Today was our annual awards ceremony for work. In the past this ceremony was held at various venues, including the Marriott hotel, in grand fashion with lots of fanfare and hoopla. Sometimes these events would span days as salespeople and administrators would come together before and after the ceremony to set goals for the future and compare milestones form the year.
But economic times being what they are it was no wonder that this year our annual awards ceremony was held at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center near Lake Merritt. Not to say that this year’s meeting was any worse than any other year, but it certainly was different.
In years past the company would put on a nice breakfast spread and have the hall set up to handle the entire company (about 650 people) all in one banquet/meeting hall. After breakfast the ceremony would start followed up by a nice lunch after which we would be allowed to leave for the day. We would also almost always be treated to some little knick knack (or swag, as it were) as we entered the building or left the building.
But this year it was different. This year there was no swag. There was no breakfast. There were donuts, and a box lunch, but not all the hoopla and craziness that usually went along with this event.
And you know what? It was nice. I could probably have done without the bus ride in and out of the event but even that was not that bad. It saved me gas and the stress of trying to find parking. And it kept me out of the headache of fighting the nasty rainy morning traffic that our poor bus driver had to endure.
So considering the times in which we live and the freefall our economy is in right now I have to say that my company did a great job putting on a kick butt ceremony. To those that planned it, well done. I enjoyed it.
According to an article today by TechCrunch, Zend Technologies, The PHP company, is cutting 25% of their PHP developer staff, perhaps with an eye towards selling the company.
Israeli startup Zend Technologies has fired 25 percent of its R&D team (at least ten people), as well as others across the company, in an attempt to become cash flow positive, says a source close to the company. A spokesperson from the company’s PR firm says: “Yes, I can confirm that Zend made the layoffs, but we cannot comment on the numbers or reasons for the action.”
Read the complete TechCrunch article here.
As I read the brief article I began to think that this is not really anything that should be too newsworthy. Many companies in the USA, and around the world in general, are feeling the pinch of a down economy. Companies have to do what they can to reduce cost while maintaining competitive prices for goods and services. What Zend is doing is not really that out of the ordinary.
And I am not sure that Zend, as a company, is really worth a huge amount of money like the Sun Microsystems acquisition of MySQL was. It might be tasty to some of the players in the industry right now like Oracle, IBM or even a Sun. But really, other than the Zend engine and the Zend IDE what exactly does Zend have to offer?
Whatever happens to Zend from all of this one thing is very important to remember. Many a PHP developer now has the opportunity to seek gainful employment from other companies that are seeking, heavily, PHP talent. Many Silicon Valley companies, including many companies in the social networking space, are looking for top tier PHP talent right now. Companies like Ning, Digg, Facebook, Technorati, Yahoo and Google are constantly hiring PHP developers.
Times are good for being a PHP developer. Maybe not so much if you worked for Zend. Nonetheless, now is a great time to know a great deal about PHP.