IDEA, the official technology service provider of the electrical industry, provides webinars hosted by a mix of IDEA employees, our partners and customers that know your industry and understand your eBusiness challenges. Attend a live session of a webinar to learn how to leverage the latest industry-inspired eBusiness solutions and resources to see real business results at your company. Missed a session or want to share what you learned with others? IDEA Webinars are available On-Demand for your convenience.

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iCIMM2: :
From Search to Sale

Date: May 21

Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

Does your business plan include eCommerce? According to the Cleveland Research Company, the percentage of electrical category sales online could increase by 300% in the next three years. During this webinar, we’ll take a closer look at compelling industry trends in competitor and buyer behavior and review seven best practices to help you maximize eCommerce efforts. We’ll also provide an exclusive demo of IDEA’s web storefront and search engine software, iCIMM2, to help you assess your current eCommerce capabilities. The iCIMM2 is pre-populated with the most up-to-date and accurate product information from the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) which enables you to easily manage your own online catalog content and integrate it with your ERP system. Join us to learn how your company can knock out online competitors and grow in an increasingly digital world.


Who should attend? Marketing managers, IT/eBusiness managers/coordinators, product managers, and pricing managers/coordinators at electrical distribution companies

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Speakers: Suchit Bachalli, VP of Sales, Unilog Content Solutions; Justin Smith, Development & eCommerce Solutions Manager, IDEA

Guest Speaker: Les Johnson, VP/CIO, North Coast Electric Company

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iCIMM2: :
From Search to Sale

Does your business plan include eCommerce? According to the Cleveland Research Company, the percentage of electrical category sales online could increase by 300% in the next three years. During this webinar, we’ll take a closer look at compelling industry trends in competitor and buyer behavior and review seven best practices to help you maximize eCommerce efforts. We’ll also provide an exclusive demo of IDEA’s web storefront and search engine software, iCIMM2, to help you assess your current eCommerce capabilities. The iCIMM2 is pre-populated with the most up-to-date and accurate product information from the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) which enables you to easily manage your own online catalog content and integrate it with your ERP system. Join us to learn how your company can knock out online competitors and grow in an increasingly digital world.


Who should attend? Marketing managers, IT/eBusiness managers/coordinators, product managers, and pricing managers/coordinators at electrical distribution companies

Speakers: Suchit Bachalli, VP of Sales, Unilog Content Solutions; Justin Smith, Development & eCommerce Solutions Manager, IDEA

May 21, 2013 – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

Guest Speaker: Les Johnson, VP/CIO, North Coast Electric Company

Better Data. Better Business:
the Industry Data Warehouse

During this webinar, we’ll take a closer look at IDEA’s Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) and how manufacturers can use this application to easily communicate accurate product and pricing content to their trading partners in near real-time. Join us to clarify any questions you may have about the IDW and find out what’s being done in the channel, and globally, to help manufacturers increase sales with high-quality marketing data in the IDW. We’ll take you through an exclusive demo of the IDW including the new Supply Chain Analytics tool that manufacturers can use to pinpoint data quality issues in real-time and fix them at the source. 

Speakers: Robert Hollands, Lead Data Quality Analyst, IDEA; Justin Smith, Development & eCommerce Solutions Manager, IDEA

March 14, 2013 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Guest Manufacturer:  Dennis Linden, National Sales Manager, Electri-Flex Company

Guest Distributor: J.R. Tapper, Director of MIS, J.H. Larson Company

iConex:
Capture. Transform. Deliver.

Do you find that many of your trading partners lack the financial and technical resources to conduct electronic data interchange (EDI)? Do errors from manual order entry and slow order cycles add cost to your business? Would you like to convert high-volume manual order customers to an automated process? During this webinar, we’ll show you how IDEA’s iConex solution combines an innovative text-to-EDI solution with the Industry Data Exchange (IDX). This integrated application enables you to automate order management with trading partners that are not EDI-capable while leveraging the existing systems, processes and people you already have in place. The webinar will include a demo of iConex to show how it can help to lower your operational costs, maximize ROI and improve customer service.

Speakers: Mike Wentz, VP Marketing & Operations, IDEA and Mark Toffoli, Director of Sales, ecmarket

November 8, 2012 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Automating Order Management

Find out how you can automate order management with your trading partners, including those that don’t have the technical or financial resources to conduct electronic data interchange (EDI). During this webinar, we’ll help you identify ways to leverage the technical foundation you already have in place to increase your levels of order automation, achieve resource-efficiencies and help your bottom-line. We will also look at several industry solutions available to assist in the EDI process, including the Industry Data Exchange (IDX),iConex and EDI Managed Services.

Speakers: Barbara Prince, Industry Data Exchange (IDX) Manager, IDEA; Tom Guzik, Director of Products & Services, IDEA

August 30, 2012 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Guest Speaker: James Wilkinson, Director of Business Process Management, McNaughton-McKay

Next Generation Data Sync:
the DMP

Get an inside look into the industry’s new Data Management Platform (DMP). During this webinar, we’ll help you examine your current processes and challenges when syndicating data with your trading partners and provide an exclusive demo of the DMP, a solution that manufacturers and distributors are using to differentiate products and gain a competitive advantage. With the DMP, manufacturers can aggregate, syndicate and communicate product information with all their trading partners through one application and distributors can leverage the solution to send specific product data requests to their suppliers down to the item level as well as manage and validate the product data they receive from various sources.

Speakers: Melissa Longnecker, Business Analyst and Project Lead, IDEA and Boris Ivanov, Partner, Digital Business Architects (DBA)

October 18, 2012 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Guest Manufacturer: Samer Shehadeh, EDI/eCommerce Manager, Cooper Industries

June 20, 2012 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Guest Manufacturer: Dawn Wright-Perry, Master Data Manager, Milbank Manufacturing

Guest Distributor: Jason Archbold, Marketing Catalog Supervisor, Border States Electric

The Digital You

"I need more marketing content now!” This is a common demand made by customers, but is much easier said than done. During this webinar, we’ll help you determine ways to prioritize efforts so that you can build a strong web presence and create a consistent brand experience. We’ll examine some of the industry-inspired solutions that manufacturers and distributors use to get results, such as leveraging the industry’s Electrical Attribute Schema and integrating marketing content from the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) with eCatalogs and web storefronts.

Speakers: Mary Shaw, Director – Standards, IDEA and Denise Keating, President, DATAgility

April 23, 2012 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Guest Manufacturer: Rich Brooks, E-Business Development Manager, BURNDY LLC

Guest Distributor: Jason Archbold, Marketing Catalog Supervisor, Border States Electric

March 21, 2012 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Guest Manufacturer: David Starr, Corporate Director of eBusiness, McNaughton-McKay

Guest Distributor: Peter Vient, Data Sync Coordinator, OSRAM SYLVANIA

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