• Enjoy the freedom to innovate and grow your business


    [ad] With Microsoft Azure you have hybrid cloud flexibility, allowing your platform to span your cloud and on premise data centre. Learn more at microsoftcloud.com.

  • IT Admin: No Time to Save Time?


    [ad] Do you spend too much time patching machines or cleaning up after virus attacks? With automation controlled from a central IT management console accessible anytime, anywhere – you can save time for bigger tasks. Try simple IT management from GFI Cloud and start saving time today!

  • Free Forrester analysis of CRM solutions


    [ad] In this 25 page report, independent analyst house Forrester evaluates 18 significant products in the customer relationship management space from a broad range of vendors, detailing its findings on how CRM suites measure up and plotting where they stand in relation to each other. Download it for free now.

  • Great articles on other sites
  • RSS Great articles on other sites


  • Reader giveaway: Google Nexus 5


    We’re big fans of Google’s Nexus line-up in general at Delimiter towers. Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 … we love pretty much anything Nexus. Because of this we've kicked off a new competition to give away one of Google’s new Nexus 5 smartphones to a lucky reader. Click here to enter.

  • Blog, Enterprise IT - Written by on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 15:07 - 1 Comment

    More on those IBM redundancies

    ibmlogo

    blog Another day, another swathe of details emerge about the ongoing job cuts happening within the ranks of IBM Australia. This morning’s morsel comes from The AustralianIT, which reports the latest figure as being around 1,400 Australian staff, amid the involvement of the controversial 457 visa program. The site reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):

    “IBM Australia is on a cost-slashing drive, including ramping up on 457 visas, sending local jobs offshore and downsizing offices as 1400 workers are retrenched.”

    Delimiter has also been receiving a constant stream of anonymous tips on the issue from disgruntled IBM Australia staff frustrated about how it’s all going down. The story is always the same — layoffs across the board, with a mind towards boosting profits. Take the following information with a massive grain of salt, but here are three of the most legitimate-sounding anonymous tips we’ve received over the past few days. A reminder: These are anonymous tips, so their accuracy cannot be verified. We’ll print any rebuttal IBM wants to make to these claims.

    “The first wave has occurred and my understanding is that it was 400 staff – there were some administrative roles that were being shifted offshore, particularly the Philippines. There were some delivery roles, particularly [Global Business Services] where they have had a big bench in the Eastern States and some sales roles across the board. My understanding is that the second wave is coming pretty soon. Probably once they have a good feel about the second qtr results. GBS Australia is one of the most underperforming groups in IBM’s entire Growth Market Unit and this has been a long time coming.”


    “IBM Australia is definitely having staff cuts. Last month 200 Aussie IBMers were made redundant. This including people across GBS/GTS, Software Group, Pre-sales techs, sales, etc.”


    “The number circulating internally is 1300 (in Aus) which fits neatly within the [range reported by the Sydney Morning Herald]. It is basically a knee-jerk reaction to IBM’s poor 1Q2013 results, and IBM Aus is bearing a significant share of the pain because its 1Q numbers were poorer than most. It may be hard to believe that a major corporation can react with such a short-term view, but sadly that seems to have become the Wall-Street-Way. This is one piece in the jigsaw that IBM calls “Roadmap 2015″ (colloquially known as “Road-Kill 2015″). Google it. The plan is to get the EPS up to USD$20 by 2015. Perversely, since earnings don’t seem to be rising, the strategy seems to have changed to cost-cutting and buying back shares. It might work, but IBM is losing its soul in the process, it once had one of the most skilled, dedicated, and professional workforces on the planet. Not any more.”


    It’s sad to say, but it seems like all signs are pointing to the fact that there will shortly be a large glut of IBM Australia staff leaving the business and flooding onto the local jobs market. If you’re an IT employer operating in Australia and looking to pick up qualified staff in certain areas cheap, it sounds like now would be a good time to get your recruiters out there in the field. We wish good luck to all of the IBM staff affected. It’s never a good thing in the short-term to lose your job; but we’d also remind people that there are employers with better workplace satisfaction ratings than IBM out there; perhaps this could be a chance for a new beginning in a better overall position.

    Image credit: Patrick H, Creative Commons

    submit to reddit

    1 Comment

    You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

    1. David Drury
      Posted 25/06/2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink |

      International Perspective on this
      http://www.cringely.com/2013/06/20/ibm-to-customers-your-hand-is-staining-my-window/




    Get our 'Best of the Week' newsletter on Fridays

    Just the most important stories, one email a week.

    Email address:


  • Most Popular Content


  • Six smart secrets for nurturing customer relationships
    [ad] Today, we are experiencing a world where behind every app, every device, and every connection, is a customer. Your customers will demand you to be where they and managing customer relationship is the key to your business’s growth. The question is where do you start? Click here to download six free whitepapers to help you connect with your customers in a whole new way.
  • Enterprise IT stories

    • Greens claim NSW LMBR project turning into a disaster sydney

      The NSW Greens late last week claimed to have obtained documents showing that the NSW Department of Education and Communities’ wide-ranging Learning Management and Business Reform program, which involves a number of rolling upgrades of business administration software, was deployed before it was ready, with “appalling consequences for administrative staff, principals, teachers and students”.

    • NSW Govt trials inter-truck safety devices trucks-cohda

      The New South Wales Government has inked a contract with connected vehicle technology supplier Cohda Wireless, as part of a trial of so-called Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) which allow heavy vehicles to communicate directly with each other about their position on the road to help reduce road accidents.

    • Victoria finally kills $180m Ultranet disaster thumbsdown1

      The Victorian Government has reportedly terminated its disastrous Ultranet schools portal, which ballooned in cost to $180 million over the past seven years but ended up being barely used by the education stakeholders it was supposed to serve.

    • NetSuite in whole of business TurboSmart deal turbosmart

      Business-focused software as a service giant NetSuite has unveiled yet another win with a mid-sized Australian company, revealing a deal with automotive performance products manufacturer Turbosmart that has seen the company deploy a comprehensive suite of NetSuite products across its business.

    • WA Health told: Hire a goddamn CIO already doctor

      A state parliamentary committee has told Western Australia’s Department of Health to end four years of acting appointments and hire a permanent CIO, in the wake of news that the lack of such an executive role in the department contributed directly to the fiasco at the state’s new Fiona Stanley Hospital, much of which has revolved around poorly delivered IT systems.

    • Former whole of Qld Govt CIO Grant resigns petergrant

      High-flying IT executive Peter Grant has left his senior position in the Queensland State Government, a year after the state demoted him from the whole of government chief information officer role he had held for the second time.

    • Hills dumped $18m ERP/CRM rollout for Salesforce.com hills

      According to a blog post published by Salesforce.com today, one of Ted Pretty’s first moves upon taking up managing director role at iconic Australian brand Hills in 2012 was to halt an expensive traditional business software project and call Salesforce.com instead.

    • Dropbox opens Sydney office koalabox

      Cloud computing storage player Dropbox has announced it is opening an office in Sydney, as competition in the local enterprise cloud storage market accelerates.

    • Heartbleed, internal outages: CBA’s horror 24 hours commbankatm

      The Commonwealth Bank’s IT division has suffered something of a nightmare 24 hours, with a catastrophic internal IT outage taking down multiple systems and resulting in physical branches being offline, and the bank separately suffering public opprobrium stemming from contradictory statements it made with respect to potential vulnerabilities stemming from the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug.

    • Android in the enterprise: Three Aussie examples from Samsung androidapple

      Forget iOS and Windows. Today we present three decently sized deployments of Android in the Australian market on Samsung’s hardware, which the Korean vendor has dug up from its archives over the past several years for us after a little prompting :)

  • Enterprise IT, News - Apr 23, 2014 15:58 - 4 Comments

    Greens claim NSW LMBR project turning into a disaster

    More In Enterprise IT


    Blog, Telecommunications - Apr 24, 2014 14:00 - 11 Comments

    iiNet to splurge $350m on content, media

    More In Telecommunications


    Analysis, Industry - Apr 24, 2014 16:05 - 0 Comments

    Free to fail: Why corporates are learning to love venture capital

    More In Industry


    Blog, Digital Rights - Apr 23, 2014 12:57 - 32 Comments

    Cinema execs blame piracy for $20 ticket prices

    More In Digital Rights