GE's Kate Johnson: How CIOs Can Be Heroes

Kate Johnson becomes the CEO of GE Intelligent Platforms Software just as the Internet of Things is altering the landscape for industrial software. GE sells about $4 billion worth of software a year, but since that software is spread across its industrial businesses, the business has been fairly low-profile.

GE expects that profile -- and revenue -- to rise as industrial companies see the chance to collect more data from networked equipment, and analyze that data better to improve their operations, such as predictive analytics that can spot a looming breakdown so workers can prevent it. "You're starting to see a GE software footprint," Johnson said.