FAQs

                            Frequencly Asked Questions

CIECA is committed to providing you with as much information as possible regarding eCommerce in the Collision Industry.  This FAQ provides general answers to the questions we receive most often. If you need additional information, or would like to suggest a new question to be answered here, please contact Fred Iantorno.


Who/What is CIECA? 
Who can join CIECA?
Why do companies join CIECA?
 
What is the BMS?
Why did CIECA develop the BMS?
Is there an overview or Road Map of the CIECA BMS messages?
What can you do with the BMS?
Why is it important to use the Estimatics (Vehicle Damage) BMS instead of the EMS?
How often is the BMS updated/enhanced?
 
What is the EMS?































Who/What is CIECA? CIECA is the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association. CIECA was incorporated in 1994. CIECA is composed of members from all industry segments: Through member-run committees, CIECA develops industry standards, assists in developing national standards, and provides implementation support, guidelines for electronic commerce. For more history and information, please view a short video about CIECA.

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Who can join CIECA?
Membership is open to all companies, such as, Insurance companies, Insurance agents, Independent Insurance Adjustors, Collision Repair facilities, Auto Glass Replacement and Repair facilities, Parts and Materials Providers, Car Rental companies, Towing companies, Information and System providers, Salvage and Recycled Parts providers, Subrogation providers, Property Information providers, incorporated industry associations, and other related organizations, that provide products and services to the Collision Repair industry.


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What is the BMS? BMS is an acronym for Business Message Suite. The BMS is CIECA's comprehensive set of electronic communication standards for the Collision Industry. For more information, please view What is the BMS?

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Is there an overview or Road Map of the CIECA BMS messages? Yes, please review the overview/Roaf Map. If there are any questions, please email Fred Iantorno.

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Why is it important to use the Estimatics (Vehicle Damage) BMS instead of the EMS?  At the 2012 CIECA Implementation Conference, Fred Iantorno presented a session on this topic. The simple answer to this is improved Data, Security. Privacy, & Efficiency. The session centered on these two aspects. Click here to download and review the session slides.

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How often is the BMS updated/enhanced? Twice annually CIECA produces a Release Package which includes the BMS, the XML schema, and the Code Lists. This provides developers and business partners with predictable systems development cycles. The Releases are backward and forward compatible to protect your implementation investment.

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