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GM to add 1,500 information tech jobs in Michigan

Oct 8 (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Monday itwill create 1,500 jobs at a new software development center inMichigan as part of the U.S. automaker's previously announcedplan to shift information technology work back into the company.

GM said it will hire the software developers, databaseexperts, analysts and other IT positions over the next fouryears for the office in Warren, Michigan. It is the second offour software development centers GM plans to open, followingone it announced last month in Austin, Texas.

In July, the Detroit automaker said it would reverse yearsof outsourcing IT work. GM now outsources about 90 percent ofits IT services and provides the rest in-house, but it wants toflip those figures in the next three to five years.

The IT overhaul is spearheaded by GM Chief InformationOfficer Randy Mott, who outlined the plan to GM's 1,500 ITemployees in June. The former Hewlett-Packard Coexecutive believes the moves will make GM more efficient andproductive.

GM, which has not disclosed the cost or savings of itsstrategy, plans to cut the automaker's sprawling list of ITapplications by at least 40 percent and move to a morestandardized platform. GM will also simplify the way ittransmits data.

In July, GM said as part of its plan it would shift from 23data centers worldwide to just two, both in Michigan.

(Reporting By Ben Klayman in Detroit; Editing by Gerald E.McCormick)

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