Despite former promises to the contrary, Sun Microsystems has cut about 200 jobs from its worldwide systems engineer and salesforce teams as a result of its reorganisation, which is intended to improve market focus and promote internal harmony.
The move follows Sun?s decision to consolidate its sales teams into two units focusing on enterprise sales to corporate users and OEM sales to engineers (see Newswire 24 April).
The enterprise unit looks after the computer systems group, network storage and enterprise services, while the OEM section deals with Java software, Solaris software, Sun microelectronics and chips, and consumer and embedded products. Sun was formerly made up of five operating companies.
A spokesman said: "Each division formerly has its own systems engineers and sales staff, but all the systems engineers now come under one umbrella and sales under two umbrellas. The systems engineers will map into both groups, however. The idea was that in a company the size of Sun, you can end up being too specialised, but we?ve introduced a buddy system, so each engineer has a partner to go to if he doesn?t have enough knowledge in a specific area."
He added that Sun was attempting to redeploy as many of the 200 employees as possible, but those that it let go would receive a package commensurate with their position and length of service and be given 90 days to find alternative employment. Sun has 27,000 staff worldwide.
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