Minutes May 9 2012

FIDX Working Group Meeting Minutes

May 9, 2012

An on-line FIDX Steering Committee meeting was held May 3, 2012 at 9 am EST by the following participants.  Dave Purvis, Manoj Nigam, Ron Gordon, Mike Overholt and Ron Martell.

Ron Martell discussed the need for a simplified version of the FIDX product catalog standard that could be used to define non-configurable products. The new standard would not replace but would augment the two XML based product catalog standards previously endorsed by the FIDX Committee.

After considerable discussion, it was agreed that the current XML based product catalog standard, which is able to fully define the configuration and pricing rules for the myriad of options offered for custom upholstery products, is overly complex and many suppliers do not have personnel who are familiar with XML technology. As a result, many suppliers do not currently support the current standard.

All agreed that an Excel file based FIDX standard can be developed to fully define non-configurable products and, since most suppliers have personnel who are familiar with Excel technology, more suppliers will support the simpler version of the product catalog standard and, if desired, the Excel files can be quickly, easily and accurately converted to the XML based standards.

Ron Gordon, Manoj and Mike will review the Excel file that MicroD currently uses for non-configurable products, edit as deemed necessary and then provide Dave a copy of the file to post on the FIDX.com website. Ron Martell will prepare a press release announcing the new simpler product catalog and ask the NHFA, AHFA and HFIA to endorse and promote the standard to their members.

Dave will update the FIDX.com website and arrange for Manoj to announce and review the standard at the June 28 AHFA conference in Charlotte.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 10 am.

Ron Martell
FIDX Steering Committee Chairman