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This Week in IDEA | July 21, 2010

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Innovation Inspiration from Gartner

It’s the middle of the summer, people are out of the office and budget planning is right around the corner. Now is the time to start determining the investments and improvements that will pay back high returns for your department and business in 2011. If you are looking for fresh ideas, why not turn to a complimentary resource from the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company?

The Gartner Blog Network provides insights from Gartner analysts who have diversified experience and expertise in IT and business intelligence strategies. Some topics they blog about that might be of interest: B2B, business intelligence, cloud computing, cost cutting, EDI, eCommerce and data quality. Here are a few blog posts we suggest to get you started:

Read more from Gartner analysts.

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Richard Buzun Award Nominations Due August 13

The Richard Buzun Award for Leadership and Innovation in eCommerce is the only B2B eCommerce Award in the electrical supply chain. It has become a prestigious honor, with past winners including: Graybar, Leviton, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Rockwell Automation, Van Meter Industrial and Viking Electric Supply. The award annually recognizes a manufacturer and distributor company for successfully implementing and promoting eCommerce initiatives.

Award criteria includes:

  • B2B eCommerce (e.g. EDI usage)
  • Data Management and Data Synchronization
  • Standards Adoption
  • Website Capabilities

    You can nominate your company for the award by completing the 2010 Nomination Form. The winners will be notified two weeks before the Forum and recognized on stage during the general sessions in Dallas, TX on September 22nd. In addition to the industry recognition, winners receive a speaking opportunity at the 2011 Forum.

    Read more about the 2009 winners, Graybar and Rockwell Automation, and complete your 2010 nomination form now!

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    Digital Business Architects: Bronze Sponsor of the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2010

    IDEA thanks Digital Business Architects (DBA) for their Bronze sponsorship of the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2010. We also thank Stibo Systems for their supporter level contribution. These companies demonstrate their support of eBusiness training and education in the electrical supply chain and other related verticals. The Forum, themed “eOptimizing Performance and Profitability”, will take place on September 20-22 in Dallas, TX. Their leadership and support is greatly appreciated by all.

    Digital Business Architects (DBA) is a premier technology consultancy with proven capabilities in delivering high-impact, collaborative software solutions. DBA’s core service offerings include software application development, systems integration, and IT opportunity assessment. They design, develop, and deploy robust applications that enable clients to achieve superior efficiency in managing complex information flows. Their solutions have measurable value in reducing costs, improving business processes and strengthening partner relationships. For additional information, visit

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    New B2B eCommerce and Synchronization Customers

    New IDX Customer

    Luffey’s Medical and Surgical Supply, from Monroe, Louisiana, became an Industry Data Exchange (IDX) customer on July 15, 2010. Luffey’s distributes wholesale physician and surgeon equipment and supplies. The medical distributor will be taking advantage of the cost savings and reliability of IDX to exchange B2B documents. Luffey’s is a proud member of Independent Medical Co-Op (IMCO). 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 seven 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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    August Training Opportunities

    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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