ABB, Accenture, Intel, Microsoft Align to Help Manufacturers Connect Plant Operations to Enterprise Business Systems – Stories

CHICAGO(NationalManufacturingWeek),March3,2003ABB,Accenture,IntelCorporationandMicrosoftCorp。

announcedtodayanalliancetohelpmanufacturersbridgethegapbetweenplantflooroperationsandenterpriseITsystems。

Theallianceaimstohelpmanufacturersbysimplifyingintegration,gaininggreatervisibilityintotheirbusinesses,makinginformed,real-timebusinessdecisionsandenhancingtheirfinancialperformance。

Thefourcompanieswillprovideafullrangeofcomputingdiagnostics,solutiondesign,developmentandintegrationservicesformanufacturers。

TheteamsjointdevelopmentworkwillhelpcustomersgainaccesstomanufacturingautomationtechnologythatwillworkseamlesslyinaplantenvironmentandintegratewithawidecollectionofenterpriseITsystems。

Removingthebarrierstoreal-timedatasynchronizationmustbepartoftheoverallbusinessequationforcollaborativemanufacturing,saidLarryOBrien,DirectorofProcessIndustryResearchforARCAdvisoryGroup。

Nosinglecompanytodaycandothisacrosstheenterprise。

ToachievethisinawaythatyieldsacommondirectionformanufacturerswilltakethecombinedeffortsofstrongcompaniessuchasthoseincludedintheIndustrialITalliance。

Thecollectiveresourcesofthealliancemembersbringautomationandpowerproducts,manufacturingsolutionexpertise,robustcomputingandnetworking,andprogrammanagementandintegrationskillstogethertosupportapowerfulopenarchitectureforenterprisesolutions。

ThealliancedrawsuponABBsIndustrialIT,acomprehensive,standards-basedarchitecturedesignedforcompatibilityofdiversemanufacturingcomponentsandfasterplugandproduceintegration。

Eachelementwithintheplantincludingequipment,rawmaterialandfinishedgoodsisrepresentedintheautomationhierarchybyadynamicsoftwareshellcalledanAspectObjectwhichspeedsnavigationtocriticalinformation。

BysimplyrightclickingontheAspectObjectforanycomponent,userscandirectlyaccessdocumentation,configurationandconnectivitytoolstospeedupinstallation,control,troubleshootingandlifecyclemaintenance。

ABBhasinformationenabledandcertifiedmorethan30,000hardwareandsoftwareproductstoworkwithinIndustrialIT。

AccenturedesignedandbuiltanintegrationlayerthatisbasedonIndustrialITandtheMicrosoftBizTalkServertohelpenablethereal-timeexchangeofdatabetweentheenterpriseandplantfloorsystems。

Withinthealliance,Accenturealsowillprovideprogrammanagementsupporttohelpclientswithdiagnostics,solutiondelivery,hostingandlarge-scalesystemsintegration。

Intelbringsstandards-based,high-performancemicroprocessingtechnologiesandcomputingplatformstothealliance。

IntelArchitectureenablesmodularITinfrastructurethatmixeswiredandwirelesscommunicationscapabilitieswithopenandscalableIntel-basedservers,networksandstoragetogenerateloweroperationcostsandincreasedflexibility。

TheadditionofMicrosoft。

NETtechnologiesenablescustomerstomoreeasilyintegratediverselegacysystemsandbusinessprocesseswithmorecurrentandfuturetechnology。

Microsoftsenterprisetechnologiesandproductsalsoprovidemanufacturersgreatervisibilityintotheenterprise,makingitpossibletooptimizeandautomatebusinessprocesseswithafastertimetobenefitandlowercostofownershipthanwithotherenterpriseITsystems。

Thealliancewillalsoprovidedevelopment,consultingandsolutionsupporttomajorapplicationprovidersandindependentsoftwarevendorstohelpthemdevelopandreplicateapplicationsthatleveragetheIndustrialITarchitectureandcompaniontechnologiesfromAccenture,IntelandMicrosoft。

AbouttheAllianceMembers

ABB(NYSEABB)isaleaderinpowerandautomationtechnologiesthatenableutilityandindustrycustomerstoimproveperformancewhileloweringenvironmentalimpact。

TheABBGroupofcompaniesoperatesinmorethan100countriesandemploysabout146,000people。

Accenture(NYSE:ACN)istheworldsleadingmanagementconsultingandtechnologyservicescompany。

Committedtodeliveringinnovation,Accenturecollaborateswithitsclientstohelpthemrealizetheirvisionsandcreatetangiblevalue。

Withdeepindustryexpertise,broadglobalresourcesandprovenexperienceinconsultingandoutsourcing,Accenturecanmobilizetherightpeople,skills,alliancesandtechnologies。

Withmorethan75,000peoplein47countries,thecompanygeneratednetrevenuesof$11。

6billionforthefiscalyearendedAugust31,2002。

Intelistheworldslargestchipmakerandaleadingmanufacturerofcomputer,networkingandcommunicationsproducts。

Foundedin1975,Microsoft(NasdaqMSFT)istheworldwideleaderinsoftware,servicesandInternettechnologiesforpersonalandbusinesscomputing。

Thecompanyoffersawiderangeofproductsandservicesdesignedtoempowerpeoplethroughgreatsoftwareanytime,anyplaceandonanydevice。

Productandcompanynameshereinmaybethepropertyoftheirrespectiveowners。

QUOTESHEET:

ABBquote:

IndustrialITisdesignedtobridgethegapbetweenreal-timeautomationprocessesontheshopfloorandcorebusinesssystemswithintheplantandfrontoffice,

saidDineshC。

Paliwal,chiefexecutiveofABBAutomationTechnologiesdivision。

TheIndustrialITarchitectureandbuildingblocksareinplaceandproven。

ByworkingwithAccenture,IntelandMicrosoft,wereevenbetterpositionedtodeliverrobust,scalablesolutionsthatwillhelputilityandmanufacturingcustomersautomatemission-criticalprocesseswhilegivingthemgreatervisibilityandcontroloftheiroperations。

Accenturequote:

AhugevoidexiststodaybetweenacompanysenterprisesystemsERP,CRMandcollaboration,forexampleandthemachinerythatrunstheirmanufacturingplants,

saidJohnT。

Warner,partner,Accenture。

Bybridgingthesetwoworlds,ourclientscangainflexibilitythatwouldallowthemtoimprovesuchmetricsascostofgoodssoldandoptimizeglobalmanufacturingbasedonsuchprioritiesasimprovingmargins,ormaximizingtheuseofavailableresources。

Intelquote:

WorkingwithouralliancemembersfitswellintoIntelsstrategicplantoencouragecompaniestoworktogethertodevelopstandardizedsystemsforenterprisecustomers,

saidJohnDavies,vicepresident,SalesandMarketingGroup,anddirector,SolutionsMarketDevelopmentGroup,Intel。

Bydoingthis,ourcustomerscanputinplacereliableandscalablesystemsthatfeaturedramaticallyimprovedperformanceatlowercosts。

Microsoftquote:

Manufacturersworldwidearelookingforwaystounlockthevalueofthedatathatresidesinawiderangeofsystemsacrosstheirenterprise,

saidCharlesJohnson,managingdirectoroftheManufacturingSolutionsGroupatMicrosoft。

Thisalliancecombinesandcapitalizesonthecomplementaryexpertiseandassetsofallfourcompaniestoanswerthatneed。