New system for

Volkswagen Financial Services UK
(VWFS UK) has migrated to a fully SAP-compliant contract management
system from lease software house White Clarke Group (WCG).

This follows the decision by
Volkswagen Group to adopt SAP for its back-office systems

The application covers the complete
contract management lifecycle, WCG said. It is already live in
Ireland and the UK and supports a portfolio of 300,000

The company’s IT director, Gerhard
Naegele, said: “When our parent company adopted a worldwide SAP
strategy, it created a challenge for us because, in my view, SAP
does not have a suitable CMS offering for the very special
requirements of an asset finance company.”

However, Naegele added that
choosing the WCG solution was an “easy decision” because it was
“robust, stable, delivered the highest levels of functionality and
provided the business agility we need as a growing company”.

WCG global sales and marketing
director Brendan Gleeson added that the system has been designed to
“sit within an SAP-centric landscape, able to communicate with both
SAP and non-SAP applications”.



NHS trust vehicles and
management system

Picture of an ambulance Tamworth-based Jaama has won a deal to provide the
South Central Ambulance Services NHS Trust (SCAS) with a fleet and
workshop management system for its 1,000 strong vehicle fleet.

The fleet software supplier will
provide SCAS with a comprehensive solution for its vehicles –
including lease cars, rapid response cars and motorcycles,
ambulances and patient transport vehicles – as well as workshops
and a vehicle commissioning unit, which is responsible for adding
specialist equipment to vehicles.

The solution, Jaama’s web-based
Key2 Vehicle Management and Workshop Management system, was chosen
as a result of a tender, the company said.

SCAS head of fleet Rick Stillman
said: “We wanted a standard fleet management software system across
the whole of the service, so that we could accurately gauge fleet
costs and manage workshop parts much more effectively to reduce
vehicle downtime.

“We wanted complete visibility
across all parts of the fleet for all vehicle and workshop

Stillman said he expects a better
fuel monitoring, as the system should be able “to drill down into
the reports and identify real world pence per mile operating

“Previously we have only been able
to identify costs by department and not by vehicle,” Stillman

“But the Jaama system should enable
improved fuel use monitoring and that should help us to deliver
cost savings across the fleet.”

The introduction of Key2 is also
enabling SCAS to have an improved driver and accident management
and to centralise its fleet administration in one location in

Jaama MD Jason Francis added that
providing SCAS with the vehicle and workshop management system was
a “significant contract” for the company.

“SCAS has shown huge faith in the
functionality of our system to be able to deliver a wide range of
operational benefits to a complex fleet that operates around the
clock throughout the year,” Francis said.

The implementation of the new
technology is now underway with 24 users undergoing training.



Close migrates to

Close Asset Finance (CAF) has
successfully migrated its aviation portfolio onto CHP Consulting’s
ALFA Systems software solution.

CAF has been using the lease
software specialist’s ALFA platform since 2006 to administer its
small and middle-ticket portfolios, including commercial vehicles,
construction plant, manufacturing machinery and print

It decided to migrate its aviation
finance portfolio on to ALFA last year, and the portfolio went live
at the end of January 2010.

CAF operation director David Wilson
said: “Close is an acquisitive company and ALFA gives us the
freedom to take on new businesses with the certainty that we can
integrate them effectively and efficiently.”

CHP Consulting sales and marketing
director Andrew Denton added: “This represents key progress in our
journey with Close. ALFA comprehensively addresses Close’s
requirements for complex, variable rate agreement structures, as
well as the asset definition and service management requirements of
aircraft finance.”

CHP and Close are also working on
the migration of the Kingston Asset Finance portfolio, which was
purchased by Close in 2005.

The completion of this migration
will see all of CAF’s leasing portfolios being managed by ALFA



Management team

International Decision Systems
(IDS) has recently strengthened its management team with a number
of key appointments. The lease software provider has chosen Tom
Thomas as its interim CEO, replacing Todd Davis.

Thomas, who has been IDS’ executive
chairman since last year, has 30 years of enterprise software and
technology experience, having previously held CEO roles at Ajuba
Solutions, Vantive Corporation, HAHT Commerce and GXS.

The company has also appointed
Terry Welty – formerly a senior vice-president of marketing at
Quark – as vice-president and chief marketing officer, to lead the
company’s global marketing and product management programmes.

Earlier this year, IDS also
appointed Steve Pittman as vice-president of sales. Pittman has
more than 25 years of experience at companies such as SAP,
Peoplesoft, Siebel and Oracle.

Nicholas Somers, managing partner of SV Investment Partners, the
private equity owner of IDS, said: “The company has never been
better positioned to grow. We are delighted with these
appointments, which continue to demonstrate IDS’ commitment to the
industry and, most importantly, to its customers.”