blog Well, that didn’t take long. Just a couple of weeks after global technology giant HP revealed it would be cutting some 27,000 employees globally, the company’s local cuts have started to surface. Channel publication CRN has the scoop (we recommend you click here for the full article). It reports that several top executives have already gone, plus:
“Sources told CRN that data centre workers in HP’s Forest Hill, Victoria facility would be let go. HP declined to confirm reports it was outsourcing data centre staff to Malaysia.”
The longer you report on Australia’s technology industry, the more times you see the same news come around year after year. Old hands amongst us may remember that HP was also offshoring Australian jobs back in 2006 to … you guessed it, Malaysia. At the time HP said most customers would accept the change, as long as service levels remained consistent. I’m sure it will say something similar this time around.
Perhaps the most interesting news in the recent culls is the (we presume, unassociated) departure HP’s reclusive South Pacific managing director Paul Brandling, who has helmed the Australian operation of Hewlett-Packard for more than a decade, after joining the good ship HP following the acquisition of Compaq. Sending us back a ways today, aren’t I?
The news of Brandling’s departure was buried in this Sydney Morning Herald article. Interesting that HP didn’t announce it at the time; it appears as if Brandling has been replaced with David Caspari (pictured), who previously led the Australian division of HP Enterprise Services (formerly EDS). Interestingly, HP was also embarking on a major round of redundancies when Caspari took the role leading HP Enterprise Services in 2008.
The executive’s first public outing as the new face of HP Australia will likely be on Wednesday next week, when he opens HP’s colossal new datacentre in Western Sydney, flanked by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and the executive who looks to be Caspari’s replacement at HP Enterprise Services, Alan Bennett. I’m sure questions about the job cuts will be front and centre.