Friday, October 3, 2008

The GM IT Strategy

Saw this article earlier this week on General Motors' IT strategy, with the focus on outsourcing non-core activity, and hiring and empowering technical Project Managers. The article implies that GM only hires managers with a strong technical background and some sort of graduate degree. I don't think that's the case across the board though, based on what I see. And the difficulty for employees in this model is the risk of pigeon-holing their careers to be marketable to GM only. Too often I see candidates with extensive experience at GM, or Ford, and they are so entrenched in their business processes and technologies that they are not marketable elsewhere. Hopefully this article rings true and anyone affected by future GM cutbacks will have the business and technology background necessary to be attractive to companies other than GM.

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