Microsoft technology in discrete and process manufacturing

Winter 2013


Editor: Karen McCandless
Publication manager: Christian Jones

The Winter 2013 issue of Prime is out now, focusing on Microsoft technology in discrete and process manufacturing. In this issue, we find out how AkzoNobel's revolutionary new manufacturing execution system is transforming the way the company operates.

Elsewhere in the magazine, we talk to Siemens PLM Software's CEO Chuck Grindstaff about his vision for the company and find out more about Dassault Systèmes experience-centric product strategy. Prime also explores the four trends that are driving business transformation in discrete manufacturing.

Magazine highlights


The latest on the new cloud version of Dynamics AX 2012 R3, a report from the European Manufacturing Strategies summit, and news of solutions from Dassault Systèmes, Siemens PLM Software and Invensys.

CEO interview

Chuck Grindstaff, CEO and president of Siemens PLM Software, speaks to Karen McCandless about the company’s leadership position

Chuck Grindstaff

Andrea Ruosi explains how an integrated solution can help manufacturers manage their regulatory environment

Signing out

Lotus F1’s Graeme Hackland explains the role technology plays in keeping the team at the front of the Formula 1 grid

Cover story

Creating new experiences


Dassault Systè mes is transforming the way products are designed, produced and supported through 3D technology. Lindsay James finds out more about its experience-centric business model


Discrete manufacturing

Microsoft’s Sanjay Ravi explains how the four big technology shifts of big data, cloud, mobile and social are driving business transformation

Sales and service

Cherie Rowlands finds out how connected capabilities are helping manufacturers improve sales and service processes

Regulatory compliance

Karen McCandless considers how document management and cloud computing can help overcome regulation complexity


AkzoNobel is reaping the benefits of its revolutionary new manufacturing execution system project. Karen McCandless finds out more

Solution profile

Dynamics AX


We explore how Toyota subsidiary Cataler is improving manufacturing efficiency and its ability to track unique components with Dynamics AX

In practice

We highlight successful technology implementations at ABB Automation and Xcellerex

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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.