I have just received a phone call from a Kodak employee. This morning Kodak served notice to virtually everybody who works in the Willingdon building of Kodak. That's the building that houses the Prinergy development team.
Everybody is being laid of, save for a small remnant. At its peak, there were more than 200 developers who worked on the Prinergy workflow. I'm pretty sure there were more than 100 hundred (update: 100 staff reductions worldwide, definitely fewer than 100 who got laid off in Burnaby) who got served notice today.
Officially, the story is that development will be moved to Israel. However, I doubt they have the staff to handle the migration of such a complex piece of software. I mean, unless they have about five or six dozen developers twiddling their thumbs.
In Burnaby, British Columbia, the plan is to leave a skeleton staff for business strategy and device connectivity. No more than a dozen people.
More details to follow, but at first glance this is a shocking dismemberment. Usually, to mothball a piece of software as large and complex as Prinergy takes about a year or even two. But it looks like Kodak plans on doing it in a matter of months.
Oh my God, this is going to be such a mess....
Update Thursday evening November 6th
The rumour that everybody is being laid off in Vancouver in two weeks time is false. There are two groups. One group is to be laid off by the end of November. The second group will be staying on for three months to help with knowledge transfer.
Next week a group from Israel will be arriving for knowledge transfer and be sticking around for two weeks. That's the origin of the two week rumour.
About 10 developers (coders and testers) and 10 "other" staff (product managers, subject matter experts, and project managers) will stay on in a "consulting" role.
Confirmation that product management and marketing is staying in YVR.
In Israel, the PODS team was cut and KEMS was cancelled. Many believe that the remnants of the KEMS team will be called to take over Vancouver's products.
Worldwide, the net reductions are approximately 100 staff.
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