Informix is expected to admit that it has made another 500 of its staff redundant on top of the 100 already announced, at its user group conference in San Francisco, which starts on 22 June.
The ailing database supplier is also expected to announce at the meeting that it has hired Jo Marengi, Novell?s president and chief operating officer, as president.
Marengi is rumoured to be stepping down from Novell within days, following a fall-out with Eric Schmidt, Novell?s chief executive, over the response to the company?s heavy second quarter losses. However, he is understood to have received a lucrative severance package.
Informix, meanwhile, is already believed to have closed its office in Japan, which was staffed by 20 employees, including boss, Ed Winder. And it has axed many of its channel management executives in the US.
Most of the team working on the Illustra Datablades software technology are also understood to have left, raising a question mark over the future integration strategy with Informix? Online database and the development roadmap for the Universal Server object-relational product.
The rest of the layoffs are expected to occur in dribs and drabs over the coming weeks, 200 coming from the US and the rest from outside the domestic market.
But, it also appears that Europe will be an easy scapegoat for Wall Street. While soruces say the US is just about on course financially this quarter, Europe is way off the mark and Walter Koenigseder, head of Europe, may become a target if the situation fails to improve in the next few weeks.
Wall Street analysts have indicated that they do not expect the troubled supplier?s share price to rise until Phil White, Informix? chairman, chief executive and president, resigns, but he appears to still have full board support.
His number two, Ken Coulter, however, is thought to have lost the board?s backing due to his unyielding belief in the Superstores concept as a means of differentiating Informix from its rivals. The rest of the board are said to be concerned about the cost of the scheme.
Informix refused to comment.
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