Yesterday,there were three quick announcements from Nokia. First up, they announced that they would be moving around 3000 Symbian Developers to Accenture, to “support the continued delivery of Symbian software development and support services. The collaboration also includes plans for Accenture to provide mobility software, business and operational services around the Windows Phone platform to Nokia and other ecosystem participants.”
That was pretty straight forward, and it at least answers the question of whether Symbian will be supported in the near future. The way I read it, it’s a “Yes, but not exactly by Nokia” kinda answer. It’s good to know that they’ll continue developing though. Read the post over at Nokia Conversations here.
Right after that, Nokia Announced their “next steps in transformation”. This is what they called, the third and fourth steps. The third is of course, the news that 4000 devs would be laid off, including 1400 in Finland alone.
“Reductions are expected to take place in phases until the end of 2012, linked to the rollout of Nokia’s planned product and services portfolio. The planned reductions will have the greatest impact on the Symbian and MeeGo R&D. “
“At Nokia, we have new clarity around our path forward, which is focused on our leadership across smart devices, mobile phones and future disruptions,” said Stephen Elop, Nokia president and CEO. “However, with this new focus, we also will face reductions in our workforce. This is a difficult reality, and we are working closely with our employees and partners to identify long-term re-employment programs for the talented people of Nokia.”
The fourth step would be ramping up development, mainly for the Windows Phone 7 platform. They also plan to increase it’s investment in mobile products and building a team to focus on “Future Disruptions” (wasn’t Meego supposed to be part of those future disruptions?).
Right after that, they announced a “Comprehensive Social Responsibility program for Employees and Communities”. I’m just going to quote the post on this:
“The new situation is of course challenging for the individuals, but also full of possibilities,” said Esko Aho, former prime minster of Finland and current EVP of Corporate Relations and Responsibility at Nokia. “The employees who are at risk of losing their jobs have a good education and excellent skills, which have a high demand in the job market. Nokia’s role is to use its expertise, financial support and brand to support people’s quick re-employment. For this purpose we are starting a new program that helps people to find new job opportunities or even start their own businesses.”
There are four support paths for those employees affected by the transformation:
- A new job within the company – Nokia will seek to retain talent to the extent possible, by providing career counseling and helping employees identify job opportunities in Nokia.
- A new job outside the company – Nokia will offer career counseling, help identify job opportunities and work with our extensive network to create a dedicated job portal, linking employees directly with local companies and their resourcing needs. All employees can remain with the company throughout 2011, while employees affected in 2012 will be given a two-month grace period. In addition, employees will receive a financial package in accordance with local practices should they leave Nokia.
- Entrepreneurship – Nokia will offer training, funding, and help identify business opportunities and partnerships for those interested in starting a new business or a company on their own, which can fuel new growth for impacted communities.
- Career renewal – Nokia will work with local partners to create new opportunities through co-funded research programs, scholarships, supported employment in local not-for-profit organizations and other growth companies.
So there it is. Quite a bit of work still left for Nokia to do though, if they hope to get back to the top.