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Former GE CIO plants digital stake as CEO of GE's transportation business

Clint Boulton | March 17, 2016
Jamie Miller is applying the leadership and operations skills she gained as the CIO of a $6 billion company to open a digital solutions business at GE Transportation’s Chicago headquarters.

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GE Transportation will integrate GE Digital's Predix software, a predictive diagnostics platform that communicates with sensors, to remotely gauge anything from fuel consumption to wear and tear on industrial machines. "Predix as a software platforms forms the core of the technology stack that we will build our operations optimization applications upon," Bodnar says.

Miller says her team will incorporate Predix technology from GE Digital. "We pull them in, we leverage Predix, we leverage a lot of their talent, but we also build out our own capability in software development, data sciences ... and we have to bring the real business domain, the transport, the rail, the actual equipment domain to the equation to drive the right outcomes for the customer," Miller says. "So it's a bit of marriage."

Miller's promotion is largely due to a digital business acumen she honed in her two years as global CIO, where she closed several data centers and migrated to cloud applications and infrastructure. CIOs who learn the logistics of finance, operations, human resources, sales and pretty much all aspects of the business put themselves in prime position to lead companies. Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff said recently that CIOs who steer their companies through digital transformations are on the path to become CEOs.

Or as Miller put it, "When you're running a business, you've got to have deep market insight, you've got to be deep with customers, you've got to know the product and you've got to be able to think about the services element post-sale."

 

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