Up to 150 jobs may be lost at IBM's customer care and billing (CC&B) unit where alternative products are being folded into the core ICMS system.
"Rather than parallel development, we'll fold the technology into ICMS and any other project around the world," spokesman Jason Dykes says.
"The intellectual work can be delivered in terms of more advanced functionality in ICMS rather than have separate products."
Dykes has admitted that "some jobs will go".
However, he would not say how many people are working on alternative research and development, nor what products they are developing other than they are mainly electronic business related. "It's commercially sensitive," he says.
However, Computerworld has been told by a staff member affected by the decision that he is one of 150 who will lose their jobs. Dykes confirms there is a substantial team at CC&B. The review decision was made last Wednesday. "We're still in the process of redeployment," Dykes says. It will take several weeks to work through the process.