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GE Prepares For Industrial Internet With Cloud Foundry

Analysis of big data from industrial machines is creating new business models, but GE Software CTO Harel Kodesh sees even more disruptive business models on their way.

has a vested interest in keeping the engine running, as opposed to charging for fixes when it's broken under a maintenance contract.

But GE would like more options from Cloud Foundry. Charging by the hour is fine for jet engine operations, but GE would like the option to support other business models on Cloud Foundry, such as charging for each gigawatt of power generated by a hydroelectric turbine or windmill. Another business model would base charges on the amount of fuel saved. GE Software can build such logic into applications, but getting them integrated with Predix and other analytical applications is still a lot of work, Kodesh said.

But Cloud Foundry is key to getting the software unit into the right position to produce what's needed as data begins to pour in from the Internet of Things, or the Industrial Internet, in GE's version. The platform helps with everything from the initial architecture of an application, through code creation, automated function test, deployment, and maintenance in production.

"It's a better tool for DevOps" than anything else he's seen, and it is his core building block for the GE Software's future, Kodesh said.