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  • 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: 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: I Thought I Was in ShapE…

    That’s what I told a group of tourists at the top of Lombard Street in San Francisco last week after making the hike from my hotel across both Nob Hill and Russian Hill - with my laptop bag strapped across my shoulder no less.  My legs were a bit shaky and I debated whether to head down to Aquatic...
  • Blog Post: Last Week at the Global Energy Forum

    What a great day at the Global Energy Forum last week, and what a fantastic turnout.  I was down there in support of my customer Nalco, and their talk on using software to improve customer operations ( press release here ). It’s always good to see what other verticals are doing, and there is a lot...
  • 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: Watch The Change with Unified Communications

    As a follow up to my post about saving money with Unified Communications, I stumbled across a site we created that shares the power of unified communications with one of our LifeCams.  It showcases three usage scenarios:  on the road, keep it green, and face-to-face. If you want a good visual...
  • Blog Post: SavING Money with Unified Communications

    Tomorrow marks the end of October, and is typically the time of year when chemical companies are cutting budgets in order to meet their yearly profit objectives. One of the first areas to get cut is travel and expenses, so a lot of work gets done using conference calls and email. But many of these...
  • 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: 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: 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: Monsanto Case Study on Unified Communications

    Just before the holidays, we released a case study on Monsanto's use of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 to provide a more flexible work environment for its employees. They were evaluating how unified communications could allow them to improve their business processes and cut costs, but they...
  • 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...
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