IBM has, as you might have seen in the news or rumour mills, done another “resource action” — what folks colloquially call a “layoff”, though it doesn’t fit the usual meaning of the term (they won’t be rehiring the people when business gets better). I’ve learned that today is the last day of work for at least two of my former and valued colleagues from Research Division.
David Singer is a Distinguished Engineer at the Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. He’s in the IBM Academy of Technology, has been around since, it seems, before the Norman invasion, and has always been someone we could turn to for technical or business advice.
Nick Trio is a Senior Technical Staff Member, as I was when I left. He’s been on the Internet Society’s Advisory Council for some time, and has done work on IBM’s internal network and the Internet for many years. As with David, I’ve known him since I transferred to the Research Division, and have relied on him many times.
Once again, IBM is discarding its brightest, most experienced, most devoted technical experts in their effort to reduce U.S. staff and shift to Brazil, Russia, India, and China (“the BRIC”). It’s so sad, and it just seems the wrong decision.