First Day at the ChemITC Conference in Miami

It was a busy first day at the ChemITC Spring Cyber Security meeting down in Miami, Florida.  While we have participated in activities over the past year, this is the first conference where we are actual affiliate members.  It was good to catch up with everyone and meet some new folks.  We have a few…

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Next Week at the ACC Spring Cyber Security Program Meeting for the ChemITC

I will be down in beautiful Miami next week for the American Chemistry Council’s Spring Cyber Security meeting for the ChemITC.  We are affiliate members of the ChemITC, and are scheduled for a joint presentation with Dow Corning on work we did with them around rights management and secure external collaboration.  If you aren’t heading to…

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The Microsoft Energy & Chemicals Team is Growing…Be a Part of It

We are growing the chemical team and are looking to add a new solution specialist that will call on both Oil & Gas and Chemical accounts.  If you are interested in joining a terrific team in a great industry, check out the job description.  This is a US-focused job.  The location is not specified -…

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Join us for a Webcast on Innovation for Competitive Advantage in the Chemical Industry

On February 28, 2008, I am hosting a webcast on how Microsoft is helping chemical companies deliver on innovation.  We will talk about a range of topics with a couple of customer stories, but if you are involved in R&D on the IT or the business side, come check it out.  You can register by…


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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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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