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Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton: Integration Is Key To MindSphere's Success

'The thing that is most interesting to me is the fact that we have that product that has pull. We don't have to push anybody. Folks are recognizing the power of the portfolio,' Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton tells CRN in an interview about the company's MindSphere IoT platform.

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Enabling The Workforce Of The Future

Like its industrial counterparts GE and Hitachi, German engineering giant Siemens has been on its own journey to become a software company with its own industrial Internet of Things platform, MindSphere, on top of other products like its product lifecycle management solutions.

The company most recently acquired low-code development platform Mendix for $730 million — a 2018 transaction that has since resulted in the integration of the platform into MindSphere, lowering the barrier of entry for development of IoT applications.

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Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens' U.S. subsidiary, believes Mendix will not only play an important role for the future of MindSphere — which she said is on a "phenomenal growth trajectory" — but for the future of Siemens as a whole. A lot of it comes down to enabling the workforce of the future.

"It's going to enable people to join this business who wouldn't have," she said in a recent interview with CRN at the IoT World conference in Santa Clara, Calif.

In the interview, the Siemens USA CEO spoke about the key to MindSphere's success so far in the industrial IoT space, why the company lets customers use competing platforms, how the company works with partners and the larger role IoT plays at Siemens.

What follows is an edited transcript of CRN's interview with Humpton, who also discussed Siemens' transformation as a company, the role businesses and educational institutions should play in developing the workforce of the future and how Siemens is tackling "megatrends" like climate change.

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