Forging Ahead

By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2008-09-16 Print this article Print

The mood of proceeding with caution, while not abandoning new initiatives, prevails at auto giant General Motors, which will continue its long-term trend of gradually decreasing its IT expenses, according to CIO Ralph Szygenda.

"The U.S. economic outlook and gas prices are driving cost reductions in [the United States]," Szygenda told eWEEK via e-mail. However, he added, GM is aiming to spend more in other parts of the world. "We continue to invest in strategic globalization of processes and systems and in growth markets such as Russia, China, Lain America, India, Eastern Europe, etc.," Szygenda wrote.

While new initiatives may be coming under closer scrutiny than in some years, maintaining IT at a normal level, including moderate growth, is the order of the day at many organizations. "We're spending most of our time keeping the status quo going, including the normal expansion of normal services," said Kevin Wilson a client architect of desktop mobile and virtual at a southeastern U.S. energy company.

At California State University in Fresno, Michael is planning to complete a network infrastructure refresh, including replacing a telephone switch. He will also follow through on a federated identity management project that will allow a person from one campus in the state university system to be recognized at another campus in the system.

Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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