Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Rumors of My Outting...

...have been greatly exaggerated.

It's been a while. A long while. And despite the comments speculating about my absence, nothing huge is happening and I have no inside info. Sometimes life just piles up: work, family, extended family, travel, work travel, personal issues, on so on. No reason for not posting other than just having too much other stuff to do and not making the time. When I did have some time, I was just too tired and needed to focus on other things and on some people. Not good for a blogger to do, but unavoidable. I could have just dropped a note in. But I wanted to post more than a note. Point is, I'm still around and have not been shut down.

Regarding all the speculation on Bill S. leaving, I'm kind of enjoying all the rumors. I don't know why he left, and neither do you. One person posted a comment claiming to have seen the "secret document" that details why he left. While I doubt that's true, I won't post confidential info. If that person actually did have access to personal information I would hope they would have better discretion.

Some of you are speculating about layoffs later this year. I haven't heard anything inside the company. Not ever rumors. Some of you are going to hate reading this, but imo IT is still a little too fat. I don't want to get laid off, and I don't want you to get laid off. But can those of you in IT honestly tell me you don't know of one or two areas where we could trim down without significant negative impact? If this happens, I hope it's more targeted and well thought out that the previous layoffs. It would be ideal if we could let attrition take care of this, but I don't see many people leaving. No rumor here, just my opinion.

A lot going on that I hope to start posting about shortly. I'm obviously late in posting about the new people focus in IT, which is now not so new. I haven't seen a ton of follow up on this, but attitudes seem to be a lot better. Are we going to hear more about this? Is someone off in a back room trying to figure out how to make things better? Could be I just missed an announcement or two. I have seen some management shake ups taking place. One rumor I heard was that IT was no longer going to tolerate crappy people managers and would move them to other jobs. If this is true, it might explain a couple of the announcements I've seen.

I'm amazed and surprised that some of you still care enough to chide me for not posting. I should have more time available going forward. But every time I've thought this recently there has been a setback. I plan to start posting again.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good to see you are still around. I think for many of the people that check this blog from time to time it's to see what is currently going on because Intel was a "home" to them if they worked there for several years.

"Home" fits because at Intel as you know, you don't simply work 8-5 M-F and as IT geeks building, using, tweaking anything electronic or hosting a LAN party. Others may still be negative towards Intel or Intel IT for the cuts in 2006 and 2007 and wondering how the ship is sailing.

On the positive side is INTC has finally improved in the last month. Still a ways from the large options at $60 from years back but certainly better than when it was stuck in the teens.

Heath Buckmaster said...

Welcome back...good to see that you're once again joining the frey.

I'm also interested to see what happens with the people focus. I haven't seen a huge amount of evidence of it yet - but I'm trying to keep my internal cheerleader going in the hopes that I'll have something to rally about.

As for the speculation on your previous topic - I know nothing either, but I'm sorry to see him gone...my experiences working for and with him were very positive.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the latest concept of whether you or your manager own your employability...

Anonymous said...

Welcome back. Many of us look forward to your posts since it's a fresh alternative to the rah-rah nature of the Intel Circuit blogs.

The Master Guns said...

Hmm, May 20th and just seeing this April dated post in my Inside Intel provided FeedDemon 2.6. Nice to hear from you again.

Anonymous said...

Any thoughts on Diane Bryant being promoted to CIO? A token female corporate VP? (mitigated with promotion of another female corporate VP, Deborah Conrad.)

Anonymous said...

What is the reasoning of a two in the box CIO? Is it poor reflection on JJ or was it something else?

Matt said...

Your blogging behavior seems a bit odd. During the recent workforce reduction, you were posting with passion. Your mood seems to have changed with the comments about Mr. Sayle’s departure. Since then, you have not posted much – even with comments that you would soon.

Could this be interpreted as you giving up? You have come to realize that you are fighting a battle not worth fighting? The ‘man’ has won?

I’m an ex-Intel guy who left 3 years ago. I have stayed in contact with a few that work at Intel. They indicate that things (culture-related) have not changed much from the time I left.

Maybe ennui has set in?

Anonymous said...

Bill has taken the role of CIO at TELUS in Canada

Anonymous said...

Traditionally 2 in a box at Intel upper levels never lasts. It's usually a sign that someone is on the way out but then I can't imagine JJ is on the way up to bigger and better things. Maybe we need someone new to manage the next round of cuts.

Anonymous said...

Just checked the TELUS web page and Bill is not listed on their exec team. A 'Kevin Salvadori' is listed as EVP and CIO. Where did you see the info with Bill as CIO??