Symantec Confirms Staff Cuts Amid Partner Push
Give Symantec credit: The security and storage software specialist is striving to empower channel partners with more consulting engagements. But the move comes amid an undisclosed number of Symantec staff cuts, a spokesperson for the company confirms. Here’s some perspective from The VAR Guy.
Rewind to Friday, April 9. Symantec sent The VAR Guy a channel update, indicating that
“Going forward, Symantec will focus its Consulting Services on Global Strategic Accounts and a select few Large Enterprise customers for product enablement. With this new strategy, the majority of the Consulting Services the company now provides, will be driven through Symantec’s global channel partners. This new model will offer partners additional revenue opportunities built around Symantec solutions and will offer customers a larger selection of qualified service providers and flexible service offerings.”
Sounds good. Anytime a major software company directs consulting opportunities to channel partners, The VAR Guy typically applauds the move. But in this case, our resident blogger had a hunch that the move involved layoffs within Symantec. After a foll0w-up inquiry from The VAR Guy, a Symantec spokesperson confirmed that hunch.
The VAR Guy asked:
“Is Symantec cutting some of its own consulting staff and now directing more consulting business opportunities to partners?”
A Symantec spokesperson responded:
“There will be some impact but we are not disclosing numbers or specific information on that.”
Still, the cuts sound relatively small since Symantec has not announced an official headcount reduction number. The VAR Guy expects Symantec could give a headcount update when the company announces quarterly results on May 5. The VAR Guy will be listening closely…