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GM opens second new IT Innovation Center

General Motors has announced that it is opening a new IT Innovation Center in Warren, Michigan. The center will hire up to 1,500 high-tech workers over the next several years to help GM bolster its IT services. The Michigan Innovation Center is the second of four planned Innovation Centers be located around the United States. 
 
Last month, GM launched a similar center in Austin, Texas creating 500 new IT jobs in the area.
 
These IT Innovation Centers are critical to GM's overall business IT strategy. The automaker is looking to create and deliver its own IT services with new capabilities to help improve performance and drive down the cost of operations. To help support its plans for reducing costs, General Motors is moving to in-sourced IT business service models.
 
“GM is executing an IT best practice by in-sourcing IT services and making them a strategic part of assuring GM remains a fast-moving leader,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group in San Jose, Calif. “This is also one of the best opportunities for IT professionals to work in the automotive industry.”


GM information technology employees in Warren, Mich. [Image Source: General Motors]
General Motors is hiring at its new centers and is looking for workers in software development, project management, database management, and business analysis. GM is recruiting experienced professionals and recent college graduates to fill its critical IT roles.

Source: GM



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RE: Really?
By Mitch101 on 10/9/2012 1:14:25 PM , Rating: 2
Sadly that's probably not far off. Depending on what they are willing to pay there might be some opportunity to make a good living.

But like the first poster says Im not sure there is enough talent in the area to staff this. So they would need to pay enough to attract talent to move there.

You might see a good Income with a low cost of living unless they are doing this expecting to get it on the cheap taking advantage of the poor economy in the area.

If the economy in that area can get out of the toilet this has potential to be a win win for some talented people or help them get out of there.

I wonder why they didn't do this in North Carolina or Texas which are growing areas attracting a lot of talent that are in line with a good income to cost of living ratios?

So many questions and thoughts around this.


RE: Really?
By Mitch101 on 10/9/2012 1:15:54 PM , Rating: 2
Correction I should have stated expanded their Texas facility.


RE: Really?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 10/9/2012 1:32:06 PM , Rating: 2
They could put it in Raleigh, NC and have a fresh pool of NC State grads. RTP is pretty much Silicon Valley East.


RE: Really?
By lesbaer45 on 10/9/2012 1:48:16 PM , Rating: 2
Never happen. Politics is driving this. "Auto" work is done in Michigan.

Putting it in Texas or NC or any other 'non-union' state would have been a huge no go.

Think along the lines of Boeing and the SC 787 plant.


RE: Really?
By Mitch101 on 10/9/2012 1:54:16 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed RTP is one of the areas where Tech companies were trying to get me to move to and a few of my tech friends landed. Even stole a few people from trying Texas which is surprising given the cost/income ratio there.

I landed in Charlotte (aka New Atlanta, or South New York).

Just felt there was more going on here for me than RTP.


RE: Really?
By sviola on 10/9/2012 2:10:01 PM , Rating: 2
Aren't most of GM's facilities in Michigan? If so, it would make sense to have their Software Development research facility near their engineering and production facilities.

Also, if living costs are low in the area, it probably won't be difficult to attract skilled workers there.


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