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PhilBritt
PhilBritt
1/19/2018 6:44:12 PM
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Re: Can it pivot quickly enough?
"Rebalancing" replacing "synergies of scale." Layoffs are still layoffs, as you point out. Back in 1981, during a tremendous recession -- especially in the Rust Belt -- the newspaper I worked for (and had joined just recently) went to tremendous lengths to avoid layoffs. People today are just disposable nuiscances at many firms.

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kq4ym
kq4ym
1/14/2018 6:07:31 PM
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Re: Can it pivot quickly enough?
"Rebalancing" is an interesting word for layoffs. I wonder how the rebalanced former employees feel about being rebalanced, and how rebalancing their careers works out for them in coming months even though it's a "small" rebalancing considering the 20,000 employees there that still have jobs.

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Ariella
Ariella
1/11/2018 12:58:34 PM
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Re: Rebalancing
@Joe I remember that. I think it was just this kind of absurd corporate-speak that helped launch the Dilbert cartoons.

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mhhfive
mhhfive
1/11/2018 12:30:43 PM
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Re: Can it pivot quickly enough?
You're right.. but although "VMware-on-AWS" has been a partnership between Amazon and VMware -- VMware's relationship with Microsoft's Azure has been far less cordial. Azure is offering "VMware on Azure" but without VMware's blessings (so far). 

Maybe VMware and Microsoft will patch things up soon?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/12/21/vmware_microsoft_azure/

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
1/11/2018 12:06:47 PM
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Re: Can it pivot quickly enough?
@mhh: Not so challenging as you might think, I tend to suspect, given how its ever-escalating battle with AWS over the years has only culminated in greater integration between VMware solutions and AWS solutions.

VMware, thus, seems to be one of the seminal case studies of how all of the tech industry is shifting to the cloud. You're either a cloud provider or a cloud user these days.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
1/11/2018 12:04:47 PM
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Rebalancing
"Rebalancing." That's a nice way to put it. Remember "rightsizing" and even "brightsizing" in the '90s?

That said, 800 isn't too many for a company with more than 20k employees...and it seems from the reports that the current RIF (which, to me, is a less loaded term than "layoffs") is probably yet smaller than that.

The question I have is: Where has the recent RIF been focused? That's going to be telling for VMware's strategy.

Or, if there seems to be no clear focus in VMware's RIF, then the question becomes (and the question may remain nonetheless) one of if there was a discriminatoary nature to the RIF (particularly if workers over 40 felt the brunt of it).

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mhhfive
mhhfive
1/10/2018 9:13:42 PM
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Can it pivot quickly enough?
> "VMware is shifting its focus from the on-premises enterprise data center to the cloud...."

That may be a huge challenge. I don't know how it changes its reputation completely to become a multi-cloud service provider -- I guess it's not a complete change, but it's a significant one, for sure.

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