Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

May 10, 2019

IDEAIDEA plans to introduce an online learning management tool, the IDEA Learning Portal, to train customers on the new IDEA Connector, which will launch in late September. This portal will contain comprehensive training information and documentation on the IDEA Connector, a master data management (MDM) platform that enables distributors to securely access accurate and timely product and pricing data directly from manufacturers.

To complement the portal, there will be four training session devoted to manufacturers and distributors at eBiz. These training sessions will dive deeper into specific content to ensure a complete understanding of important functionality. The Client Solutions team will also host follow‐up appointments in the Innovation Hub at eBiz to provide individualized one‐on‐one IDEA ConnectorSM training.

The IDEA Connector team has completed the initial configuration and development of the platform, and the project is on target for its scheduled launch. Functional and performance testing will be conducted from the beginning of May and user acceptance testing will take place through the summer with members of the User Group. This master data management solution will create a new era of efficiency, enabling distributors to securely access accurate and timely product and pricing data directly from manufacturers.


To join the IDEA Connector User Group, participate in beta testing, and gain exclusive insights, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To stay updated and find out more visit: https://idea4industry.com/idea‐connector/

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