Vignette slashes staff

Vignette slashes staff

Internet platform developer Vignette has refused to confirm or deny speculation from industry sources that it has sacked up to 120 staff from its Australian operations.

The Australian country manager and marketing and communications manager both exited the company on Monday, but no Vignette representatives were available for comment on the scope of the sackings or the reasons behind them.

In the US Vignette announced that it had laid off 200 employees, or 10 percent of its workforce. The news comes after the company reported a first quarter operating loss, excluding special charges, of $US8.1 million, or one cent per share on revenue of $90.1 million, compared with a $5.3 million loss on revenue of $55.2 million for the first quarter a year ago. The company also laid off 450 workers in January.

Vignette Australia's channel manager Paula Matthews, one of the few remaining staff manning their offices yesterday, said regardless of any changes Vignette will announce, the company's channel strategy will remain intact and all changes are internal.

In other news software vendor Adobe said it will shut down operations during the first week of July. The company is requiring its approximately 2,000 employees in North America to take that time off. Adobe has 2,800 employees worldwide, according to a company spokeswoman.

Adobe spokeswoman Cheryl Edwards said the move is expected to save the company $400 million. Edwards said the shutdown wasn't made to avoid layoffs. Unlike other high-tech companies, Adobe hasn't had to cut jobs due to the downtown in the economy.

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