Charles King, an analyst at Pund-IT, doesn't believe that the cuts in HP's services division can be pegged to any specific customer action. HP's recent $8 billion charge against its services division "suggests that there were more fundamental, systemic issues at play rather the issue of losing one, large lucrative client," he said.
King sees Mott as someone with the experience and inclination to restructure GM's IT operations. He noted that HP's decision to consolidate some 85 data centers into six was made in 2006, not long after Mott was hired as CIO.
Mott's insourcing plan appears to have strong top-level support at GM.
The Detroit News recently obtained recording of a a recent conference call where GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson spoke with employees and was was critical of GM's outsourcing path. "We have a 1970s IT overlay in a company that's operating in the 21st century," the newspaper quoted him as saying.
Regarding Austin, in May the U.S. Department of Labor, in a report, said jobs in computer and mathematical group accounted for 5.9% of local area employment in the Austin area, "significantly higher than the 2.7% share nationally."
Included in the overall total of 46,000 IT jobs in that area, were nearly 9,500 computer systems analysts and 8,400 software developers. System software developers were the third largest group, at just over 7,000.
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