About the Forum

The Only Electrical eBusiness Event

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The IDEA E-Biz Forum is the only eBusiness event dedicated to business-to-business leaders in the electrical supply chain. This is your opportunity to discover how to apply the latest eBusiness strategies and tactics, including technology, to help your company see results in just about every part of your business. Industry leaders and technology experts gather at the Forum annually to exchange knowledge and help each other discover new ways of increasing efficiency, productivity a­nd profitability internally and with their trading partners and customers.

The E-Biz Forum is co-hosted by IDEA, the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Electro-Federation Canada (EFC), and the National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA). The Forum originated as an IDEA User Group in 2000, and has evolved into a much more comprehensive educational event. Today, the Forum offers a mix of general sessions which educate attendees on industry eBusiness trends and strategies, and smaller break-out sessions which give attendees the opportunity to explore specific tactics and technologies that can help them execute their plans and reach company goals.

Who will you run into at the Forum?

The diversity in the types of companies represented and our attendees’ various fields of expertise facilitates a balanced perspective on key topics.

For the statistically minded, here are­ the particulars on people who attended in the past:

  • Expected attendance is 175-200 people

Of which are:

  • 35% Manufacturers
  • 28% Distributors
  • 27% Technology Organizations
  • 10% Association guests/media

In these fields:

  • 32% EDI
  • 31% Senior Executives
  • 16% Sales/Marketing
  • 9% Information Technology
  • 12% Other*

*Other category - job functions including data sync, operations, pricing and product managers

The 2013 theme is "Dream it. Do it." Find out more about topics that will be covered>

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