Contribute Your Product Expertise for the Electrical Industry as a Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Have you heard about the industry’s Harmonized Data Model (HDM) initiative? Here’s an opportunity to get involved and be recognized by the industry for your efforts. Join the Product Expert Task Force that will impact the future of the electrical distribution channel.

HDM is underway! In the next 6 months, subject matter experts (SMEs) will be harmonizing the categorization for dozens of product categories.

Your Expertise is Needed!

Take the opportunity to participate as a subject matter expert (SME) in the HDM Initiative.

Project Overview

As the product categories go through the harmonization process, industry experts will review and give input on recommendations made to the IDEA Category Attribute Schema (CAS). This will ensure the HDM development team has identified all the critical attributes, assigned proper mapping of attributes between multiple standards, and provided appropriate attribute value lists for data normalization.

The intent is to harmonize the industry’s most important product categories first and then address additional categories over the following year.


Who can be a Subject Matter Expert (SME)?

  • Product Managers
  • Technical Sales
  • E-Commerce Managers
  • Merchandise Managers
  • Category Managers
  • Data Stewards
  • Product Data Analysts

What is the Commitment?

Review Product Categories and Participate in Task Force Calls

Over the next 6 months, IDEA will be working through its roadmap of product categories (UNSPSC Codes) to harmonize. We’ll align your team’s product expertise with those categories and call in your experts as needed.

Each SME will be provided a product category workbook to review independently with scheduled conference calls with the committee to discuss the overall process and summary findings. Manual work is not required. It’s more of a “review and confirm” or make different recommendations to the work IDEA has already done and presents.


If you would like to participate, sign up now.