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This Week in IDEA | June 6, 2012

Registration Opens for the 14th Annual E-Biz Forum

Forum attendees at the 2011 Welcoming Reception

Registration is open for the 14th annual IDEA E-Biz Forum -- the only eBusiness event dedicated to B2B leaders in the electrical supply chain.

The agenda, including general and breakout sessions, and online registration is available on the Forum website ( The 2012 Forum is themed “Reunite. Rethink. Recharge.” and runs September 25 – 27, in Dallas, Texas at the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas. Unilog Content Solutions is the Executive Partner sponsor of the 2012 event.

"The networking opportunities at the Forum are second to none. It’s the only event where you can get a clear vision of where the industry is heading on multiple fronts, not just solely from a technological perspective," said Kyle Johnson, Marketing Manager, Viking Electric Supply.

Erik Wahl, an internationally recognized “graffiti artist”, author and entrepreneur, will open the Forum and present his dynamic message on profitability through innovation by utilizing on-stage painting as a visual metaphor. Wahl’s paintings auction from $7,000 – $27,000 and Forum attendees will help decide which charitable cause will receive the proceeds.

Additional Educational Highlights:

  • “Drawing a Line of Sight from E-Biz to the Corner Office” Executive Panel: Senior executives in the electrical supply chain will share how eBusiness initiatives impact bottom line results they see at the top
  • Best practices and lessons learned from IDEA users including: Border States Electric, Cooper Industries, Mayer Electric Supply and McNaughton- McKay 
  • Sessions on IDEA’s industry solutions: web storefront software (iCIMM2), text-to-EDI conversion service (iConex), the Data Management Platform (DMP), the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) 3.0, and the Electrical Attribute Schema 3.0 including its alignment with Europe’s product classification model
  • Annual Tech Center: A trade show for attendees to receive personal consultations and demos from technology companies

View more details about the 2012 Forum agenda>

2012 sponsors: Unilog Content Solutions, Epicor, Thomas & Betts, Eaton, Border States, Digital Business Architects (DBA), ILSCO, General Electric, Kirby Risk Electrical Supply, and Leviton. ­

Early-bird discounts end on July 13th. Please visit for more event information and to register online. Media representatives receive complimentary registration.

For information about participating as a sponsor and or exhibitor, please contact Kari Thomas at or .

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