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A Special Thank You

I wish to offer a special thank  you to all those who extended condolences last week.  I was and remain truly appreciative of your kind thoughts and warm sentiments.

Back Soon

I’m still around. I had plans this week to write about several recent industry announcements and developments. I still intend to get around to writing those posts. 

Unfortunately, I first must deal with a death in my immediately family. I’ll be back soon. 

Avaya’s Long-Deferred IPO Now Rescheduled

Bloomberg reported last week that Avaya’s long-deferred IPO could materialize in April. That date isn’t carved in stone, however, so don’t assume that it’s a done deal. A lot can happen between now and then.

Avaya’s latest quarterly financial report featured a reduced loss, though revenue growth remains tepid at best. Most of the improvement on the balance sheet resulted from cost-cutting measures, 

From what I have learned, Avaya continues to pursue assiduous cost reductions. In fact, I was informed last week that Avaya dismissed about 70 call-center employees at its Highland Ranch and Westminster locations near Denver, Colorado.  

Clever Deduction 

The source for that bit of news appears to have been one of Avaya’s former employees, who provided me with said news before his (or her) corporate email account was shut down. He (or she) actually sent the information to me as a comment to an earlier post I wrote about Avaya’s seemingly frozen IPO plans. 

Regular readers of this blog will know that I invite readers to submit confidential information via email. If sources wish to remain anonymous, I am more than happy to oblige.

In this case, what surprised me was that the information arrived in what would have been a public blog comment attributed to an employee (well, former employee) of Avaya. When I saw the email address, I replied to ask whether the individual wished to have me withhold the comment and remain so that he or she could remain an anonymous source. My reply bounced, leading me to deduce in Sherlock Holmesian fashion that the source was, in fact, one of the Avaya employees affected by the cuts. A brief online investigation confirmed that the individual in question worked at one of the locations hit by the purge. 

IPO Preferred to “Nortel Option”

Even though the individual no longer works at Avaya, I don’t feel comfortable publishing the comment. I don’t want this person to potentially compromise his (or her) career prospects because of something that might have been done hastily and without due consideration  to professional consequences. 

As for Avaya, the update on the IPO plans, however tentative, couldn’t come at a better time. Toward the end of last year, Jeff Hawkes offered a detailed analysis and sobering assessment of Avaya’s prospects. Hawkes concluded that the company, encumbered with substantial long-term debt, faced the choice of a public offering or an asset sale, along the lines of the one Nortel executed as part of bankruptcy proceedings. In fact, Hawkes suggested there was strong possibility that Avaya might file for “Chapter 7 or 11 bankruptcy.” 

For now, though, the slow-rolling IPO is back on track. We’ll have to see whether it reaches its destination this spring. 

Opening the Shutters

Up here in Canada, where I reside, a long weekend has just come to a close. It’s known as the Victoria Day weekend, or more colloquially as the May 24 weekend. For those who own cottages, it’s the weekend when one “opens the shutters” at bucolic hideaways, a time when cottagers sweep out the cobwebs and get their rural sanctuaries ready for summer frolic.

Well, I don’t own a cottage. Instead, I have this blog, which has gotten rather dusty during the winter months, The neglect was benign, the result of my being busy professionally. I’m still busy, but I want to try to post the occasional nugget of wisdom (or of fool’s gold) in this forum when the opportunity presents itself.

So, as the saying goes, watch this space. Just for the record, I should add that the opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. Nobody else is responsible for them, and nobody else should have to take the blame for anything I write here.

Have a good evening, even if it’s not a holiday Monday where you live.

Tweets Now Listed

You now can find my latest tweets on the right-hand side of blog, below the archives.

Happy Holidays to All

I wish all of you the very best of the holiday season.

That said, I’ll probably find time for a post or two before we cross the threshold into 2010.

Getting Back Into the Swing

I had a cold or flu over the weekend that took me out of action, but I hope to have something written later today. My commentary on the Fortinet IPO should be available early tomorrow.

Back After Long Break

I’ve been away from blogging for a while, and I’ll explain why in a later post. For better or worse, I’m back.

Getting Back From Business Travel

I have been traveling to interviews for the last few days, but I’m back and hope to offer commentary on the Google-YouTube acquisition and other matters shortly.

Time In Short Supply Lately

I’d like to blog more often, but my time is being consumed lately between consulting projects on one side and the search for permanent gainful employment on the other. One must keep the lights on, after all.

Still, I will get around to commenting on a few matters later this evening.

I get a little frustrated at times, because my preference is to provide substantive, thorough commentary rather than quick hits. Lately, however, as I spend more time looking for work, which entails researching prospective employers, I feel I’ve let the side down a little with respect to post quality.

Until my career situation is resolved, what I might do is err on the side of quality over quantity. I think that’s a healthy compromise.

No matter what happens, I do not intend to close this site down. A few people have expressed to me that they enjoy the material and want to see me continue providing it. For my part, I enjoy writing about industry developments because the process inherently involves having to think clearly and deeply about matters before articulating and communicating positions on them.

Missed A Couple Days

I was busy Wednesday, and I suffered from allergies and a cold yesterday. I should get around to posting some thoughts today.

Dog Days of Summer for Technology Industry

The last few days have seen an acute paucity of newsworthy developments and events, unless one likes to cover the industry’s Web 2.0 social scene. Perhaps everybody is having a final couple weeks of vacation before getting back to newsworthy endeavors.

Whatever the reason, meaningful news has been conspicuous by its absence.