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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Chem4Word Project

    Microsoft Research, in partnership with Dr. Peter Murray-Rust and his team at the Unilever Centre for Molecular Science Informatics , is investigating the introduction of chemistry-related features in Microsoft Office Word . To read about this project, visit our research site here .
  • Blog Post: ACS launches social networking site for chemical pros

    I read this article (subscription may be required) on Chemical & Engineering News about ACS launching their social-networking site for their members. This is further proof of the momentum of social networking taking off in the chemical industry. It will be interesting to watch the pace of adoption...
  • Blog Post: The year in blogging on the Chemical Industry

    I didn't realize it until today, but last week marked the 1-year anniversary of this chemical blog. We launched our focus in the chemical vertical last year, and I believe we've made a lot of progress building relationships and sharing our story on how Microsoft and our partners can help our chemical...
  • 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: Bob Wood, Chairman and CEO of Chemtura on Improving ACC Communications Outreach

    I was on a quasi-vacation over the past couple of weeks and am just catching up on my periodicals. A June 16, 2008 article in ChemWeek titled Regulatory Challenges Top ACC agenda (subscription required, I believe) caught my attention. It quoted Brian Ferguson, CEO of Eastman Chemical and Bob Wood, Chairman...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to Mike Jones of PPG's GTS Services...

    On behalf of the Microsoft team, congratulations to Mike Jones, President of GTS Services for being named a top performer under 40 by AutoGlass Magazine (PPG press release) , and thank you for being a great Microsoft partner. Mike spun up a new technology business unit in 2002 to connect and automate...
  • 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: Microsoft at the Upcoming PDMA & IIR's Front-End of Innovation Conference

    I was reading a colleague's blog the other day who was excited to be home after a bunch of travel so that he could get back to blogging. I find it the opposite - I tend to blog more when I travel than I do when I am home. As you can tell, I have been home over the last week or so. Anyway, for those...
  • 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: 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: The Microsoft Energy & Chemicals Team is Growing...Be a Part of It

    We are growing the chemical team and are looking to add a new solution specialist that will call on both Oil & Gas and Chemical accounts. If you are interested in joining a terrific team in a great industry, check out the job description . This is a US-focused job. The location is not specified ...
  • Blog Post: Join us for a Webcast on Innovation for Competitive Advantage in the Chemical Industry

    On February 28, 2008, I am hosting a webcast on how Microsoft is helping chemical companies deliver on innovation. We will talk about a range of topics with a couple of customer stories, but if you are involved in R&D on the IT or the business side, come check it out. You can register by clicking...
  • Blog Post: Shutting down for the holidays and some thoughts heading into 2008

    I'm heading off for the holidays after today, and will return to blogging in the new year. Marc Monplaisir and I launched this blog back in August with the goal of better connecting with our chemical customers and partners on what we are up to in the industry, and to share some of the stories of how...
  • Blog Post: Operational Excellence article in ChemWeek

    Nancy Seewald wrote a nice piece on Operational Excellence in the November 21st edition of ChemWeek. I believe you need a subscription to view the full article. I was fortunate to be able to contribute a quote on the need for technology to support the management systems, processes and metrics in place...
  • Blog Post: Lean Adoption in the Chemical Industry

    As chemical companies continue to focus on attaining the next level of operational excellence, more and more are adopting or expanding their use of Lean or Lean Six Sigma across their organization. As this adoption matures, companies are looking for ways to standardize their improvement processes, accelerate...
  • Blog Post: ChemSpider - My first step in proving my previous post wrong

    While sitting around watching a lot of college football this weekend, I started to do some searching to see if I could find blogs, wikis, and other evidence of web 2.0 approaches to building community in the chemical industry. One of the first results I uncovered was some work being done on ChemSpider...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 for the Chemical Industry - Where is the online presence and community building?

    I was with one of my chemical customers this week in a strategy briefing around improving their innovation processes and external R&D collaboration. The topic of Web 2.0 (or social computing) capabilities - roughly translated to online communities, blogs, wikis, podcasts, etc... was a big topic of...
  • Blog Post: Marc Monplaisir Has a New Job

    I was fortunate to have Marc Monplaisir running our marketing strategy for the chemical industry - he's an incredibly talented person and a great guy with which to work. He has taken on broader responsibilities within Microsoft, and now looks after sales and marketing strategy across all the US manufacturing...
  • Blog Post: How Great Customers Can Energize You...

    Sorry for the lack of posts last week, but I had a hectic travel schedule which included spending time with a great chemical customer of ours. I hope to be able to share who they are and point you to a story about how they are using our technology to solve business problems over the next month or two...
  • Blog Post: Air Products and their Office Communications Server deployment

    Another chemical collaboration case study was released - this time is about the Air Products deployment of Office Communications Server 2007. As with many global chemical companies, the nature of their workforce is changing. People are globally dispersed, traveling heavily, and when they are in their...
  • 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: Dow Corning Deploys Office Communications Server 2007 for Engineered Elastomers Industry Americas Group

    With the launch of Microsoft unified communications products and services this week, we also published a case study about Dow Corning's early-adopter experience deploying Office Communication Server 2007 with Office Communicator 2007 to ther Engineered Elastomers Industry Americas group. For those...
  • Blog Post: Demand Planning Capabilities in Duet for Microsoft Office and SAP

    Have you heard of Duet ? Duet is a software solution from Microsoft and SAP that allows users to work with SAP business processes inside of Microsoft Office. Duet is sold and supported by both SAP and Microsoft. Most chemical customers that deal with either SAP or Microsoft all the time know of Duet...
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