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This Week in IDEA | August 18, 2010

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Busting the Net Price Quandary: Part Three of the tED Mag Exclusive

tED Magazine recently published the third and final article in their series about the solutions, challenges and progress of automating net-into-stock pricing. Find out how IDEA is helping manufacturers and distributors successfully automate their data through newly expanded professional services.

IDEA does not take the ball out of the manufacturer’s or distributor’s court to achieve automated net-into-stock price synchronization, but our professional services will help them achieve it by simplifying the process. Chris Carter of North Coast Electric shares his experience, “IDEA conducted a thorough analysis of our data foundation. They listened attentively to our biggest concerns to help prioritize our top three goals and provided multiple recommendations to ensure success.” These professional consulting services will continue to be expanded and tailored to the needs of each trading partner.

Read more and provide your feedback in the tED MagTechnology Today Blog

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Robert Noe, Former 1SYNC CEO, to Speak at the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2010

IDEA is proud to announce Robert Noe, former 1SYNC CEO, as the opening keynote speaker on day two of the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2010. Noe is a talented and accomplished senior executive with an extensive background including 35 years of directing corporate operations and technology groups. Noe has deep experience in strategic planning, public company management, change management, supply chain management, and mergers and acquisitions. He is currently a Managing Director of Alix Partners.

More About Noe
Before joining Alix Partners, Noe was the Chief Customer Officer with GS1 US, a not-for-profit organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 standards, where he led the transformation from a product-oriented culture to a market-oriented culture. Noe also led the merger of Transora and UCCnet to form 1SYNC, a subsidiary of GS1 US, which he was the CEO.

Before that, Noe was the Chairman and CEO of The ViaLink Company, a subscription-based, business-to-business electronic commerce services that enables food industry participants to manage their complex supply chain efficiently. There, he created a world-class solution partner program to accelerate customer value and grew the customer base from 50 to more than 1,100 customers.

He also was involved in the initial launch of the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). GDSN is an internet-based, interconnected network of data pools and a global registry that enables companies around the globe to exchange standardized supply chain data with their trading partners.

Noe holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in business management from Central Michigan University. He has also attended various professional programs at University of Chicago, and University of Maryland.

Noe was Chairman of the Board of The viaLink Company – a publicly traded company. He was also a director on the GDSN Board.

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Two Weeks Left to Get the Forum Hotel Rate and Enter the iPad Raffle

The IDEA E-Biz Forum is just a month away, and time is running out to take advantage of our discounted hotel room rate -- special ends on September 1st. Find out what’s new to the agenda, get more details on how to qualify for the iPad raffle giveaway, and book your hotel room today!

Recent updates to the agenda:

  • A new lunch session by Rich Brooks, BURNDY, titled ‘An Information-Driven Approach to Managing Multiple Data Streams’– September 21st
  • A new lunch session by Mark Keenan, TechniCon Systems, Inc titled ‘Managing Complex Products for Online Success’– September 22nd
  • Rick Fisher, Standard Electric, to co-present with Barbara Prince, IDEA, in session titled ‘B2B eCommerce: Small Steps to Increase Electronic Activity’ – September 21st

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How to Win an iPad:

If you register for the Forum and refer two friends who have not attended in the last two years (see the 2008 and 2009 attendee lists), you will be entered into a raffle to win an Apple iPad (a $500 value!)

When referring someone, ask them to enter “Industry Peer” in the “Referred By” field and your name in the “Referrer Name” text box on their online registration form. There is no limit to how many times your name can be entered into the drawing. The more you refer, the better your chances to win!

The raffle drawing will take place live in Dallas at our closing general session on September 22nd. Please make sure you are present to accept the prize. All referral registrations must be received by September 1st to qualify.

Hotel Discount:

Book your stay today using the official IDEA E-Biz Forum/Omni Mandalay Hotel reservation page to get the special rate of $149/night!

Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas
221 East Las Colinas Boulevard
Dallas (Irving), Texas 75039 (view map)

*Reference the IDEA E-Biz Forum Rate of $149 – all rooms must be booked no later than September 1, 2010!

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New B2B eCommerce and Synchronization Customers

IDEA welcomes two new IDX and 11 new IRD CERICOMX® customers. Read more about these companies and how you can begin trading with them electronically to expand your business.

New IDX Customers

DeeTag LTD, a fluid power distributor from London, Ontario, became an Industry Data Exchange (IDX) customer on August 15, 2010. DeeTag represents manufacturers of fluid power and fluid power connectors, and runs a hose assembly factory to reduce supply chain operation costs. DeeTag is a member of many associations including the Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution (NAHAD) and is an Activant Prophet 21 user. They will be taking advantage of the cost savings and reliability of IDX to exchange B2B documents. Find out more at Welcome aboard!

J.D. Martin Co., an electrical manufacturer representative from Houston, Texas, became an Industry Data Exchange (IDX) customer on August 10, 2010. With over 50 years of experience in the electrical industry, J.D. Martin has developed meaningful relationships with top manufacturers, key supply chain partners and end-user installer customers. They are regularly named as a top rep performer in the industry by Electrical Wholesaling. J.D. Martin will be taking advantage of the cost savings and reliability of IDX to exchange B2B documents. They are a proud member of NEMRA. Find out more at Welcome aboard!

New IRD CERICOMX® Customers

IDEA, a 1SYNC Data Pool On-Board Solution (OBS) partner, implements suppliers that subscribe to the 1SYNC data pool using IDEA's IRD CERICOMX® application. IDEA was recently assigned 11 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 like Lowe’s and Walmart.

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September Training Opportunities

IDEA is leading three product user groups and seven training sessions at the IDEA E-Biz Forum on September 20-22 in Dallas, TX. Make plans to attend and help create the agenda by taking our short survey.

Please view the Forum agenda for specific dates and times of our annual user groups and training sessions, and take the short IDEA User Group and Training Survey to tell us what you would like to learn. Your feedback will help us customize our training and help you maximize your time at the event.

To schedule a one-on-one consultation with an IDEA account manager at the Forum, contact your account manager directly, or email . Please include the subject line “Forum Account Manager Consultation,” the time(s) you are available throughout the event (preferably during breaks), and the specific topics you would like to discuss. These complimentary consulting hours will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

IDEA continues to offer live online training sessions for customers in addition to on-demand eLearning modules.

UNSPSC Training and Assistance

The population of United Nations Standard Products and Services Codes (UNSPSC) is essential for the industry to begin utilizing and benefiting from the first Electrical Attribute Schema. Training will continually be offered to IDEA customers so that these codes can be appropriately maintained and utilized in the future. UNSPSC codes are now required at the commodity level in the IDW Data Synchronization Platform.

Download the UNSPSC Service Document to find out how IDEA can help you develop a custom assistance program for your company. Contact your to sign up for live training this month – trainings are held every Thursday at 3:00PM EST.

Need a refresher? You can access the Electrical Attribute Schema eLearning Module 24/7 on the Portal under Training>Standards.

Live Online IDW Training

IDEA offers one-on-one IDW training sessions online. The trainings are divided into two parts for manufacturers and distributors. Part one reviews the essential business elements of IDW and part two dives deeper into the application. Niche training (e.g. Utilities Workstation, Net Price, Inbound Mapping, etc.) is also available upon request.

Need a refresher? You can access the IDW eLearning Module 24/7 on the Portal under Training>IDW>Training Modules.

Customers interested in scheduling a live IDW training session should contact Josh Given at .

Live Online IDX Tracker Training is offered every Tuesday at 1:30 – 2:30PM EST.

Need a refresher? You can access the IDX Tracker eLearning Module 24/7 on the Portal under Training>IDX>Training Modules.

Customers interested in scheduling a live IDX Tracker training session should contact Edwin Lopez at .

Live Online IRD CERICOMX® Training offered every Wednesday at 2:00PM EST.

Need a refresher? You can access the IRD eLearning Module 24/7 on the Portal under Training>IRD>Training Modules.

Customers interested in scheduling a live IRD training session should contact John Etrie at .

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