Former GM CIO Ralph Szygenda created a beast of an outsourcing deal at the beginning of the millennium. He would have a small constellation of very large IT providers – including GM perennial EDS (now owned by HP) – bid for all of the IT service needs. If you wanted to play in the GM game you had to go into orbit around one of these large gaseous planets which would then orbit GM and Ralph’s team. (In retrospect Ralph seems to be a bit Copernican but the simplicity was challenged by many layers of GM beuracracy.)
To give a sense of the humor of the IT executive team, all existing outsourcing contracts would end on June 6, 2006. That would be 6-6-6 for you Judeo-Christian numerologists.
Apparently things have worked well enough for Capgemini, and today it was announced a contract extension in the EIS space to the tune of $100M. This after contracts totaling $250M in value were secured by Capgemini from GM in July.
Read Chris Chiappinelli’s article in Managing Automation (and follow Chris on Twitter: ChrisChip).