Erik Nachbahr, from Helion Automotive Technologies, Gives Three Reasons Auto Dealerships Should Upgrade Old PC’s

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New PC’s Enhance Security, Increase Productivity And Decrease Costs, says Erik Nachbahr, President and Founder Helion Technologies

Erick Nachbahr, President Helion Technologies

A new PC is a sound investment that pays immediate — and potentially significant — dividends across the dealership.

Erik Nachbahr, President and Founder of the Baltimore-based Helion Technologies, says if “good enough” is how an auto dealership characterizes the older desktops staff uses to keep auto sales booming, owners might be surprised that those systems are costing more than they think.

“When dealers factor in security risks, high maintenance costs and reduced productivity, upgrading the dealership PC base could actually save time and money — critical business goals for auto dealers,” says Nachbahr. Helion is a 70-employee Managed Information Technology provider for auto dealerships. Helion supports more than 17, 000 computers for more than 450 dealerships nationwide, and has been supporting dealerships for the past 12 years.

”Even in times of tight budgets, replacing desktop PCs every three years can simplify management, reduce security risk, and meet business demands for increased productivity, Nachbahr said. “It's a sound investment that pays immediate — and potentially significant — dividends across the dealership.”

Nachbahr says there are important considerations when deciding whether to invest in new PCs:

A new PC comes with a more secure system than the 5-year old PCs with coffee rings currently on dealership desks. Security is an increasing problem for auto dealerships and PCs are an important link in the security chain.

“Dealers are vulnerable to sophisticated hackers, like the Kansas dealership that lost $23,000 to hackers who raided their account, added fake employees to payroll, and then wired the money overseas,” Nachbahr said.

New powerful PCs based on the latest processors enable multitasking performance, allowing dealerships to run continuous virus scanning and file encryption programs in the background with minimal end-user disruption. Migration to newer operating systems supports stronger security.

Increased demand on client foreground and background processing means more waiting and less working – a death sentence for auto dealers who can watch a client walk out the door. But a new PC can provide the performance staff needs to become more productive and produce more sales than before.

“And this is significant, given the trend toward PC-based, productivity-driven usage models, online collaboration with banks and lending institutions, and e-learning,” Nachbahr said.

Dealers who balk at the price of replacing aging PCs running older operating systems and applications often are always surprised to learn that older systems cost more to own and manage than newer platforms. What's more dealers who’ve held onto PCs for 5 and 10 years are often surprised to learn that PCs like other technical gadgets have come down in price.

“Migrating to new client PC platforms and operating systems produces measurable cost savings, reduces environmental complexity, and helps dealers avoid future large-scale upgrades,” Nachbahr said.

About Helion Automotive Technologies:
Helion Automotive Technologies was formed in 1997 with the goal of bringing strong Information Technology strategies and leadership to businesses of all sizes. At Helion we offer dealerships short term IT fixes for what you need now, and long-term IT solutions for what lies ahead. We've provided IT solutions for dealerships across the country for more than a decade and when it comes to dealer IT systems, we've been there done that-better than anyone else and are here to help.

We can make sure your IT systems are well managed and provide solutions for your IT headaches. We are not just any tech company; we are the tech company for auto dealers. It's all we do.

Helion Automotive Technologies 1965 Greenspring Drive Timonium, MD 21093 (443) 541-1500

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