Some people have a good view from their corner office. In Justin Eggart's case, he has one of the most expansive views of the world's power plant fleet.
Eggart manages GE's remote monitoring and diagnostics center in Atlanta, Georgia, where he oversees the operation of 1,500 gas and steam turbines totaling 200 gigawatts of capacity. That represents roughly 25 percent of the world's power plant mix.
The Internet has supported an amazing array of innovation, fundamentally changing our lives, from the way we connect with each other to our shopping habits. While some argue that this wave of innovation has largely run its course, we believe that a new wave is just beginning.
If you still need more evidence that the Industrial Internet and big data analytics are driving a revolution in manufacturing, productivity and services, take a closer look at the 2013 Global Innovation Barometer released last week. The Barometer, which surveyed 3,000 executives from 25 countries, found that 53 percent of respondents considered the ability to mine data inside and outside their company crucial to successful innovation, and 63 percent said that their firm was already developing ways to use big data for innovation.
For decades, technology has connected people and businesses globally. This is just the start. The Internet will also transform global industries, joining human insight with machine intelligence. Bringing minds and machines together has created something wholly new -- the Industrial Internet -- an open, global network that connects machines, people, and data.
For the first time, thought leaders from across business, technology and academia convened an important conversation in San Francisco in late November about the power of the Industrial Internet and why it matters.