January 7, 2016

2015 Updated IDW Standards Documents

In early 2015, IDEA restructured the Industry Standards Committee (ISC), adopting new procedures and processes to formalize the development of data and eCommerce standards and guidelines for the electrical industry. One major adjustment was to lock down the frequency of standards releases to once a year, ensuring companies have advance notice of any changes, and a reasonable time to make those changes before they are implemented in the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW). 

IDEA is pleased to announce our next annual standards release – December 2015. Any changes within this release that may require programming will not go into effect until April 1, 2016. The remainder of the changes will be made available to you in January 2016, if you choose to implement them. 

What has changed since the last release?

Some of the main standards documents affected in this release can be seen below. For a complete list of what has changed, please click here. All updated/changed documents are available for download in the IDW, and are accessible via the link at the bottom of this message:

  • Product Descriptor Database (PDD): The foundation for all IDW-related format specification standards and standards guidelines; Defines every data field in the IDW. 
  • Data Validation and Change Rules (aka Scrubbing Rules): Dictate how data is handled as it is loaded into the IDW (e.g., if values loaded for a SKU do not match the scrubbing rules for all IDW fields, the data for that SKU will not be permitted to be loaded into the IDW).

What’s new in this release?

  • UNSPSC: Effective April 1, IDEA will no longer support outdated UNSPSC versions. We will only be supporting the three most recent versions: the current version (17.1001 a) and the two previous releases (16.0901 and 15.1101a). Significant changes have occurred in each release, including additions and deletions in the code set, so it is imperative that manufacturers keep up-to-date with the revisions. These changes are reflected in each Electrical Attribute Schema release.
  • ETIM (European Technical Information Model) Class Code: As a new member of ETIM International, IDEA has added a new field for manufacturers who need to provide the ETIM class codes to their European-based trading partners. This is an interim solution while we begin development of a North American translation of the ETIM parametrical data model.

To access all of the new/updated standards documents, log into the IDW. Once you have logged in, navigate to the top menu and click Advanced > Information > Documents. There, you will find the documents available for download.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Data Management Specialist if you have any questions about the updated Standards documents.

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