In an effort to bring information technology back to work in house, General Motors is setting up to hire 3,000 Hewlett Packard Company employees. This is due in part to a new multiyear software and services agreement that the two companies have finalized. This agreement is said to be “cost neutral” by General Motors. The Hewlett Packard employees that are currently working for General Motors won’t be effected in any way and the new employees, who have been working on General Motor’s business through Hewlett Packard will be migrated over to the General Motor’s payroll over the next six months.
Randy Mott, GM’s Chief Information Officer, said in the statement, “These agreements with HP will enable us to accelerate the progress of our IT transformation by delivering increased innovation and speed of delivery to our GM business partners, and reduce the cost of ongoing IT operations. Transforming our internal IT operations will give us the resources, tools and flexibility we need to provide better services and products to our global GM customers. Their jobs will be changing pretty rapidly over the course of the transformation. We felt it was important they be very well integrated into the GM team.”
This new agreement and in house migration from General Motor is expected to create the most “most comprehensive deployment of Hewlett Packard software in the world. The two companies have worked together for about the past decade with good success so far, so it will be interesting to see how bringing the Hewlett Packard employees over to General Motors will play out in the grand scheme of offering state of the art technology to your favorite General Motor’s built cars, trucks, SUVs, hybrids and electric vehicles. For now we know there is about a $3 million budget set aside for this, but no confirmation as to the length of the agreement the two companies have for this latest effort.