Re: 1% Improvement?
This is an idea we've been hearing about for a while, but it's nice to have some bite to go along with the bark - that is, it's nice to hear some real execs from both sides share their insights on real and specific cases, rather than just a bunch of rhetoric. They're right, too - saying that both sides have something to learn from the other might sound a little trite, but it really is the case here. That quote from the GE exec lays it all out pretty niceless - you're entitled to whatever worldview you want... until you try to do business in the real world. In the real world, machines matter. Specifics matter.
I wonder if there's need for some kind of organized body to bring these two parties together. Certainly, there's some room here for consultancies or agile startups to carve a niche out for themselves bringing the agile ways to the big companies. I wonder if there's an room for some consortium of big business execs and silicon valley startups to share their knowledge and resources in a way that's beneficial to everyone (maybe one already exists). As you rightly point out, Chris, in the age of the IoT, we're going to need both these kinds of companies working seperate angles on seperate goals to bring that big picture together. A little cooperation will go a long way.