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How Analytics Saved Siebel Engineers' Jobs

It's a good thing for Siebel's base of engineers that the firm started building analytics capabilities before Oracle acquired the firm. Otherwise most of them might be out of a job.
It's a good thing for Siebel's base of engineers that the firm started building analytics capabilities before Oracle acquired the firm. Otherwise most of them might be out of a job.Oracle head honcho Larry Ellison said last week that the database giant is slashing 2,000 jobs -- but most of the pink slips won't be going to the new, incoming 4,700 Siebel staffers picked up by Oracle when it bought the CRM vendor last month.

The reason? Part of the answer lies in Siebel's analytics functionality, which the company had only recently begun to roll out when Oracle announced its plans to buy the firm.

Oracle execs have publicly called Siebel's analytical software the "hidden jewel" in the acquisition. Oracle wants to keep pace with other enterprise software firms -- especially Microsoft -- that are tacking more and more analytics abilities onto their tools.

So it's no surprise that Oracle will retain "90 percent" of Siebel's support, development engineers, sales and sales engineers, according to CEO Ellison.

Instead, most of the cuts will come from Oracle's established ranks. Oracle's executive team doesn't want to throw out the people who can turn over Siebel's "hidden jewel."