There's always a little bit of stealth to IBM's workforce reductions. Layoffs are usually scattered across the country and in numbers small enough to avoid triggering state and federal mass layoff notification laws. And so it was this week, as IBM cut employees from its Global Business Services unit.
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There are signs that an increasing number of people who have been forced out of their jobs are starting their own businesses.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week pledged to work with Indian government and business officials to improve high-technology trade relations but offered no specifics about how that goal can be accomplished.
Microsoft may be timing its October release of Windows 7 just about perfectly, if Forrester Research's mid-year IT forecast - improved spending by the end of the year - holds up. Forrester believes IT buyers are realising an ugly truth about this recession: They cut capital investment far more than they needed to. "We overreacted here," is how Forrester analyst Andrew Bartels describes what he believes is the collective assessment among IT buyers.
Demand for contract tech workers, whether they call themselves freelancers or consultants, is increasing, but the trend isn't a green shoot -- a signal of an economic recovery. It may be more an act of desperation by companies struggling to keep up with work in the face of staff cutbacks.
After the apparent collapse of acquisition talks between IBM and Sun Microsystems, Sun faces a choice: continue looking for a buyer, change its management — or just keep plugging along as is.
As American International Group (AIG) paid out huge bonuses to executives, the company also laid off six information technology workers, according to reports in the local media.
The economic downturn may accomplish what <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9017160">Y2k never did</a>, and that's to disrupt data center operations.
Some of the <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9126878">workers being let go by IBM</a> in the U.S. and Canada have a chance to remain with the company -- if they're willing to move to Brazil, India, China or a dozen other lower-wage countries. But the expatriate employees would likely be paid at local salary rates.
There are many ways to get rid of your personal PC. Throw it in the basement or closet, drop it off at a local recycling center, advertise it on Craigslist, and now, sell it to Hewlett-Packard.
Hewlett-Packard has a deal for you: zero-percent financing for up to 36 months on leases of many of its enterprise software products. The offer, announced last week, applies to software contracts worth more than US$100,000 and will be in place through January 31.
Sun Microsystems Inc. today boosted the processing capabilities of its most popular Unix server line with the aim of attracting bigger IT workloads, including databases, ERP applications and large server-consolidation projects.
IT spending is faring better than the overall economy, and the sector "will avoid a recession in 2008," says Gartner. But in a report sent to clients this week, the analyst firm says it believes IT budgets will show "very low year-over-year growth rates until business growth significantly improves."
This may seem like a <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=326472">weird time</a> to go to Wall Street to announce a new operating system, but that's what <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/action/inform.do?command=search&searchTerms=Microsoft+Corporation">Microsoft Corp.</a> did Monday. At a technology conference in New York, the software vendor formally detailed its Windows HPC Server 2008 software, a high-performance computing version of Windows offering some features that may appeal to <a href="http://blogs.computerworld.com/its_the_it_economy_stupid_and_st_kfc_ftw">bailout-seeking financial services firms</a>.
The federal takeover of Fannie Mae earlier this month has resulted in several upper management changes at the mortgage financing firm, including the exit of its CIO.