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  • 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: New Manufacturing & Resources blog from Tyler Bryson

    Our US Manufacturing & Resources General Manager, Tyler Bryson, launched his blog earlier today here as a way to connect you to "innovations and ideas from across Microsoft in Manufacturing". Track his blog as he gets it launched off the ground. I've known Tyler for a few years, and can attest that...
  • Blog Post: Refresh of the chemicals website

    (corrected link in post - thanks for the heads up, Blake) Shameless plug...check it out and give me feedback...thanks http://www.microsoft.com/chemical
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Environmental Blog Launched...

    As a companion to our new environmental site we launched earlier, the team has also launched a companion blog where they will post on-going information about how Microsoft and our partners can help you acheive your environmental goals.
  • 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: New Microsoft Environment Website Launched

    The environment is a key priority for the chemical industry , and I get a lot of interest and questions about ways Microsoft and our partners are using software and technology to help customers either lessen their impact on the environment - or accelerate innovations that improve the world and environment...
  • 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: My Live Mesh Invite Arrived Today

    Okay, another off-topic post. But, if you follow the chemical industry closer than you follow Microsoft you may not have seen some of the press announcements about Live Mesh . Take a look to learn about it. My first usage scenario in the tech preview is to synchronize all of my home files on my work...
  • 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: Are you going to Convergence next week?

    Convergence, our annual conference for Dynamics ERP and CRM users and prospective customers is next week. I'll be there for a good portion of the conference. If you are attending, and would like to meet, you can find me on the Convergence Connect feature inside the registration. We have a good session...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DreamSpark Student Program - Access to developer and designer tools at no charge

    I have an academic audience on this blog, so in case you haven't seen it, we announced Microsoft DreamSpark yesterday, which allows students to download Microsoft developer tools and designer tools at no charge. You can visit here for all the details on how we are rolling this out. Also, if you want...
  • 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: 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: Live Search 411 Launched

    I tried out the new Live Search 411 we launched this week. It connects you with any business (restaurant's being what I will use it for the most), weather, traffic, movie showtimes, directions, etc... Try it out and give us feedback. Simply call 1-800-CALL-411 or 1-800-225-5411. Brian Willson ...
  • Blog Post: Can we learn an intellectual property protection lesson from George Clooney?

    A lot of people probably heard the recent news story about actor George Clooney's medical records allegedly being inappropriately accessed or leaked to the press by hospital staff following his motorcycle accident. It got me thinking about how private or sensitive information can be secured, and the...
  • 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: New Case Study on J. R. Simplot

    This is a new case study highlighting how J. R. Simplot used BizTalk server and SQL Server to integrate their J.D. Edwards-based ERP environment with their external business partners. Hot off the presses at http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000000707 . - Marc from the...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2006 R2 - Value for the chemical industry (RFID and CIDX Chem eStandards)

    It's been a lot of fun to watch our BizTalk Server product grow over the years. I was fortunate to lead the implementation of one of the first BizTalk Server customer implementations back in my consulting days, and have followed the product closely since. While we have released a bunch of new and upgraded...
  • 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: Dow Chemical Cuts the Cost of Vendor Collaboration

    We published this case study earlier this summer. Global chemical companies like Dow Chemical are turning to technology to help their employees more easily communicate and collaborate with each other and with vendors and partners outside the organization. This case study details Dow Chemical's use of...
  • Blog Post: PPG Case Study on Vista and Office 2007...and another kind of Vista

    Some of what we will do early on is highlight recent case studies from our chemical customer base - or relevant case studies from similar industries. Here's one we did earlier this year with PPG on their decision to deploy Vista and Office 2007 as part of their Desktop of the Future initiative. The Desktop...
  • 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....
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