Corporate Audit Staff — Fueling the Pipeline

About a month ago, CIO Jim Fowler announced the NeXTech Challenge, a competition where teams of both DTLPs and Corporate Audit Staff members would compete to develop solutions to five of GE’s most critical technology challenges. Participants were encouraged to use technology “ingredients” like the data lake and blockchain. With the challenge well underway, we asked some CAS participants to discuss their team’s progress and what working with DTLPs is like.

Minakshi Khuntia

Minakshi is in her fifth review, working on building a product strategy for Predix Edge in San Ramon. She graduated DTLP in 2015 with GGO India.

Which challenge is your team working on and why did you preference this from the five options?

We are working on the blockchain challenge. All of us were very passionate on learning about the next gen technology — Blockchain, and had some good referrals from our mentors to work on it. We believe our solution could be an answer to some complex internal GE issues, hence a high impact project.

What is your team’s current plan for a solution? Which of the “ingredients” are you incorporating?

We have researched and plan to leverage Hyperledger to implement a Blockchain IBS POC — since it is open source and available from GitHub. Also, we have been partnering with teams across GE who are developing different Blockchain POCs across businesses. The key ingredient here is to establish a long term solution leveraging “what exists in GE” — hence partnering with GED & Global Ops, to implement a solution that can be scaled through the Predix platform.

What has it been like working on a team with DTLPs?

It has been great — immense amount of passion and leadership I see in my team. Everyone contributes in their own strengths and have leveraged a lot of resources to build a strong use case so far. There is a great mix of technical depth and strategic mindset in the team which is a big value-add.

Karim Srouji

Karim is in his fourth review, a Critical System Audit in Renewables. He is a 2016 ITLP graduate from Lebanon.

Which challenge is your team working on and why did you preference this from the five options?

• CyberTriage

• My team picked CyberTriage because Cyberthreats are increasing at an exponential pace and we have a lot of manual processes that can be automated. Ex: Automate the prioritization of incidents for analysts to solve and enable faster decision making

What is your team’s current plan for a solution? Which of the “ingredients” are you incorporating?

• My team is planning on building a solution to limit human interaction for classifying incidents by automating the classification through machine learning and content mining.

• Ingredients used: Machine Learning and RPA using Python

What has it been like working on a team with DTLPs?

• It is exciting to work with DTLPs and individuals outside of CAS. It allowed me to look at the problem we are trying to solve from a different perspective that is different from the CAS perspective.

Oneil Ventura

Oneil is in his third review, on a GE Data Centers audit. He is a former GGO ITLP from Angola.

Which challenge is your team working on and why did you preference this from the five options?

• The team I’m part of is working on Predictive Network Failure. This is an issue with accessing BLUESSO Wi-Fi infrastructure which leads to poor employee experience and impacts productivity.

• The reason I chose this challenge was due to my background in computer networking and Wi-Fi technologies.

• I wanted to work in an area where I felt I could genuinely help solve a company-wide problem as I had in the past felt the same frustration of not being able to access Wi-Fi (BLUESSO).

What is your team’s current plan for a solution? Which of the “ingredients” are you incorporating?

• We are still in the discovery phase of the root causes of the issue we trying to solve.

• We are currently breaking down all the possible issues and understand the full context and triggers which causes them.

• We have received encouraging feedback from our proposal plan, and we look forward to narrowing down our focus to one or two issues we can solve within the timeframe we have.

What has it been like working on a team with DTLPs?

• I like the energy and passion they bring as we work on our challenge. Great team environment.

• I’ve enjoyed the DTLPs ‘can do attitude’. They have faced this challenge head-on and been engaged and collaborative from the beginning.

• I like the confidence they show in their abilities to solve problems of this magnitude which affects the whole company. It has been a fun journey so far.

• They have been really proactive in tackling the tasks we divide amongst ourselves and everyone been giving strong contribution to the team.

• I’ve been encouraged by their ability to voice their opinion on matters they either agree or disagree with.

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