GM invests in new data center, IT jobs

General Motors (GM) recently announced that it will invest $130 million to build a new data center, which will add dozens of high-tech jobs.

The new facility, which will be located at GM's Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, will be completed in 2015. Funding for the construction is part of the company's plan to invest $2 billion toward 17 facilities in eight states.

According to GM, the new enterprise data center will serve as a hub for monitoring the organization's digital operations.

"This new facility and other GM data centers around the world support the tools the company needs to design, build and sell the world's best vehicles through digital applications enabling all business functions," said Terry Kline, GM's vice president and chief information officer.

Professionals at the new center will be expected to handle the increasingly complex computer simulations that are required to keep pace with faster design, fuel economy, safety and quality standards for new vehicles.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of employment opportunities for computer and information systems managers is expected to increase by 17 percent over the next seven years.