“It’ll let us manage the increased data over the next five years,” said Ralph Szygenda, GM’s chief information officer. The pact will increase GM’s productivity, he said. GM employees eventually will have the same telecommunications tools no matter where they are in the world, including common conferencing and voice-mail abilities. Because of the network, GM officials expect the quality to be the same in other countries as it is at Detroit headquarters. The contract is just a small portion of AT&T’s revenue, which amounted to $63.1 billion last year. But AT&T officials hope the experience will help generate more business as other companies recognize the need to electronically link global operations, said Ron Spears, executive vice president of AT&T’s global business sales. “Many are starting to follow the path of recognizing the need to globalize business practices,” he said. Under the contract, AT&T also will manage all of GM’s telecommunications suppliers around the world, making sure that communications are standardized. DETROIT – Five years ago, General Motors Corp.’s worldwide telecommunications system was a laggard in the company’s fledgling effort to globalize vehicle design, engineering and manufacturing. It took at least an hour for an engineer in Europe to send a large computerized design file to a manufacturing plant overseas. It took another hour for the plant to send the file back with any changes. Now, as the company moves toward savings billions of dollars by building more models in more places off the same underpinnings, GM and AT&T Inc. have a network in place that allows engineers and plant officials worldwide to simultaneously view the same data simultaneously and discuss it. On Wednesday, GM gave AT&T even more business, awarding a five-year, $1 billion global networking contract that will prepare the world’s largest automaker for whatever electronic breakthroughs lie ahead. The pact renews an earlier GM contract with AT&T, but company officials would not disclose the value of that agreement. Kent Custer, a telecommunications-industry analyst with A.G. Edwards & Sons in St. Louis, said the new deal is the biggest of its type for AT&T so far. For GM, he said such technology can achieve productivity gains. “There’s a lot of opportunity for management to increase productivity and reduce costs by doing deals with this,” Custer said. AT&T shares fell 15 cents, or 0.4 percent, to close Wednesday at $37.21 on the New York Stock Exchange. GM shares fell 58 cents, or 1.6 percent, to close at $35.37 on the NYSE.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Kerr is aiming to defend the title with Gor on Sunday against his former side Simba SCNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 8- Ahead of their meeting in the SportPesa Super Cup final on Sunday at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium, Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has said he has nothing to prove to his former employers Simba SC.Gor booked a date with the recently crowned Tanzanian champions Simba SC after beating Singida United 2-0 in the semis while Simba were 5-4 winners over Kakamega Homeboyz in the earlier semi. “I have nothing to prove to them. What happened happened; the board makes decisions and for me, I am happy to be at Gor. They (Simba officials) can come and watch I don’t care. I have good memories with Simba players and they are happy to see me; they love me. It is just the people who didn’t but all I am bothered of is Gor,” the coach said on Thursday.Simba SC head coach Pierre Lechantre watches from the bench during his side’s SportPesa Super Cup clash against Kariobangi Sharks at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKerr was fired at the Dar es Salaam based club in January 2016, just six months after taking charge and he could not hid his displeasure at some of the club’s leadership, two of who are in Nakuru for the Super Cup tournament.Kerr was specifically irked when one of the officials Hajji Manara went into the Singida dressing room after Thursday’s match to ‘high-five’ the players, noting that it showed a lack of respect.Nonetheless, Kerr has chosen to stick his eyes on the prize urging his players to approach the final with confidence and the grab the opportunity that comes with the winner of the week-long tournament travelling to England to play Premier League side Everton FC at their Goodison Park backyard.“It is a final and the winner goes to England. That’s a massive incentive. It is a massive opportunity to the players to showcase themselves playing at Goodison Park. I have said to the players that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and they should use it,” the tactician said.“It will be a tough final because Simba want to win. They want to beat me and my players should come down ready and prepared with the right attitude,” added Kerr.-Defending champions-Gor Mahia players celebrate after winning the SportPesa Super Cup. PHOTO/SportPesaGor won the tournament last year in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania after beating arch rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 in the final and went on to play against Everton losing 2-1.The tactician now wants the side to defend the title and travel for a ‘rematch’ with the Merseyside club.Meanwhile, the coach has lauded his players for their performance against Singida playing in tough conditions, saying they showed the character of a champion.“I thought we were brilliant. We dictated the game, played good passes and credit to Meddie (Kagere) who fought hard to get his two goals. If we get into the final with this kind of attitude I think it will be great,” added the coach.He has called on fans to come down to the Afraha Stadium in their droves and push the team to the title, noting they have been brilliant in both matches they have played in the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)