Shutting down for the holidays and some thoughts heading into 2008

I’m heading off for the holidays after today, and will return to blogging in the new year.  Marc Monplaisir and I launched this blog back in August with the goal of better connecting with our chemical customers and partners on what we are up to in the industry, and to share some of the stories of how…

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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 and medium business market.

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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 Applications on our platform.  Enjoy… Brian Willson Microsoft…

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Operational Excellence article in ChemWeek

Nancy Seewald wrote a nice piece on Operational Excellence in the November 21st edition of ChemWeek.  I believe you need a subscription to view the full article.  I was fortunate to be able to contribute a quote on the need for technology to support the management systems, processes and metrics in place.  Nancy does a really nice job…

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Lean Adoption in the Chemical Industry

As chemical companies continue to focus on attaining the next level of operational excellence, more and more are adopting or expanding their use of Lean or Lean Six Sigma across their organization.  As this adoption matures, companies are looking for ways to standardize their improvement processes, accelerate their time-to-value in these programs and find better…

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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.  Now, their work…

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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 conversation.  A big part of the briefing was having our…

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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 verticals. Marc, I wish you…

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How Great Customers Can Energize You…

Sorry for the lack of posts last week, but I had a hectic travel schedule which included spending time with a great chemical customer of ours.  I hope to be able to share who they are and point you to a story about how they are using our technology to solve business problems over the next…

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Air Products and their Office Communications Server deployment

Another chemical collaboration case study was released – this time is about the Air Products deployment of Office Communications Server 2007.  As with many global chemical companies, the nature of their workforce is changing.  People are globally dispersed, traveling heavily, and when they are in their hometown, they like to work from home and not the…

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