June 9, 2016

eBiz Forum 2016 Recap

Couldn’t make it to eBiz Forum this year? Don’t fret! Amidst three days full of educational sessions, IDEA Expert meetings, and live exhibitor demos, some highlights from the 2016 eBiz Forum include: 

  • Keynote speakers Porter Gale, Former VP of Marketing at Virgin America, and Gary Schwartz, CEO of Impact Mobile, discussed the importance of leveraging your network and using technology advancements to elevate your business and create relevant services and products that work with people’s needs.
     
  • The “Future of the Industry” panel was kicked off with a research study presentation by Joe Root, Senior Consultant at Blue Canyon Partners, exploring data trends in the electrical industry. The results found that technology is changing the way business is conducted, and it is up to both manufacturers and distributors to effectively collaborate to lead the industry forward. The panel then discussed how manufacturers and distributors can work together to leverage technological innovations to advance the industry. Panelists included: Kevin Cosgriff, President and CEO of NEMA, Philip Lefrancq, Vice President of Finance and Administration at Electro-Federation Canada, Phil Hale, CIO of Elliott Electric Supply, and Joe Root. IDEA’s President and CEO, Paul Molitor, moderated the conversation.
     
  • Maan Hashem, Vice President of Product & Services at IDEA, and Terry Hosford, Managing Director of Professional Service at Stibo Systems, gave a high level overview of the Next-Generation IDW platform and how Stibo Systems is an ideal partner to take on this project.

Speaker presentations from breakout and general sessions as well as event photos are now available.

THANK YOU to all attendees, guest speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors for attending and contributing to the 2016 eBiz Forum!  

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