EIDX Combined Conference Minutes
San Jose, CA
August 5 - 8, 2002

 

EIDX Opening Session

          Monday, August 5, 2002
          1:00 – 3:00 PM
          San Jose, CA

1.       Call To Order

 

Dave Weyer called the meeting to order at 1:00 PM.  A motion was made and seconded to accept the Minutes from the previous conference.  Dave welcomed the 1st time attendees and RosettaNet User Groups.  He took a moment to share an email from a former member of Avnet – Anita Warren, who had been laid off, but had taken the time to write some lovely comments about EIDX and what she personally had gotten from the conferences.  Dave then introduced the EIDX Board and the Program Coordinators.  Chuck Caveney read the CompTIA Anti-Trust Statement. 

2.       BOG Nominations/Election

Helen Shrader reported that elections for the Board of Directors come up in November.  Those whose term of election is expiring include Bob Sartor, Bill French, and Chuck Caveney.  Nominations should be directed to Helen, Myra Kemet, or Natalie Goncalves.  Board of Governors nomination speeches is scheduled for Wednesday, August 7th at 5:00 PM.  At that time the nominations will be closed. 

3.       Logistics & Announcements

Dave asked Kim to talk about the logistics and events planned for the week.  Kim pointed out the names and locations of the conference rooms and where the registration desk would be for the week.  She mentioned the networking events:  the Monday Newcomers Welcome in the California Room, and the Tuesday Quarterly Dinner held at Hawgs Seafood Grill.  She pointed out numerous places to go for lunch; and where restrooms, phones, and the message board were located. 

Bob Kokko talked about the 5K run planned for Wednesday at 6:30 a.m.  He invited everyone to participate and told them where to meet and where the run would be. 

4.       Major Accomplishments/Highlights

Some of the major accomplishments that were mentioned included RosettaNet 101 and managing the themes for P&E; the xRef Project for GSS; the web site, numerous business models, Disti-Alliance, JRUG, and the Resellers for BPS; and web services, interoperability, and the B2B Roadmap for TECH. 

5.       Theme

The theme was “eCommerce:  An Update on the State of the Industry”.  On Wednesday morning Jerry Connors from DISA addressed non-XML related standards and initiatives, followed by a panel on XML related standards, and then another panel on Connectivity.

6.       Subcommittee Chair Reports

Stephenie Cooper presented for BPS, Bill French for TECH, Roger Trout for Promotion/Education and Theme, Chuck Caveney for the RosettaNet User Groups, and Bob Kokko for GSS.  Mr. Kokko also shared the work in progress for xRef.  Each explained the function of the Subcommittees and sessions that were planned for the rest of the week.   

7.       Hosting

The host for the November 2002 conference is IBM.  The conference will be held in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina.  Hotel locations are currently being researched.

Kim Albera addressed the group and gave a short presentation on the benefits of hosting.  She encouraged anyone interested in hosting to speak to her and that she would be glad to handle any/all arrangements. 

8.       Closing and Adjournment

In closing, Dave Weyer announced that conference details for November would be coming soon and thanked the group for attending.  The meeting adjourned at 3:00 PM. 


EIDX Open Board Meeting

          Tuesday, August 6, 2002
          8:00 – 9:00 AM
          San Jose, CA

1.       Call To Order

Dave Weyer called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m. and announced that people should feel free to speak about whatever they like – opinions, issues, etc.  In attendance was:

Bob Kokko/HP

Manny Pasetes/TechPoint Solutions

Helen Shrader/Memec

Univ. of Maastricht/Suereyya Yaldiz

Jeff Calvert, Sterling Commerce

Chuck Caveney/Contivo

Leslie Mullens/Cisco Systems

Bill Wray/Tyco

David Frenkel/Gefeg

Dave Weyer/Arrow

Stephenie Cooper/EIDX

Ed Gallagher/MEMC

Casey Stevens/STMicroelectronics

Dave Sommer/CompTIA

Roger Trout/Sterling Electronics

Doug Jones/Agilent

Ron Schuldt/Lockheed Martin

Kim Albera/CompTIA

2.       Issues & Opinions

  • Dave W. announced that Doug Jones was coordinating the theme for November and that future theme coordinators were needed.  A way to ensure your theme idea is acted upon is to volunteer to coordinate it. 
  • Dave S. shared the results of the eCommerce Issues Survey from the May conf.
  • There was discussion regarding ROI.
    • Ed G. suggested that people should start thinking in terms of what the broader impact of eBusiness is.  At his company he thinks in terms of internal business processes that improve employee productivity.  He suggests having a session dealing with ROI at the EIDX conferences.
    • Steph C. suggests an “Evaluation of Causality” – what is attributable to what.  Examples she gave included:  Cost Avoidance and the Mental Health of the Employee – Stresses, Turnover, etc.
    • Bill W. expressed that we need to look at ROI on both sides of the equation and look at the whole chain.  Moving the cost from one supplier to the other doesn’t necessarily reduce the cost to the supply chain.
  • Leslie M. asks people to notice who is missing from our meetings.  Who would we like to see attending?  (Contract Mfg. and people in Logistics).  She also asked people to look at the EIDX tri-fold brochure and asked if it contained the right message and to evaluate the content. 
  • There was discussion regarding the Reseller issue and how to get them together.
    • A webinar was suggested. 
    • Leslie suggested sending an email like, “Sun, Cisco, H-P, etc. are presenting a one-day meeting….” Capitalizing on big names. 
  • Bob K. points out that we’re not turning out the work products (guidelines, etc.) that we used to. 
    • Ed G. comments that in the 90’s there were many, many more work groups and we don’t see them now. 
    • Ed also suggests that companies need to expand their business strategy to a more broader e-Business and start moving away from just e-Commerce.

3.       Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 a.m.


EIDX BOD Nomination Speeches

           Wednesday, August 7, 2002
           5:15 – 5:30 PM
           San Jose, CA

1.       Call To Order

Helen Shrader called the meeting to order at 5:15 PM and introduced the board nominees.  The nominees addressed 4 (four) questions in their speeches to those present.  The questions were:

1.      How long have you been involved with EIDX?

2.      What EIDX activities have you been involved with to date?

3.      Why do you want to be on the EIDX Board of Directors?

4.      What will you contribute to EIDX as a member of the Board?

There are 3 positions to fill on the EIDX BOG and five are running.  They are:

  • Bill French - Contivo
  • Bill Wray - Tyco
  • Alice Stephenson – Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics
  • Doug Jones – Agilent
  • Rich Morrissey - APC

All nominees were present except Rich Morrissey.  Each of the nominee’s biographies will be sent to the voting members and voted upon before the November conference.  The new Directors for the term 2002 – 2004 will be announced then. 


EIDX Open Board Meeting

          Thursday, August 8, 2002
          8:00 – 9:00 AM
          San Jose, CA

1.       Call To Order

 

This was the 2nd Open Board Meeting of the Conference.  Dave Weyer called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m. and announced that people should feel free to speak about whatever they like – opinions, issues, etc.  In attendance was:

Bob Kokko/HP

Chuck Caveney/Contivo

Helen Shrader/Memec

Dave Sommer/CompTIA

Doug Jones/Agilent

Dave Weyer/Arrow

Stephenie Cooper/EIDX

Roger Trout, Sterling Commerce

Ed Gallagher/MEMC

John McInerney/UCC

Ron Schuldt/Lockheed-Martin

Bill Wray/Tyco

Ed Wehner/MEMC

Val Baltazar/Microsoft

Kim Albera/CompTIA

 

2.       Issues & Opinions

 

  • There was discussion regarding the drop in attendance.
    • Roger T. mentioned that DISA has seen a drop in X12 attendance, as well.
    • Ron S. shared how AIA holds a meeting.
    • Dave S. commented that AIA’s meetings were more synonymous with CompTIA’s Break Away.  He mentioned that next August’s EIDX meeting might be held in conjunction with CompTIA’s Break Away.
    • Dave W. keeps coming back to holding joint meetings to help spread the cost and increase attendance.  He asked if there’s a potential to do a conference with UCC.
    • John M. replied that they do 1 conference a year.  Last year it was in Utah and was very successful.  They’ve had a marketing campaign now for the last four years.
    • Steph C. suggests ending the conference on Wed.
    • Helen S. thinks if you end it on Wed., people will still leave the day before on Tuesday.
    • There was more discussion including how having the conference on the west coast affects people traveling from the east coast and why people don’t stay for Thursday.
    • There was talk of having ‘give-aways’ to keep people there Thursday.
    • Bob K. suggested having ‘vendor day’ on Thursday.
    • Dave W. wonders if people are over-whelmed with the amount of information they’re receiving during the week and if four days is too much for them.
    • Most everyone agrees that it’s a time issue – that people just can’t be away that long.
    • Bill F. suggests a joint conference with IAFECS and to do joint projects, as well.
    • Steph C. suggests having work sessions unopposed or have a work session day. 

 

3.       Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 a.m.


EIDX Closing Session

            Thursday, August 8, 2002
            12:00 – 1:00 PM
            San Jose, CA

1.       Call To Order

Dave Weyer called the meeting to order at Noon and addressed the general attendance. 

 

Chuck Caveney/Agilent

Dave Weyer/Arrow

Helen Shrader/Memec

Stephenie Cooper/EIDX

Dave Sommer/CompTIA

Bill French/Contivo

Doug Jones/Agilent

Bob Kokko/HP

Lisa Damron/Kemet

Prentiss Uchida/Kahootz

John McInerney/UCC

Elyas Achkar

Kim Albera/CompTIA

 

2.       General Business

  • Dave thanked the presenters and those who brought projectors.
  • The host for the November conference is IBM in Raleigh/Durham, NC
  • Reviewed what was going to ballot:  Design Win, the Charter, and the BOG election
  • Dave shared there were a couple of negative comments because sessions on the agenda we moved at the last minute. 
    • It was decided to mention in the First Timers meeting to check the bulletin board for Session Reschedules. 
  • Dave asked the Board for 5 bullet items to advertise why people should attend the November conference.
  • We hope to know by next week just what week the Nov. conference will be held.
  • Dave ran through the list of potential new projects, which included:  ROI, RIGS, Web Seminar on xRef, 2 minute flash of what EIDX does, UDEF/GUID Update, Contract Mfg. Business Models, Rename EC101 and Intro to Internet, How to do a schema, Web Services, and a Web Tour. 
  • Doug J. mentioned that Decision Support as the November theme might not be such a good idea since we’re co-locating that conference with RosettaNet and they don’t know if the next generation architecture is going to support “Decision Support”.   He suggested a “What is it and why do you want it?” approach.  Or “Where is it going?  What are the business analytics?”  Perhaps Business Intelligence or Analytics and How you can do it Better” could be the theme. 

3.       Subcommittee Reports

Closing Presentations will be posted to the web.  Each of the reports and presentations is attached and is a part of these minutes. 

4.       Adjournment

Dave Weyer again thanked everyone for attending.  The meeting adjourned at 1:00 PM and was conducted in accordance with the EIDX charter.