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Silicon Valley Needs To Get Out More
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ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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12/17/2012 | 5:17:17 PM
re: Silicon Valley Needs To Get Out More
The GM of GE's software business, Jim Walsh, emailed his thoughts on this, posted below with his permission:

I particularly found interesting the comments from Paul Maritz about how first generation Silicon Valley achieved success addressing enterprise IT needs and helping automate paper processes and the next generation pioneered the consumer internet. He concluded that the two worlds need to come together now to use the Internet to solve industry-specific problems. At GE, we believe the two worlds can meet easily in what we call advanced manufacturing, which incorporates and addresses mobility, big data analytics, and workforce enablement to help manufacturers leverage technology to achieve the efficiency and productivity that competitive and market pressures are requiring of them today. This is what will truly enable manufacturers to leverage the promise of the industrial internet.
Andrew Hornback
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12/9/2012 | 10:08:57 PM
re: Silicon Valley Needs To Get Out More
I think this is a very valid point - from what I've seen, people who work in higher end development / data analysis are, for the most part, trendy hipsters who think that with the power of the Internet, that they can work anywhere in the world and be wherever they are needed at a moment's notice.

Technology is great, and don't get me wrong, I love the fact that I can work on systems anywhere in the world as long as I've got connectivity - but it boils down to being able to not just connect with computer systems, but with people (to understand their problems) and existing processes (to understand their inherent problems). The solutions that we need, the ones that will drive the future, are the ones where all aspects are understood.

And while working out of a small office space in SoHo might make you trendy - being located there and trying to solve issues faced by a farm in Iowa or a mine in West Virginia won't give you the same ability to deliver a solution than if you were actually on-site.

Andrew Hornback
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moofer
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12/7/2012 | 9:28:35 PM
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I'm pretty sure that's what apps are for, and every industry has the same opportunity to take their business mobile in the same manner the companies in SV do.
Laurianne
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12/7/2012 | 4:56:15 PM
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Young Hadoop guns would tell Maritz data analysis is being democratized as we speak. I also love the point Chris makes about about Uber. If you are a manufacturing company CIO in the Midwest, you know the problems of your industry better than the VC folks from the Valley ever will. But you also face a constant quest for talent. I recently spoke with a CIO in Western Massachusetts who has big trouble attracting developer talent away from Boston and Cambridge.He knows the problems. He wants more brains to throw at them.

Laurianne McLaughlin
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