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October 09, 2012

General Motors Moves Technology Development In-house

The General Motors (News - Alert) Company, GM for short, is an American automotive industry headquartered in Detroit, Michigan that produces cars and trucks in the U.S. and has a dealership presence in Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

GM’s global presence and innovation of producing vehicles using today’s top information technologies makes them extremely competitive in the auto industry market.

Based on global sales, GM is one of the largest car manufacturers in the U.S. with several million units sold worldwide. Currently, the General Motor dealerships in the United States and China have the greatest percent of sales and have seen recent market growth.

In order for GM to have sold so many top-performing vehicles, the company’s research and development (R&D) adaptable teams, had to utilize the latest in information technology and computer-based information systems to help design, develop and manufacture new car models.

Apart from the assembly line to build General Motor vehicles, there are people who work (behind closed doors) in an information technology lab to create, disseminate standards, perform measurements and testing to improve the quality of vehicle: A few projects drawn up by the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) may be having a car alarm installed or an entertainment system (audio or video), in-vehicle navigation or feature car Bluetooth integration. Other ideas put to the test by an IT team, and will be part of GM's technology requirements, will be car enhancements to improve safety, if not boost the performance of vehicles.

Up to now, General Motors, like many automakers, has relied on outsourcing to get lower product development costs and, for the most part, better quality components. Outsourcing for at least GM has proved as an effective business solution; they relinquished their IT functions of all in-car communications, to include parts production, software, hardware design and manufacturing of components. GM had outsourced 90 percent of its IT services, with 10 percent remaining in-house, but that is about to change, according to a news statement.

GM had announced, on October 8, that it plans to shift its computer technology back in-house, which would reverse years of outsourcing IT work, to hire computer professionals (like software developers, programmers, database experts and analysts) for the office in Warren, Michigan. This move will make GM more efficient and productive – as they continue to lead the auto industry with cutting-edge technology – by streamlining data centers and offering many IT applicants an opportunity to become part of team employed at an Information Technology Innovation Center (which would focus on software development) in Warren, Mich.

This news about General Motors wanting to bring computer technology back in-house and hire up to 1,500 high-techs rather than outsourcing its IT operations promises to bring many job opportunities back to Americans. Long-term cost savings for GM will be ensured also by the decision of running fewer data centers.

General Motors looks for its next generation of leaders to work in its computer center, rather than to rely on outside companies to produce electronic control units for some embedded systems; it will call on its own resources to add innovative technology to give customers a whole new driving experience.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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