In this presentation given at NAMES17, Jay Ford, Director of Membership for UI Labs at DMDII, and Paul Boris, VP Industry Solutions at GE Digital discuss how GE leveraged digital transformation to drive over $700 Million of cost out of their operations. Viewers will learn about the next generation operational capabilities enabled by IIoT technologies, and understand how to better reduce production costs, be more effective with existing resources, and control production schedules in manufacturing operations.

Jay Ford is the Director of Membership for UI LABS, a Chicago based innovation accelerator that brings Universities, Industry, and Government together to deliver solutions to tomorrow’s challenges.  Jay is charged with recruiting the best and brightest Industrial leaders to join UI LABS Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute.  DMDII brings together technical experts, entrepreneurs, executives, investors, and leaders in government to reimagine the challenges they face and to guide them toward solutions that will drive innovation in their industries. Before devoting his work fulltime to UI LABS, Jay served in senior leadership roles with software and hardware startups in Silicon Valley and Chicago.  In addition to his day job at UI LABS, Jay leads the UI LABS running club –  better known as the Goose Island Rat Dodgers, he maintains and races a vintage Miata, and care takes of a flock of nineteen chickens and two ducks. 

Paul Boris joined GE in 2014 as CIO of Advanced Manufacturing, driving IT’s brilliant factory strategy by using big data, software, sensors, controllers and robotics to increase productivity and deliver asset and operations optimization. In early 2016, with the creation of the GE Digital business, Paul stepped into a new role as Head of Manufacturing Industries for GE Digital. Paul’s focus in this role is to define and enable GE’s commercial strategy for Brilliant Manufacturing by working with companies to accelerate their own digital transformation.