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How a steel giant boosted sustainability by adopting a data-driven mindset

See how Outokumpu is redefining the stainless-steel industry through its digital transformation with Microsoft, lowering CO2 emissions and improving energy efficiency.

Kathrine Norrelund

Kathrine Norrelund

Microsoft, Sustainable Transformation

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ASML: Redefining customer support with mixed reality technology

“In our industry, the stakes are high. If one of our machines were down for a day, the cost for a chipmaker could run into the millions.” Working under pressure is something that Michiel Haverkorn Van Rijsewijk has grown used to since he started as the Director of Customer Support at ASML in February 2020. Within a month of starting at the world’s largest semiconductor lithography equipment maker, the company’s long-established […]

Leentje Chavatte

Leentje Chavatte

Microsoft, Data & AI and Digital Transformation

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Etex Group: Future-proofing employees to work anywhere across the world

When COVID-19 spread across Europe in early 2020, businesses entered a new digitally-dependent age. Social distancing measures had asked offices of all shapes and sizes to close their doors, sparking organizations to quickly find other virtual ways for colleagues to meet and collaborate remotely. But for Belgium building material specialist Etex, this was a step they were ready for – having already implemented a cloud-based infrastructure and collaboration tools […]

Leentje Chavatte

Leentje Chavatte

Microsoft, Data & AI and Digital Transformation

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COFCO International: How cloud technologies ensured business continuity during challenging times

“I have worked at COFCO for 12 years, always in an office. But I have spent the last 63 days working from home.” Marcus Seelbach, Chief HR Officer at global agribusiness COFCO International, is talking from his home via video call about the transition he and all his colleagues have undergone since COVID-19 led to the closure of the company’s offices worldwide. “But thanks to the preparation and […]

Leentje Chavatte

Leentje Chavatte

Microsoft, Data & AI and Digital Transformation

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2020 has shown manufacturers the true value of digital transformation

At the start of 2020, there were all manner of manufacturing topics to be discussed. And then suddenly, there was only one. It would be difficult to overstate the impact of Covid-19’s disruption on manufacturers. Almost across the board, this industry has seen supply chains breaking, cash ceasing to flow and production lines grinding to […]

Leentje Chavatte

Leentje Chavatte

Microsoft, Data & AI and Digital Transformation

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What we can learn from AkzoNobel’s digital transformation

Savvy businesses are always on the lookout for ways to improve what they do and differentiate themselves from the competition. From organisational restructure to the development of entirely new business models, the quest for continuous improvement takes many forms. But one common factor in almost all modern business leaders’ plans is an emphasis on technological […]

Leentje Chavatte

Leentje Chavatte

Microsoft, Data & AI and Digital Transformation

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5 Key Insights about Modern Manufacturing

The pace of change in manufacturing is relentless. An unstoppable wave of technological innovation is sweeping across the industry, redefining the processes and structures it leaves in its wake. No sooner are new milestones glimpsed, than they’re reached and surpassed. It is an industry outliving itself. Riding this wave – rather than being overcome by […]

Leentje Chavatte

Leentje Chavatte

Microsoft, Data & AI and Digital Transformation

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Overcoming a sea of data with Microsoft Azure

With 12,000 ships certified, DNV GL’s job of ensuring they’re built safely and remain safe should be overwhelming, especially with the more than 50,000 inspections it must carry out each year. However, by making use of machine learning algorithms in Microsoft Azure, the company is not only increasing efficiency and satisfying its customers, but it’s […]

Leentje Chavatte

Leentje Chavatte

Microsoft, Data & AI and Digital Transformation

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Database migration that helps you be ‘better than the best’

The Japanese term dantotsu is difficult to translate, but roughly means ‘better than the best’. Since its founding nearly 100 years ago, Japanese construction and mining equipment multinational, Komatsu, has striven to provide its customers with a service that achieves just that. As part of this mission, Komatsu launched its Dantotsu Strategy in 2003, which […]

Leentje Chavatte

Leentje Chavatte

Microsoft, Data & AI and Digital Transformation

The Best Coffee Is Brewed In The Cloud

The Best Coffee Is Brewed In The Cloud

Modern coffee is complicated. Gone are the days when a quick cup of ‘instant’ in the morning would satisfy most of us. Coffee is a living, breathing culture, and with it comes a burgeoning set of consumer expectations. Meeting and exceeding them determines whether coffee businesses sink or swim in an industry where you’re only […]

Leentje Chavatte

Leentje Chavatte

Microsoft, Data & AI and Digital Transformation

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Powering a new digital future: Eneco moves to the cloud to deliver sustainable energy across Europe

Harnessing the power of the wind and sun to create green energy solutions is all in a day’s work at Eneco, a sustainable energy company based in the Netherlands. But as the company grew, it faced a big challenge—it wanted to develop sustainable energy solutions in the most efficient way possible, yet its own legacy […]

Leentje Chavatte

Leentje Chavatte

Microsoft, Data & AI and Digital Transformation

Potato producers benefit from sensors (IoT) and AVR's technological innovations

Potato producers benefit from sensors (IoT) and AVR's technological innovations

In Roeslare (Roulers in French), better known by the name “Potato Valley,” potato producers have a particular fondness for AVR's machines and technologies, which mean they can plant and harvest potatoes more efficiently. More and more of AVR's machines are equipped with sensors that are connected to the internet (IoT This technology provides farmers with […]

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