High level rumors are circulating, Group Vice President (GVP) level rumors. These are not confirmed, but I am posting what I have heard here. Next major round of layoffs are slated for March 1st 2018. Most of this will be hardware related. Oracle is divesting itself of all hardware related development, and production will be scaled back to match only existing customer demand. The impacted groups will be sales, support and development. This includes all engineered systems.
There will be some small layoffs before March 1st but the big one for HW is slated for that round.
The final round is a major reduction in force on the field sales team in June 2018. All field sales will be rolled into the Oracle digital call centers coming online. Its no secret that one man is responsible for the Sales shakeup. MH began the process by recruiting and hiring replacements in 2010 and 2011. His final vision will be realized this summer with the opening of several new Oracle Digital campuses.
Its important to realize that all field Sales will be let go including the "technical talent" this means all field sales engineers and ECAs (Enterprise Cloud Architects) pillar teams will be given a severance package. The entire Oracle sales team, and sales engineers and architects will only operate out of the Oracle Digital call centers. You may have already noticed new people on your calls with duplicate responsibilities to your own.
Two major considerations lend credence to the new sales strategy. With the advent of cloud, and the rapid adoption of opensource, the old days of influencing a CIO or a high level executive to make a decision to purchase multi million dollar enterprise off the shelf software is gone. Developers now have access to the infrastructure and software they need to rapidly develop a cost effective strategy. This realization is carefully documented in the 50 page book "The new King Makers"
Agile development and devops projects really work and it is changing the sales landscape. The cheese has moved and so has your job. It is time to realize this fact. Developers are now capable of making the decisions and implementing working cost effective solutions with opensource and cloud. The decline in enterprise level software and solutions is rapid and happening right now.
What is lacking in the new strategy (of moving all sales into Oracle Digital) is the ability to really understand and solve the customers problems. Helping Clients Succeed is fundamental to the success of any business, and this understanding has been lost at Oracle. With out people engaged onsite, sitting with the developers and helping them solve problems, Oracle products will not be selected. This is why it will be painfully obvious that the new strategy was a bad one. Oracle sells the large expensive enterprise software, and its current focus is not on helping the customer. The current focus is on shifting the expensive software to the cloud and reducing costs. All of this is well documented in the Oracle sales training and can be obtained by the link below.
Good luck to all of you. Its not a time to be angry. Its a time to prepare for the future. Be grateful that you are getting a severance package. Not all companies handle this the way Oracle has. Some handle layoffs better and many handle it far worse.