Oracle job cuts revisited

Okay, so last week I posted about upcoming Oracle layoffs. They were announced today, so let’s see how good my source was.

1) “as many as 7,000 developers in the U.S.”.

  • What was announced was 2,000 employees being let go, most of them in development ranks. Obviously the number was off substantially, but there were alot of skeptics in the comment threads about them laying off developers, and that did happen

2) “16% of the Siebel workforce would be cut loose”

  • 10% of Siebel’s employees were cut loose, probably from FG&A. The number was off again, but all in all this turned out to be pretty accurate. When you do the math it comes out with about 1,500 Oracle employees losing their jobs today, and the bulk of those are probably PSFT employees who’s “package” expired with the 1 year anniversary of that deal, but that’s just speculation on my part.

3) “Oracle’s CRM group was a target”

  • dead on accurate

4) “Layoffs will happen in Feb”

  • accurate

All-in-all, I’m giving this rumor a “C” grade, mostly because the numbers were off by a large margin. Interesty side note on this is that my traffic spiked up pretty significantly over the last week, all of the additional traffic coming from search engines and pointing to the layoff posts, and a traffic analysis revealed that 20% of my total traffic, which would roughly equate to the additional traffic I was getting, was coming from oracle.com.

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Grammy Awards and the ills of the music business

Grammy Awards show last night, didn’t watch it… apparently a lot of other people didn’t either.

The entertainment industry is a curious one, never has there been an industry so prone to self-congragulation for being the torch bearer of popular culture while at the same being hostile to changing itself as a result of how our culture is changing. It’s almost embarrassing to see how many awards shows for themselves the entertainment industry hosts… but it’s really not about awards is it, it’s about photo opps and press coverage because as much as celebrities complain about being in the public eye, it is the public eye that sustains their celebrity.

It’s almost funny to think that the Grammy producers trott out people like Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and U2 year after year as a reflection of the fact that their dwindling audience actually knows these artists. The driving force behind the single greatest disruptive force in music since the advent of radio itself, mp3 downloading, is a market that wasn’t even born when these tired faces were starting their careers… in fact, CD’s weren’t even mass market.

And how is it that they can convince themselves that giving awards for album/song of the year to product released 2 years ago is okay?

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