June 2010

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HP Viewpoint: When it comes to information technology, the skys the limit

Weak demand and plummeting margins? The answer for greater productivity could reside in your current IT system—and the sky.

Mike Bannon    Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com Read any headline and it becomes clear: Cost cutting has become the new normal in the HPI sector of the economy. Recession-battered refiners and petrochemical producers have faced weak demand and plummeting margins; some have been forced to close plants and lay off workers. Many industry observers expect this economic pressure on the HPI to continue for at least two years. The stakes have never been higher for industry to innovate in order to improve productivity. So, your CFO asks, what have you done today to lower our breakeven cost? For ma

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