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IBM Begins US Layoffs | EE Times via @eetimes

SAN FRANCISCO — IBM began its first round of United States layoffs Thursday as part of a "global rebalancing" act that could save about $1 billion in costs. The restructuring process could see as many as 15,000 jobs being cut globally, including India, Brazil, and the European region. Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, told EE Times: The company has been undergoing a pretty elemental shift in its businesses over the last five to 10 years. IBM was mainly a hardware provider with a lot of attached services, has become a software provider with associated hardware. As the popularity of platforms waxes and wanes, they let workers go in divisions that aren't as profitable as they used to be and hire new positions they believe will be more successful. Poor fourth quarter numbers, a 26% slump in hardware revenue, and various divestments have fueled layoffs. According to A...

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