The Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) announced today the launch of its fully redesigned website, located at www.degweb.org. The redesigned site provides a fresh new look and improved navigation, as well as new features added to enhance the end-user’s experience on the site. The functions of submitting an inquiry and viewing previous inquiries are still active, central components of the website, but the new design produces a better visual experience and allows the DEG to communicate more frequently with the industry about database related issues.
The most significant website addition is the display of a “Top 10 List” for each of the three estimating platforms. In contrast with DEG inquiries that are typically year/make/model-specific, these lists are populated by end-user input reflecting macro-level issues or enhancements users would like to see addressed within these estimating products. Estimating Guides and Procedural Pages are still readily accessible with the new design, and the user will have the ability to receive Tweets about new and previous inquiries that are important to the collision industry by following @thedegweb.
The DEG was built to help address individual database issues on specific vehicles. While this core purpose remains focused, the associations who built and continue to fund the DEG also often address more global issues, or suggestions to improve the estimating system products, directly with the Information Providers. These macro issues are fully driven by end-user feedback, so it seems logical that the DEG website be used to both accurately compile this feedback, and to then display it transparently for public viewing by both end users, and by the Information Providers themselves. These Top 10 lists have been compiled so that your most pressing collective issues can be clearly conveyed to the Information Providers with the hope that they will improve their systems in ways that are most meaningful to you and your business.
Estimating Guides and P-Pages.
Each estimating system has its own set of estimating guides or p-pages which have always been available on the DEG website. With the redesign the DEG is now able to create links to these guides on the home page, allowing DEG visitors easy access to these important guides with minimal navigation or searching.
The DEG is now using Twitter to push important information to the industry about database issues and concerns. You can follow the DEG on Twitter, @thedegweb“. The DEG is excited about our ability to continually enhance the user experience when submitting IP inquiries, and the agility this new site allows in our communications with the collision industry”, states Barry Dorn, DEG Joint Operating Committee member. “We feel that the existence of the DEG has resulted in significant content improvement in these estimating products, and the new features within our redesigned website should result in greater transparency of end-user issues resulting in positive changes.”