50% of Moscow Embarcadero staff fired
A former Embarcadero employee informed us today that roughly 50% of the Moscow staff has been fired.
While I have yet to see a formal announcement on this, the source is trustworthy (long-term Delphi user I know quite well).
This is a bold move by the new owners of Delphi, Idera. Although what this move means for Delphi is yet to be seen. I believe most of the development for Delphi and C++ builder takes place both in in the US, and St. Petersburg in Russia.
Update: I have been informed that only sales and marketing has been affected by this mass termination. Research and development remains intact. As such it may be harmless as Idera no doubt have their own sales and marketing division to begin with..
Either way, sad to see Embarcadero’s organization being downsized, considering how hard they have been working to establish themselves and the Delphi market share since the aquisition of Borland technology some 7 years ago.
Cover your bases?
This may be a good time to investigate possible alternative technologies. While I doubt the above will have any true impact on Delphi as a product, i never ignore a sign of possible flux in the marketplace. I believe in covering my bases and broadening my skill-set. Never put all your eggs in one basket as they say:
Freepascal has recently catched up with Delphi in terms of generics, so FPC can now compile pretty much everything you throw at it. Lazarus can take some getting used to, but it works on Linux, OS X, Windows and a whole host of lesser known alternative operative systems (like Aros), Raspberry PI and a ton of Embedded platforms.
Remobjects Oxygene has been a long standing alternative to Delphi. Their compilers run on the .NET platform and can use both Visual Studio and Mono compilers to generate platform independent products.