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This Week in IDEA | April 28, 2011

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BLUE HAWK Welcomes IDEA as a Solution Partner

BLUE HAWK welcomed IDEA as a new solution partner this month. IDEA will offer its community a lower- cost solution to communicate via electronic data interchange (EDI) with their vendors; members will have access to IDEA’s Industry Data Exchange (IDX).

BLUE HAWK was established to ensure the survival and growth of the Independent HVAC/R/R Distributor. BLUE HAWK allows independent businesses to use their combined purchasing power to attain competitive pricing for the goods and services they use. At a time when the relentless expansion of manufacturer-owned distributor networks and large corporation-owned distributor chains is intensifying, independently-owned operations have turned to BLUE HAWK to help level the playing field with these large competitors.

The members of BLUE HAWK benefit from far more than purchasing power alone. They benefit from other services available through cooperative membership such as improved marketing channels, public relations, lobbying efforts, educational and training programs, networking opportunities, sharing of 'best business practices' and technology support. Find out more at  

IDEA representatives will be at the Solution Center at the BLUE HAWK Annual Conference in San Diego this week answering questions and educating the community on B2B eCommerce best practices.

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Information Management Knows Data Quality

Information Management Magazine publishes a blog we think you’ll want to check out – “Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality.” The posts examine data quality best practices and pose thought-provoking questions that make you reconsider how your organization approaches data quality. Excerpts and links to the April posts:

  • The Data Governance Oratorio: “Data governance is a cross-functional, enterprise-wide initiative requiring that everyone, regardless of their primary role or job function, accept a shared responsibility for preventing data quality issues, and for responding appropriately to mitigate the associated business risks when issues do occur.” Read the post.
  • How Active is Your Data Quality Practice?: “Data quality is a reactive practice. Perhaps that is not what is professed in the musings of others or the desired outcome, but it is nevertheless the current state of the best practices. Data profiling and data cleansing are after the fact data quality practices.” Read the post.
  • The Data Quality Wager: “It always seems crazy to me that few executives base their ‘corporate wagers’ on the statistical research touted by data quality authors such as Tom Redman, Jack Olson and Larry English that shows that 15-45% of the operating expense of virtually all organizations is WASTED due to data quality issues.” Read the post.

About the author: Jim Harris is an independent consultant, speaker and freelance writer. He is blogger-in-chief at Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality, a blog offering a vendor-neutral perspective on data quality and related disciplines.

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Electro-Federation Canada: Bronze Sponsor of the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2011

Thanks to Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) for their Bronze sponsorship of the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2011. EFC demonstrates its support of the only eBusiness event dedicated to business-to-business leaders in the electrical supply chain. Their leadership and partnership is greatly appreciated by all.

About Electro-Federation Canada

Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) is a national, not-for-profit industry association. Together, its councils represent over 330 member companies that manufacture, distribute and service electrical, electronics, and telecommunications products; contributing over $50B to the Canadian economy and employing more than 130,000 workers in more than 1,400 facilities across Canada. Learn more at

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New B2B eCommerce and Synchronization Customers

IDEA welcomes one new IDX customer and 13 new IRD CERICOMX customers.

New IDX Customers

All-Tex Pipe & Supply Company of Dallas, TX became an IDEA customer on April 18, 2011. Since 1973, All-Tex, a certified woman-owned distributor, is committed to being the premier pipe, valves, and fittings (PVF) distributor in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Beaumont and Houston, but their logistics capabilities allow them to ship worldwide. They will take advantage of the cost savings and reliability of Industry Data Exchange (IDX) to exchange B2B documents electronically. Find out more at  

New IRD CERICOMX® Customers

As a 1SYNC Data Pool On-Board Solution (OBS) partner, IDEA implements suppliers that subscribe to the 1SYNC data pool using the IRD CERICOMX® Data Synchronization Platform. IDEA was recently assigned 13 suppliers:

These companies will be trained to use IRD CERICOMX®, an online catalog that suppliers use to register product data with the GS1 Registry® and GDSN via the 1SYNC Data Pool. Suppliers also use this solution to publish product data to demand partners including retailers such as Lowe’s and Walmart.

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