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IBM layoffs strike first in India; workers describe cuts as 'slaughter' and 'massive'
WRAL TechWire ^ | 2/12/2014 | Rick Smith

Posted on 02/12/2014 5:17:28 PM PST by RightGeek

Research Triangle Park, N.C. — Dispatches from the firing line at IBM:

"People broke down after seeing the inhuman treatment. Laptops along with the cases were confiscated, so several employees were seen crying and exiting building carrying and balancing their personal belongings with their two hands."

"IBM STG INDIA is doing RA and it is very deep and numbers are huge."

"Just heard from a colleague in Bangalore that job cuts there have begun. Workers asked to leave on the spot. He claims 6 out of 23 people in his department."

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - IBM's latest $1 billion "rebalancing," as described by its CFO last month, is underway. And the first country hit is India, based on reports from Blue Blue workers there on Tuesday. The so-called "Resource Action" struck in the country where IBM reportedly employs its greatest number of workers.

One employee describes the layoff process as a "slaughter."

The business unit hit is the Systems Technology Group - IBM's troubled hardware group which is selling its low-end x86 server business to Lenovo for $2.3 billion.

(Excerpt) Read more at wraltechwire.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ibm; india; layoffs
The US layoffs are expected to start later in the month.
1 posted on 02/12/2014 5:17:28 PM PST by RightGeek
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To: RightGeek

Did they get Bammie’s permission for these layoffs? Swear on oath of perjury that they’re not being disrespectful to the Fascist-in-chief?


2 posted on 02/12/2014 5:22:00 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: RightGeek

But Lotus Notes will stay alive. I guess it would take shuttering IBM completely to kill off that horrid software.

http://www.ihatelotusnotes.com/


3 posted on 02/12/2014 5:22:27 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: RightGeek

I never cried when I got laid off.

Besides, these people just need to listen to democrats to learn unemployment is super fun.


4 posted on 02/12/2014 5:24:14 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: wally_bert

The mid size company I worked for used Lotus Notes extensively. Want something worse? We moved to Oracle. Notes then had to serve as a patch for the things that didn’t work in Oracle. In comparison, Notes was a blessing.

At least Oracle moved on to another triumph in Oregon with the health insurance portal. LOL.


5 posted on 02/12/2014 5:48:50 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: RightGeek

Didn’t you get the memo? They are not layoffs, they are “liberations”.


6 posted on 02/12/2014 5:50:28 PM PST by matthew fuller
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Never tangled with Oracle and it must be awful to make Notes look good.

The Notes calls I get on the laptops either take a few minutes to fix or the installation and patch has to be blown away a couple of times and reinstalled if the fixes I’ve learned the hard way don’t work.

90% of everyone else uses Notes in Citrix and is a very straight forward setup.

My main notes headache is one of my remote users with a laptop less than a year old. Notes takes about 20 minutes or so to load up last I heard from him. It did it before. I did the uninstall/reinstall thing since the guy was around only a couple of hours.

Even with the cheat sheet, I could not see this person installing notes again in another part of the country.


7 posted on 02/12/2014 5:55:58 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: matthew fuller

Yes, I can hear the joyous chorus of now liberated former workers in India tucking in their children.

Myself, I am thankful to the Lord I have job lock and have not been liberated.


8 posted on 02/12/2014 6:02:25 PM PST by A message
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To: wally_bert

I was pretty much just a Notes user but I worked pretty closely with a programmer to set up a few databases. No real issues but Oracle had us tearing our hair out. Everything broke after release from testing.


9 posted on 02/12/2014 6:10:21 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: NewHampshireDuo
We moved to Oracle

My company uses Oracle for some functions. Most of what I deal with, as far as manufacturing is concerned, is done in GEMS.

10 posted on 02/12/2014 6:17:23 PM PST by Antoninus II
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To: RightGeek

And the Free Trader Globalists keep telling us Free Trade works...

These companies now have to lay off the underskilled, underpaid Indians hired to replaced the skilled, better compensated Americans.


11 posted on 02/12/2014 6:19:18 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Diversity is just racism against white folks)
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To: NewHampshireDuo
At least Oracle moved on to another triumph in Oregon with the health insurance portal. LOL.

Just saw an article today that Oregon expects its first exchange enrollee by the end of the week (probably won't happen).

12 posted on 02/12/2014 6:23:28 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: RightGeek

There’s still an IBM?


13 posted on 02/12/2014 6:33:02 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: All

If you want to see me curl up into a fetal position and cry, just mention the word “Netware”


14 posted on 02/12/2014 6:45:58 PM PST by Rodney Dangerfield ("It's not a good time for me right now" -- http://therealwendy.com/)
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To: RightGeek

Now they’ll have more time to spend with their families, it’s a blessing.


15 posted on 02/12/2014 6:47:40 PM PST by MrBambaLaMamba (Obama - "I will stand with the Muslims")
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To: Organic Panic
I never cried when I got laid off.

I knew someone who lost her job when the treasury agents came into the place, flicked the lights and told everybody to take their belongings and leave. They closed the place down over federal taxes.

She said she left there, remembering to bring her coat and her purse, and went directly to the Ritz bar.

16 posted on 02/12/2014 6:52:03 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: RightGeek
The Indian layoffs were probably a sweetener to get Lenovo to buy its server business. Wouldn't be surprised if IBM is hiring in Shanghai.
17 posted on 02/12/2014 7:00:26 PM PST by fso301
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To: Rodney Dangerfield
why would that be???
18 posted on 02/12/2014 7:08:51 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

They fortunately avoided “job lock”. Now they can write poetry or play a musical instrument. Such great luck!


19 posted on 02/12/2014 7:17:39 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: ogen hal
funemployment...
20 posted on 02/12/2014 7:38:46 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: RightGeek

Of course, they weren’t this sad when they had the jobs that were “outsourced” from other employees.


21 posted on 02/12/2014 10:50:18 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Chode
funemployment...

The first two letters apply to you if you pay taxes.

22 posted on 02/12/2014 10:59:35 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: Chode

Any chance we can re-source this outsource?

Indian users call: I’m sorry, Sir, was that a P or a B you were saying? No, Sir, I’m sorry I cannot do that. I don’t have internet to test your problem you’re reporting. And we BBQd our two supervisors yesterday as we are starving. I’m sure you understand? Is there anything else I can do for you today?


23 posted on 02/12/2014 11:01:58 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

IBM could fire everyone, close it’s doors, and still be one of the most profitable corporations on the planet.

One word: Patents


24 posted on 02/12/2014 11:04:55 PM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

There’s still an IBM?

Of course, there will always be an IBM as long as there is propriety software running on IBM hardware. Somewhere deep in the bowels of India is a 1401 Autocoder help desk manned 24 x 7 by college graduates who are smarter and speak better English than you. Call them and ask them for a list of paper tape and punch card suppliers. /s


25 posted on 02/12/2014 11:20:22 PM PST by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: txhurl

we’ve all been here...

Foamy The Squirrel vs Tech Support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmD_8cBqhW0


26 posted on 02/13/2014 4:51:07 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: matthew fuller
They are not layoffs, they are “liberations”.

Too bad India doesn't have obamneycare. They could become poets and with all that poetry income, get a refund at the end of the year from the IRS if they somehow live long enough having spent whatever money they had on an overpriced, high deductible insurance premium instead of food, shelter and clothing.

27 posted on 02/13/2014 4:59:28 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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