Working in Information Technology (IT) isn't especially glamorous to begin with, at least not outside of geek circles where the humor in Saturday Night Live's Nick Burns skits are completely lost, but at least you could count on steady employment. Even during the recession there's been a spattering of growth in IT spending, and if you happen to be an unemployed IT guy or gal living in the midwest (or willing to relocate), General Motors (GM) may soon have a job for you.
GM on Monday announced plans to open an Information Technology Innovation Center in Warren, Michigan, which it expects will create 1,500 high-tech jobs over the next several years. It's one of four planned Innovation Centers in the U.S., the first of which was opened last month in Austin, Texas, where 500 news IT jobs will be created, GM said.
"GM is executing an IT best practice by insourcing 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."
The in-sourced IT business services model is part of GM's overall IT Transformation strategy that entails recruiting recent college graduate and experienced professionals for the jobs being created. The effort is being led by Chief Information Officer Randy Mott, formerly an executive with HP.