March 8, 2016
What happens when you combine diesel, data and digital expertise from around the world?
You get “Caterpillar’s Digital DNA.”
With the largest industrial fleet of connected assets in the world, at around 400,000 and counting, Caterpillar has had the capability to “connect” to our customers for quite some time.
Now, we’re placing an even bigger emphasis in the digital space – as experts estimate around 5.5 million new things (from watches and phones to thermostats and tractors) are connected around the world every day. Our digital vision is about continuing to transform Caterpillar, but, most importantly, to evolve the way our customers do business, to help make them more productive and prosperous.
And behind every customer success is the people at Caterpillar who are taking the bits and bytes and translating them into usable, actionable information for us and our customers. In other words, our teams are working to solve and even anticipate customer problems through digital technology every day.
The cross-section of people doing this digital work is dynamic and diverse – ranging from data scientists to drone specialists. And it’s time to tell their stories.
In our debut episode of “Caterpillar’s Digital DNA,” we’ll show you how our teams are pairing Silicon Valley and steel to drive digital into every business. We sat down with Brian Lowry, who is what you’d call a dual threat. Armed with an engineering and business background, he works for Caterpillar Ventures – partnering with stakeholders in Caterpillar’s diverse business portfolio and engineering community to evaluate startup companies and help us invest in or collaborate with tenacious startups touting technology expertise. By building an ecosystem of Caterpillar employees and startup companies, we’ll be able to go further, faster to make sure we, not our competitors, are best positioned to provide solutions for our customers and our dealers.
“We need to be driving the digital space,” Lowry said. “I think that’s one of the things we’re helping our business units do is to be able to find those technologies and get involved in those developments that are going to be driving digital into mining, into construction, and energy and transportation.”