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  • Blog Post: Medway Plastics Case Study – Online COllaboration

    We posted a new video case study of Medway Plastics’ use of Microsoft Office Live Meeting to help increase productivity and drive down costs for both collaborative product development and customer service. Medway Plastics, a family-owned business, is a custom injection molding and tooling company based...
  • Blog Post: Coca-Cola Enterprises Moves to Cloud Computing with Microsoft Online Services

    Cloud computing, in particular the move of email and other business productivity services out of your data center and into the cloud has a rising interest in the chemical industry. I’d like to share this new case study featuring Coca-Cola Enterprises , the world’s largest marketer, producer and distributor...
  • Blog Post: Supply Chain Visibility and Collaboration Using SharePoint 2007

    Guest blogging today is Dave Lassiter.  Dave is our Solutions Director for Manufacturing & Resources and is responsible for solutions that we take to multiple vertical markets inside of the Manufacturing & Resources sector.  One of those solutions is Supply Chain Visibility & Collaboration...
  • Blog Post: Replay of ChemWeek Dynamics CRM Webcast Featuring Arch CHemicals

    For those who couldn’t attend the live webcast, the replay is available on the ChemWeek site at http://www.chemweek.com/crm . Enjoy and let me know what you think. -Brian
  • Blog Post: ChemWeek Sales Productivity Webcast on Dynamics CRM

    Thank you to everyone who joined today’s webcast highlighting Arch Chemical’s experience deploying Microsoft Dynamics CRM to help the drive sales productivity. We weren’t able to get to all the questions, so I am working on getting a hold of them and answering any that are broadly relevant on the blog...
  • Blog Post: Join Arch Chemicals and Microsoft on Dynamics CRM Webcast with ChemWeek

    Arch Chemicals is a long time user of Microsoft Dynamics CRM for both sales and customer service, and they have a great story to tell about why they chose Dynamics CRM, and how they use it in their diverse portfolio of businesses. I invite you to join us for a webcast through ChemWeek.    ...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications in Manufacturing – With New Dow Corning Case Study

    Back in late 2007, I posted a case study highlighting Dow Corning’s deployment of unified communications (UC) to its Engineered Elastomers group. Our UC team just launched a micro-site on unified communications in the manufacturing industry.  The site showcases our point-of-view on the value of...
  • Blog Post: Eastman Chemical Employees Engineer Thousands of Process Improvements Using Easy-To-Use Software

    People drive the most important business outcomes, and software is one of the best investments you can make to enable your people to drive better outcomes.  Eastman Chemical embodies this philosophy in its information technology strategy and the approach is paying dividends. Last month, we released...
  • Blog Post: NCH Streamlines Research and Analysis of new Technologies

    We released a case study with NCH Corporation about their experience in building a custom sales-force automation solution that integrated with their Oracle ERP solution. The case study is written from the perspective of visiting one of our Microsoft Technology Centers - a resource we have available to...
  • Blog Post: Owens-Illinois Cuts Excess Inventory by 50 Percent and IMproves On-Time Delivery

    We released a case study earlier this month that you might find interesting. The case study is based on a project Lead Time Technology completed with Owens-Illinois Closure and Specialty Products.  O-I manufactures parts for specialized closures for pharma, chemical, and personal care products,...
  • Blog Post: InformationWeek Article on BASF and Application Virtualization

    Charles Babcock, from InformationWeek wrote a nice article on BASF's use of Microsoft application virtualization applied to AspenTech's AspenOne product for chemical and process modeling design. I appreciate BASF's willingness to share this story, as it brings awareness to how application virtualization...
  • Blog Post: AspenTech Announces BASF Is First Customer to Deploy AspenONE Using Microsoft Application Virtualization Technology

    If you are an AspenTech customer using aspenOne software, this press release will interest you.  It describes BASF's use of Microsoft's application virtualization technology to deploy updates to the aspenOne Process Engineering suite to its worldwide process engineering team. The benefits to BASF...
  • Blog Post: Syngenta Cuts Costs by 50 Percent with Communication Technologies

    Late last month, we published a case study with Syngenta on their deployment of Office Communications Server 2007 to over 21,000 employees. With 330 offices in more than 90 countries, the challenge described by Daniel Rhein was "Every day, hundreds of our employees collaborate on projects with their...
  • Blog Post: Monsanto Enhances Collaboration with Cisco, Microsoft Technologies

    We published another case study on Monsanto's collaboration environment while I was away from the office. Monsanto has previously published a case study and video on its use of enterprise search using SharePoint and Unified Communications . The newest case study is a fairly technical look at how Monsanto...
  • Blog Post: Hempel is Implementing Dynamics AX

    Hempel, a leading producer of protective coatings announced on their website their intention to deploy a standard ERP solution based on Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 as part of their "One Hempel - Everywhere" strategy. Also, it looks like they are seeking business consultants experienced in various parts...
  • Blog Post: Sabic Standardizes Desktop Environment

    A couple weeks ago, we released a case study with Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), and their deployment of Office 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to their 18,000 employees. What is interesting to me about this case study is the implied de-coupling of Vista and Office 2007...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista adoption in the chemical industry - Eastman and PPG

    This past week, we released Windows Vista adoption case studies for Eastman Chemical and PPG . The Eastman story focuses on the timing of their refresh cycle and their evaluation of whether to stay on Windows XP or move to Vista. The Vista decision came from a number of factors, not the least of which...
  • Blog Post: LyondellBasell Rolls Out Real-Time Web Dashboard to Monitor and Manage Emissions

    Coincidentally to my last post, we just released a case study showing how LyondellBasell was able to meet the new air-quality requirements in Southeast, Texas using the VisionMonitor Compliance Intelligence solution written by one of our partners, VisionMonitor Software . The case study highlights...
  • Blog Post: LaFarge case study on Simplifying Branch Office IT Management with Windows Server 2008

    This scenario comes up quite a bit in the chemical industry - IT management of remote offices where the number of people in the office is low. We recently released a case study with LaFarge North America on how they approached this challenge using Windows Server 2008 . LaFarge NA is a leading construction...
  • Blog Post: Wet & Forget (New Zealand) chooses Great Plains

    Summer is in full-force in North Carolina with a forecast of mid-to-upper 90s over the next few days. Of course, I am in Boston right now with a customer at our Boston MTC, and it is only 58 degrees here. Let the summer season begin! We released a new case study last month documenting Wet & Forget...
  • Blog Post: Partner Webinar - SAT Corporation on Role-Based Productivity for Your Mobile Maintenance Workforce

    SAT Corporation has released a nice 15-minute on-demand webinar which provides their point-of-view of how the Oil & Gas and chemical industry can use technology to provide role-based productivity to your mobile maintenance workforce. They provide a nice overview of the business case for change, and...
  • Blog Post: ChemSynergy Asia Rolls Out Dynamics NAV ERP in 4 Weeks

    We just released this case study about ChemSynergy Asia, a distributor of oleochemicals in the Phillipines. They were rolling up financial and inventory information with its headquarters in Germany by using spreadsheets and other manual mechanisms. They rolled out Dynamics NAV in 4 weeks using the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: OSISoft Case Study on Environmental Sustainability

    We just released a case study with OSISoft highlighting the growing trend of usage for OSISoft's PI system and corresponding real-time performance management infrastructure for environmental improvements including energy and emissions. Most of us know them for their market presence in helping process...
  • Blog Post: BASF IT Services Case Study on Application Virtualization (SoftGrid)

    It's a busy week this week. After a bit of travel last week, I am out and about again this week (Michigan and Philly). I want to point out a case study we released back in February with BASF IT Service around application virtualization. I held off blogging about it, mainly because there was nothing particularly...
  • Blog Post: PolyOne Boosts Sales and Marketing Effectiveness with Discoverable Web Information

    I just returned today from a week-long vacation. We released a new case study from PolyOne while I was away. This case study is about PolyOne overhauling their customer-facing B2B website, and using Microsoft products and technologies to do it. Their business challenges were around three main areas...
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