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  • Blog Post: Accelrys Announces SUpport for Office SharePoint Server

    Yesterday, Accelrys , a provider of scientific business intelligence software and services, put out a press release on their support for Office SharePoint Server 2007 in their Pipeline Pilot Enterprise Server offering. We’ve started introducing this combination to chemical companies looking to increase...
  • Blog Post: Re-Cap of THE UMT Portfolio Management Webcast Featuring FMC

    UMT delivered a nice webcast yesterday featuring Blaik Halling, Project Manager and Senior Research Associate with FMC .  You can access the recording by sending an email to marketing(@)umt.com. We had a good-sized audience for the event, and I thank those of you who also read the blog for attending...
  • Blog Post: Chemical Companies Embracing New Concepts Like Software PluS Services

    We sponsored a CIO Magazine virtual conference called “The Intelligent Enterprise” back in November.  The live event was broadcast on November 12th, but you can access all the content through May 15, 2009 (you need to register to view it). The conference was built around a number of topics including...
  • 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: Overcoming Challenges in Innovation - September 23 Webcast with UMT Consulting

    The chemical industry remains a very dynamic industry where managing and optimizing your portfolio of businesses is critical to the long-term health of your business. The same holds true in chemical R&D, and many R&D groups I talk to have a big focus on improving their visibility into their chemical...
  • Blog Post: Solution Connector for Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007

    This may be an obscure post to some of you, but for those of you working on Innovation Management solutions for Microsoft, you will be happy to hear that we released the Solution Connector for Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007 . This will allow you, among other things, to automate the promotion...
  • 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: Microsoft Announces Enterprise Innovation Management Initiative

    We issued a press release today about our innovation management initiative. I have blogged about this a few times in the past in one form or another. Our innovation management initiative is a cross-industry initiative and is really aimed at how our customers can use the Microsoft platform to accelerate...
  • 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: IFF creates new global director of Innovation for Fragrance Division

    ChemWeek reported today that Judith Gross of IFF was named to Global Director, Fragrance Innovation. The press release mentions a couple of interesting things. For one, she will have a dedicated team focused on new alliances and partnerships, and secondly the press release notes how innovation is becoming...
  • Blog Post: Link to Our February 28 Webcast on Driving Innovation in the Chemical Industry

    Tony Grzesik and I hosted a webcast focused on driving innovation in the chemical industry, and focused in particular on what Microsoft brings to the table to help our chemical and agriculture customers get better results from their innovation process. If you want to check it out, click here . ...
  • Blog Post: Dow Corning Case Study on their Global Rollout of Rights Management Services to Help Protect Intellectual Property

    We just released a new case study highlighting Dow Corning's on-going deployment of Rights Management Services across their enterprise. At the time of the writing, they deployed it to the first 100 pilot users, with plans to roll it to the remaining 10K employees by the 3rd quarter. Thank you to Dow...
  • 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: New Solution Showcase Content for Innovation Process Management

    More and more, my chemical industry discussions have turned to innovation and supporting the innovation process. Many chemical companies are reinvigorating their innovation process (undoubtedly some more quickly and with more focus than others), and there is an emerging need for technology that supports...
  • Blog Post: More information on Siemens Teamcenter Express integration with Microsoft Office

    A colleague of mine, Todd Meadows, sent me a link to this newsletter which provides more details on the integration between Siemens PLM Software, Teamcenter Express and Microsoft Office applications. Having this level of integration will make Teamcenter Express even more accessible to users in the small...
  • Blog Post: Siemens Releases Demo of its Teamcenter Express Office Business Application

    Siemens has posted a demonstration of the document management capabilities inside of their Office Business Application (OBA), Teamcenter Express. Check it out here . Oh, by the way, if you haven't been out to OBACentral before, it is a SharePoint site dedicated to our partners building Office Business...
  • 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: New Recipe and Formula Management Partner - Selerant - Running on SQL Server

    Good news on the collaborative product development and recipe and formula management front: Selerant has just released their DevEx product to run on SQL Server. While they have used .NET for building their application for a long time, they have converted their database over to SQL Server. I've talked...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft ISV Software Contest - Clean Technology

    Microsoft is sponsoring a software development contest that is of interest to the chemicals industry and solution providers that serve chemicals and energy customers. The contest is called "The Ingenuity Point" and is affiliated with the Imagine Cup that software developers are probably familiar with...
  • Blog Post: Improving Your Innovation Process with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and DataLan Corporation...an Ampacet Case Study

    I want to draw your attention to a case study on how Ampacet improved their innovation management process using Office SharePoint Server 2007 and a solution from one of our partners, DataLan Corporation. The chemical industry continues to rely on innovation as a source of differentiation and growth...
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