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Randy Mott Named General Motors CIO

Former CIO of HP, Dell, and Walmart is tapped for ability to 'transform global IT operations.' Will appointment mean less IT outsourcing for GM?

Randy Mott, one of the tech industry's best-known CIOs for his work at Walmart, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard, has been named to lead General Motors' global IT operation. Mott will report to GM CEO Dan Akerson and be part of the automaker’s executive operations committee. Mott replaces Terry Kline, whom GM said left to pursue other opportunities. Kline had been CIO since 2009, when he took over for long-time CIO Ralph Szygenda upon his retirement. Mott's appointment raises one immediate question: How much will GM continue to rely on outsourcers for its IT operations?

[ Want more background about Randy Mott? Read 10 Lessons In IT Strategy From Ex-HP CIO Randy Mott. ]

GM historically has relied on IT outsourcing more than most any other company in the world. That legacy goes back to its ownership of EDS, which GM spun out into an independent IT outsourcing company, becoming its largest client. Beginning in 2006, GM spread out its outsourcing work, then valued at about $3 billion a year, among multiple outsourcing vendors.

At Walmart, Dell, and most recently HP, Mott’s IT organizations have relied heavily on staffers rather than outsourcers and contractors. At HP, Mott slashed overall IT payroll in large part by eliminating contractor positions.

Mott led a massive transformation of HP’s IT organization, consolidating its 85 worldwide data centers into six new, U.S.-based data centers. In addition to payroll cuts, Mott automated more of the IT operation in order to have staff spend more time on new development projects.

Mott had no shortage of critics at HP, where in addition to cost cutting he forced business units to justify and prioritize every IT investment with a formal process documenting the costs and benefits. Mott left HP last year as part of then-CEO Leo Apotheker's shakeup of the executive ranks. (Mott is a member of InformationWeek's editorial advisory board. InformationWeek named Mott its Chief Of The Year in 1997 for his work at Walmart.)

Changing GM's long-standing IT culture is a tall order, regardless of whether the operation remains heavily outsourced. But in a statement announcing the move, CEO Akerson emphasized Mott's experience driving change and improving IT operations: "With more than three decades of information technology experience, Randy has demonstrated his ability to transform global IT operations. His visionary leadership and focus on execution will strengthen GM’s decision-making, reduce risk and improve our global infrastructure, data management and application development."

More on Randy Mott and General Motors:

HP Goes All In With An IT Transformation

HP Shakeup: CIO Mott Out, Livermore To Board

Chief Of The Year: Randy Mott

GM's Global Gamble

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GBLANSTON000
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GBLANSTON000,
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4/14/2012 | 6:00:54 AM
re: Randy Mott Named General Motors CIO
HP's internal IT systems are a complete and utter frustrating mess. The businesses that had to relinquish control of their IT departments five years ago in a massive cost-cutting frenzy are no longer supported by corporate IT and are now having to staff up to keep the businesses running. It will take years to rebuild HP's IT infrastructure thanks to Randy Mott. Get ready GM, your best and brightest IT personnel will be leaving in droves when the economy takes hold.
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softwareGuy,
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3/22/2012 | 10:06:41 PM
re: Randy Mott Named General Motors CIO
I work at HP. I have survived Fiorina, Hurd, Apotheker, and Mott. People were dancing on the tables when Randy left. Other comments on this article are right on. He ruled by fear and intimidation. He displayed a total lack of trust and respect for HP employees. HP IT still has open sores from Randy's tenure at HP. I hope GM realizes what they are getting with Mr. Mott. For the slash and burn tactics that he employs, he is way overpriced. I feel sorry for GM employees that must interface with Mott and for those that may be laid off by the inevitable restructuring (downsizing) of IT that will surely come.
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Macplaid,
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3/2/2012 | 10:22:14 PM
re: Randy Mott Named General Motors CIO
ItGs amazing how the press continue to buy the Randy Mott hype. Yes he cut the costs of the IT department, but a lot of that cost was simply transferred into the business units. He would shut down shadow systems without providing a solution so the systems went under ground or were replaced by manual work around requiring extra labor.

Mott was highly unpopular because his organization took on his prima donna persona; they were non-responsive, embracive and arrogant. Because of cost cutting they provided poor service on transformation programs causing disruptions to the business.

One question to the press; did it occur to you that there may be a connection to HPGs current supply chain challenges and Randy Mott?
Old IT Dude
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2/28/2012 | 6:36:02 PM
re: Randy Mott Named General Motors CIO
Every time I read more about Randy I wonder how much the writers really know. Randy Mott simply did a slash and burn wipe of the IT departments, wherever he goes he leaves disaster behind. His extreme short term plans only hurt companies long term. IT budgets and groups can be trimmed in many cases, without dismanteling or crippling the infrastructure needed to maintain an acceptable level of IT. Its this attitude that is creating the issue and GREED in this country and putting good people out of work, to line a few pocket books !!!
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