GE Healthcare CTO: IT must embrace mobile, cloud to remain relevant

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GE Healthcare's Nevin Zimmermann talks mobile, cloud, and big data; his team's evolution; and need for CIOs to welcome changes in tech

Nevin Zimmermann has a lot on his plate right now -- mobile, cloud, big data, running hosted solutions for a couple hundred major customers. Oh, and don't forget helping GE Healthcare capture new global business opportunities -- especially in emerging markets -- and navigating the dramatic changes reshaping the healthcare industry everywhere.

Zimmermann, chief technology officer, IT & Process Excellence for GE Healthcare, joined the GE family in 1999 and earlier served in a couple of CIO roles for the global giant. In this installment of the IDG Enterprise CIO Interview Series, Zimmermann spoke with Chief Content Officer John Gallant about how his team is evolving to realize the promise of mobility and why cloud is taking on such a vital role in his IT strategy (hint: that big data thing is a big driver).

Zimmermann also talked about why it's so important for CIOs to embrace the massive changes taking place in technology today and how those changes -- far from diminishing IT -- are creating new opportunities for collaboration and engagement with the business.

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