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Reports that HP is laying off 500 employees at its San Diego Software unit is wrong says a company spokesperson.

The claims about the layoffs were first reported in an article on tech-website, TechCrunch.

According to the article, company emails revealed plans the tech-giant was preparing to shut down the software division as a result of the failure of HP's TouchPad tablet.

An HP spokesperson, however, says the article is "riddled with errors." Instead of mass layoffs less than 50 employees in San Diego will be given a choice between a severance package or a transfer.

"HP has made organizational changes to its Software Products organization," writes a company spokesperson.

"HP intends to move software product development operations for its IT Service Manager (ITSM) and IT Analytics (ITA) products from its San Diego site to R&D centers in Yehud, Israel and Shanghai, China. Some of the positions supporting the affected product groups will be eliminated; those individuals may be redeployed within HP or placed into a severance program."

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That's good news, Dorian. The loss of 500 software jobs would have been a blow.

Oct. 12, 2011

Dorian, here is the total truth. The people that were let go were the good people that came to HP via the acquisition that happened back in late 2005. Those let go (a very talent group) had been neglected and underesourced by HP for at least 3 years. The comment given by your HP source that there was a severance package provided was an overstatement. Suffice to say it was roughly compensation for each year of service at HP (with no factoring in that many of those people had been at Peregrine for 5-10 years prior to the acquisition. I am not a part of the group let go, nor do I work at HP. I do know that team well however and they are hugely talented. All I can say is HP's loss and I sincerely hope that some worthy competitor will pick up that members of that team asap. Hint, hint ServiceNow.

Oct. 13, 2011

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