Chemical R&D Portfolio Management Webinar Featuring FMC and Partner UMT

Welcome to 2009!  We will kick-off the new year with a webinar titled “Best in Class Portfolio Management Driving New Product Development and R&D Success” .  The webinar will be hosted by Benoit Millet of UMT, and will feature FMC’s implementation of Microsoft Portfolio Management solution.

Do you have the optimal solution for setting priorities and making decisions about your R&D portfolio.  If not, this could be well worth an hour of your time on January, 27th.

I recommend that you check out this solution overview first, but if you want to dive into the product that forms the basis of this offering, check it out here.

UMT Webinar


Register for Microsoft and UMT Consulting Group's next complimentary webinar on January 27th at 1pm ET / 10am PT:

"Best in Class Portfolio Management Driving New Product Development and R&D Success" - Join us and hear from Blaik Hailing, Sr. Research Associate at FMC Corporation, as he discusses his success in managing R&D with Microsoft's Enterprise Project Management

Microsoft and UMT Consulting Group cordially invite you to join us to learn how Best-In-Class companies prepare for growth and realize efficiencies/cost savings by adopting New Product Development (NPD) portfolio management and the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) solution on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 1:00 PM ET | 10 AM PT.

Our discussion will feature Benoit Millet, Senior VP from UMT Consulting and Blaik Halling, Project Manager and Senior Research Associate at FMC Corporation. Benoit and Blaik will discuss how organizations can better leverage project and portfolio management best practices and the Microsoft EPM Solution to enhance the management of NPD and better optimize R&D investment.

Our discussions will show how UMT's expertise has created competitive advantages to:

  • Improve visibility by standardizing characterization of projects;
  • Maximize value by using consistent valuation models;
  • Measure risk and increase launch predictability using consolidated dashboards;
  • Optimize Time-To-Market thru flexible scheduling; and
  • Gain overall improved agility in R&D

You will learn how FMC derived value from the Microsoft EPM platform to manage R&D by:

  • Defining strategic drivers to guide R&D;
  • Gain visibility over R&D requests for purposes of managing demand; and
  • Managing integrated schedules and resources.


Blaik Halling, Project Manager and Senior Research Associate at FMC Corporation, has a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of Minnesota and a Post-Doctoral appointment with the USDA at Utah State University. He joined FMC Agricultural Products Group as plant biochemist in 1983. In 1991 he was appointed the industrial liaison for FMC to the National Center for Super Computing Applications (NCSA) at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois through the Industrial Affiliates program. Blaik returned to FMC's Princeton R&D site in 1992 to start the insect molecular biology program. In 2002 joined the Computational Sciences group as the team leader for bioinformatics. His current assignment is as R&D portfolio manager for FMC BioPolymer.

Benoit Millet, Senior VP at UMT, has over 10 years of experience in Portfolio and Project Management in the areas of New Product Development and IT Governance & Management. He has helped Fortune 1000 clients in a variety of industries capabilities with process design, methodology and technology solutions.

Please join us for this informative discussion of EPM and some Best Practices for NDP and R&D success.

Sincerely, Microsoft and UMT Consulting Group

P.S. Sign up now to reserve your spot to participate in this informative webcast about how Best Practices can help drive NPD and R&D success.