March 1, 2012

Last Call for 2012 Forum Speakers: Submissions Due March 5th

Are you looking for an opportunity to engage trading partners and build meaningful relationships in 2012? Share your experiences and take the next step to move eBusiness initiatives forward in the electrical industry– submit the IDEA E-Biz Forum Speaker Form by this Monday, March 5th.

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Who attends the Forum?   ­­Download the 2011 Attendee List.­

Here are some of the top-rated break-out sessions from the 2011 E-Biz Forum. See more on YouTube and SlideShare.

Manage Your Catalog Content by Managing Your Priorities

Jason Archbold and Todd Kadry, Border States Electric

So little time, so many products. Does this sound familiar to you? Just when you think you’re making progress with your current product data, along comes the new attribute schema, new products, quality expectations, and new requirements.. How do you meet the increasing demand for your catalog content and make it part of your data exchange? In this session, we will discuss how your goals can be accomplished, even with limited resources. Creating metrics, clarifying priorities, and tracking your outcome will deliver the short term results you need for long term success.  

Clean Up — It’s a Dirty Job But Somebody Has to Do It!

Lorraine Mott and Samer Shehadeh, Cooper Industries

How do you know if your data is dirty? Do you get a lot of errors on inbound purchase orders? Is your paycheck late because your Finance Department is spending too much time chasing debits? It’s time to clean house. During this session, we will discuss the pain points, how to get your business side involved through education and buy-in, the help that is available to you, and the lessons we’ve learned through our data cleanup work



Seize the Opportunity with the Industry’s Electrical Attribute Schema and E-Commerce Standards

Mary Shaw, IDEA; Brenda Maxwell, Acuity; Joe Wallace, Van Meter Industrial

By facilitating automation, standards help companies all over the globe increase productivity and cut costs by reducing waste of valuable resources. With the launch of the latest IDEA Electrical Attribute Schema standard, the industry-approved template for standardized product marketing attributes, manufacturers now have new opportunities to bolster their IDW presence with clearly-defined product descriptors that will help both manufacturers and distributors sell more products. Distributors demand this information to fine tune their sales, marketing and support processes to leverage eCommerce and web search technology. Find out what eCommerce standards are available to you, why you need to use them, and how you can be a part of the team that develops standards for the electrical supply chain. Let your company’s voice be heard by participating in the industry’s efforts to improve business processes and provide clean, consistent data.


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