CHICAGO (AP) – A construction company known for its earthquake equipment is planning to expand its Chicago office in an effort to attract top technology talent.
Caterpillar Inc. is expanding its digital team, which includes software developers, computer analysts, telecommunications experts, and mechanical engineers, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Deerfield-based company first moved to downtown Chicago two years ago to improve recruitment. It's critical that the company strives to continue attracting top technology, says Ogi Redzic, vice president of the company's Cat Digital division.
"The things we are building right now are fundamental to Caterpillar's future," Redzic said. "Customer expectations change. He expects the same tools he (uses) for his daily life to be as good and better in the equipment he gets."
Businesses that are not traditionally related to the technology industry can have a difficult time recruiting workers who are not aware of their digital work.
"Before I came to, I really didn't know the scope and breadth of Kat's products," Redzic said. "I was quite surprised, in fact, myself and thought," I join a company that does excavation and mining, "to learn about everything else the cat does globally."
Caterpillar's technological team develops programs for internal and external use, such as a tool that allows equipment owners to monitor the machine's maintenance plans and operating times.
The team analyzes data from the company's machines to find ways to make the equipment more efficient and also involved in the company's e-commerce, which customers use to buy parts for machines.
Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com