As consumers, most of us have used Amazon.com to buy gifts or purchase something for ourselves like a new TV or maybe a laptop. Consumer business through the internet has been around for some time now. Much of it is enabled by services that are provided through the “Cloud.”
Cloud computing is changing not only the way retail businesses and back office operations function; GE thinks it has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing as we know it. I lead the Business Integration Technologies Lab at GE Global Research. My team is developing applications for GE’s industrial businesses that would like to take advantage of crowdsourcing and cloud computing capabilities.
Last year, we demonstrated an innovative crowdsourcing platform with DARPA and are now exploring the use of this technology for GE and its partners. As part of this project, GE was the first commercial user on AWS’ GovCloud. This is one vehicle for how industry can connect into the Cloud to manage product design and development.
On Thursday morning, I have been invited to give a talk at Amazon’s AWS 2013 Summit at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in NYC. At the Summit, I will talk more extensively about the new possibilities cloud applications can enable in smart manufacturing. You can watch my presentation live. Amazon will be live streaming the broadcast, which you can access here. I hope you will tune in.