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CTP plans reorg, eliminates jobs

Cambridge Technology Partners will eliminate about 35 jobs as it fuses the company's Network Services unit with its counterpart at newly-acquired Excell.

Cambridge Technology Partners will eliminate about 35 jobs as it fuses the company's Network Services unit with its counterpart at newly-acquired Excell.

Employees in the Cambridge Technology division, which provides voice and data networking services to the IT consulting company's clients, were notified last month that they may search for another position internally or leave as of February 30. Cambridge employs 4,300 people worldwide.

The company's goal is to reassign as many as 25 people to other internal jobs, a Cambridge spokesperson said.

"When all is said and done, there will be ten positions that aren't transferable," she said, noting some specialized skills, such as network security, will no longer be needed as the unit changes focus.

The revamped practice will focus on four areas: strategy, enterprise messaging, enterprise networking/operating systems, and infrastructure/architecture. Computer telephony integration services will be shifted from the network unit to the company's customer management practice.

In a memo, the company said it plans to make the unit more competitive and focused by meshing Cambridge's and Excell's network design services.

Cambridge acquired Bellevue, Washington-based Excell Data in August with a plan to make a greater push into custom application development for Windows NT. Excell's business focuses on Microsoft products.

Furthering its commitment to Microsoft, Cambridge Technology last month partnered with the software giant to provide customers with NT-based services in areas including electronic commerce, data warehousing, and financial trading.

The revamped network services unit--located in Boston and Seattle--should help Cambridge meet new goals set through its three-year alliance with Microsoft, the company said.

"To develop the skills and competencies needed in the future we needed [Cambridge Network Services] to effectively deliver services in an integrated fashion," states the memo, sent to employees by a company executive.