SAP says it will cut an unspecified number of Jobs in a Workforce Restructuring effort. SAP will trim an unspecified number of workers as part of an effort to restructure its overall “skill set.” Company spokesman Andy Kendzie would not provide the number of cuts, which come shortly before SAP's major annual Sapphire Now conference, and just after a series of high-profile executive changes that included the departure of development chief Vishal Sikka. Kendzie characterized the personnel reductions as a strategic move, not a purely cost-cutting measure. “Our goal is to become simpler, more agile, faster and easier to work with," he said in a statement. "This is a broad company-wide effort to make SAP more effective and strengthen our innovation leadership."
"This initiative is about simplifying SAP for the customer, not about job cuts," Kendzie added. "In fact, our plan is that we will have more employees at the end of 2014 than at the beginning of the year. While we cannot avoid restructuring efforts in certain areas, we will continue to invest in our innovation leadership and become the cloud company." SAP announced a plan to lay off 3,000 workers in 2009, but since then added significantly to its headcount through acquisitions such as Sybase, SuccessFactors and Ariba. The company had more than 66,000 employees at the end of 2013, according to its most recent annual report. The job cuts come as SAP prepares to name Bill McDermott its sole CEO, as co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe takes a seat on the company's supervisory board. After Sikka's abrupt departure earlier this month, SAP also parted ways with its head of cloud software sales, Shawn Price, and reworked the executive structure of its Americas division.