|[March 27, 2014]
Jim Ellis Automotive Group Drives Up Internet and Network Services Performance with Comcast Business
ATLANTA --(Business Wire)--
Comcast (News - Alert) Business today announced that Jim Ellis Automotive Group,
Atlanta's largest family owned and operated automotive group, has
deployed Comcast's Ethernet
services to connect all of its dealerships on one wide area network.
The fiber-based network provides the #3 dealer in the U.S. in Internet
sales volume, with the scalable bandwidth needed to support online sales
and customer service, business applications hosted in its private cloud
and Wi-Fi for on-site customers.
Starting as a single dealership more than 40 years ago, Jim Ellis
Automotive Group has grown to a network of 14 dealerships that employs
over 900 local residents at locations across metro Atlanta including
Marietta, Kennesaw and Buford. The company sells new and used vehicles
including brands such as Audi, Buick, Chevy, GMC, Hyundai, Maserati,
Mazda, Porsche, Volvo and Volkswagen. In addition, the company services
all the brands it sells and has a collision center that is
manufacturer-certified to perform repairs on any of its brands.
Jim Ellis Automotive Group's locations were once linked by T1
connections that were costly and complex to manage across various
providers, and increasingly too slow to support its digital business
requirements. In addition to needing faster Internet speeds to support
online sales and Wi-Fi for customers, the company also began using a
new, bandwidth-intensive Dealership Management System (DMS) to help
manage finance, sales, parts, inventory and administration across its
dealerships. To bring more convenience to its customers' mobile
lifestyles, the company also developed the Jim
Ellis Garage App for iOS and Android (News - Alert) that gives customers local
traffic, weaher, access to owner's manuals and the ability to schedule
"Whether it is allowing customers to view our available inventory,
purchase a car online, schedule service appointments or take advantage
of our Wi-Fi service, the Internet drives virtually all aspects of our
business," said Eddie Gonzalez, IT Systems Director, Jim Ellis
Automotive Group. "Comcast Business was uniquely able to provide a
comprehensive network solution that touches every part of our
organization across all of our locations, and gives us the performance
and bandwidth required to support our digital initiatives."
To address Jim Ellis Automotive Group's need, Comcast installed its Ethernet
Network Services to provide wide area connectivity between the
company's 14 locations, including 50 Megabits per second (Mbps)
connections to its main campuses in Marietta and Chamblee, and 10 Mbps
connections to its 12 other locations. The group also added two Ethernet
Dedicated Internet lines at its Marietta and Chamblee campuses that
provide each with a 50 Mbps connection. With this network solution from
Comcast Business, Jim Ellis Automotive Group can now contact one vendor
for fast response time and simplified billing.
"Jim Ellis Automotive Group is a great example of a forward-thinking
company that is leveraging technology across its operations to make an
impact on the most important part of its business - customer
satisfaction," said Bob Deckard, regional vice president, Comcast
Business. "With our advanced and redundant fiber network across metro
Atlanta, it was easy for Jim Ellis Automotive Group to connect all of
its sites using our high-performance Ethernet services, giving them a
consistent platform to help drive their diverse technology initiatives."
About Comcast Business
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communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their
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24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV
and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified
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