NAED Announces DATAFirst Program

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NAED Launched New Data Quality Program

ST. LOUIS…The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) launched the DATAFirst program on Thursday, November 21, 2013 during the Eastern Region Conference held in Orlando, Fla.

DATAFirst was developed as a solution to help the electrical distribution industry with its specific product data challenges. This program is not a data warehouse. It is a comprehensive program that includes collaboration between distributors and manufacturers, customized reports, and data management consultation.

According to a recent NAED technology survey, 86 percent of respondents said that ensuring data in their system is accurate was a high priority and almost 80 percent said that finding a reliable source for accurate product information was a high priority.

“The industry has been in need of clear communication of product data requirements between manufacturers and distributors,” said Tom Naber, NAED president and CEO. “We are happy to be able to provide a solution to help the industry.”

The NAED worked with DATAgility, a leading provider of data management services, to develop this collaborative, distributor-driven program.

“We have many threats to the channel,” said Denise Keating, DATAgility president. “It’s imperative that we are proactive in our approach in order to remain the Channel of First Choice.”

Those interested in participating in the program should contact DATAgility at datafirst@datagility.com.

The NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. The NAED’s membership operates in more than 5,100 locations internationally.