Microsoft launched the Microsoft Chemical Reference Architecture (ChemRA) Initiative, that provide solutions to the chemical and oil refining industries, a reference architecture framework that will help address business and technological needs for customers in the industry.
"ChemRA will benefit customers by allowing them to implement interoperable IT solutions built on a solid, secure and reliable foundation while providing great user experience and business insight as well as allowing for easy collaboration and business processes automation," Microsoft stated.
Microsoft partners currently endorsing and participating in the ChemRA Initiative include Accenture, Aspen Technology Inc., Invensys Operations Management Inc., OSIsoft LLC, PROS Holdings Inc., and Siemens (industrial automation systems, manufacturing execution system).
The initiative was kicked off today at the MESA 2011 North America Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Microsoft in a press release said "ChemRA offers an IT-based framework that addresses the business and technical challenges in the chemical industry, such as increased complexity of global supply networks, the pressing need for innovation management that allows for nurturing new ideas, and bringing new products to market fast."
"ChemRA also addresses the need to capture and share people's knowledge especially as they approach retirement, and the need to have visibility into the operations in manufacturing, supply chain and research and development."
"ChemRA also establishes guidance and best practices to leverage existing technologies, while implementing new and future technologies in a way that fits into the operators IT environment," the Redmond company added.
The software company said "Development of the chemicals reference architecture will be an ongoing effort led by Microsoft, with close collaboration by participating companies, independent software vendors, systems integrators and customer in-house developers."
"ChemRA is based on a set of common principles that will meet the technology needs in the chemical and oil refining industries. These principles include natural user experience, application interoperability, enhanced collaboration, business insight and solid IT infrastructure," Microsoft added.