Microsoft technology in discrete and process manufacturing

Summer 2013


Editor: Rebecca Lambert
Publication manager: Christian Jones

The Summer 2013 issue of Prime is out now, focusing on Microsoft technology in discrete and process manufacturing. In this issue, we look at manufacturers’ sustainable business strategies and how they have evolved from being solely focused on green initiatives to become a competitive differentiator.

Elsewhere in the magazine, we explore IT innovation in the pharmaceutical industry, profile Dell’s implementation of Dynamics AX across its entire manufacturing operations and talk to ICONICS CEO Russ Agrusa about his visionary approach to technology.

Magazine highlights

Solution profile

Microsoft Dynamics AX

Microsoft Dynamics AX

Dell has reinvigorated its manufacturing processes with Microsoft Dynamics AX, mcaConnect and Microsoft Services


Enterprise quality management system

Mike James discusses the benefits running an EQMS in the cloud can bring to manufacturers

High tech

An insight into how Dassault Systèmes’ new high tech solution enables the design and manufacturing of exceptional electronic products

Cover story

Setting the benchmark

Karen McCandless reports on how fashion manufacturer Americana International is managing its business processes using Microsoft Dynamics NAV from K3


A round up of the latest news from the discrete and process manufacturing industries, including V8 Supercars’ adoption of Office 365, more on K3’s partnership with BM Polyco, and stories from Dassault Systèmes, Dell and Invensys


Thought leadership articles providing insight into current trends in the manufacturing industry from Dell’s Kirsten Billhardt and Andrea Ruosi of AX for Pharma

In practice

Profiles of successful technology implementations at ˇSkoda Auto, Ferretti Group, Omnicare Pharma and 9REN

Skoda Auto
Signing out

Russ Agrusa, CEO and president of ICONICS, speaks to Karen McCandless to discuss how far the company has come and what ambitions he holds


From green to lean

From green to lean

Karen McCandless examines how operational efficiency can be improved with a coherent sustainability strategy

Enterprise social

Enterprise social

Brian Murray of Yammer explains how workplace communication is changing thanks to the enterprise social trend

A new era in pharmaceuticals

From green to lean

What are Microsoft and its partners doing to driving change in the pharmaceutical industry? Amber Stokes reports

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Prime has rapidly become the authoritative source on Microsoft software and services for manufacturing. The magazine explores the key issues facing firms in the manufacturing industry today— from product lifecycle management and the supply chain, to plant floor visibility and lean manufacturing. Prime also provides a round-up of industry news, case studies, commentaries, interviews and analysis.