Intel has pretty much been running the tables for the past
year on the desktop, notebooks and server fronts. During the past year, the
company has stretched its legs with its 65nm Core 2 micro
architecture, introduced DDR3
memory platforms for the desktop and is on the verge of releasing new 45nm processors.
At this year Intel Developer Forum, the company showed off
its technologies for the future including 32nm test wafers, 45nm Nehalem processors and its 45nm Menlow platform for Ultra Mobile PCs
(UMPCs) and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). Despite this wealth of good news on
the performance and power efficiency front, Intel is still looking for more
ways to stay competitive.
In an effort to further streamline its operations, the
company has announced that it will cut its worldwide IT staff by up to 10
percent. "We're in a very competitive environment and need to stay agile
and stay efficient," remarked Intel spokesperson Chuck Mulloy.
Mulloy made the comment after being questioned about the Intel Perspective
Blog. The author of the blog, Intel IT Guy, went through all the nasty
details of Intel's latest force reduction.
"We're in a very competitive environment and need to
stay agile and stay efficient," said Intel IT Guy.
According to Intel IT Guy, the company is the process of
assessing the skills of its employees and scoring their performance. Employees
that don't make the cut will be "redeployed" within the company.
Redeployment means that employees will have two months to find another position
within the company according to Mulloy. For those that choose not to stick
around for two months or don't find a new position within two months, a
severance package based on years of service with Intel will be offered.
"This is primarily 'skills based'
redeployment, which means we are going through a skills assessment process for
each employee, scoring them, comparing scores, and then determining which
skills we can most afford to lose from our individual groups. It's unpleasant,
painful work, and just not going well - at least not for my team," said
Intel IT Guy. "The skills assessment process is [in my opinion] meant to ensure that
we're legally defensible and identifying people objectively."
Over the last three years, the company has trimmed its numbers by more than 11,000. Ten thousand workers were fired in September of 2006; an additional 1,000 were let go just months before that.