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Schneider comes from pharmaceutical business experience and strangely enough yesterday he announced he wants to dismiss Nestlé Skin Health (aka Galderma) within a year or so, that is the pharma branch of the group based in Lausanne. This is a sudden and drastic U-turn with respect to Paul Bulcke's long term strategy for that sector (new to Nestlé in fact). IMHO Schneider is just desperate for short term cash because he's under pressure from Loeb and other private investors, and he's handling it in a questionable, classic, simplistic and extremely conservative way. Global market dynamics won't help him in the mid-long term I'm afraid.
Well technically Skin Health was sunscreens, lotions etc, while Galderma (which was kind of already dead after they gutted the site at Sophia Antopolis) is topical prescription meds before they dumped them together. From the outset, Nestle Skin Health has been somewhat artificially assembled from various IP, pieces of acquisitions, and co-development projects with cosmetics companies. NSH never fit in with the rest of Nestle business, Nestle centralized structures, or even was part of the same regulatory environments as the rest of Nestle businesses. Nor did there seem to be a coherent strategy for the integration of all of its various pieces into one complete unit. I'm not surprised that they are getting rid of it and really just wonder why it took them so long after the Inneov partnership with Loreal died. Frankly, it will be better for these NSH businesses to be a part of an organization that can use and value them, though I realize that some people will probably not make that transition.

I don't, however, read this as a sudden U-turn in Bulcke's Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. If that were changing, they wouldn't be buying up e.g. herbal supplement companies in the US. I just think they are choosing to focus on moving into areas where they have more translatable experience, rather than trying to bridge into the dermal cosmetics/pharma industries. Loeb is definitely pushing to streamline the company and generate cash, as he is after all a corporate raider. However in this case, I'm not so sure that the sale is primarily or completely motivated by a need to generate liquidity versus other factors. If Schneider can keep Loeb happy at the same time, then that's a bonus.
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Paul Bulcke didn't have a long term strategy, he just followed what Peter Brabeck told him to do.


Nestle have undoubtedly got very bloated over the last 10 years and it was evident that Schneider was brought it to sort it out.


The NEST museum by the railway station reputedly cost over Chf 57mio, it as a Brabeck/Bulcke vanity project and is losing money big time, problem is not much they can do with it......
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I don't, however, read this as a sudden U-turn in Bulcke's Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy.
Interest of Nestlé in pharma dates back to 1977 when they purchased the US eyecare company Alcon. This was then sold to Novartis in 2010 because Brabeck wanted to concentrate on medical nutrition in a more convincing and strategically structured way:

“The combination of health economics, changing demographics and advances in health science show that our existing healthcare systems . . . are not sustainable and need redesigning,” said Peter Brabeck, chairman, a key backer of the Swiss group’s push into nutrition.
Source: https://www.ft.com/content/dfa59814-...8-00144feab49a

When Galderma was acquired in 2014:

“With this deal we have acquired key strategic assets to extend Nestlé’s activities in the field of specialised, medical skin treatments, providing consumers with life-enhancing scientific products,” said Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe.

“This move will reinforce Galderma’s leading position in the industry when it becomes Nestlé Skin Health by allowing it to complete its geographic footprint for its strong portfolio of brands and leading medical solutions globally,” said Nestlé Chief Executive Paul Bulcke.
Source: https://www.nestle.com/media/pressre...atology-assets

And by the way integration of GxP needs with the rest of Nestlé GLOBE IT infrastructure is at fairly advanced state according to web searches.
E.g. : https://nestle.taleo.net/careersecti...000484&lang=en

Will they stop working on that after this announcement throwing away all the money already spent? Frankly no idea.
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We’re now near the end of this long road and the effects and paths in people’s lives are becoming clearer. Everyone has been given a departure date ranging from a few months to two years and the redundancy plans are clear.

The overwhelming feeling that it left is no longer anger or fighting spirit but sadness. We worked together for many years and we will all splinter out into our new career paths. Friendships will dissipate, while work may continue.

Nestle will reform around a new IT operating model, with a thin layer in Switzerland and to-be-confirmed resources in other locations (not just Barcelona and Milan but also the US and Asian regions).

Will it work ? Depends on what you mean ‘work’. The company will not fail, big Corp IT does not just fall over abruptly so service will continue, but will it transitoin nestle into an Agile Product based model allowing it to compete with startups but using its size advantage ? I’m not sure it will. Switzerland has changed, but the remainder of the world remains the same, with the same staff and the same existing mindsets. I still think the bottom line on IT spend will be similar a couple of years from now, with staff savings being offset by external consultant hire due to lack of local skill. However my view is not neutral, even if I think it is, because I am being dismissed.

I will leave nestle shortly, starting a new position at another company. There is a need for IT specialists within Switzerland, a recent report on swissinfo from McKinsey said they expected a significant shortage in the coming years as the next Industrial Revolution takes hold. So if you’re company, big or small, restructures and you face the unknown, don’t be scared: there is still a lot of work to be done, before robots do all our work for us.
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Bonne chance Mikers.
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Will it transitoin nestle into an Agile Product based model allowing it to compete with startups but using its size advantage ? I’m not sure it will.
Yeah, somehow I doubt it too.

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I still think the bottom line on IT spend will be similar a couple of years from now, with staff savings being offset by external consultant hire due to lack of local skill.
If it is any comfort, I think you are probably right. However, save some pity for the rest of the non IT employees left behind that have to deal with the ensuing IT mess.
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We’re now near the end of this long road and the effects and paths in people’s lives are becoming clearer. Everyone has been given a departure date ranging from a few months to two years and the redundancy plans are clear.

The overwhelming feeling that it left is no longer anger or fighting spirit but sadness. We worked together for many years and we will all splinter out into our new career paths. Friendships will dissipate, while work may continue.

Nestle will reform around a new IT operating model, with a thin layer in Switzerland and to-be-confirmed resources in other locations (not just Barcelona and Milan but also the US and Asian regions).

Will it work ? Depends on what you mean ‘work’. The company will not fail, big Corp IT does not just fall over abruptly so service will continue, but will it transitoin nestle into an Agile Product based model allowing it to compete with startups but using its size advantage ? I’m not sure it will. Switzerland has changed, but the remainder of the world remains the same, with the same staff and the same existing mindsets. I still think the bottom line on IT spend will be similar a couple of years from now, with staff savings being offset by external consultant hire due to lack of local skill. However my view is not neutral, even if I think it is, because I am being dismissed.

I will leave nestle shortly, starting a new position at another company. There is a need for IT specialists within Switzerland, a recent report on swissinfo from McKinsey said they expected a significant shortage in the coming years as the next Industrial Revolution takes hold. So if you’re company, big or small, restructures and you face the unknown, don’t be scared: there is still a lot of work to be done, before robots do all our work for us.
Went through the exact same situation a few years ago and you've en-capsuled the journey perfectly. Most if not all of my teammates found jobs and in most cases jobs with more responsibility and pay. the team spirit however was lost, the nostalgia remains and we still meet form time to time for a few beers or the occasional bbq

as for the company, the CIO that was brought in to implement the new IT Operating Model is no longer the CIO but he came in with a mandate/mission and accomplished it so good for him. the "internal customers" i.e. users with whom I've stayed in touch with also moved on but recall with fondness the support, banter, tension but above all partnership they had with IT that they no longer have with Wipro and Accenture... circle of life I guess

Best of luck to you Mikers and I'm sure with your positive attitude you'll be more than fine
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Nestle will reform around a new IT operating model, with a thin layer in Switzerland and to-be-confirmed resources in other locations (not just Barcelona and Milan but also the US and Asian regions).
Good to know you found something, Mikers. By the way, I was in touch with a couple of contractors working in SAP teams in Vevey and surprisingly they are still there, with good chances to see their extensions rolling into 2019. And they told me of several other cases of contractors still working there. Shocking to see how this is allowed in Switzerland: I also went through a similar process in UK years back but all contractors were terminated upfront.
Not to mention Indian consultants from IBM, TechMahindra and Wipro: why are they still onsite in Switzerland if the company is delocalizing their own internals abroad? Puzzling Labour law here, looks like there multinationals can do whatever they want with permanent employees.
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Good to know you found something, Mikers. By the way, I was in touch with a couple of contractors working in SAP teams in Vevey and surprisingly they are still there, with good chances to see their extensions rolling into 2019. And they told me of several other cases of contractors still working there. Shocking to see how this is allowed in Switzerland: I also went through a similar process in UK years back but all contractors were terminated upfront.
Not to mention Indian consultants from IBM, TechMahindra and Wipro: why are they still onsite in Switzerland if the company is delocalizing their own internals abroad? Puzzling Labour law here, looks like there multinationals can do whatever they want with permanent employees.
I am confident many, nearly all, contractors and consultants will be there q1 next year. I think for the next 12 months you’d have a good chance as an external. The internals have largely lost all motivation - everyone is being sacked - so I think 2019 will be pretty terrible there.
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Puzzling Labour law here, looks like there multinationals can do whatever they want with permanent employees.
Very true. Lesson learned by experience. Nowadays when someone asks me for advice about an offer from Switzerland I always point out the poor labor law. Thinking in terms of any EU labor law the Swiss permanent contract is nothing more than a cheaper (hourly) contract. Employer can fire you at any time without any reason. It's like being in probation period all the time. The only advantage of permanent contract is the 1 or 2 months of notice period which is not much when you have to move with your family.
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I always get goosebumps when I read bullshit like this: Agile requires competent and empowered engineers. Because the model is bottoms up: its the engineers who come up with great ideas, discuss them internally and then develop a product roadmap. The engineers decide among each other who is doing what and when. That's why start ups hire the brightest and most expensive engineers in silicon valley. Trying to achieve the same with the cheapest outsourcing partner who has people on the other side of the planet who neither know and understand your business or have the mandate to take any decisions on their own is just insane.

I know this because I have tried to work in an agile mode with an off-shore team in India. We got work done but it did not meet my definition of agile in any way. I essentially told them what to do and the team leader broke down the tasks and assigned them.

I am currently working "agile" in a government institution which literally translated to still do everything top down as in the last decades, but use the agile template of TFS instead of the waterfall one...

I understand that for many companies IT is basically viewed as a cost factor. And that when they need to cut costs they start there as it does not impact the core business in the short run very much. But Id love them to be honest about it... trying to achieve a similar service level but save money is totally ok. But the moment you tell me that you on top will also become way more efficient and better in every way... you instantly lose any credibility.
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I know this because I have tried to work in an agile mode with an off-shore team in India. We got work done but it did not meet my definition of agile in any way. I essentially told them what to do and the team leader broke down the tasks and assigned them.
Same thing here. Some of them are hard workers (less and less by the way) but you need to tell them what to do in every little detail and they still won't deliver first-time-right solutions so you always need to plan several extra days of onshore functional testing to debug the whole thing and make it usable. I can hire a single local engineer here in Europe and he/she will self-sufficiently deliver higher quality solutions in less time, matching the work of a team of four offshore resources, saving 50% of costs. This crap has been going on for 15+ years, but offshore companies are also becoming more expensive. IBM India is in structural decline having their best resources absorbed by other companies like Accenture, offering 75% pay increase. Which of course reflects on higher costs for client companies in EU and US.
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I always get goosebumps when I read bullshit like this: Agile requires competent and empowered engineers. Because the model is bottoms up: its the engineers who come up with great ideas, discuss them internally and then develop a product roadmap. The engineers decide among each other who is doing what and when.
That's why Uncle Bob boldly admitted that Agile is dead. Management doesn't want engineers to decide! The corporate version of Agile starts somewhere at the lower level of management ladders but engineers are workers, they should do what they are told to. I've been to few places and it's always the same, constant battle about what agile actually is. In the end, management has the power.
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That's why Uncle Bob boldly admitted that Agile is dead. Management doesn't want engineers to decide! The corporate version of Agile starts somewhere at the lower level of management ladders but engineers are workers, they should do what they are told to. I've been to few places and it's always the same, constant battle about what agile actually is. In the end, management has the power.
Well, then try to convince any IT manager in 2018 to NOT use agile. Many have not the slightest clue how it is supposed to be working and what up and downsides it comes with but one thing I have witnessed is that "Are we agile?" is by now a standard question from the top management and we all have to pretend we are...
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Well, then try to convince any IT manager in 2018 to NOT use agile. Many have not the slightest clue how it is supposed to be working and what up and downsides it comes with but one thing I have witnessed is that "Are we agile?" is by now a standard question from the top management and we all have to pretend we are...
100% agree with this. Agile is the current buzzword both inside and outside of IT and management are trying to apply it to whatever they think is feasible. In my experience so far Agile is a largely meaningless term that causes confusion and results in a degradation of organisational performance and employee satisfaction.

I will try and be more optimistic about it as our company rolls it out wholesale.
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100% agree with this. Agile is the current buzzword both inside and outside of IT and management are trying to apply it to whatever they think is feasible. In my experience so far Agile is a largely meaningless term that causes confusion and results in a degradation of organisational performance and employee satisfaction.

I will try and be more optimistic about it as our company rolls it out wholesale.


Just to be clear: I am in no way against an agile methodology. With the right setting is it in my opinion the best way to work. Especially in order to achieve results quickly in a fast changing environment. My problem is just that this way of working requires
- highly skilled and trained staff
- a work culture that is very different from the typical large European company (it is really a start-up way of working...)
- a management that actually understands the methodology... including the downsides, for example the lack of a fully committed set of deliverables to a specific deadline.


The world isn't perfect and I have seen it somehow working with one of the three points not in place properly... but if you are missing half or more of the prerequisites are you set up to fail.
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Well, then try to convince any IT manager in 2018 to NOT use agile. Many have not the slightest clue how it is supposed to be working and what up and downsides it comes with but one thing I have witnessed is that "Are we agile?" is by now a standard question from the top management and we all have to pretend we are...
Let me rephrase myself. In recent years the corporate bureaucracy hijacked the term Agile. It is nothing more but a micromanagement focusing on fast delivery. Engineers should just listen to the stake holders and execute. There's no place for bottom-up. Agile is dead. The new praised Agile, with official guidelines, certifications, buzzwords is an excellent solution to make engineers forget about their rights and value. In the new Agile no engineer can complain about being micromanaged, undervalued, bullied, pressed to the extreme.

I like the original Agile too! With the new Agile, I can manage well. I regret however that there's no career option. You have to take more and more responsibilities but you are just an engineer. Everyone in the team is just an engineer. Doesn't matter that someone has 10+ years of experience, good education, etc. but other teammate has no education and just started some scripting. In the Waterfall at least you clearly got up as an engineer if you are valuable.
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Our sensei posted an article about the faux-agile praised by the IT industry.

https://martinfowler.com/articles/agile-aus-2018.html

Our challenge at the moment isn't making agile a thing that people want to do, it's dealing with what I call faux-agile: agile that's just the name, but none of the practices and values in place. Ron Jeffries often refers to it as "Dark Agile", or specifically "Dark Scrum". This is actually even worse than just pretending to do agile, it's actively using the name "agile" against the basic principles of what we were trying to do, when we talked about doing this kind of work in the late 90s and at Snowbird.
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There are two kinds of IT companies:
- companies where engineers talk mostly about the process, and
- companies where the engineers talk mostly about the product and technology.

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There are two kinds of IT companies:
- companies where engineers talk mostly about the process, and
- companies where the engineers talk mostly about the product and technology.
When the process is there to shut your mouth you talk about the process to be allowed to enjoy talking about the product (be included), agree?

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One funny true story I have heard from a depressed IT manager. "The problem with managing software engineers is that they are not ordinary workers who should be happy to have a steady job, a bowl of rice every day and a peaceful steady life.They are the most clever brains in the organization and they know that."
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