Security vendor, Sophos, has confirmed it has made A/NZ staff redundant due its global plans to restructure the organisation.
A previous report, indicated the vendor was planning to shed about 7 per cent of its work force and close some facilities in the US.
Sophos Asia-Pacific managing director, Rob Forsyth, confirmed a handful of A/NZ staff were made redundant as part of the global restructure. It has about 75 staff across A/NZ. “In this region, we have lost a few staff, but it’s not appropriate to go into the finite number,” Forsyth said. “There has been a decrease in our revenue in terms of the targets that we set for ourselves, so we needed to realign our costs with those lower profits.”
Forsyth said the vendor was still growing year-on-year, but it hadn’t been hitting its targets on a global scale. He couldn’t disclose further details on its target decrease.
“We have continued growing, but not as fast as we would like,” he said.
Forsyth explained its strategy was to closely align its resources with its channel partners.
As part of this, it has merged what it calls its ‘high touch’ team with the same management as its channel focused personnel.
“The channel will be supported by high-touch sales people rather than have them held within a different management structure,” he said. “It brings a closer marketing and sales alignment with the channel.”
He assured the vendor still maintained its offices in Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland, New Zealand.