Thursday, March 12, 2009

SAP layoffs, March 2009

SAP appears to be executing its layoff plan this week, which it announced back in January. In an open letter then to employees, SAP co-CEOs Henning Kagermann and Leo Apotheker announced that the workforce reduction would impact 3000 employees, or 5.8% of SAP's workforce.

Although a small number of SAP folks were let go in January, the remaining number appear to coming in waves, one of which is occuring this week. I first noticed an increasing number of hits to the Spectator from Google, under keywords "SAP layoffs" earlier this week. The only confirmation seems to be coming from Twitter.

At a minimum, based on Twitter status updates, layoffs appear to be taking place in Palo Alto yesterday and today. There also appear to be some layoffs that took place in Israel last week, and in Australia the week before.

Again, if you have more information, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.

Update, Mar. 16. Chris Kanaracus at IDG News Service made a few phone calls and has a few more details.

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Anonymous said...

They laid off in the Lake Mary, Florida office today. About 10 people.

Anonymous said...

3, not 10.

Anonymous said...

100 bucks says they will close that office by the end of the year.

Anonymous said...

La Crosse, Wisconsin, about five people on 3/11/2009

Anonymous said...

The Performance Management, (EPM, Business user hub) solutions are taking a big hit.

SAP is not selling as much EPM products and services as they anticipated.

Original Business Objects staff appears to be protected from the layoffs.