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  • 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: AspenTech Event and Upcoming User’s Conference

    We co-hosted a fun, informal networking event with AspenTech on Wednesday evening at the Philadelphia Phillies game . The Phillies lost 3-1, but did have the winning run at the plate with 2-outs in the 9th. I forgot to take a picture, but if you like baseball and get to Philadelphia, it’s a beautiful...
  • Blog Post: Eastman Innovation Lab and Kor One

    The inaugural Strategic Marketing and eMarketing in the Chemical Industry event finished yesterday.  It was a terrific couple of days and I made great connections with some of the leading marketers in the industry.  Every presentation was valuable, and I've spent much of today pouring through...
  • Blog Post: Day 1 of Strategic Marketing and eMarketing in the Chemical Industry Conference

    I was in Atlanta today for day 1 of the Strategic Marketing and eMarketing in the Chemical Industry conference organized by Jacob Fleming .  This is the first year for the conference in the US. I wasn't sure what to expect, but we listened to a fantastic set of speakers today.  We heard a lot...
  • Blog Post: ChemWeek IT Forum WRAP-UP

    Last Monday, I attended the 11th Annual ChemWeek IT Forum in King of Prussia, PA.  Unfortunately, the attendance was light for the conference, but the presenters all hung in there and delivered quality content.  The presentations are posted here for your review.  Reading the slide decks...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts from Logichem 2008 in Atlanta

    Last week, Microsoft sponsored LogiChem 2008 in Atlanta. Enrique Andaluz and Greg Walker represented our team, and I asked Enrique to give me his thoughts on the conference to share with the community... -Brian ~~~~~~ We had a great couple of days exchanging knowledge with chemical supply chain...
  • Blog Post: Strategic Marketing and emarketing in the chemical industry

    On October 8th and 9th in Atlanta, Georgia, Microsoft is sponsoring the Strategic Marketing and eMarketing in the Chemical Industry conference put on by Jacob Fleming. I will be speaking on the eMarketing platform and what chemical companies can do today to take their eMarketing investments to the next...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Sponsoring Logichem 2008 next week in atlanta

    Once again, Microsoft is sponsoring LogiChem . This year's event will be held next week in Atlanta, Georgia. Last year included a terrific line-up of speakers and attendees, and we look forward to another great event this year. Both Greg Walker and Enrique Andaluz, our supply chain market development...
  • Blog Post: Attending the ChemWeek IT Forum? Save 20% on your attendance...

    I've posted a discount flyer for the upcoming ChemWeek IT Forum , being held on September 29, 2008 in King of Prussia, PA. Microsoft is a gold sponsor of this event. Click here to access the flyer. I hope to see you there. -Brian
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is Gold Sponsor for Upcoming ChemWeek IT Conference

    Hi everyone - I've been out of town for family business over the past couple of weeks, but am back in the swing of things. I wanted to let you all know that we are a gold sponsor for the 11th annual Information Technology Conference hosted by ChemWeek on September 29th in King of Prussia, PA. Check out...
  • Blog Post: Final thoughts on ChemITC 2008 Spring Cyber Security Meeting

    It was a great few days at the ChemITC spring meeting on Cyber Security. Not the least of which was enjoying cuban food and great company on Thursday night in South Beach. Thanks again to Dow Corning for jointly presenting their journey with us. It was a great presentation. A funny thing happened...
  • Blog Post: First Day at the ChemITC Conference in Miami

    It was a busy first day at the ChemITC Spring Cyber Security meeting down in Miami, Florida. While we have participated in activities over the past year, this is the first conference where we are actual affiliate members. It was good to catch up with everyone and meet some new folks. We have a few of...
  • Blog Post: Next Week at the ACC Spring Cyber Security Program Meeting for the ChemITC

    I will be down in beautiful Miami next week for the American Chemistry Council's Spring Cyber Security meeting for the ChemITC . We are affiliate members of the ChemITC, and are scheduled for a joint presentation with Dow Corning on work we did with them around rights management and secure external collaboration...
  • Blog Post: A Great Time in Philly...

    What a great day today. I'd like to thank all of the customers who took the afternoon off to join us for the game. Also, a big thank you to Bill Polk from AMR for giving an update on the chemical industry outlook and trends.
  • Blog Post: In Philly Hosting an Event...

    I landed in Philadelphia this evening to sunny skies. I am here hosting an event tomorrow at the Phillies game. It is supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny for the game. There is always a risk when you schedule an event at a baseball game in mid-April, but it should work out well. Of course, I forgot...
  • Blog Post: A Rainy Friday Afternoon

    I'm staring out the window at the 3rd straight day of rain. Sounds gloomy, except when you live in the Southeast, USA - and are experiencing Level-3 Exceptional Drought conditions. It is actually quite lovely. Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I was up in Philadelphia for the CSCMP conference. They...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at Council for Supply Chain Management (CSCMP) Annual Conference

    In less than two weeks we will be at the annual CSCMP event in Philadelphia as the Premier sponsor for the conference. A host of Microsoft folks will be in attendance including me, Enrique Andaluz, Greg Walker, and Marc Monplaisir who you may have met late last month at LogiChem 2007. We will be continuing...
  • Blog Post: Final LogiChem 2007 Thoughts and pointer to the Microsoft and SAP Alliance site

    I can't believe a week has already passed since LogiChem ended. I am still catching up on things after being out most of last week. I enjoyed all of my conversations with customers and partners - it was a great time. As Marc mentioned in the previous post, I kicked things off on Day 2 with a short talk...
  • Blog Post: Report from Day 2 of LogiChem

    Today kicked off with Brian Willson, Chemicals Industry Director from Microsoft, hosting the morning general sessions. Brian introduced and moderated discussion with representatives from Ashland, BASF, and the Transportation Security Administration. The afternoon focused on a panel discussion on RFID...
  • Blog Post: Morning Report from LogiChem 2007

    Hello from the LogiChem 2007 conference in Scottsdale, Arizona! The morning kicked off with Jack Weiss, CEO of Microsoft partner WAM systems , who introduced the speakers and set the stage by discussing industry macro issues such as M&A, the rise of markets and capacity in China, India, and the...
  • Blog Post: Join us at LogiChem 2007 !

    Join Microsoft at the LogiChem 2007 conference focusing on Chemicals supply chain and logistics issues. The conference is September 24-27 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Industry Director Brian Willson will be the host for the Day 2 general sessions, and we look forward to meeting some of our readers there....
  • Blog Post: Source of My "Strong IT = Strong Business Growth" Data Points from ChemWeek SFO Conference This Week

    At the conference Marc wrote about below, I was part of a panel on challenges aligning IT with the business for global chemical companies. I referenced a few data points from a Keystone Strategy study we sponsored last year. I didn't use any slides, so I want to post the source document for those of...
  • Blog Post: Report - Chemical Week Senior Financial Officers Conference, New York, August 7

    I attended the 12th annual ChemWeek SFO conference in New York yesterday along with my colleague Brian Willson and several members of our NY/NJ team who had customers in attendance. The overwhelming theme of the presentations was the recent flurry of M&A activity in the industry, and whether it would...
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