COVID-19 has been with us for many weeks now and we are living in the “locked down” phase, ensuring we are abiding by social distancing and other important public health guidelines. That’s the priority - safety first.
We are now beginning the next phase of managing through the pandemic – planning for the re-opening of business. This will occur over many weeks and will depend upon local conditions, continued discipline and additional provisions, like expanded testing.
We will enter a “new normal” where we are testing the waters and ensuring we don’t have a setback. But it will be the beginning of a recovery and that’s progress.
Talking to customers and colleagues, I get a sense that all of us are looking forward to moving forward – at the right time and in the right way. Some things will not go back to pre-COVID so soon.
We believe the role that industrial software has played and will continue to play in the future will be very important. In fact, it will grow over time.
In the short-term it has allowed operators in critical industries to remain up and running – manufacturing, power generation, utilities, telecom networks, the oil and gas industry. As we enter the next phase of the pandemic, we will continue to focus on our employees’ safety and serving our customers.
As those needs evolve, we will adapt and use our tremendous talent and technology to solve industry’s toughest challenges by putting industrial data to work.
My thanks to the entire GE Digital global team for their hard work and dedication and to our incredible customers who are keeping their businesses up and running through the dynamic challenges created by this pandemic.