Re: GE's Kate Johnson: How CIOs Can Be Heroes
She's absolutely right about one thing; $4 billion is a lot for a business that most people won't normally associate GE with. It says a lot about how valuable their connection to vertical industries is via their equipment, and where those industries are going. I caught myself halfway through, realizing you were talking about larger-scale industrial gear, and not IoT-type-endpoints as we're tending to think of them (re: lots of small sensors) - I imagine that's going to add another dimension still when we're talking about analytics in the coming years, and GE wants to get out in front of that so they're the name everyone knows once the demand is there. Sounds smart to me. Combine tons of data there, commodity hardware working alongside specialized gear, and yeah, we're gonna need platforms and software to pull all that data together.
I was glad to see her championing the role of the CIO in this as well. People talk a lot about 'digital' officers, and marketing spending the big bucks, or whether we're getting replaced, but that's really a non-issue; tech expertise will be essential regardless. When you talk about delivering value, think about shaving just a few seconds or what-have-you off a processthat's operating at a huge scale. That's a ton of money saved. Doing it for one area of the business is a proof-of-concept for the others... and you can use the money saved to reinvest in more software, and more infrastructure, which is getting cheaper and cheaper. If you see an opportunity for that, CIOs can definitely be heroes... and you'll have to excuse me for humming the David Bowie song of the same name while reading this.