Am I Next? Rackspace outsourced 125 employees to Tech Mahindra.

San Antonio-based Rackspace Hosting, a cloud development, hosting, and management company owned by private equity firm Apollo Global Management, continues its restructuring/repositioning by transferring 125 quality assurance and support employees to Pune, India-based Tech Mahindra, a business process outsourcer and consultancy, as part of a strategic partnership that appears to be able to compete with Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. Since being acquired and taken private by Apollo in 2016 for approximately $4.3 billion, there have been three layoffs of approximately 600 employees. It was rumored that Apollo was looking to take the company public in once again in 2018 to spread the risk and reduce their capital investment.

One cannot help but wonder if these employees will be replaced with Indian counterparts in the coming year?

According to a company spokesperson, “Our partnership with Tech Mahindra is a powerful combination. Their understanding of innovative and customer-centric IT experiences is uniquely complimentary to how Rackspace provides a Fanatical Experience. We believe that this will help generate industry leading technology services and platforms. With 121,000+ associates, working across 90 countries and helping 938 global customers, including Fortune 500 companies, this partnership will allow us to drive far more business impact for our customers.”

Change is coming. There will always be a tomorrow, no matter how much you may try to ignore it. There are no guarantees in life, or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. No one is guaranteed to wake up tomorrow and still have a job by evening. Are you now wondering, Am I Next?