Is Your IT System In Line With GM’s Criteria?

GM recommends using enterprise-grade hardware intended for business use. While consumer-grade computers for home and personal use may be less expensive, the total cost of ownership may be higher due to their limited functionality. Selecting the right computers for your dealership is essential.

Why Can’t We Use Consumer-Grade IT Solutions?

When you purchase a computer, your IT provider will ask how you will be using it. This is because the solution you choose will vary depending on the applications you require. A business-grade computer will have more processing and memory capacity than a consumer-grade computer.

  • Computing Needs Are Different: The way you use a business computer and the way you use a personal home computer are very different. Business computers are used for running business applications for Customer Relationship Management (CRM), ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and other management solutions. Consumer-grade computers are built for things like surfing the Web, emailing, and light word processing.
  • You Need More Memory: Business-grade computers need large amounts of memory to handle tasks such as rendering, saving large graphics and documents, and networking with other computers. Consumer-grade computers have less memory space and processing power because they’re built for light computing.

Components Are Important: Most personal computers are manufactured in mass quantities, where business computers are typically custom designed and use heavy-duty processors, motherboards and other business-grade components. Software and hardware that’s intended for personal use have higher fail rates and require more repairs and support.

Business-grade computers typically have more memory space and more powerful processors. Because business computers use large amounts of memory, they come with dual or quad-core processors.

What Hardware Does GM Recommend?

  • An Intel Core i7 5th Generation (or higher) Processor: These are specifically designed for high-end desktops and laptops. Your central processing unit (CPU) won’t have to reload the framework. It will be saved in the cache, so when you update a number, it will be instantaneous.
  • This larger cache size supports multitasking because background tasks are ready when you move to another window. In addition to providing increased speeds, Core i7 processors have a larger cache (memory) that can help you handle tasks like document management and calculating spreadsheets.
  • 17 Gigabyte Memory:  A gigabyte (GB) is a unit of computer memory or data storage capacity. It refers to the amount of storage on a computer hard disk. It also affects speed as well. If your hard drive transfers 1 gigabyte per second – this is extremely fast.
  • 1 TB+ Hard Disk Drive: A terabyte is a digital unit of measurement for storage size. It’s equal to 1,000 gigabytes, or 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. A hard disk drive (HDD) is where the data is stored on your computer. It uses a mechanical arm with a read/write head to read and move data around to the right location. This is different from an SDD (solid state drive) that has no moving parts and where information is stored in microchips. HDDs are typically less expensive than SDDs. However, SDDs are faster.
  • 4+ USB Ports: A Universal Serial Bus enables communication between two devices. GM suggests that your computers have 4 or more. USB ports allow devices to be connected and transfer digital data over USB cables.
  • Operating System – Windows 10 Professional, 64-bit: This operating system from Microsoft is built for businesses that want enhanced functionality. 64 bits refers to the width in the processor’s data path. Most PCs today run on 64 bits to allow more memory for applications. A bit (binary digit) is the smallest unit of information on a computer.

What Software Does GM Recommend?

  • Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  • Internet Explorer (version IE11) with the most recent service pack installed and “compatibility mode” enabled.
  • Java Runtime Environment 32-bit (or the version recommended by each application).
  • Adobe Reader (current version).
  • Full operating system recovery software in the case of a major software failure.
  • An enterprise antivirus solution that can be updated automatically and managed centrally.

Asking Yourself…Who Provides IT Support For Automobile Dealerships Near Me?

We know that all of this can be confusing. If your dealership is in South Bend, Goshen, Elkhart or anywhere in Michiana needs help deciding on the type of computer systems you require, contact Blue Star IT Services & Solutions. We’re the go-to IT provider for automobile dealerships in our area.

In the meantime, stay up to date on what’s happening in the world of IT and how it can impact your dealership. Visit our Blog where you’ll find informative articles each month. Here are a few to get you started.

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Published on 11th December 2018 by Jon Morningstar

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