Shutting Down for the Year – And a Note About Twitter

Just a quick note to wish everyone a happy holiday season.  I will likely be off the blog until the first week of January. Also, I created my Twitter profile.  If you are a tweeter and focus on the chemical industry, I’d like to start following you on Twitter.  I want to continue strengthening the…

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Paul Hodges’ Chemicals And The Economy Blog

If you are looking for some insight into how the economy is impacting the chemical industry, I suggest Paul Hodges’ blog, Chemicals and The Economy up on the ICIS website.  I’ve been reading it for the past several months and get a lot of value from it. He has a new post this morning about…

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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 business intelligence, enterprise applications, software…

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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 of our unified communications…

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Eastman Chemical Employees Engineer Thousands of Process Improvements Using Easy-To-Use Software

People drive the most important business outcomes, and software is one of the best investments you can make to enable your people to drive better outcomes.  Eastman Chemical embodies this philosophy in its information technology strategy and the approach is paying dividends. Last month, we released a case study highlighting Eastman Chemical’s approach to driving…

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American Chemistry on Facebook

I am now one of 147 fans of American Chemistry on Facebook.  I’m really, really glad to see this move and will be watching to see what they do with it. I’m not sure when they created the group, but I received the invite in my daily ACC SmartBrief mail.  Nice move, ACC! -Brian

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The Social Media for Scientists Conversation Continues…

Okay, I’ve learned not to drift away from the blog for too long as conversations roll on without me.  David Bradley posted a nice follow-up piece on social media for scientists that is creating some good discussion. In the comments, David Crotty pointed me to a nice post from Richard Gayle titled “What Scientists are…

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Benefits of Plastics Summit Blog From the American Chemistry Council

A year-or-so ago I blogged about the (seemingly) lack of social networking going on in the chemical industry.  The comment was aimed towards industry rather than academia. Yesterday, David Bradley from ScienceBase posted on Social Media for Scientists.  The post is excellent and highlights several social networking sites out their for the scientific community –…

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NCH Streamlines Research and Analysis of new Technologies

We released a case study with NCH Corporation about their experience in building a custom sales-force automation solution that integrated with their Oracle ERP solution. The case study is written from the perspective of visiting one of our Microsoft Technology Centers – a resource we have available to customers and partners where you interact with…

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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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