GE: Digital Disruption Takeover?

Industrial titan General Electric and France keep the plot twists coming. 2014 was the year the merger with Alstom took place. Two years later, GE is deploying its first Digital Foundry in Paris, where developers and data scientists will create predictive maintenance applications for GE’s clients. The Predix platform is GE Digital’s answer to the disruptive GAFA barbarians. The GE Digital business unit was recently created with the mission to accomplish the cultural revolution towards digital, or, as we like to say in Presans, to become the barbarians. It is headed by Bill Ruh, who doubles as GE’s Chief Digital Officer. Louis Naugès recently provided an interesting competitive analysis of the digital industrial field. He first places the digital industrial vertical on

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HEC-Roundtable: Managers from GE, Safran, IBM, Total, Airbus Discuss Digitalization

On April 11, 2016, the HEC Advanced Technology Group organized a roundtable on the topic of the digitalization of capital-intensive industries. 120 people attended this sold-out event, which took place in the now well-known halls of Remix Coworking, rue des Petites Écuries. Albert Meige, CEO of industrial open innovation company Presans, handled host duties. The invited panelists were: Ghislaine Doukhan, Executive Vice-President Safran Analytics Jean-Philippe Desbiolles, Vice-President IBM Cognitive Solutions Denis Gardin, SVP New Technologies Ventures at Airbus Yves Le Stunff, Chief Digital Officer at Total Exploration & Production Robert Plana, Senior Engineer Emerging Technologies at General Electrics It’s no secret a big digital push is currently underway from all the major industrial players. How big? How disruptive? Are we sure

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Industrial Digital Transformation: Interview with Robert Plana, General Electrics

Can you tell us about you and your career, which spans the worlds of research and industry? Collaboration with industry has been central to all of my work as an applied researcher. I have found this to be interesting on a personal level. In all the institutions I have worked for, I always sought to favor innovation and to make the relations between researchers and industry more fluid. After a stint at the Ministry of research, where I was involved in developing a strategy for future technologies, I got hired by Alstom to manage their open innovation program. I had in fact been doing open innovation long before the name was coined, by virtue of the collaborative projects and shared

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Business Performance Awards: GE, SEB… and Jeremy Rifkin

Somehow I landed in the prestigious and quite vast Théâtre de Chaillot to cover the first ever Business Performance Awards, organized by consulting company Ayming (thank you Albertino 🙂 ). The theme of the evening is: performance. A jury examined all kinds of projects implemented in companies located in France, and selected the most deserving ones. The dance troupe of the theatre house puts on wonderful show. This conveys the idea that performance is more than just economic performance, a point on which President of Ayming Hervé Amar insists. Patrick Poivre d’Arvor is also hosting the ceremony, which adds an additional touch of class to the proceedings. Two of the award winners draw our particular attention. First GE Predix, represented by Vincent

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