PolyOne Boosts Sales and Marketing Effectiveness with Discoverable Web Information

I just returned today from a week-long vacation.  We released a new case study from PolyOne while I was away.  This case study is about PolyOne overhauling their customer-facing B2B website, and using Microsoft products and technologies to do it. Their business challenges were around three main areas: The ability to quickly post new content…

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Electrochemical Products Inc - Finds Formula for Greater Efficiency using Dynamics NAV

We produced a case study for Electrochemical Products, Inc, a worldwide developer of high quality chemicals for the metal plating and metal finishing industries.  The case study centered around their adoption of Microsoft Dynamics NAV as their ERP platform.  Our partner, Tectura, provided the process manufacturing modules and implementation. Eric Olander, CEO, had a great quote…

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Greetings from Convergence...

It’s a Thursday afternoon here at Microsoft Convergence in Orlando, Florida, and I have finally found some time to sit down and do some work.  Yesterday, Steve Ballmer delivered the keynote presentation for the conference.  You can read through the transcript in about 20 minutes, or watch the video from that link.  It’s definitely worth the…

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International Specialty Products Grows Customer Relationships

We released a case study in the middle of February about International Specialty Products migration of their customer-facing web site to Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Commerce Server 2007.  These two products make up our primary customer-facing platform for both unstructured content management as well as structured data.  ISP is using Commerce Server for handling…

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Cytec - Using a Windows Mobile solution to help them improve customer focus

I am back from the holidays, and wanted to kick-off the new year highlighting a story that was finalized while I was away.  Cytec, a global specialty chemicals and materials company has been looking for ways to better support its mobile users.  If you are a mobile user, like I am, you know how critical…

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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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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…

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BizTalk Server 2006 R2 - Value for the chemical industry (RFID and CIDX Chem eStandards)

It’s been a lot of fun to watch our BizTalk Server product grow over the years.  I was fortunate to lead the implementation of one of the first BizTalk Server customer implementations back in my consulting days, and have followed the product closely since.  While we have released a bunch of new and upgraded capabilities in…

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Dow Chemical Cuts the Cost of Vendor Collaboration

We published this case study earlier this summer.  Global chemical companies like Dow Chemical are turning to technology to help their employees more easily communicate and collaborate with each other and with vendors and partners outside the organization.  This case study details Dow Chemical’s use of Office Live Meeting, and Live Communications Server 2005 with Office Communicator…

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Improving Your Innovation Process with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and DataLan Corporation...an Ampacet Case Study

I want to draw your attention to a case study on how Ampacet improved their innovation management process using Office SharePoint Server 2007 and a solution from one of our partners, DataLan Corporation. The chemical industry continues to rely on innovation as a source of differentiation and growth, but many are taking a far more disciplined approach to innovation…

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