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This Week in IDEA | August 25, 2011

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Updates and Predictions on Epicor and Infor Acquisitions

Content courtesy of Electrical Wholesaling

According to Electrical Wholesaling, the overall prognosis is positive. In the aftermath of the Epicor and Infor acquisitions, electrical distributors may be concerned that the ERP giants won’t be able to focus time and resources to develop the customized functionality needed by the industry. However, both companies have groups that are vested in the electrical market. Activant Solutions has been a strong presence in the electrical industry for many years, partnering with IDEA to work on the IDW and acquiring several electrical distributor ERP systems. Since its acquisition of NxTrend, Infor has also been actively involved in the electrical industry. The electrical industry will probably continue to be identified as a valuable target market.

For Epicor and Infor, the acquisitions mean a larger suite of services, economies of scale, and expanded market reach. Although opinions differ on how the acquisitions will affect distributors, perhaps it’s not too naive to be optimistic. By capitalizing on the economies of scale, large ERP providers are able to better support their systems and dedicate more resources to research. Development of mobile applications, eCommerce services, and cloud computing software are just some of the things that Electrical Wholesaling predicts will blossom as a result of the acquisition.

For more information about the resulting advantages of software giants for these two ERP providers and customers, read the article “The Big Grid for Battle” in the August 2011 issue of Electrical Wholesaling.

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Congratulations to tED magazine’s "Best of the Best Overall" Marketing Award Winners

The 2011 tED magazine “Best of the Best” marketing awardswere presented at a reception hosted by the magazine during the NAED AdVenture Electrical Marketing Conference in Chicago on August 15. In a commendable effort to promote a greener process, tED magazine had all entries submitted completely digitally. Congratulations to IDEA customer, Warshauer Electric Supply, and to Madison Electric Products for being awarded the “Best of the Best Overall” winners as well as to the 47 winners of the other categories. The awards recognize the best electrical marketing campaigns fielded in 2010.

View all of the 2011 “Best of the Best” winners and take a look at their work. Congratulations to all!

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Using SaaS Systems to Overcome EDI Challenges

Content courtesy of EBN

Scott Koegler, an EDI guru with 15 years experience as CIO for midsized companies and nearly 20 years writing about technology, shares his perspective on the challenges of modified EDI documents and the advantages of a SaaS system in his blog post, “Managing Business Relationships in the Cloud.” According to Koegler, EDI documents are subject to translation from each entity and there’s usually only one specialist in a company who juggles this process with their other responsibilities. Coupled with a constant interchange of updates and subsequent translation, changes are often delayed or completed incorrectly, resulting in wasted time and cost. Koegler shares some benefits of adopting a SaaS system to overcome these challenges.

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New Synchronization Customers

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 25 suppliers:

Bantry Bay America
Yummy Earth

Purely Enterprises
Pounds Lost
Bar B Que Specialists
Clearly Fun Products
Gaspar’s Sausage
Bailey Nurseries, Inc.
TruBamboo, LLC
Elegant Lighting, Inc.
Curtis International
Vantage Point Concepts, LLC
Good Ideas, Inc.
Do Outdoors, Inc.
Hold-It, Inc.
Rinnai America Corporation
Uni-King of Hawaii
Rugs America Corporation
TADgreen, Inc.
LesserEvil, Inc.
Plantation Patterns Furniture Co.

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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