Companies at the forefront of the digital industrial movement are looking to analytics and software to get more out of assets they already own. To capitalize on those assets, there can’t be any disconnects in the data — not in the office, and certainty not in the field, where most of the equipment lives. A company spread out over 150 countries with 315,000 employees, GE knew this conundrum well.
To illustrate, CIO Jim Fowler tells a story, “Picture a field engineer who is doing an overhaul at a power plant. When that engineer is out on the power plant deck, and they need to start working on a part, they need a drawing. If they forget that drawing, they have to run a mile and a half back across the plant to find it.”
GE looked for a solution to their file management and device management shortcomings. When looking to Box for enterprise content management, one of the company’s first questions was about how to keep data safe and secure while transmitting it around the world.
And beyond such technical questions, the CIO had an overarching concert about vision: “How do we integrate that enterprise content management view into all our processes and technologies?”
GE worked closely with Box to come up with the right strategy around digital key management and to execute that strategy in a hands-on, customized way.
“As we’ve worked with Box,” says Fowler, “every problem we’ve brought up, a solution comes back to us faster than we would have expected.
“GE is really all-in on digital,” says Fowler, well aware that industrial companies all over the world are scrambling to be a part of the digital industrial revolution.
“We believe Box is an integral part of how we’re going to keep data connected throughout that entire process. We look across GE at the initiatives we need to run to show other industrial companies what best in class looks like.”
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