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Perspectives on accelerating innovation, improving operations, and tightening customer connections from Microsoft's Manufacturing & Resources Sector General Manager, Craig Hodges.

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  • Blog Post: Chinese Manufacturers Say Unified Communications Essential to Cost Reduction

    I read a great article in PRIME magazine regarding the role of unified communications in driving cost reduction in manufacturing. The breakthrough here is the new focus on using UC for reducing operational costs in people-driven processes. I've included an excerpt below... "CIOs of Chinese manufacturing...
  • Blog Post: Manufacturers Embracing Microsoft Application Virtualization

    For many manufacturers, specialized engineering applications are the lifeblood of the product development process. Because of the many system dependencies in these applications, the ability to rapidly deploy and upgrade these applications with the latest capabilities has always been a challenge. Imagine...
  • Blog Post: US Manufacturing Exports Drive 61% of America's Economic Growth

    As we continue to wrestle with an economy weighed down by major energy and housing shocks, it’s clear that US Manufacturers are helping to offset some of these losses through strong exports abroad. With a weak dollar and with increasingly efficient manufacturing processes in the US-export growth has...
  • Blog Post: The "E-Squared" Supply Chain

    The most prominent and arguably most critical supply chain tool in the world is Microsoft Excel. In supply chain conversations, manufacturer after manufacturer reflect back to me their tremendous dependency on this tool for supply chain processes. As we delve deeper into topics of supply chain collaboration...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows High Performance Computing is Changing Manufacturing

    One of the hottest topics with Microsoft manufacturing customers is High Performance Computing ( HPC ). From product development to manufacturing engineering, from logistics planning to supply chain modeling, new applications for HPC are being deployed everyday in the world's leading manufacturers. The...
  • Blog Post: The New Manufacturing Convergence: Software, Services and Devices

    Manufacturing business models are changing. Traditional original equipment manufacturers are embracing new "smart" service business models enabled through embedded software, wireless connectivity and on-line services. IndustryWeek defines smart services as "differentiated post-sale product support capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Manufacturing Matters to Microsoft...

    By way of introduction, my name is Tyler Bryson and I am the US General Manager of the Manufacturing and Resources Sector. I have responsibility for Microsoft's sales, solution, and partner strategy for serving enterprise manufacturing customers in the US. The most common response I receive from customers...
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