History in Auto Body Software
In 1988, I left the shipping department at Mitchell International to take a position in their new Collision Shop software division. Collision Shop was a body shop management product that was Mitchell's introduction of bar code estimating for the body shop market.
In 1992, I became the tech support engineer for the Estimate CX estimating product. Anyone remember CX? It was an easy to use estimating product, with features for the body shop.
By 1998, CX was being phased out in favor of UltraMate, so I became part of that team. I left Mitchell in 2003, but was glad to see with the release of Ultramate 6, many of the features that I'd written the requirement specifications were included in the software.
Since 2003 I've been working with DSS, Steven Siessman's Decision Support Services company that distributes their EMSReview estimate auditing software and the Auto$Profit database. Through DSS, I've now worked with CCC's Pathways estimating system and find it to be a very user friendly product.
Over the years I've developed a very strong sense of the estimating data, and the rules regarding its use. The Auto$Profit database is a must have add on to every estimating system, as it adds value to the estimate with the items not included by the big 3 estimators.