The Art of Simplifying Technology

GE Healthcare's Uppili on How to Align Digital Transformation With Business Goals
Balaji Uppili, region CIO, ASEAN, South Korea and ANZ, GE Healthcare

Technology and infrastructure simplification is the key to responding to market changes faster, says Balaji Uppili, region CIO, ASEAN, South Korea and ANZ, with GE Healthcare.

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"As a CIO, my job is to make things simple for end users. Typically, when you look at an enterprise's stack over a period of time, we experiment with various solutions, various ERPs and various CRMs. So, the first thing that comes to our mind as a region CIO is to simplify and protect the core," Uppili says.

"If we want to be resilient to market changes, the first thing we need to do is to simplify internally. Over a period of time - the last five years or so - we have converged our architecture from 400 ERPs to one ERP across the globe," he says.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Uppili also discusses:

  • How to align digital initiatives with business goals;
  • The role of artificial intelligence in GE's roadmap;
  • How to innovate without business disruption.

Uppili has around 18 years of experience in leading digital transformation for organizations within healthcare, finance and telecommunications verticals. In his current role, he manages the digital priorities to align with regional growth strategies and improve end-user experience with innovation in technology and automation.

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Suparna Goswami

Suparna Goswami

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Goswami has more than 10 years of experience in the field of journalism. She has covered a variety of beats including global macro economy, fintech, startups and other business trends. Before joining ISMG, she contributed for Forbes Asia, where she wrote about the Indian startup ecosystem. She has also worked with UK-based International Finance Magazine and leading Indian newspapers, such as DNA and Times of India.

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