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The Industrial Sector: Not So Boring Anymore

One of the best things about working for GE is the opportunity not only for career advancement, but for complete career change. GE does so many things, you could literally spend a lifetime hopping around the business taking on a variety of roles and working in a range of industries. I've spent my GE career working on embedded technologies in our Intelligent Platforms business. Over the years, I've had a number of opportunities to work on our...

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The Little Robot That Could

Our friends from Military & Aerospace Electronics recently visited our resident robot-geek Dustin Franklin at our AUSA booth to talk about how GE is using gaming technology in military applications. Contrary to the rumors floating around at the show (probably started by Dustin himself) GE's Intelligent Platforms business is not in the robot business and we did have to disappoint some potential customers who wanted to buy one as a Christmas...

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AUSA 2014: It's a Wrap

For those of you who have been following our posts from the AUSA show, I thought I’d share some thoughts about the show and what lies behind all this fuss. Most of us are back home now and chafing at the bit to follow up on the good work started there. This, of course, is a much longer-term effort and will go on for (at least) the period between now and the next AUSA show in 2015. This fact reminded me that serving our armed forces as a supplier...

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AUSA 2014: It's Been a Hard Day's Night

The last day of the show always looked like it was going to be one of our busiest—but it could get challenging if everything didn’t run to plan… It got challenging. The number of commitments we had for the day meant that the daily pre-brief over-ran—but fortunately, the team had done a super job the previous evening, so the booth looked great—again. Then, our 9:00 appointment asked if we could shift it back. Yep, no problem—if we can get some of...

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AUSA Day 3: The Great, the Good—and the Tiny

Well, that’s day two over and done with, and the last day of the show is upon us. It may have been pretty tiring, but it’s been so rewarding and worthwhile. The team is really up for one last major effort. As well as our continuing customer meetings, we’ve had other guests on the GE stand. Notable among them was Gary Sinise—star of Forrest Gump, Truman and Apollo 13 among other major movies , and an Emmy and Golden Globe winner. He was at AUSA...

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AUSA Day 2: Connecting on the Connected Battlefield

So: Day 2 of AUSA 2014 dawned bright and early, and began with a booth staff meeting to ensure we’re all lined up and facing in the same direction. Many folks felt that the show got off to a slow start yesterday—something to do with it being Columbus Day, we’re guessing—but there were still plenty of visitors. In fact, from a personal point of view, it seemed like first day attendance was up on last year—but I may be mistaken. What happened...

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AUSA Day 1: Suited and Booted

After weeks— months, in fact —of preparation, the big day has arrived. It’s the first day of AUSA 2014! It’s been hectic, but we’re ready. Our stand looks amazing and the demonstrations we’ll be giving will hopefully show that, despite Ian McMurray’s misgivings , demonstrating isn’t a lost art—at least, not at GE. We’re all suited and booted and fully briefed—and the next three days sees us hosting an array of guests who are, by any standards,...

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Little Things Count

In the second of his occasional series about the long-gone days when salespeople were salespeople and not "consultants’"or "business development managers" or whatever, Ian McMurray recalls a particular demonstration… Whether we won a deal or lost a deal, the deal would always get reviewed to find out what lessons we’d learned. It was built into the sales process, and was absolutely invaluable in improving our win rate. I was just back from my...

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If It’s October, It Must Be AUSA

Over here at GE's Intelligent Platforms business, we’re getting ready to ‘do’ the Association of US Army Annual Meeting & Exposition (aka ‘the AUSA show’). Quoting from the AUSA website: “Held every October in Washington, D.C., the AUSA Annual Meeting is the largest landpower exposition and professional development forum in North America.” There are over 500 Army and industry exhibitors and more than 250,000 net square feet of exhibit space...

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Musings on the IEEE HPEC Conference

Maybe it’s a degree of cynicism that comes with age, but it frequently occurs to me that there is little that is truly new in our particular niche of the technology world. For example, there has been a lot of writing in the press over the past couple of years about this new-fangled “ HPEC ” stuff and how to define it. Even within GE, I have had discussions with people who are convinced that we invented something when we formed our HPEC Center Of...

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Nothing Happens Until Someone Sells Something

In the first of an occasional series, Ian McMurray — who is PR Manager for GE Intelligent Platforms’ embedded computing business — reminisces about the good old days in sales… “Nothing happens until someone sells something.” You ever heard that? Don’t get me wrong – someone needs to make that something, and someone needs to ask for the money for that something – but without sales, jobs like manufacturing and accounting wouldn’t exist. That’s why...

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The US Army: Doing More with Less

I recently attended the Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering & Technology Symposium & Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry (GVSETS; check it out here .) Wow, what a show. This was without a doubt the preeminent event of its kind for the U.S. Army. Three days jam-packed with speeches, presentations and panels. Panelists and presenters were from industry and the Army and were of the highest order. With a keynote by the Honorable Ms. Heidi...

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In the Eye of the Beholder

I recently put my car up for sale. It is a beautiful thing. I bought it new and I’ve babied it; I’ve cared for it and I’ve loved it. In time though, I decided it had to go; I needed a more efficient car. I started asking around for buyers (I didn’t want this thing of beauty to go to just anyone; I wanted someone to love it—like I did). At the price I was asking, I got almost no interest. I was shocked. I mean, the car is perfect—like new! Why...

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ARM Flexes Its Muscles: 5 Things You May Not Know About ARM

An interesting recent trend in the embedded computing space is the emergence of ARM processors as an option. In a space dominated at various times by Power Architecture and x86, this is a welcome additional choice, particularly for low-power applications. 1. ARM is not like other processors ARM is quite different to most other processors in that it is an instruction set and architecture definition that is defined by ARM Holdings, a company that...

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Why Embedded Computing Is Like Rice Krispies

The famous writer Arthur C. Clarke (2001: a Space Odyssey, many others) coined the phrase “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” (This is part of his “three laws”: it’s interesting - look it up). We have all seen ‘magic’; it’s the ‘the next big thing’. When it arrives on the market (the iPad comes to mind) consumers are crazy for it. So thoroughly intrigued are they that they run out and buy these things without...

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