No regional cuts expected as result of Symantec-Veritas split
Regional director has eye on growth ahead of planned January 2016 separation
Veritas, the storage-focused company to be split off from Symantec, is not anticipating workforce cuts in the Middle East when the separation takes effect in January 2016, according to the company's regional director, Amer Chebaro.
Speaking to ITP.net, Chebaro said that, rather than expecting to have to cull customer-facing employees at Veritas, the company is gearing up for regional growth. When asked if he expected to make workforce cuts, he replied, "Absolutely not".
"To tell you quite openly, we actually have more than six open headcounts just for sales people. This just tells you that we're actually growing beyond what we were before the split," he said.
"We went through the functional split on April 1, and now Veritas and Symantec have split their customer-facing teams and their field teams. As of early April, we now have a dedicated Veritas team in the Middle East. Basically, we are maintaining a very large customer-facing field team, based on sales people, resales, post-sales support, services, and our presence here is bigger than ever."
Last October, security specialist Symantec announced that it would split into two businesses, a security company and a data management company. The data management operation later announced that it would be called Veritas Technologies Corporation.
The Veritas name was last used in 2005, by Veritas Software Corporation, which was acquired by Symantec. However, despite it being more than a decade since Veritas was a brand name in itself, Chebaro told ITP.net that he believes the name carries plenty of weight.
"The name Veritas was never forgotten by our customers - even by us. Our products maintained the Veritas name within them. That name never actually died; we were just under a different logo, let's say," he said.
"Now, when we go back to the customers and we tell them that we're just dedicated to Veritas, they say that it's about time - we missed you guys!"
Chebaro said that the Veritas business focuses on three key pillars - data protection through backup, data governance through archiving, and high availability. He said that as a result of the split from Symantec, Veritas would be able to drill down on these core areas and create better products for customers.
"We needed to focus again, we needed to look into this part of IT more. Yes, we understand the other part is also important, but this is the infrastructure - without it, we don't even have a service being delivered. So the feeling is very much of welcoming us back, and talking business," he said.
"We've got a big bunch of people who are really pretty excited about having this focus on data centre infrastructure technology."
426 days ago
What a strange announcement. Job cuts are expected in mergers, not in divorcing. In fact there ought to be more hiring on both sides after the split.