GE Digital is paving the way for digital transformation, which is in the process of establishing a new era for industry. The industrial companies that don’t evolve will continue to lose in productivity and become increasingly disconnected from customers.

The transformation to digital industrial is a journey to a world where physical operations intersect with physical science, data, and advanced analytics. 

GE can attest to the importance of this transformation, as we’ve already experienced significant increases in productivity, shortened manufacturing cycles, and reduced machine downtime.  And yet, we have only just begun to unleash the productivity gains from our digital transformation journey.

That said, we’ve already learned some powerful lessons.  The first is that we must commit to changing GE’s business models to be driven by the business outcomes we aim to achieve.  Second, speed is everything – including the speed at which we learn, the speed at which we execute, and the speed at which we pivot.  To that end, we have prioritized speed and agility in our people, in our processes, and in the tools we use to iterate with our customers and partners.  Third, we must be all in. That is, we can’t succeed by creating speed and agility in a vacuum – our transformation roadmap must bring the entirety of GE into the digital world.

For those who couldn’t join our May 19 live webinar discussing Digital Industrial Transformation, we have made it available on-demand for your convenience. As Pitney’s Chief Innovation Officer, Roger Pilc is a leading voice for digital transformation in the industrial community.  Together, Roger and I shared the strategies, challenges, practices, and experiences we’ve undertaken at GE and Pitney Bowes.  Our objective is to arm you with perspective and knowledge to accelerate your digital industrial transformation.  Please register now to watch this on-demand Webinar.

About the author

Bill Ruh

Chief Digital Officer, GE and CEO, GE Digital

Bill Ruh is the chief executive officer for GE Digital as well as the senior vice president and chief digital officer (CDO) for GE. Bill is responsible for global IT as well as creating GE’s Digital Thread, a next-generation system for streamlining design, manufacturing, and support processes. He joined GE in 2011 to establish its Industrial Internet strategy and to lead the convergence of the physical and digital worlds within GE globally. Previously, Bill was vice president at Cisco, where he held global responsibility for developing advanced services and solutions. A 30-year veteran of the software and Internet industries, he has held executive management positions at Software AG, Inc., The Advisory Board, The MITRE Corporation, and Concept 5 Technologies. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from California State University, Fullerton.

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