To excel in manufacturing, tech workers need to be one part tinkerer and one part visionary, with a bit of analytical acumen thrown in as well.
Is manufacturing IT conservatively behind the tech curve or out on the forward edge of innovation? That depends upon whom you ask.
Talk to Jennifer Hartsock, group CIO for construction industries at venerable equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, and she'll tell you about combining mobile technology with truly giant machinery.
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