Brasher’s Auto Auction Group Makes Bid for New Database Technology

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The Brasher's Auto Auction group is among the oldest auto auction companies in the country, serving major markets throughout the western U.S. Brasher's remarkets vehicles for auto dealers, manufacturers, rental car companies, banks, finance and leasing institutions, and offers a full range of services, including reconditioning, inspections, transportation and inventory financing, and operates auto auction facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah; Reno, Nev.; Sacramento, Calif.; Eugene, Or.; Portland, Or.; and Boise, Idaho.

Generating in excess of $1.5 billion in vehicle sales annually and employing roughly 1,200 people, Brasher's is also a technology innovator. Brasher's was among the first auctions in the industry to implement a computerized auction management system, and Brasher's was also one of the first auctions to offer vehicles on the internet in the late 1990s. With two partner auctions, Brasher's founded the Auction Pipeline, which is now a premier online sales channel for independent auctions in the U.S.

In December 2008, Brasher's initiated a phased roll-out of its enterprise applications on the InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance database with MultiValue technology, concluding the implementation in January 2009. In all, the migration involved more than 8,000 programs and cataloged procedures ranging from accounting applications through real-time bid processing systems in auction venues. In going live with CACHÉ at each location, says Ty Brewer, Brasher's CIO, "our goal was for people to go home on a Friday and come back on a Monday and not notice anything different, other than things being faster. By and large, that's exactly what happened."

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