General Motors' Technology Center will come to Austin, the company announced today. The IT Innovation Center will employ nearly 500 people, Statesman.com reports.
GM is building the facility to make sure its information technology capabilities are on par with its business practices. The company plans to open four IT centers in the coming years and plans to use information technology to decrease the cost of operations and increase how quickly new products and services are developed.
GM is going to be hiring software developers, project managers, database experts, business analysts and other information specialists and chose Austin because we already have a lot of workers in those fields. In order to make sure that IT keeps up with what the GM business partners are coming up with, GM is going to change their employment model over the next three years so that they are hiring enough IT workers that "the majority of IT work is done by GM employees focused on extending new capabilities that further enable our business."
General Motors says that its target for the Austin Center is 500 jobs, but they do plan to eventually hire nearly 10,000 IT workers across the company. They have already leased space in Northwest Austin and have hired a few employees. They are now planning on quickly increasing recruiting efforts at other companies and in colleges and universities with computer science programs in Texas and beyond.
Although GM did review applying to the city and state for economic incentives, they decided against it because the need to get the center open quickly outweighed the benefit of the incentives.