April 20, 2018


IDEA’s eBiz Conference will be held September 24-26 in Tysons Corner, Virginia. This year’s event is themed “New Thinking, New Products, New Opportunities” and has finalized twelve education sessions based on that theme. IDEA will also be introducing its new products, IDEA Connectorsm and IDEA Exchangesm. Attendees will also be able to network with sponsors. Visit the eBiz 2018 website (www.idea4industry.com/ebizforum.com) to register or find additional information.



Arlington, VA—IDEA has announced eBiz 2018’s education sessions. 2018 eBiz is the only eBusiness event dedicated to B2B leaders in the electrical supply chain. eBiz attendees are diverse and provide a balanced perspective on key topics in the industry. Nearly a third of eBiz attendees are senior executives. Key job functions also represented include EDI, sales and marketing, information technology, pricing and product managers, data synchronization, and operations.

“The networking opportunities at this event are second to none. I know of nowhere else where you can get a relatively clear vision of where the industry is heading on multiple fronts, not just solely from a technological aspect,” said Kyle Johnson, marketing manager of Viking Electric Supply.

Early bird discounts end on May 31, 2018. To reserve your spot, please fill out the online registration here.

New Thinking: Owner’s Mindset

This year’s keynote speaker, Greg Hawk, will help you unlock an ownership culture. As a veteran real estate investor, Greg uses the analogy of owners and renters to describe attitudes in the workplace. According to Gallup, 30% of workers are owners, 50% are renters, and 20% are vandals. This message reveals the “five distinct differences” between those who are committed to an organization and those who are only biding their time. Hawk’s approach gives new language and a way to think about engagement and productivity at work.

In addition to the keynote addresses, eBiz is offering twelve education sessions, including these highlights:

  • Take Your Data from Good to Great
  • Getting Down to Business: Data Synchronization Pays Off

These sessions are tailored for manufacturers to understand the changes and challenges of data synchronization, and how IDEA can help.

New Products: IDEA Connector and IDEA Exchange

eBiz 2018 will showcase the new IDEA Connector and IDEA Exchange to both manufacturers and distributors. There will be opportunities for manufacturers to learn about how IDEA can work with you to take your data to the next level, making it appealing to trading partners and end users.

  • Inside the New IDEA Connector for Manufacturers
  • Calling All Distributors: Link Up With the New IDEA Connector
  • Getting the most out of LENS (IDEA Exchange’s interface)

New Opportunities: Meet Our Sponsors

IDEA’s list of sponsors is significant and expanding. Take advantage of their presence and get to know them. Get a leg up on the competition from the leadership of the industry’s enduring companies:

  • Stibo Systems, Premier
  • Siemens, Platinum
  • Insight Software, Gold
  • Legrand, Gold
  • Liaison Technologies, Gold
  • WESCO, Gold
  • Conexiom, Silver
  • DBA, Silver
  • DDS, Silver
  • EATON, Silver
  • Epicor, Silver
  • Legrand, Silver
  • Unilog, Silver
  • XO Logic, Silver
  • DATAgility, Bronze
  • Rockwell Automation, Bronze

About IDEA: The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) is the official technology service provider and eBusiness standards body of the electrical industry. The company helps thousands of manufacturers and distributors find the most cost-effective methods for running day-to-day business. IDEA’s applications help connect the supply chain and make business processes efficient, easy and enjoyable for people every day. IDEA was founded in 1998 through a partnership rooted in the collective leadership of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) members. Their applications also bring value to vertical markets such as industrial, retail, and consumer-packaged goods. IDEA is headquartered in Arlington, VA (idea4industry.com)