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David Harper, GE Digital
Shefali Patel, GE Digital

Session: Strategic Data Management: The Heart of IIoT Applications



David Harper, Industrial Engineering Leader, GE Digital

David Harper has more than 25 years of experience in design, service and engineering management for power generation equipment including gas turbines and gas engines. As the Digital Industrial Engineering Leader for Power Services and Power Digital, based in Atlanta, he leads development of new digital products and services that combine GE’s industrial experience with the Predix IoT operating system to deliver valuable outcomes to Power Generation customers.

During his GE career David has held progressive roles, including General Manager, Services Engineering of GE’s Distributed Power business, providing world class technical support for gas engines including technical issue resolution, remote monitoring and diagnostics, analytics, life cycle engineering and conversions, modifications & upgrades. He also served as Services Engineering European Regional leader in France, providing technical support to the European fleet; General Manager of Thermal Product Service; and manager of customer support engineering for GE Energy Products Europe.


Shefali Patel, Director of Strategy & Marketing
GE Digital

Shefali Patel leads marketing at GE digital to commercialize GE’s industrial internet applications. She specializes in business strategy and disruptive innovation. Her industry experience is in energy, semiconductor and automotive sectors where she has held progressive roles in technology development, manufacturing operations and marketing.





Strategic Data Management: The Heart of IIoT Applications

David Harper, Industrial Engineering Leader, GE Digital
Shefali Patel, Director of Strategy & Marketing, GE Digital

The proliferation of machine sensors and connected equipment has made it easier than ever to access industrial data, but various disparate systems and messy inputs from both machines and human engineers make it difficult to glean intelligence from unorganized data. Before applying more complex data analytics within an IIoT application, there must be a detailed strategy in place for managing and prioritizing data. In this session, participants will learn how companies are seeing double-digit performance improvements through a unified data management approach that allows companies to connect, monitor, analyze, predict and optimize their organization’s assets and operations. David Harper from GE’s Monitoring & Diagnostic Center will explain how the Center utilizes asset performance management (APM) software, driven by advanced machine learning algorithms, to help organize and make sense of data from more than 600 power plants globally. These insights enable center customers to prevent power outages by increasing reliability of critical assets, such as turbines and generators behind power production.




  • Helping organizations master the fundamentals of strategic data management, including data storage, prioritization and organization

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