Sex talk on skype
IBM is secretive about the number of staff it employs in-country, though just shy of one-third of the entire organisation is now understood to be employed in India, circa 122,000 people.
Before the 2018 “transformation programme” even begins, IBM still has to conclude several rounds of UK redundancies in both Technical Support Services and IS Delivery that started last year.
It lets people of different languages talk to each other on video calls.
The company wants to stop hiring cross-company resource and external services, a contact told us.
A PR rep told us: “As IBM has said in the past, we are focused on redeploying and reskilling our workforce globally, and IBM is substantially increasing its investment in professional development and technical training to focus on our strategic initiatives.” IBM reports its results for Q4 of calendar '18 on 19 January, and the company should outline to investors what provisions it has made for the redundancy pot this year, as well as updating on its financials.
Washington-based Microsoft has released a preview of Skype Translator (shown).
Staff suspect there will be more of the same this time round.
The new split being pushed forward, multiple sources told us, is a 20/20/60 ratio that effectively means IBM wants 20 per cent of GTS on-shore at a country level, 20 per cent in nearshore locations and 60 per cent offshore.