Anthea Stratigos – September 14, 2016
Once upon a time there was a Fortune 500 conglomerate that made everything from light bulbs to appliances to jet engines. They had highly profitable divisions in media and financial services. At the time, a man named Jack, who had earned a reputation as a management guru around the globe, led the company. It was an amazing company — well respected, a household name, and revered in business. As the story unfolded, the company re-imagined itself under new leadership as a post 2009 world evolved.
From eco-imagination to divestiture and “deconglomeration,” the company went on a journey, putting itself at the center of the internet of things, of next generation computing, of big data, and transformed itself into a truly date-driven enterprise.
That company is General Electric — GE to most of us — and it embodies the future. Enterprises are becoming data driven and all enterprises are increasingly utilizing huge piles of data exhaust that they are carving and crafting to monetize customers, mitigate risk, manage supply chains, harness talent and human capital, and, in some cases, monetize the data into new solutions or license their data for other people’s use.
Suddenly, a key trend we’ve been calling is playing out, and everyone is a data owner or provider, and they are using it as the backbone of their enterprise.
They are creating data-first, data-driven cultures. They realize they are in the business of data. They are suddenly part of the information industry, and their ‘vendors’ are now partners or, in some cases, competitors. Our world is expanding. The possibilities are endless. The improvements we can make to our planet, through data, are limitless.
No person can speak better about the data-driven enterprise beyond the tipping point at Outsell’s 10th Anniversary Signature Event than Brad Surak, COO of GE Digital. His task is to support GE’s transformation into the world’s premier industrial company, harnessing its digital capabilities across the company. He runs GE’s network of global digital foundries, incubating industrial internet start-ups, collaborating with customers on new applications, engaging with the open source community, and promoting open source standards.
GE is at the center of the industrial revolution on steroids – the impact of next generation computing on industrial applications. The company represents what’s going on in the changing world of our customers who are now our partners and in the ecosystem in which we’ve been operating. Because now, everyone has data and it’s all about the data, all the time.
IBM bought the weather channel and Truven. Trimble bought Iron Solutions. BMW and Audi bought mapping technology. Oracle bought DataLogix. Monsanto bought Climate Corp. MasterCard launched commercial information solutions. Suddenly, our world is alive with possibility, and we will close Outsell’s Signature Event with a focus on this phenomenon.
Richard Susskind’s talk opens our event with a look at white-collar work and how it is changing our markets. Brad Surak will close the event focusing on how data driven enterprises are changing the possibilities and probabilities of success beyond the tipping point. Our 15th keynote focuses on success. Because at the end of the day, it’s all about data — how we use it, apply it, and make a difference with it.
Know your Customer and know that those customers are going all data, all the time.
You will leave inspired, awed, prepared, with plans. Mr. Surak is the perfect closing speaker to the perfect 10th anniversary Signature event.
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