GE Software plans to publish APIs that allow developers to add value to the Predix platform that the industrial giant has created to manage the broad range of equipment it builds and services as part of a platform it calls the industrial Internet.
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The last decade has given way to some very broadly applicable abstractions; everything from Government-as-a-Platform to Infrastructure-as-a-Service. With its recently launched Predix cloud however, GE Digital may have tapped into a new form of abstraction and disruption; Industry-as-a-Platform.
It’s only natural that developers have been focused on the consumer space: apps that transform the way we communicate, get around town, and shop. We’re all consumers, right? But the Industrial Internet is magnitudes larger than the Consumer Internet and ripe with opportunity for developers.