An internal Oracle email, from European executive vice president Pier Carlo Falotti, details swinging cutbacks within the database vendor's European operation.
Chief executive Larry Ellison met with Oracle's European managers in London last month, to thrash out how the company can be slimmed down to fight for ecommerce and customer relationship management software users.
Falotti has forbidden managers from hiring or replacing staff within Oracle's 11,500 strong European operation without his approval, and has instigated a "severe review" of staff.
Oracle refused to detail how Falotti's hiring restrictions will hit UK headcounts, beyond saying that 30 jobs will go, as revealed by Computing last week. Many observers expect heavy job cuts, especially in the UK office's alliances division.
Falotti has also banned staff from travelling to the US, except with customers, and effectively halved "non people related" expenses between June and August, the first quarter of the company's financial year.
Senior vice president Sergio Giacoletto downplayed the memo, seen by Computing.
"This happens about every six months, to remind people how to run the business," he said.
Oracle has several reasons to economise, he said. Ellison recently promised to add $1 billion to profits over two years by boosting sales and cutting costs, and there is uncertainty about software budgets later in the year.
"Even if we are pretty bullish about Year 2000, you never know what will happen to our revenues as a result," Giacoletto said.
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