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Kathie Canning


Alliance Introduces Industry Performance Tool

NEW YORK and CAMBRIDGE, Mass. ," Accenture and Aspen Technology Inc. (AspenTech) announced the development of the Performance Management solution, which aims to help chemical companies and petroleum refiners improve productivity, quality and customer service. Consisting of business processes and software, the solution is the latest offering from Accenture's alliance with AspenTech.

According to the companies, the Performance Management solution incorporates the Aspen Performance Scorecard application. This technology not only allows manufacturers to track the way their plants and supply chains are operating, but also enables them to review their progress against key performance indicators (KPIs), analyze situations in which business objectives are not being met and manage corrective actions.

The Aspen Performance Scorecard uses a Web-based architecture to capture operating data from many systems across an organization, said the companies, including standard business systems and complex plant and supply-chain systems such as planning, yield accounting, quality management, modeling and simulation applications. The product collects raw data, structuring it in a form suitable for analysis and storage.

The application uses "a range of carefully selected best-of-breed' data management, scorecarding, reporting and analysis components," said the companies, "to transform the data into information that can be used for decision-making." The system provides reports based on KPIs, analysis using historical performance data, support for corrective action and initiative tracking and alerts related to expected performance deviations.

"Traditional performance-management products have failed to provide process manufacturers with the information and decision-support tools they need to improve operating performance," said David McQuillin, president and CEO of AspenTech. "Our next-generation solution breaks new ground by enabling companies to integrate valuable data from operational systems across their enterprises and make better decisions based on a clear understanding of the business impact. The launch of this solution represents an exciting milestone in our alliance with Accenture," he added.

"We've really looked at moving the Aspen solutions to the next level," said David Crow, Accenture's managing partner in chemicals, "to come out with an enhanced enterprise platform. [We're] basically looking at moving from a focused application to more of an enterprise view of manufacturing and supply chain areas."

Accenture not only has alliances that go across the entire company, but also has those that focus strictly on specific industry verticals. For example, said Crow, the company looks to ABB as a valuable partner in the discrete manufacturing space.

"[We] saw Aspen as one of the leading companies in terms of manufacturing and supply-chain applications in the past," noted Crow. "Their client base pretty much mirrors ours in terms of who's who in petroleum refining and chemical companies. So it was a natural combination."

Kathie Canning


SOCMA, ACC Announce Leadership Changes

WASHINGTON and ARLINGTON, Va. ," The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) both recently announced changes in their leadership.

SOCMA said Ed Fording was retiring as the association's president. Fording spent five years in that post.

His replacement is Joseph Acker, most recently chairman of the board for SOCMA. Acker has more than 20 years of experience in the fine chemical/pharmaceutical and custom-manufacturing segments of the chemical industry, said SOCMA, with his most recent industrial position being president and CEO of DanChem Technologies in Danville, Va.

"As president," said Acker, "I look forward to leading SOCMA, its talented staff and member companies toward even greater strides and contributions."

In the meantime, ACC announced the appointment of Dell E. Perelman as vice president, member relations and corporate secretary. At press time, the appointment was still subject to approval by ACC's board of directors. Perelman has been with the council since 1989, holding a variety of general counsel, senior counsel and other positions, said ACC.

Greg Lebedev, ACC president and CEO, said: "Dell has an outstanding knowledge of ACC's member companies and the issues facing the industry. He's a strong addition to the council's senior management team."

CP Staff


Water Watchers

U.S. Water Treatment Chemical Market ($ millions)

The U.S. water treatment chemical market is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 4.1 percent, reaching more than $2.7 billion by 2007. Although growth in the corrosion inhibitor market is moving along at a snail's pace, the biocides market is enjoying a healthy annual growth rate of 7.8 percent. Source: "RC-002X Specialty Water Treatment Chemicals: What's Ahead?"; Business Communications Co. Inc., Norwalk, Conn., 2003.

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