Nokia to Outsource Some of Its IT Management
Nokia today announced yet another organizational change, this time regarding its IT infrastructure. The company plans to transfer some IT management activities, including more than 820 employees, to business partners HCL Technologies and TATA Consultancy Services. The company also plans to reduce its global IT footprint by about 300 employees. The majority of the 1100 employees affected are based in Finland. According to Nokia, this wil increase operational efficiency and reduce operating costs within the company. The company has shed thousands of workers and business units over the last few years as it transitions from Symbian to Windows Phone.
Verizon to Shutter Some Offices, Eliminate Jobs
Verizon has informed employees that it plans to reduce the number of regional offices around the country and correspondingly reduce headcount. The company has 20 regional locations, which it plans to pare down to just six.
BlackBerry Trims More Workers
BlackBerry has cut an unspecified number of employees at two facilities. The company confirmed that it let employees go at its Waterloo headquarters, as well as at a plant in Sunrise, Fla.
Jolla Announces Layoffs Amidst Restructuring
Jolla today said the company is restructuring its finances and laying off the bulk of its employees. Jolla was launched by former Nokia employees and created Sailfish OS and several phones and tablets.
Samsung Looks to Redefine Corporate Culture
Samsung hopes changing its rigid corporate culture will help it perform better as a business. The company believes emulating the behavior of startups can make it a more nimble firm, able to respond swiftly to opportunities.
Nokia-Branded Phones to Make a Comeback
Nokia and Microsoft today put in motion a series of deals that will eventually lead to Nokia-branded handsets returning to the market. Microsoft has agreed to sell its feature phone business to FIH Mobile Limited, a subsidiary of Foxconn, for about $350 million.