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Wednesday, May 3 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Turning Projects into Products and Wind into Profit, or How GE Renewables Was Transformed into a Cloud SaaS Provider

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At SATURN 2016, I introduced a novel lean approach to developing product architecture that combines Lean Model Canvas, Design Thinking, and Agile practices. This year, I am excited to share a case study of how it was applied at GE Renewables Digital to bring software products to renewables assets. My fellow architects rallied both executive and product management sponsorship to launch two product lines in 2017—Digital Wind Farm and Digital Hydro Plant. This session is based on my experience leading GE Digital Renewables architecture strategy for Asset Performance Management and Operations Optimization. Renewables energy presents unique and diverse challenges to delivering software at scale. Connecting thousands of wind turbines and solar panels, fine-tuning analytics at the edge and the cloud, and assuring NERC compliance through secure DevOps are some of the concerns. I will take attendees on the journey to migrating both existing applications and building brand-new applications on a cloud platform and describe how architecture best practices accelerated the management and minimization of technical and functional debt. The session also presents the tradeoffs both at tactical and strategic levels for moving forward with new technology and capturing market opportunities for innovation leveraging horizontal products.

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Arila Barnes

Arila Barnes is a Senior Staff Architect at GE Digital in San Ramon, CA, with over 15 years’ experience in software development and architecture and over 10 years applying Agile practices in delivering software products. She joined GE Software in 2013 and has been actively involv... Read More →


Wednesday May 3, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Conference Room A

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