These are staff already working on GM IT projects but are employed by HP.
GM outsourced almost all it's IT to HP via a previous agreement with EDS, which HP acquired.
I bet there are 3000 very happy people there. Morale at HP's services division, which was created after it acquired EDS, is low following lots of redundancies.
GM announced this yesterday. "These agreements with HP will enable us to accelerate the progress of our IT transformation by delivering increased innovation and speed of delivery to our GM business partners, and reduce the cost of ongoing IT operations," said GM CIO Randy Mott. "Transforming our internal IT operations will give us the resources, tools and flexibility we need to provide better services and products to our global GM customers."
The other twists in this fascinating story is the fact that EDS was part of GM, from 1984, before it was spun out as a standalone company in 1995. it continued to be GM's main IT supplier. But it doesn't end there. Randy Mott, CIO at GM was previously CIO at HP. And only last week HP CEO Meg Whitman has said poor internal IT systems have hampered the business.
GM is probably doing HP a favour and saving it the costs associated with another round of redundancies.
If you work for HP at GM and are being transferred please tell me how you feel by leaving a comment.