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Atos could lay off around 7,500 people in Europe



New layoffs in technology. Difficult times are ahead for Atos employees, the French multinational technology services company could leave some 7,500 people in the street in Europe. Spain would be one of the least affected countries in this wave of layoffs with the march of 145 workers in the next two years. The reason? Atos is currently in a historic process for the company, since it will be divided into two totally different companies. What forces him to a restructuring of the template. The most affected country would be Germany, which would account for 2,117 of the total layoffs, 24% of the total.

The information has been advanced by although, they affirm, that the company has denied the greater and have even defended that Atos will continue to grow. However, the French CGT in a document published on its website -although not yet disclosed- would presumably confirm said information and such number of casualties of the company. In general terms, these almost 7,500 casualties would represent 7% of the total a workforce currently made up of 112,000 employees and with annual revenues of 11,000 million euros.

According to said document of the European committee, to which ON ECONOMIA has had access through the French CGT and validated by a union source in Spain, the reduction of personnel in Spain would allow them to prevent the ERE. At the same time, it would also be a lower figure than the dismissals produced in recent years. In fact, the evolution of the workforce in Spain has gone from 5,425 workers in 2021 to 5,328 currently. The 145 layoffs would represent 2.7% of a staff concentrated above all in cities like Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Valencia, Zaragoza or A Coruñaamong other.

The real reasons for layoffs

After Germany, the country most affected in the purge that the leading European company in cloud computing, cybersecurity and supercomputing would be preparing, would be FranInc. In the next two years, there will be 800 layoffs among the 11,203 workers, 7% of the workforce. In the Netherlands, 13.7% of the workforce would fall, or what is the same 372 layoffs in a team of 2,700 people. While in Austria, the 179 layoffs would affect 11.6% of the workforce, of 1,541 workers, and in Belgium, the reduction of 79 workers would affect 11.6% of the workforce.

In the rest of the countries the effects would be minor. Atos could lay off 21 in Italy out of a workforce of 1,696 people, 10 in Ireland out of 61 people and the seven planning, respectively, in Denmark, Estonia and Sweden. Also six casualties in Finland and no dismissals in Portugal, Greece, Poland and Romania.

The uncertainty in the employees in Spain is total. Since it is not known where these forced casualties could be applied. If in the part of Tech Foundation, the part of services to infrastructures and digitization of work, or to Evidian, more focused on big date and cybersecurity.

But what is the real reason for these layoffs? According to said ON ECONOMIA document: lack of productivity, misallocation of sales force and resources, high labor costs of administrative management, dispersion of sales and low commercial margin and problems related to poor market dynamics. Despite this, Atos presented billing improvements during the first half of the year of 2.6% compared to the same period last year

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor



The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is a monitor aimed at professionals that mounts a 24.1-inch panel and has, as you may have imagined, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 410 cd/m2, it has a contrast of 1,350:1, it reproduces 1,070 million colors and it is capable of covering the 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

This EIZO model brings a series of clear improvements over the previous generation. Among the most important changes we can highlight the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector, that offers up to 70 watts of charge, and that we can use to charge a laptop while we use it with said monitor (simultaneous data and power).

Another important addition to the EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is that it comes with an adjustment report that measures the state of the screen at the time of shipment, a feature that previously it was only available on CG series professional monitors.

Maintaining its commitment to the environment, EIZO has eliminated any type of plastic from the packaging and materials that accompany the wiring. This monitor is also more efficient, as it It has a consumption of only 26 watts.

The rest of its specifications are completed with a response time of 19ms, it has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, it has a USB Type-C connector, as we have already said, it has two USB 3.0 and it has two other USB 2.0 ports. we can use it both horizontally and verticallysomething that the most creative professionals will undoubtedly like.

This monitor is mainly aimed at content creators, designers, video and photo editors, illustrators and cartoonists. It is height, swivel and tilt adjustable, which translates into good ergonomics and great versatility when it comes to integrating into different work spaces.

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S comes with a 5-year warranty covering each and every component, and is also subject to the zero bad pixel policy, which is covered for six months from the launch date. Taking into account the investment that we have to make to buy this monitor, it is totally normal, since its price in Spain will be around 800 euro.

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Microsoft Extends ESU Support for Windows Server 2008 and R2



When an operating system ends its life cycle, Microsoft usually considers the possibility of offering extended support, which usually ends up being paid, or may be subject to some type of special condition. The latter is what has happened with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, two operating systems that have ended their life cycle and are no longer supported in 2020.

The thing is that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 still have a significant user baseand for this reason Microsoft has decided an additional year of support of the ESU type, acronym for “extended security updates”. This is good news for companies that still use the operating system, but it has one important condition, and that is that it will only be available to those who are Microsoft Azure customers.

This extended period of security updates will be active until January 9, 2024. If you are wondering if this will be a free program, I can tell you that it is not, and that Microsoft will bill it as it normally does with extended support programs.

In case you are wondering why so many professionals are still using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 the answer is very simple, because in more than one case upgrading to a new operating system requires significant expenses that can derive from a hardware renewal, from a prolonged period of inactivity, from updating and developing new applications if necessary or from a little of everything that we have just said.

Microsoft has confirmed all the versions of Windows Server 2008 that will be able to benefit from this year of extended support, and we have listed them as is:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • All Azure virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 operating systems on Azure, Azure Stack, Azure VMWare Solutions, or Azure Nutanix Solution.

It does not seem that they are going to give more extensions once this is finished, so if your company is using any of those operating systems you should be clear that time is running out, and that in a matter of a year you will be tied to an operating system without support that could become a time bomb in terms of security.

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Apple will abolish the position of Head of Product Design



The departure of Jonathan Ive from Apple was one of the most shocking news of 2019, not in vain are we talking about what was Head of Product Design in that company, responsible for some of its most successful products, and a professional who was part of the bitten apple company for more than 30 years.

It is true that at first there was no complete break between Ive and Applesince both continued to work together through an independent agency founded by the former executive, but in the end both parties decided to put an end to their adventure, and a final separation was confirmed last July.

The position that Ive left was filled by Evans Hankey, but we know that this executive also plans to leave the company in the coming months. What will happen then with the position of Head of Product Design? The normal thing would be to look for a new professional that lives up to that position, but according to a new report presented by Bloomberg it won’t be like that.

The apple company will abolish the position of Head of Product Design, and the product design team will report to and report directly to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams. To avoid internal problems, Apple will give more important roles to the designers of key products for the apple company, but it seems that this has not been liked by everyone, and that some employees are upset with Apple’s decision.

The truth is that, if we analyze the situation that existed previously, it is not as important a change as it might seem at first glance. Evans Hankey acts as the liaison for the design team, but in the end it depended on Jeff Williams and had to answer to himso with this move Apple would be eliminating an intermediate position that in the end would not be “essential”, and would simplify the hierarchical structure of the product design team.

It is also important to note that this change reinforces the position of Jeff Williams, a high-profile executive at Apple who many see as Tim Cook’s possible successor. We’ll see how the situation evolves, and if Apple is really able to get on without a Head of Product Design.

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