Microsoft Research Chem4Word Project

Microsoft Research, in partnership with Dr. Peter Murray-Rust and his team at the Unilever Centre for Molecular Science Informatics, is investigating the introduction of chemistry-related features in Microsoft Office Word.  To read about this project, visit our research site here.

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ACS launches social networking site for chemical pros

I read this article (subscription may be required) on Chemical & Engineering News about ACS launching their social-networking site for their members.  This is further proof of the momentum of social networking taking off in the chemical industry.  It will be interesting to watch the pace of adoption (the ACS site claims almost 12,000 users)…

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The year in blogging on the Chemical Industry

I didn’t realize it until today, but last week marked the 1-year anniversary of this chemical blog.  We launched our focus in the chemical vertical last year, and I believe we’ve made a lot of progress building relationships and sharing our story on how Microsoft and our partners can help our chemical customers be even more…

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Microsoft is Gold Sponsor for Upcoming ChemWeek IT Conference

Hi everyone – I’ve been out of town for family business over the past couple of weeks, but am back in the swing of things.  I wanted to let you all know that we are a gold sponsor for the 11th annual Information Technology Conference hosted by ChemWeek on September 29th in King of Prussia,…

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Bob Wood, Chairman and CEO of Chemtura on Improving ACC Communications Outreach

I was on a quasi-vacation over the past couple of weeks and am just catching up on my periodicals.  A June 16, 2008 article in ChemWeek titled Regulatory Challenges Top ACC agenda (subscription required, I believe) caught my attention.  It quoted Brian Ferguson, CEO of Eastman Chemical and Bob Wood, Chairman and CEO of Chemtura about…

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Congratulations to Mike Jones of PPG’s GTS Services…

On behalf of the Microsoft team, congratulations to Mike Jones, President of GTS Services for being named a top performer under 40 by AutoGlass Magazine (PPG press release), and thank you for being a great Microsoft partner.  Mike spun up a new technology business unit in 2002 to connect and automate the auto glass value chain…

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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…

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Partner Webinar – SAT Corporation on Role-Based Productivity for Your Mobile Maintenance Workforce

SAT Corporation has released a nice 15-minute on-demand webinar which provides their point-of-view of how the Oil & Gas and chemical industry can use technology to provide role-based productivity to your mobile maintenance workforce.  They provide a nice overview of the business case for change, and highlight one of their customer success stories with Valero.  Charlie Mohrmann…

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Microsoft at the Upcoming PDMA & IIR’s Front-End of Innovation Conference

I was reading a colleague’s blog the other day who was excited to be home after a bunch of travel so that he could get back to blogging.  I find it the opposite – I tend to blog more when I travel than I do when I am home.  As you can tell, I have…

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ChemSynergy Asia Rolls Out Dynamics NAV ERP in 4 Weeks

We just released this case study about ChemSynergy Asia, a distributor of oleochemicals in the Phillipines.  They were rolling up financial and inventory information with its headquarters in Germany by using spreadsheets and other manual mechanisms.  They rolled out Dynamics NAV in 4 weeks using the Microsoft Dynamics SureStep methodology, and reduced reporting time by…

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