The scale of the IIoT can be hard to comprehend. There are hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of connected assets and systems from across the spectrum of industries, producing billions of data points at any given time. The sheer scale and complexity is what keeps many businesses on the sidelines when it comes to investing in digital and harnessing the power of their own data.
One of the most effective ways to tackle some of that complexity is to partner with experts in other industries or domains and leverage the collective knowledge from across the ecosystem. GE Digital recognized the value of this approach very early on in our own journey and worked hard to build strong partnerships across a variety of channels, from pure play software makers and integrators, digital consulting companies, to other, like-minded industrial companies. Some of our earliest industrial channel partners were our own 'siblings' in the larger GE family of business. GE has a breadth like few other companies, and that diversity gave us a lot of inroads and environments to capture industrial data, test our analytics and push for increasingly advanced outcomes. An added benefit of our GE Business unit partnerships, is the built-in expertise around the critical assets and systems in each of these verticals; from power generation and transmission, to aviation, oil & gas, mining and more. Our digital products are built to address the industrial challenges we initially faced ourselves, and they are infused with hundreds of years of industrial domain expertise from across our corporation.