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IDEA’s Recap of 2015 NEECOM Spring Conference


IDEA attended the 2015 New England Electronic Commerce (NEECOM) Spring Conference May 6-7th in Westborough, MA to interact with, and learn from, the members and mentors of the electronic data interchange (EDI) industry. The conference covered multiple topics, from how EDI is impacting the future of healthcare, to EDI supply chain relationships with Asian trading partners.

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Technology Trends: Computer Chips

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As technological innovation continues to grow, our computers have shrunk and processing speeds have increased. Big data, cloud services, and the Internet of Things are creating greater needs for faster computers, and there has been a push in the tech industry to create the next evolution of computer chips. For example, there have recently been several developments in this area, from chips that use infrared light to computers that cost $9. This week, we highlight the latest advancements in computer chips from developers.

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IDEA Dictionary: What is Attribute Normalization?


When dealing with data, and all related terminology, you may feel like you're trying to speak a foreign language. In the interest of keeping things clear and simple, we will introduce commonly used terms in each newsletter that will help you navigate the data shorthand and learn the lingo. This issue, we bring you: attribute normalization.

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Integrating Technology and Millennials Into the Workplace

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The electrical industry has seen how technology is rapidly changing the way business is done, with different methods now used to interact with and support customers. What's more: a new workforce - the millennial generation - is flowing into the industry. In April, tED Magazine hosted its monthly Twitter #tEDChat to discuss what keeps you - members of the electrical industry - up at night. In this article, we speak with a few of the #tEDChat participants and make some suggestions for integrating new industry members and technology into the channel.

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Technology Trends: Google’s Search Algorithm


Last month, Google updated its search algorithm to favor mobile-responsive websites. The change comes as more consumers and Internet users are accessing the web through their phones. Since Google is the primary means by which users search for content on the web, a change to its algorithm is bound to make a large impact. This week, we bring you articles that review what the changes are and how they could affect different companies and countries.

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Need-to-Know Info for IDX Subscribers Updating Company Firewall

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Your company’s firewall creates a barrier between a trusted, secure internal network and an external one, such as the Internet. When companies update their firewall via software or hardware updates, the assigned IP address - used to identify the host or network interface and the network’s location - often changes. Learn how this affects your IDX account and how to prepare for a firewall update.

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