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…


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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Monsanto Enhances Collaboration with Cisco, Microsoft Technologies

We published another case study on Monsanto’s collaboration environment while I was away from the office.  Monsanto has previously published a case study and video on its use of enterprise search using SharePoint and Unified Communications.  The newest case study is a fairly technical look at how Monsanto is using Cisco’s Wide Area Application Services to help…

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Hempel is Implementing Dynamics AX

Hempel, a leading producer of protective coatings announced on their website their intention to deploy a standard ERP solution based on Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 as part of their “One Hempel – Everywhere” strategy.  Also, it looks like they are seeking business consultants experienced in various parts of AX to join their global team.


Sabic Standardizes Desktop Environment

A couple weeks ago, we released a case study with Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), and their deployment of Office 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to their 18,000 employees.  What is interesting to me about this case study is the implied de-coupling of Vista and Office 2007.  Some customers inextricably link the two,…


Windows Vista adoption in the chemical industry – Eastman and PPG

This past week, we released Windows Vista adoption case studies for Eastman Chemical and PPG.  The Eastman story focuses on the timing of their refresh cycle and their evaluation of whether to stay on Windows XP or move to Vista.  The Vista decision came from a number of factors, not the least of which is…

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LyondellBasell Rolls Out Real-Time Web Dashboard to Monitor and Manage Emissions

Coincidentally to my last post, we just released a case study showing how LyondellBasell was able to meet the new air-quality requirements in Southeast, Texas using the VisionMonitor Compliance Intelligence solution written by one of our partners, VisionMonitor Software. The case study highlights how LyondellBasell implemented new equipment at 8 sites to monitor emissions sources,…

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LaFarge case study on Simplifying Branch Office IT Management with Windows Server 2008

This scenario comes up quite a bit in the chemical industry – IT management of remote offices where the number of people in the office is low.  We recently released a case study with LaFarge North America on how they approached this challenge using Windows Server 2008.  LaFarge NA is a leading construction materials supplier in…

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Wet & Forget (New Zealand) chooses Great Plains

Summer is in full-force in North Carolina with a forecast of mid-to-upper 90s over the next few days.  Of course, I am in Boston right now with a customer at our Boston MTC, and it is only 58 degrees here.  Let the summer season begin! We released a new case study last month documenting Wet & Forget’s choice…