Friday, November 14, 2008
Improving Cost Structure
As part of today's actions, Sun's Board of Directors has approved a restructuring plan aimed at reducing costs by approximately $700 to $800 million annually. The plan includes a reduction of approximately 5,000 to 6,000 employees, representing approximately 15% to 18% of the Company's global workforce. Sun expects to incur total charges in the range of $500 to $600 million over the next twelve months in connection with the plan, of which it expects to incur approximately $375 to $450 million within its current fiscal year 2009. Sun expects to begin realizing cost savings in the third quarter of the Company's fiscal year 2009, and expects to realize a substantial portion of the run rate benefit by the first quarter of the next fiscal year.
Streamlining for Growth
Sun's new organizational alignment is a recognition of the comprehensive role software plays in the Company's growth strategy. Sun creates the best platforms on which to develop applications (Application Platform Software), the best platforms to run those applications (Systems Platforms) and is taking the next step to enabling infrastructure as a service through 'cloud platforms' (Cloud Computing & Developer Platforms).