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Our Spring 2 Day in person conference is on May 18th and 19th at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough, MA.  We are looking forward to finally being in person and seeing you all there!

To register for our Spring 2022 conference Click Here

NEECOM has discounted hotel accommodations for $159 per night at the Doubletree Westborough. Call the hotel directly for these rates 508-366-5511 or Click Here to go through their website.

Group Discount Code: ‘NE2’

Group block closes: 5/3/2022

NEECOM Conference Registration Rates:
Member Rate: Day 1 = $125/pp
Member Rate: Day 2 = $180/pp
Non-Members Rate: Day 1 = $180/pp
Non-Members Rate: Day 2 = $280/pp
NEECOM Corporate Membership for 2022 = $250/company

  • NEECOM Spring Conference Agenda May 18th and 19th 2022 – Speakers and Topics:

    NEECOM Agenda for Day 1 – Wednesday May 18th, 2022

     Morning Program:

     8:00     Registration/Continental Breakfast

     9:00     Annual Meeting and Opening Remarks

                NEECOM President, Ira Keltz, Mass General Brigham

    9:15    

    EDI Innovation – the last 50 years vs. the next 50 years

    Mike Kersels, Founder, Highview

    Platypus and how it relates to the history of EDI.  More than just “Putting lipstick on a pig” – innovating old technology that will not be replaced by XML, Blockchain, etc.

    10:00

    Mission: Digital Transformation / Goal: Customer Satisfaction

    Michael Muhlfelder Vice President of Sales, North America, Jitterbit

    The pandemic has changed buying and selling behaviors across industries and sped up the need for full-scale digital transformation. Leading the transformation is EDI and eCommerce as both integrated and integral components of the go to market strategy. Done right, companies enjoy happy customers and revenue growth.

     10:45   Networking and Refreshment Break

     11:15

    Unlocking the Power of Your Big Data

    Boris Ivanov (CTO, Digital Business Architects)

    This presentation will cover best practices and tools that can turn your data into valuable business insights. Discover how to transform spreadsheets and disparate data extracts into powerful reports and charts that help you answer key questions on the fly. See how you can organize data visualizations into meaningful dashboards to eliminate manual, time-consuming processes, improve visibility across the enterprise, and achieve superior business results.

     12:00   Lunch

     Afternoon Program:

     1:15   

    The Importance of “Humans” in an AI & EDI World

    Inez Blackburn – Keynote Speaker

    The 20th Century set the stage for the rise of AI, Machine Learning and a vision of automation that marginalized humans. EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) is highly correlated with this vision of a structured and perfect world where accurate digital data is seamlessly transmitted between companies from machine to machine, replacing paper-based human exchanges. Well, it has been over 20 years, and humans are still extremely important. AI surrounds us in our smartphones, YouTube’s recommendation engine, and Google Search. AI is in numerous driver-assist features in many hospitals where AI diagnoses MRI images and our policing systems with facial recognition.

    The EDI philosophy of eliminating human exchanges to increase accuracy and productivity differs from AI and Machine Learning. Science fiction positions artificial intelligence as a new technology independent from its creators, similar to the Matrix or Terminator, where humanity is redundant.

    Do not fear because we are far from artificial intelligence capable of learning and understanding new things with emotion or consciousness. Today, artificial intelligence is weak and focuses on human cognitive capacities for a specific domain. EDI’s prime directive is to automate repetitive human tasks and interactions, whereas AI is focused on helping humans become more effective and efficient by making their tasks easier.

    This session will provide an overview of the impact and opportunity of AI & Machine Learning on businesses today and why humans will play a pivotal role in the future.

    2:15   

    The Power of Inventory Accuracy: How retailers can work with inventory accuracy in stores to drive sales and outpace competition

    Daniel W. Steeneck, Ph.D., Co-Founder of Akuret

    Focusing on inventory accuracy has large benefits across a retailer’s operations and sales channels and retailers can outpace their competition by working in a structured way to improve inventory accuracy.  This talk will focus on (1) the enormous importance of inventory accuracy today’s retail environment, (2) the reasons retailers struggle to maintain high accuracy and product availability, even with sophisticated POS and CAO systems, and (3) a new paradigm for achieving high inventory accuracy through being process and data driven.

    3:00     Networking and Refreshment Break

     3:30  

    The DEATH of EDI

    Gregg Lanni, EDI SME at Boomi LP

    As the death of EDI is once again being foretold, come and eulogize our beloved technology and hear why people believe EDI is at its end of days  and get one person’s perspective on the life of this once great technology and what the future might have in store for it. 

    4:15     Raffle/Refreshments/Networking/Adjourn

    NEECOM Agenda for Day 2 – Thursday May 19th, 2022

    Day 2:    Dual Track Education Sessions

    Track 1 –

    EDI-101 – A Full Day Overview of Electronic Data Interchange

    Tony D’Angelo – Loren Data Corp

    Are you new to EDI?  Does everything seem confusing and difficult to understand?

    This session will break down each component and give you a greater comprehension of this technology.  From its beginnings to the X12 standards, translation software, communications choices and beyond you will learn what a day in the life of an EDI coordinator should be.  Your instructor has 30 years of experience working with EDI in manufacturing, translation software programmer, network VAN manager, and as a consultant. In this full-day class, you will receive as much of his experience as possible. Also hear what the future might bring to the industry as well as an opportunity to ask the questions that no one else will answer.

    8:00AM – 3:30PM

    Track 2 –

    Leadership in a Virtual World Series Full Day Training

    Eric Bloom – IT Management and Leadership Institute

    8:00AM – 3:30PM

    8:00                 Registration/Continental Breakfast

    8:30                 EDI 101 Part One: EDI Fundamentals

    10:00               Networking and Refreshment Break

    10:15               EDI 101 Part Two: EDI Translation and Business Application

    12:00               Lunch

    1:00                 EDI 101 Part Three: Communication Types and Strategies for Successful EDI Implementation

    2:30                 Networking and Refreshment Break

     2:45                 EDI 101

                            Part Four:  Q&A – answering your specific EDI questions

     3:30                 Adjourn

 

Click Here to view the Zoom recording from October 21st 2021 event.  The passcode is @zyh8G47 

Our Fall meeting date for 2022 is:

October 20th  (Thu)


What is The New England Electronic Commerce Users’ Group (NEECOM) ?  Click here

 

NEECOM AWARDS

Each year we feature an opportunity for special recognition within the NEECOM community. We are seeking applications/entries for two distinct awards to be presented to members or companies that work with the NEECOM community.

These awards include:

THE ‘DAVID MATSIL’ NEECOM OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD 

In honor of our long-time NEECOM supporter and friend David Matsil, who passed away on September 2nd, 2020 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer,  we have renamed our NEECOM Outstanding Member of the Year Award in his memory. He truly exemplified the best qualities and values of our organization and he will be missed. This year’s Award presentation has been postponed.

NEECOM – 2020 EC/EDI SOLUTION OF THE YEAR AWARD.

This year’s Award presentation has been postponed until our 2021 event

Tell us about your company’s OR your customer’s recent EDI/B2B/EC solution implementation and the benefits that they bring to the partnership and trading community. The winner will be invited to present their case study at the May 2021 NEECOM Conference.

Previous Award Winners Include:

NEECOM OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE YEAR – 2019

Congratulations to Member of the Year! – Anthony D’Angelo of Loren Data Corp

Tell us about how you promote NEECOM and bring in new members and/or attendees to our Spring and Fall Events and you can be the next winner!

 

NEECOM – 2019 EC/EDI SOLUTION OF THE YEAR AWARD.

Congratulations to VLink and their SimplyEDI product for being awarded the 2019 NEECOM EC/EDI Solution of the Year Award at the October 17th Fall NEECOM Conference!

To sign up as a NEECOM 2022 Member Company – Click here

Event speakers:

Boris Ivanov (CTO, Digital Business Architects)

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Daniel W. Steeneck, Ph.D., Co-Founder of Akuret

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Eric Bloom, Executive Director, IT Management and Leadership Institute

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Gregg Lanni EDI SME at Boomi LP

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Inez Blackburn, President, Market Techniques and Innovation

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Michael Muhlfelder Vice President of Sales, North America, Jitterbit

Mike Kersels, Founder, Highview

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Tony D’Angelo, SVP, Corporate Development, Loren Data Corp

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Thank you to our May 2022 Sponsors!

Know about us


The New England Electronic Commerce Users' Group (NEECOM) is a nonprofit organization established in 1990. Today our members are large and small organizations in a variety of industries. Our members include manufacturers, distributors, retailers, hospitals, insurance companies, motor carriers, universities, banks and government agencies. The common thread is our interest in EC/EDI and related technologies. We welcome companies who are at any stage in their implementation of Electronic Commerce. We hold two conferences each year (May and October) at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough MA.

The goals of NEECOM


To provide a forum for technical and business presentations
To inform and educate the business community
To share information and new ideas
To increase the opportunity for personal contacts and networking
To expand the regional scope of Electronic Commerce/EDI.

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