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GM's Data Strategy Pushed To Center Stage
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Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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4/2/2014 | 9:53:28 AM
Re: Going back to the old playbook?
For big giants like GM, adopting Big Data/Hadoop is not a trivial thing. It will benefit the business, especially lean manufacturing, process improvement, etc in the long run but it must be planned carefully. Maybe the IT department can start some probe project to see how it works and how much GM can facilitate it?
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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4/2/2014 | 9:52:55 AM
Re: Going back to the old playbook?
For big giants like GM, adopting Big Data/Hadoop is not a trivial thing. It will benefit the business, especially lean manufacturing, process improvement, etc in the long run but it must be planned carefully. Maybe the IT department can start some probe project to see how it works and how much GM can facilitate it?
ChrisMurphy
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3/31/2014 | 9:42:24 AM
Re: Going back to the old playbook?
GM is tapping Hadoop for some of this work, for data "ingestion" and for what sounds like some of the ad hoc analysis you describe around manufacturing processes and output. 
D. Henschen
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3/28/2014 | 4:25:30 PM
Going back to the old playbook?
Mott did the EDW move at HP and Walmart before joining GM, but I wonder whether it's time for new thinking. The enterprise data hub and data lake ideas espoused by Hadoop vendors may be too green for a big corp. like GM, but meanwhile even the EDW vendors are all talking about logical data warehouse, where you leave the data where it is and move what's needed as needed.

Watch for my Elite 100 profile next week (4/3) in which I explain how a major pharma company is using a Hadoop-based data lake to optimize manufacturing. All data related to a particular product -- as in 10 years worth of manufacturing data -- was dumped into the lake and the company came up with valuable, business-changing insights within three months.
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3/28/2014 | 1:24:43 AM
Re: Recalls testify to importance of big data
I agree. And, there's nothing like having everything under your own control. GM is so large that it's hard to imagine that it doesn't have enough economy of scale to do almost everything under its own roof. And, considering the trailblazing nature of the work that they are now undertaking, why insert the big discontinuity of effort and thought that outsourcing imposes on anything to complicate things?
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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3/27/2014 | 2:25:55 PM
Recalls testify to importance of big data
Telling comment by GM's Randy Mott: If we hd better big data systems, would we have done things differently, as in handling defects leading to recalls. "I'm sure we woould," he says. Don't underestimate the importance of getting on top of the data.


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