01 Aug GE’s Jim Fowler embraces the ‘chief automation officer’ role
Jim Fowler, CIO at GE, believes in a couple of certainties: Machines will change how people work and how processes run. To be a competitive force in the machine age, Fowler is pushing his colleagues to see him as something more than the guy who keeps the lights on and the help desk tickets flowing. Instead, he’s asked the business leaders to consider him the chief automation officer.
In this SearchCIO video interview filmed at the recent MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in Cambridge, Mass., Fowler described what he sees as the primary responsibilities of a chief automation officer. He also talked about how artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and the company’s Predix platform, which collects and analyzes data from the industrial internet of things, help him fulfill the role.
Read excerpts of the interview below, or click on the player to listen to this interview in its entirety.