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…

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Owens-Illinois Cuts Excess Inventory by 50 Percent and IMproves On-Time Delivery

We released a case study earlier this month that you might find interesting. The case study is based on a project Lead Time Technology completed with Owens-Illinois Closure and Specialty Products.  O-I manufactures parts for specialized closures for pharma, chemical, and personal care products, and a rise in make-to-order jobs began to hamper its regular…

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InformationWeek Article on BASF and Application Virtualization

Charles Babcock, from InformationWeek wrote a nice article on BASF’s use of Microsoft application virtualization applied to AspenTech’s AspenOne product for chemical and process modeling design. I appreciate BASF’s willingness to share this story, as it brings awareness to how application virtualization can be used to deliver business benefits – in this case to allow…

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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 my notes digesting all the presentations, conversations and follow…

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Day 1 of Strategic Marketing and eMarketing in the Chemical Industry Conference

I was in Atlanta today for day 1 of the Strategic Marketing and eMarketing in the Chemical Industry conference organized by Jacob Fleming.  This is the first year for the conference in the US. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but we listened to a fantastic set of speakers today.  We heard a lot of…

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AspenTech Announces BASF Is First Customer to Deploy AspenONE Using Microsoft Application Virtualization Technology

If you are an AspenTech customer using aspenOne software, this press release will interest you.  It describes BASF’s use of Microsoft’s application virtualization technology to deploy updates to the aspenOne Process Engineering suite to its worldwide process engineering team. The benefits to BASF was lower IT costs, and quicker adoption of the new technology and…

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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 colleagues in different locations.  Often, these meetings…

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ChemWeek IT Forum WRAP-UP

Last Monday, I attended the 11th Annual ChemWeek IT Forum in King of Prussia, PA.  Unfortunately, the attendance was light for the conference, but the presenters all hung in there and delivered quality content.  The presentations are posted here for your review.  Reading the slide decks won’t be the same as being there, but you…

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David kepler wins Chemweek CIO of the year award

The highlight of the ChemWeek IT forum this week was not my presentation with Colin Masson, rather it was David Kepler adding to his list of awards with the ChemWeek CIO of the Year (subscription may be required) honor for 2008. David gave a great keynote talk at the close of the event describing Dow’s…

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