Author Topic: GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?  (Read 220 times)

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https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/19/ge_apple_move_impact_microsoft_analysis/

Say it aint so, companies are choose Macs over Windows. If they were smart they would consider Linux.

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Re: GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 04:21:40 PM »
In the article, IBM claims cost of ownership is much lower with the Macs --

"IBM claimed last year that 40 per cent of Windows users called the IT help desk, compared to 5 per cent of Mac users - a shocking figure. A deployment of 90,000 required only five admins."


I can believe it. Windows is so support-intensive compared to *nix platforms.

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Re: GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2017, 02:58:12 AM »
Think about the following:

The originator of the IBM PC standard is now buying Macs.

Windows support is an ordeal no matter how you slice it. At my client we have 5 separate pieces of software to protect them from attacks.

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Re: GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2017, 04:05:04 AM »
A big problem for Microsoft is that these companies, GE, IBM, Cisco, SAP, want to develop mobile apps for their customers and employees and Apple has a better "understanding [of] these verticals" as Cook puts it.  Microsoft is weak on the mobile side, whereas Apple has the iPhone and iPad.   These companies are basically taking the same position my wife does.  I'm more familiar with Windows and can offer better support, but when I suggest she switch from her Macbook to a Windows notebook she tells me no, because she has an iPhone and wants to remain "all Apple".

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“We knew that we needed to have a partner that deeply understood each of the verticals,” Cook told CNBC. “That had scale, that had a lot of dirt under their fingernails so to speak from really understanding each of these verticals and we found a kindred spirit in IBM.”

Apple touts the access the partnership gives them to IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, and talks about how the apps that it produces with IBM will be developed “from the ground up for iPhone and iPad.” These apps will supplement new cloud services aimed at iOS specifically, including security and analytics solutions, and device management tools for large-scale MDM deployments.

https://techcrunch.com/2014/07/15/apple-teams-up-with-ibm-for-huge-expansive-enterprise-push/

100 apps for IBM:  https://techcrunch.com/2015/12/16/ibm-and-apple-mobile-partnership-surpasses-100-apps-and-adds-watson-integration/

The big draw for GE is iOS integration with its Predix platform: 

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For starters, the two companies announced an iOS software development kit (SDK) for GE’s Predix platform, which is a set of cloud services designed to help industrial customers track the health of the huge industrial equipment GE sells and services. It can help predict failures before they happen and bring down this expensive equipment such as jet engines, wind turbines and train locomotives.

The key here is that the new SDK gives both external developers and those inside GE the ability to build native apps on top of the Predix platform, allowing them to take advantage of the full Apple ecosystem whether that’s iBeacons, the internal gyroscope sensor inside iPhone or even augmented reality in the latest iPhones.
https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/18/apple-and-ge-announce-deep-partnership/

Apparently, Predix is a big deal for GE. Some of GE's marketing copy about Predix:

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A Foundation for Digital Industrial Transformation

Digital industrial transformation promises immediate cost benefits and long-term strategic advantages. Begin with a solid foundation by choosing a purpose-built Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform.


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Built by Industry for Industry

The Predix industrial IoT platform is specifically designed for the unique and complex challenges of industrial data. We created Predix to drive the digital transformation of GE’s own businesses spanning over 10 industries from aviation to utilities. Today, this unique and flexible platform is being adopted by industrial leaders around the world.

https://www.ge.com/digital/predix

Note GE's grand vision for Predix:  "A Foundation for Digital Industrial Transformation"

GE can't build out their grand vision with Microsoft because it doesn't have anything like the iPad and iPhone.

I wouldn't say that a mobile + cloud paradigm is totally taking over IT because I still don't see how you interact very well with mobile devices.   I suppose that's what is being worked on:  voice and smart interfaces where you are interacting with an agent which somehow knows what you want to do.


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Re: GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2017, 06:47:14 PM »
Interesting point, ID. Companies going to Apple laptops/desktops because of Apples' dominance of mobile (iphones, ipads, etc). I'm sure for some companies this makes a lot of sense. For example, if you have a big mobile sales force using Apple and a small corporate office, mobile drives the decisions for electronics.