity reader survey

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