For anyone who doubts SAP AG will be laying off employees, we have news. “It’s true,” said Jim Dever, vice president of corporate affairs at SAP.
He can't say how many workers will be involved. It’s not a simple process.
In Europe, for example, the rules around cutting heads are very different than in the US. Not only that, but examining what skill sets will be needed and are available in house isn’t an easy task.
The company won’t necessarily be exiting lines of business. Instead, it might cut jobs that may be redundant and reduce headcount gained during acquisitions of companies such as Sybase (2010), Success Factors (2011), Ariba (2012) and 13 others it purchased since January 2011. Note that the layoffs will occur across the company and that we are in no way implying that employees gained through acquisitions will be targeted.