July 8, 2014

Eaton Leverages Synergy to Automate Industry Data Warehouse Updates


In 2012, Eaton expanded its electrical business by acquiring Cooper Industries and leveraging the efficiencies and channel expertise of the former Cooper businesses. Eaton recently built upon the former Cooper Industries’ streamlined process of providing product data updates to IDEA’s Industry Data Warehouse (IDW).

Earlier in 2012, the former Cooper Industries was the first manufacturer in the electrical industry to automate the process of sending product data updates to their trading partners through the IDW. This was accomplished by synchronizing the internal business system with the IDW Master Data Tool (formerly known as the Data Management Platform). Taking advantage of the former Cooper Industries’ experience with the machine-to-machine (M2M) connection, Eaton also used the IDW Master Data Tool to automatically provide their trading partners with information needed to increase the sales of Eaton products.

“With the Master Data Tool, we were able to get accurate and timely product information into the IDW and out to multiple sales channels in one easy step,” said Samer Shehadeh, manager, EDI/eCommerce, Electrical Sector. “This tool will make it streamlined and easier to work with our customers, helping to position Eaton as a leader in the eCommerce marketplace.” Shehadeh, formerly manager, EDI/eCommerce for Cooper Industries, played a key role in the implementation of the Master Data Tool there and has used that knowledge to help foster synergy within Eaton.

Using the Master Data Tool, Eaton will aggregate and maintain product and pricing data from multiple internal databases in one central location – the Master Data Tool – prior to sending information to trading partners. This process enables Eaton to efficiently publish updates to both retail and wholesale trading partners who access their product data using the IDW or the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). In addition, Eaton’s M2M connection eliminates the need for manual human intervention, saving time and increasing Eaton’s order accuracy and speed-to-market.


About Eaton: Eaton’s Electrical Sector is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 101,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.