Glad to read about some IT insourcing in today’s WSJ’s “Why GM Hired 8,000 Programmers“.
GM recently ended an outsourcing arrangement with HP and is starting up an ecommerce effort by the name of “Shop-Click-Drive” where customers can order their GM cars online. The article explains why online car shopping hasn’t worked in the past and how GM hopes it will succeed in the future, but the focus of my delight is their decision to try this with inhouse IT. They built the data center in Michigan modeled on Google well over a year ago and the strategy is now coming to fruition.
GE senior management was quoted as saying …
If we are going to win, we must turn IT into a competitive advantage and not treat it as something that is just a utility.