Berlin — General Electric is unveiling software for boosting its machines’ productivity and streamlining repairs, alongside deals with Danish shipping line Maersk and French energy producer Dalkia. GE announced new software for power plants, drilling platforms and wind farms at an event in Berlin on Tuesday. The showcase for GE’s IT know-how comes a day after the Boston industrial giant said longtime CEO Jeffrey Immelt would step down on August 1 in favour of healthcare chief John Flannery, after a transition to "a high-tech industrial company" that is increasingly selling software in addition to heavy equipment. Immelt, CEO since 2001, built up GE’s capabilities in outfitting its turbines, jet engines, wind farms and medical equipment with data-collecting sensors and a software platform called Predix to analyse it all. The software push by GE is part of a broad movement by industrial producers to create factories, energy plants and vehicles that can sense their own performance and ...

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