Our IDEA Industry Standards Committee (ISC) publishes a variety of industry-approved templates, guidelines and white papers to streamline trading partner communication.
Some of the most widely-adopted eBusiness standards we developed and maintain include:
The Electrical Attribute Schema is a standards template based on the global United Nations Standard Products and Services Codes (UNSPSC) product categorization system. It enables manufacturers to communicate standardized product descriptors—such as brand, special features, voltage, wire range, color—to trading partners through the IDW.
The EDIPro is a set of electronic data interchange (EDI) guidelines to help manufacturers and distributors conduct EDI seamlessly. It’s a subset of the ANSI X12 specifications and one of the largest EDI standards available. EDIPro guidelines are used to automate business processes, send and receive EDI documents through the IDX, and import/export product information to/from the IDW. These guidelines reduce the time and effort it takes to become EDI-capable and help to integrate electronic processes with business systems such as Epicor, Infor, Mincron, SAP and Oracle.
IDEA developed four standardized net pricing exchange methods for manufacturers, to securely send confidential pricing to their trading partners. Using one of these methods, you reduce the time and money spent on data manipulation and streamline the invoice-to-payment process.
EDI 845 -- transmits net pricing information to a trading partner through EDI document
EDI to Flat File translation -- (for sending to non-EDI-capable partners) -- uses IDX to translate EDI 845 doc to Flat File format
Simple Net Flat File through the IDW -- simple Net Flat File loaded into IDW for a specific trading partner, for normal download process
EDI to distributor’s IDW FTP folder -- uses IDX to translate EDI 845 doc to Flat File format, delivered to a trading partner’s IDW FTP folder
Hear the past standards chair, Phil Barrios of Hubbell Incorporated, discuss the value of eBusiness standards.