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Annual 2-Day Conference & Dual-Track Educational Sessions Wednesday & Thursday May 11th & 12th, 2016

May 11, 2016 @ 8:00 am - May 12, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

NEECOM Agenda for Day 1 – Wednesday, May 11th, 2016


Morning Program:


8:00     Registration/Continental Breakfast


8:30     Annual Meeting and Opening Remarks

            NEECOM President, Ira Keltz, Partners HealthCare System, Inc.


8:45      The Holy Grail of VMI – The Ultimate Buyer-Supplier Collaboration

James Lewis, Founder & CEO, Enhance Retail Solutions


In this session we will show attendees the benefits of collaborative forecasting and inventory management. They will see how new technologies enable them to more easily integrate and use data from multiple sources (especially the 852 POS EDI document) to provide faster and more accurate inventory decisions at store level to send out reverse PO’s (855) to their retail partners. We will explore features that manufacturers should look for in a VMI tool and what expectations retailers should set to ensure common goals.


9:30     Future of EDI – The Next 20,000 Hubs

            Todd Gould, CEO, Loren Data Corp.


The EDI relationship has frequently been characterized as a Hub & Spoke model, and we have seen major companies (often referred to as 800lb gorillas) dictating EDI to their vendors and suppliers. The future growth of EDI depends on the additional midmarket enterprises entering the market as the new Hubs. Learning from what worked and did not work in the past, along with leveraging the substantial EDI ecosystem will be instrumental in the success of the next growth phase in this market.

Together we will explore the Technology Adoption Life-Cycle in a new perspective of how it applies to EDI, what it is to be a Hub, the challenges of being a Spoke, and a roadmap to the exciting explosive growth phase just ahead.



10:15   Networking and Refreshment Break


10:30  Unleash the Power of EDI – Achieve Operational Excellence Through Your B2B Exchange

Michael Hurley, Director of Product Management, 1EDISource


Working with thousands of clients for more than 25 years to manage exceptional B2B exchanges, we have identified common patterns and levels of progression for companies that are able to transform their EDI capability into a compelling and valuable competitive advantage.


1 EDI Source’s Director of Product Manager Michael Hurley will provide practical insight into how you can take your EDI function to the next level, not only to enhance productivity and revenue, but to also build unwavering loyalty with customers.


You’ll learn:

  • How the EDI environment is changing
  • The five levels of leveraging EDI to achieve operational excellence
  • How to identify when you’re ready to take the next step and how that step will ultimately benefit your business


11:15   Mental Toughness in EC Leadership

Jennifer Touma, Founder, Mindscape


Have you ever calculated the amount of time and money you have invested in an undergraduate degree, an MBA, and countless webinars? Yet you still feel you’re no closer to obtaining your cherished career and life goals?

In today’s highly competitive business climate, traditional education falls short in equipping high achievers to win at work and succeed in life. You need more than education and experience to succeed in business – you need Mental Toughness, a strong and disciplined mind. Being mentally strong helps get you through the demanding e-commerce workload, long hours and changing responsibilities. Professionals who are mentally strong and resilient have the best chance of rising above those challenges and adversities to reach their goals.

  • Mental Toughness in Leadership: What it is, What it is not and Why we need it
  • Learn how the four key elements of mental toughness determine the success or failure of everything you do
  • 6 Signs You Are Demonstrating Mentally Weak Behavior and How to Reverse it


12:00   Lunch


Afternoon Program:


1:00     BizTalk vs. MuleSoft … Fight!

Stan Kennedy – Director of Integration Practice, Tallan


BizTalk has been a solid platform for EDI transactions for over a decade.  Mulesoft is new to the EDI community.  This discussion will cover the strengths and weaknesses of each of these platforms and provide a framework for decision makers to help choose the platform that will work best in their environment.


1:45      Highlights of the 2016 RVCF Spring Conference

Kim Zablocky – Founder, Retail Value Chain Federation (RVCF)


This presentation will cover an overview of RVCF study results that were presented this spring in Scottsdale at the RVCF Conference including:

  • 2016 ASN accuracy study
  • Inbound audit best practices
  • Financial model for Drop Ship, where vendor inventories the goods and drop ships for the retailer.



2:30     Networking and Refreshment Break


2:45      2016 Job Market Overview

Barbara Feldman – Director of Business Development, EDI Staffing


This presentation will cover the following topics:

  • 2016 job market trends,  EDI/B2B job market update, EDI vendor landscape, Hot EDI/B2B positions and salary statistics
  • Tips for attracting top talent, and how to effectively interview candidates.  Job search techniques that will get you noticed and hired.
  • How to reward and retain employees once hired



3:30     How Ecommerce is Forever Changing the Digital Supply Chain

Rob Gonzalez, Co-Founder, Salsify


10 years ago a brand selling through a relatively small set of retail and distribution partners was only required to provide limited, mostly logistical data for item setup and maintenance. Communication between companies could largely be automated via EDI, GDSN, and other such standards technologies.


Today, the situation is very different. The rise of endless aisle retailing, marketplaces, dropshipping, 3PLs, and ecommerce generally is changing the way retailers collaborate with their vendors to bring products to market. In particular, retailers require significantly more merchandising and marketing content from their vendors, and traditional technologies are struggling to support the new requirements. Shawn Carvey, a former Walmart buyer, said, “The role of the buyer has changed at Walmart; instead of picking products we now are tasked to get all of the products.”


Rob will describe this evolution in more detail and what it means for the digital supply chain, including specific examples from Amazon, Macy’s, Walmart, Target, Jet, and others.



4:15     Raffle/Refreshments/Networking/Adjourn



NEECOM Agenda for Day 2 – Thursday, May 12th, 2016


Track   1:  EDI-101: An Introduction to Electronic Data Interchange


Track   2:   IT innovation + Technology Megatrends = Productivity

An Innovative Full Day Course for Technical & Business Professionals


Track 1:    EDI-101 – An Introduction to Electronic Data Interchange

Instructor: Anthony D’Angelo, VP, InterTrade Systems   

8:00AM – 3:30PM


Course Description:

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 professional should be.  This is also a great opportunity for managers and staff in any area of Supply Chain (AP, Purchasing, Receiving, Shipping, Transportation, etc.) who works with EDI documents as part of your job to get a better understanding of  Electronic Data Interchange. Your instructor has over 30 years of experience working with EDI and literally wrote the code to make it work at multiple companies along the way. 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.


8:00                 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



Track 2:    IT innovation + Technology Megatrends = Productivity:

An Innovative Full Day Course for Technical & Business Professionals

Instructor: Eric Bloom, CEO, Manager Mechanics, LLC

8:00AM – 3:30PM


There are many exciting technology megatrends in play today and on the near horizon.  They include Internet of Things, mobility, ‘phygital’, big data, 3D printing, enhanced visualization, wearables, digital transformation and more, enabled by cloud computing and internet connectivity.  At their base, they’re all just simply technologies and concepts. It’s your personal and organizational innovative thought that brings them to life.


This class is a discussion of how innovative culture and tools combined with leading technologies can drive organizational and personal productivity.




May 11, 2016 @ 8:00 am
May 12, 2016 @ 5:00 pm



NEECOM has discounted hotel accommodations for $169 per night at the Doubletree Westborough. Call the hotel directly for these rates 508-366-5511

Group Discount Code: 'NEW'

Group block closes: 4/28/2020

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