Microsoft Corp. launched the Microsoft Chemical Reference Architecture Initiative to develop a reference architecture framework addressing business and technology needs for customers in the chemical and oil refining industries.
ChemRA will allow customers to implement interoperable IT solutions built on a secure foundation. Microsoft is partnering with Accenture, Aspen Technology Inc., Invensys Operations Management Inc., OSIsoft LLC, PROS Holdings Inc. and Siemens. The initiative was kicked off today at the MESA 2011 North America Conference in Orlando, Fla.
“The need for collaboration among chemicals professionals is great, driven by a push for faster innovation and the pressing need for knowledge transfer from retiring workers,” said Ellyn Foltz, managing director, Worldwide Process Manufacturing Industries, Microsoft. “ChemRA provides a response to the business and technology challenges our customers and partners face today. We are helping our customers more effectively interact with and share information to compete and succeed in today’s dynamic global marketplace.”
Microsoft and its partners will continue to develop chemicals reference architecture. A recent survey from Microsoft and Accenture highlights the need for this type of architecture to enable more flexible IT solutions. 94 percent said IT is not flexible in handling change and another 81 percent said that IT is not supporting geographic expansion. More than half of the surveyed identified collaboration as the key benefit of cloud computing.
“The survey confirms that forward-looking organizations are assessing the game-changing potential of cloud technology to tackle the challenges they face,” said Koenraad Schelfaut, Accenture’s Advanced Enterprise Solutions lead for Chemicals and Natural Resources. “Accenture and Microsoft are working together to provide the business, technology and implementation expertise to help chemicals organizations leverage cloud computing and dormant organizational data to clarify strategic vision, sharpen client focus and accelerate day-to-day decision-making and agility.”