HP to cut 9,000 jobs, automate service business

Hewlett-Packard has announced plans to cut 9,000 jobs as it restructures its enterprise services business and automates the services it offers enterprise customers. The company at this time is not saying how the job cuts will impact Canadian operations.

The company has spent the last 20 months integrating EDS, the consultancy and services business it acquired in 2008.

As part of the restructuring, HP will consolidate the data centers and management platforms it uses to deliver enterprise services, taking the opportunity to automate many aspects of its work. That automation and consolidation will allow it to eliminate around 9,000 jobs, it said Tuesday.

The job cuts will come over a number of years, and will force HP to take a charge of around US$1 billion against revenue over the same period. HP expects the changes to result in savings of between $500 million and $700 million after reinvestment.

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