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The ATC has five Think Tanks focused on specific topics that meet monthly to discuss issues, new ideas and potential new solutions. The sharing of ideas among members already has provided real value to participants. Think Tanks are a member benefit for all ATC members, and members are encouraged to involve others from their companies.

The Think Tank topics are:

  • Data Analytics & BI

  • Advanced Vehicle Technologies

  • Load Sheets / PIES

  • E-tailing Preparedness

  • Cybersecurity

 

Data Analytics & BI

Engage with other industry thought leaders as we work together to:

  • Identify how business intelligence which will impact the automotive industry

  • Predict what those impacts will be and when they are likely to occur

  • Identify areas the Industry should focus on (if any) to offset negative impacts and exploit positive impacts

Outcomes of these Think Tank sessions:

  • Report out at ATC Spring/Fall meetings

  • Contribution to ATC Technology Roadmap (white paper etc.)

  • Potential spawn of work groups to address identified areas of concern/focus


Contact Marylou Hornung to join.

 

Advanced Vehicle Technologies

  • Engage with other industry thought leaders as we work together to:

  • Identify emerging vehicle technologies which will impact the automotive industry

  • Predict what those impacts will be and when they are likely to occur

  • Identify areas in the industry should focus on (if any) to offset negative impacts and exploit positive impacts

 Outcomes of these Think Tank Sessions:

  • Report out at ATC Spring/Fall Meeting

  • Contribution to ATC Technology Roadmap (white paper, etc.)

  • Potential spawn of work groups to address identified areas of concern/focus


Contact Ben Johnson to join.

 

Load Sheets / PIES

  • Understand growing demands of Data Load Sheets and identify potential opportunities!

  • Exchange challenges in creating Data Load Sheets

  • Identify obstacles to full adoption of PIES

  • Determine if load sheets are here to stay or is PIES truly the obtainable goal for the automotive industry

  • Explore and share opportunities and best time-saving practices that will meet customer expectations

 
Deliverables:

  • Short Overview of Think Tank subject during ATC Spring Meeting

  • Chapter in the ATC Technology Roadmap

  • Presentation/Competition at ATC Technology Conference

    • Findings and solutions provided to ATC members

    • Prize awarded to winning group

    • Posted to ATC website


Contact Jim Naso to join.

 

E-tailing Preparedness

Explore issues and creative solutions in eCommerce/E-Tailing as it relates to the Automotive Aftermarket. This team will be focused on documenting common pitfalls for aftermarket supplier companies that are just now embarking on their own eCommerce strategy and/or working via 3rd party trading partners, or even seasoned veterans of internet parts selling, direct or indirect. We’ll collectively mine experts and peers alike to discover best practices in both front-end and back-end matters for the benefit of not only your own eStrategy, but for the entire industry

Contact Dave Haun to join.



Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity Think Tank focuses on overcoming common security challenges. Whether it be compliance, phishing scams, user awareness, technical controls, our goal is to grow and share ideas. We will focus on the major threats our organizations face and how to most effectively deal with them. Like information security conferences, networking groups provide an easy way to get to know, learn from, and collaborate with your fellow information security professionals. Active participation in networking groups allows InfoSec pros to stay ahead of the curve and even discover the latest threat trends before they impact our organizations, allowing us to better prepare our companies for the future. Our group focuses on all things information security.
 
If this is your area of focus, come join us and help us to take our shared knowledge to the entire automotive aftermarket!


Contact Kevin Pentecost to join.


2021 Think Tank Winner

The eCommerce Readiness team was selected as the top group presenting solutions to challenges that would benefit the automotive aftermarket today. The winner was selected via voting by members during the 2021 ATC Fall meeting. Read press release here

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