In France, IBM would cut a quarter of its workforce

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The reorganization of the group will eliminate some 1,200 jobs.

IBM France headquarters in Bois-Colombes, near Paris. Guillaume CLEMENT / Guillaume CLEMENT / Maxppp / MAXPPP

IBM’s change in strategy and organization has serious social consequences in the different countries where it operates. In France, the management of the IT group wants to cut between 1,180 and 1,385 jobs, or about a quarter of the 5,200 employees.

A job protection plan (PSE) was announced at the beginning of November in the European committee, but without giving figures for France. In early October, CEO Arvind Krishna presented the group’s split into two separate entities by 2021, in order to refocus on activities with high development potential: the hybrid cloud (which mixes online computing and on internal servers ) and its artificial intelligence solutions.

A second company – provisionally called NewCo – will bring together services and infrastructure for its 4,600 customers. This new organization is accompanied by a profound restructuring to reduce costs and improve competitiveness. At the World level,

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