October 17, 2018

eBiz 2018 Boasts New Ideas, Record-Breaking Attendance

This year’s eBiz forum in Tysons, VA featured two general sessions, breakout sessions introducing IDEA’s new products, and ample opportunities for networking and brainstorming.

Arlington, VA—From September 24 to September 26, IDEA hosted its annual conference in Tysons, Virginia at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. This year marked IDEA’s 20th anniversary and unveiled the rebranding of IDEA’s two key products, IDEA Connector and IDEA Exchange.

As the only business event dedicated to B2B leadership within the electrical industry’s supply chain, this year’s eBiz also featured an Innovation Hub with exhibit booths, vendor demos and an IDEA “Ask the Experts” desk.

In addition to the Innovation Hub exhibitors, the event was supported by 27 sponsors including:

  • Affiliated Distributors (AD)
  • Atkore International
  • CADENAS PARTsolutions
  • Conexiom
  • DATAgility
  • Digital Business Architects (DBA)
  • Distributor Data Solutions (DDS)
  • EnterWorks
  • Epicor
  • Faxinating Solutions (FSI)
  • Hubbell
  • Insite Software
  • Kalypso
  • Legrand
  • Liaison Technologies
  • Moblico
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Siemens
  • Stibo Systems
  • Thomas
  • TPI
  • Unilog
  • XOLogic

With the celebration of IDEA’s 20-year anniversary, eBiz attendance was higher than usual this year with 180 attendees over the three-day conference. The forum featured two general sessions with keynote speakers and engaging presentations about the future of digitization and eCommerce, and how corporate culture can cultivate enthusiasm for new ideas.

The multiple breakout sessions featured the new aspects of the upcoming IDEA Connector and IDEA Exchange, which will be released in the coming months, and the new eBusiness standards that will take effect in 2019. Attendees were able to enjoy two networking events including the Welcome Reception and a Night Out event. These networking opportunities solidified long-standing business relationships and formed new ones.

“By all accounts, eBiz was a resounding success,” said Paul Molitor, President and CEO of IDEA. He continued, “We really did live up to our motto of new thinking and new opportunities this year. Manufacturers and distributors alike were happy to compare notes, and people are looking forward to the new changes in the industry.”

“There’s definitely been a positive change this year over other years,” said Mike Wentz, Executive Vice President of IDEA. “Companies are more open to what is coming and are trying to prepare for the future, which is what eBiz is all about. Attendees are already asking if we have dates for next year.”

eBiz presentations are available on the eBiz app, “IDEA eBiz 2018” which can be found on iTunes (iPhone) and Google Play (Android.)


About IDEA

The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) is the official technology service provider and eBusiness standards body of the electrical industry. Since its founding by the partnership between National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) and (NEMA) partnership in 1998, IDEA’s applications provide value to vertical markets such as industrial, retail, and consumer packaged goods. Every year, thousands of manufacturers and distributors find the most cost-effective methods through IDEA’s innovative products and processes. IDEA’s applications help connect the supply chain and make business processes efficient, easy and profitable while maintaining the highest standards of data quality. IDEA is headquartered in Arlington, VA (idea4industry.com)