2010 - Users Conference - San Francisco
Delivering Real Time Performance with Microsoft Business Intelligence
Nalco sells chemicals, but delivers performance and reliability to the process industries. Nalco realizes monitoring performance of their products allows them to better serve their customers. Using advanced data analyses in real time, Nalco recommends optimum chemical compositions and communicates the value of this to their customers. John will share how Nalco leverages the PI System and Microsoft Business Intelligence products to realize this innovative approach to their business.
Microsoft’s Business Intelligence platform is an important component of Nalco’s innovation. Microsoft’s goal is to lower the cost of BI and make it easier to use. This will enable use of this important technology to new areas, such as Nalco’s. Craig Hodges will share Microsoft’s strategy to bring business intelligence mainstream. He will explore the products, such as SQL Server Analysis Services, PowerPivot for Excel 2010, and SharePoint 2010, and what they mean to OSIsoft and PI System users.
- Chemicals & Petrochemicals
John has 25 successful years in the automation business. His experience includes process measurement sensors, distributed process control systems, plant floor integration services, enterprise software systems, and enterprise integration services. John started with Nalco almost 2 years ago in the Energy Services division focused on developing their automation strategy. Refined Knowledge was the core of this strategy focused on driving value from customer data with off-the-shelf technology while maintaining Nalco’s intellectual property. John brought together a team comprised of IT, R&D, Energy Services and WPS to build a proof of concept prior to a full-scale build out of Refined Knowledge. John now leads Nalco's Global Automation Center of Excellence.
As General Manager of Microsoft’s U.S. Manufacturing and Resources Sector, Craig Hodges has ownership for the overall business performance of the sector, which represents automotive & industrial equipment, aerospace, high-tech & electronics, oil & gas, process manufacturing and utilities industries. Based in Houston, TX he is responsible for the development and execution of Microsoft’s industry strategy, solutions portfolio, go to market model, relationships with key industry solutions partners and industry thought leadership resulting is improved client satisfaction and Microsoft revenue growth.
Craig joined Microsoft in January 2006 as the Industry Solutions Director of Energy and Process, evolving the team from an initial focus on oil and gas and subsequently adding utilities and process manufacturing. Craig brings more than 25 years of executive leadership experience with the majority of that time focused on the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Microsoft he worked for Dell as Regional Sales Manager with global sales responsibility for the integrated major oil companies.
The vast majority of his business experience was gained at IBM where he held numerous executive management positions, most recently as vice president, Industrial Sector, West Region, from 2001 through 2004, with the high-tech, automotive, aerospace and defense and oil and gas segments among his clients. Craig has international experience having lived in Singapore as general manager, Petroleum Industry for IBM where he drove a corporate change initiative to transform from country-based organizations to an industry-led consultative sales model. Recognized throughout IBM as the thought leader for the oil and gas industry, Craig and his teams helped companies utilize software, hardware and implementation services for demonstrable business improvement.
Craig holds a Masters in Business Administration in Computing Science degree from Texas A&M University.