The companies will focus on creating solid business cases by integrating smart services into the enterprise value chain
GE Digital has formed an alliance with management and technology consultancy BearingPoint with the intention of helping companies more rapidly develop new digital service offerings by utilising the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0.
By using GE’s experience with industrial data and analytics combined with BearingPoint’s industry expertise in value chain processes and enterprise PLM-, CRM- and ERP-systems, the companies said they will focus on creating solid business cases by integrating smart services into the enterprise value chain.
Both companies will integrate GE’s Predix cloud-based operating system for the Industrial Internet, for business processes primarily managed by PLM, CRM and ERP systems. This will allow sensor data to be shared for new business cases in areas such as customer service and new business offerings. It will also provide software, apps and analytics that enable industrial businesses to operate faster, smarter and more efficiently.
“GE Digital is one of the most important platform providers in the Industrial Internet space,” said Donald Wachs, partner and leader of the manufacturing segment at BearingPoint. “Together we will show how smart products enable smart services through the integration in business processes and the use of machine learning.”
Coupled with BearingPoint’s Smart Factory Model, developed in the company’s IoT lab in Berlin, the collaboration will enable clients to experience Industry 4.0: where machines communicate and share information. In addition, prototypes that use IoT technology can be developed and complete solutions can be implemented, the companies said.
“BearingPoint’s unique mix of management and technology consulting and deep knowledge of ERP systems and the value chain make [it] a valuable part of the GE Digital Alliance program,” added Denzil Samuels, head of global channels and alliances, GE Digital.
“[Its] Industry 4.0/IoT lab will help us develop solid business cases and enable our customers to harness the power of the Industrial Internet. This partnership will build growth and aid digital transformation for industrial companies.”