A Rainy Friday Afternoon

I’m staring out the window at the 3rd straight day of rain.  Sounds gloomy, except when you live in the Southeast, USA – and are experiencing Level-3 Exceptional Drought conditions.  It is actually quite lovely.  Sorry for the lack of posts this week.  I was up in Philadelphia for the CSCMP conference.  They run a…


Dow Corning Deploys Office Communications Server 2007 for Engineered Elastomers Industry Americas Group

With the launch of Microsoft unified communications products and services this week, we also published a case study about Dow Corning’s early-adopter experience deploying Office Communication Server 2007 with Office Communicator 2007 to ther Engineered Elastomers Industry Americas group. For those who don’t know, our unified communications and Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) software includes: Microsoft Office Communications…


Live Search 411 Launched

I tried out the new Live Search 411 we launched this week.  It connects you with any business (restaurant’s being what I will use it for the most), weather, traffic, movie showtimes, directions, etc… Try it out and give us feedback.  Simply call 1-800-CALL-411 or 1-800-225-5411.  Brian Willson Microsoft Chemical Team


Demand Planning Capabilities in Duet for Microsoft Office and SAP

Have you heard of Duet?  Duet is a software solution from Microsoft and SAP that allows users to work with SAP business processes inside of Microsoft Office.  Duet is sold and supported by both SAP and Microsoft.  Most chemical customers that deal with either SAP or Microsoft all the time know of Duet, but I’m…


Can we learn an intellectual property protection lesson from George Clooney?

A lot of people probably heard the recent news story about actor George Clooney’s medical records allegedly being inappropriately accessed or leaked to the press by hospital staff following his motorcycle accident. It got me thinking about how private or sensitive information can be secured, and the implications beyond celebrities and the tabloids. Some of…


Microsoft at Council for Supply Chain Management (CSCMP) Annual Conference

In less than two weeks we will be at the annual CSCMP event in Philadelphia as the Premier sponsor for the conference.  A host of Microsoft folks will be in attendance including me, Enrique Andaluz, Greg Walker, and Marc Monplaisir who you may have met late last month at LogiChem 2007.  We will be continuing…


Final LogiChem 2007 Thoughts and pointer to the Microsoft and SAP Alliance site

I can’t believe a week has already passed since LogiChem ended.  I am still catching up on things after being out most of last week.  I enjoyed all of my conversations with customers and partners – it was a great time.  As Marc mentioned in the previous post, I kicked things off on Day 2 with…


Report from Day 2 of LogiChem

Today kicked off with Brian Willson, Chemicals Industry Director from Microsoft, hosting the morning general sessions. Brian introduced and moderated discussion with representatives from Ashland, BASF, and the Transportation Security Administration. The afternoon focused on a panel discussion on RFID case studies and a discussion on Responsible Care. Brian Willson hosting LogiChem Day 2 General…


Morning Report from LogiChem 2007

Hello from the LogiChem 2007 conference in Scottsdale, Arizona! The morning kicked off with Jack Weiss, CEO of Microsoft partner WAM systems, who introduced the speakers and set the stage by discussing industry macro issues such as M&A, the rise of markets and capacity in China, India, and the Middle East, and sustainability. Dr. Mahender…


New Recipe and Formula Management Partner – Selerant – Running on SQL Server

Good news on the collaborative product development and recipe and formula management front:  Selerant has just released their DevEx product to run on SQL Server.  While they have used .NET for building their application for a long time, they have converted their database over to SQL Server.  I’ve talked to a couple of different customers just…