October 1, 2019

IDEA Finishes Out Another Successful eBiz Conference

eBiz 2019 was held in Philadelphia, PA, with over 200 attendees representing more than 40 companies. Highlighting the event were IDEA’s introduction of the new IDEA Connector℠, deep dive product sessions as well as One-on-One training. This year’s theme was “More Information. More Knowledge. More Innovations,” featuring educational sessions that provided valuable insights on industry trends and best practices.

Arlington, VA—From September 16-18, IDEA hosted its annual conference in Philadelphia, PA at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. IDEA brought together a crowd of over 200 industry participants from more than 40 companies to share their insights, creating the perfect environment for networking and brainstorming. This year, at the forefront of the conference was the unveiling of the new IDEA Connector, with four breakout sessions devoted to specific topics to ensure the complete understanding of important functionality needed by manufacturers and distributors. IDEA also offered One-on-One training for IDEA Connector with the Client Solutions Team – the user community filled every available time slot.

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 and an IDEA “Ask the Experts” desk.

The event was supported by 26 sponsors including:

  • EnterWorks
  • Siemens
  • AD
  • Atkore International
  • CADENAS PARTsolutions
  • Conexiom
  • DATAgility
  • dataZen Engineering
  • Epicor
  • ES Tech Group
  • Faxinating Solutions
  • Distributor Data Solutions (DDS)
  • Hubbell
  • Infor
  • Insite Software
  • intelliTide
  • Legrand
  • Leviton
  • Lutron
  • OpenText
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Snap36
  • Unilog
  • WESCO Distribution
  • XOLogic

The conference was jam-packed with education. Highlights included, Paul Molitor, President & CEO kicking off the meeting by introducing the theme: More information. More Knowledge. More Innovations.  This flowed into the highly anticipated IDEA Connector Platform update by the product development team, Bill Ferguson, Sherri Thorne and Brenda Maxwell.  Their presentation provided a sneak peek into the new features of the platform.

Speaker Merrick Rosenberg educated the audience on how to adapt with chameleon-like flexibility so you can instantly connect with others and communicate like a pro.

The Wednesday panel of manufacturers and distributors had a real world discussion about everyone’s favorite subject: data content.  Susan Streich, moderator posed pointed questions to panelists Michelle Pecak, Advance Electric; Kathryn Snow, Eaton; Aleshia Eckard, Siemens; Crissty Carrington, IM Supply.

IDEA’s final general session speaker Mark Evans taught us how to leverage today’s marketplace with his customer obsessed, media agnostic point of view.

Attendees also enjoyed several networking opportunities that helped to solidify long-standing business relationships and formed new ones.

“By every measure, this year’s eBiz was a huge success,” said Paul Molitor, President & CEO of IDEA. He continued, “There are so many great new things that we got to share with our attendees and I’m confident that everyone took away something valuable.”

“It’s great to see industry leaders coming together and collaborate with their partners and peers,” said Kevin Corcoran, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at IDEA. “Everyone is eager to learn about changes in the industry and looking into where the marketing is heading, this is what eBiz is all about.”

IDEA has already begun preparations for eBiz 2020 being held at the Westfields Marriott, Washington Dulles.  The venue is conveniently located in suburban Washington DC. Stay tuned for updates announcing when registration will open!

This year’s eBiz presentations as well as surveys that you may have missed are available on the IDEA eBiz app, https://event.crowdcompass.com/ebiz2019.


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 National Electrical Manufacturers Association (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)