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2017-06-02

new operating model

Telstra moves to grow IP in-house - but at a cost

Telstra will focus on developing and maintaining Intellectual Property (IP) in-house as part of a broader re-shaping of its Global Business to Business (GB2B) IT operations.

The CWU and other Telstra unions met with Telstra on 25 May for an initial briefing on a new operating model which will see a reorganisation of current teams in the business in line with Agile and Dev Ops practices. These are high performance team work models widely used in the IT sector.

Telstra says the changes to team structures and processes are designed to accelerate the development of B2B software solutions in an environment where technology and related customer needs are changing rapidly.

Developing IP and maintaining it in-house is the other side of the same coin as it designed to allow faster development and alignment of service offerings in a multi-product environment.

The CWU of course welcomes the move to in-source capabilities in this area. But there is a sting in the tail of this plan, with the reorganisation involving a net loss of 15 jobs.

There will be a reduction of some 60 roles nationally, while 45 new roles will be created.  A closed recruitment process will be held to allow employees affected by the reorganisation to apply for these positions. As usual Telstra says that it will consider but not guarantee voluntary redundancies.

Any affected employees wanting advice on their options should contact their state branch.

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