Exelon, a large national energy provider in the U.S., has signed on to use Predix across all its generation facilities. Exelon hopes to do things like get 2 percent more energy out of its wind farms. Railroad operator BNSF, consumer products vendor Proctor & Gamble and oil producer BP are also using GE software for industrial Internet deployments.
As industrial companies turn to the Internet and data analysis for savings and market gains, CIOs are more important players, Immelt said. At GE's businesses, CIOs have gone from software buyers to application creators and leaders in revenue growth.
"The nature of the CIO has really changed dramatically," he said.
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