February 3, 2016

IDW Manufacturer Categorization – Overview

Over the past few decades, the rise of eCommerce and digital communications have made it tougher for businesses to thrive in the fiercer and more technologically advanced marketplace. As a result of growing competition, the electrical industry’s data needs have grown from simple up-to-date pricing information to the full-scale marketing content necessary for eCommerce websites (e.g., zoomable product images and 3D demo videos).

IDEA’s continuous efforts to efficiently address such needs require both the collaborative commitment and the financial support of our customers. Funding from all users of the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) – distributors and manufacturers alike – is necessary to ensure that we remain well-equipped to provide essential updates to the IDW platform, create new tools and improvements to standards processes, and are able to guarantee our customers the effective and timely assistance of IDEA’s support team.

As such, IDEA launched a new support structure for all manufacturers using the IDW in mid-2014, with the support of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). Our IDW support service offering is mandatory, and in early 2016, IDEA tightened manufacturer access to the IDW to more accurately correspond with each manufacturer’s contract status. IDW for Manufacturers is the subscription level providing the highest value, complete access to the IDW, and an increased service level to our customer manufacturers.

At a minimum, any manufacturer that has not become a customer must have signed a Data License agreement, which allows IDEA to continue to host and distribute their product information. Any manufacturer that has not become a customer or finalized a Data License Agreement has had their content reclassified in the IDW as “Unlicensed”. These remaining non-customer manufacturers have lost certain IDW application privileges, including distributor data request authorizations, and will have limited access to the IDW.

How does this affect the IDW?

Manufacturer content in the IDW is now specifically categorized to provide maximum flexibility and transparency regarding licensed and unlicensed content. New IDW data extraction options have been made available in order to ensure that distributors and other users are pulling only the data they want. Now, when extracting data from the IDW, users will see each manufacturer’s data identified as belonging to one of the following categories, depending on the manufacturer’s IDW subscription status:

  • Premium Support Content: Denotes data is from a customer subscribed to the IDW at the IDW for Manufacturers support level. All “Premium Support” content comes from manufacturers who have executed data use agreements. Manufacturer has access to full IDW functionality and privileges, including all tools, support, and IDW authorization features to assist them in providing high quality data, maintaining brand control, and achieving full data certification.
  • Limited Support Content: Denotes data is from a customer subscribed to the IDW at the Data Content support level. All “Limited Support” content comes from manufacturers who have executed data use agreements. Manufacturer has limited IDW support and does not have full access to IDW tools and system functionality. Manufacturer will not be eligible for full data certification.
  • Licensed Content: Denotes data is from a Non-Customer manufacturer. All “Licensed” content comes from manufacturers who have executed a Data License agreement. Content has been licensed for use by all IDW distributor subscribers. Content may contain stale, incorrect, or incomplete data, as these manufacturers do not have access to the tools and rigorous checks needed for data certification. Content should be treated as manufacturer-sourced, unless you have checked with the manufacturer to make sure that they have updated the data with their most recent content. Non-Customer manufacturers will not be eligible for full data certification.
  • Unlicensed Content: Denotes data is from a Non-Customer manufacturer. All “Unlicensed” content comes from manufacturers who have not executed a Data License Agreement. Content may contain stale, incorrect, or incomplete data. Content should be treated as manufacturer-sourced and used on the basis of being untrusted and without liability protection, copyright protection, or intellectual property use approval. Non-Customer manufacturers will not be eligible for full data certification.
  • Sourced Content: Denotes data is sourced by IDEA and is from a third-party. All “Sourced” content comes from manufacturers who have not executed a Data License Agreement. Content is only available to IDW distributors with a Catalog+ IDW subscription. Content may contain stale, incorrect, or incomplete data. Content should be used on the basis of being untrusted and without liability protection, copyright protection, or intellectual property use approval.

Detailed descriptions of each category are made available on the extraction screen.

 

 

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