Tesla Fires Hundreds of Workers After Their Annual Performance Review

They’re not layoffs, the automaker says.

Electric automaker Tesla Motors fired hundreds of employees this week, including workers at its Fremont, Calif. factory and corporate managers, as it tries to solve production problems for its recently released Model 3.

An estimated 400 to 700 people were dismissed this week, according to a San Jose Mercury News report published Friday afternoon. That’s between 1% and 2% of the company’s more than 33,000 employees. Former and current employees told the Mercury News that little or no warning preceded the dismissals.

A Tesla spokesman would not confirm that number but told Fortune that the move follows its annual performance reviews, which typically involve both involuntary and voluntary departures.

“Like all companies, Tesla conducts an annual performance review during which a manager and employee discuss the results that were achieved, as well as how those results were achieved, during the performance period,” a Tesla spokesman said in an emailed statement. “This includes both constructive feedback and recognition of top performers with additional compensation and equity awards, as well as promotions in many cases. As with any company, especially one of over 33,000 employees, performance reviews also occasionally result in employee departures. Tesla is continuing to grow and hire new employees around the world.”

Tesla insists that the losses are not layoffs and that it plans to backfill the positions. That’s likely accurate, at least for jobs in California. State law requires companies to notify employees of layoffs through its WARN notification system. There are no records of new layoffs from Tesla. About 200 Tesla and SolarCity employees in the company’s Roseville, Calif. offices were notified Aug. 30 that they would be terminated.

The latest cuts come as the automaker tries to fix bottlenecks on the production line for its Model 3, an all-electric model designed to appeal to the masses. Earlier this month, Tesla reported that it produced 260 Model 3 cars in the third quarter, of which it has delivered 220. That figure is far less than CEO Elon Musk’s prediction that Tesla would produce more than 1,600 of the vehicles by September.

In July, Musk tweeted a production update for the Model 3, saying the car had passed all regulatory requirements ahead of schedule. After announcing that the first 30 customers would receive the Model 3s on July 28, Musk wrote, “production grows exponentially, so Aug should be 100 cars and Sept above 1,500.”

Altogether, Musk said that third quarter production numbers for the Model 3 would be around 1,630 vehicles—a prediction off by 84%.

A Wall Street Journal report published earlier this month revealed that Tesla workers were assembling Model 3 vehicles by hand until at least early September. One of the “bottlenecks” Musk alluded to was a process that involved positioning and welding body panels by hand, rather than by precision robots, according to workers interviewed by the Journal.

Musk recently delayed the unveiling of an electric semi-truck until Nov. 16 so the company can focus its attention on production problems with its new mass-market car, the Model 3.

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Seventh Annual WSO2 Summer School Series Focuses on Data Analytics Best Practices for Optimizing Business Insights

WSO2 delivers the only fully integrated open source enterprise middleware platform to support today’s enterprise environments—internally and across the cloud, mobile devices, and Internet of Things.

WSO2 Summer School returns for a seventh year by popular demand. The all-new classes for 2015 will focus on the dialect of data analytics, and how systems and applications built on the right analytics platform can empower customers and internal decision-makers to make better, more informed choices. The free classes run July 14 – July 28, 2015. For details and to sign up, visit http://wso2.com/landing/summer-school-2015.

Since 2009, WSO2’s interactive Web-based program has helped more than 2,000 IT professionals become more familiar with the technologies and best practices for building, integrating and deploying enterprise applications and services—on-premises and in the cloud. The program is open to all individuals who want to boost their knowledge directly from some of the industry’s leading experts—a once-a-year opportunity to obtain thousands of dollars worth of professional training at zero cost.

July 14: Introduction to Data Science and Analytics

This session serves as an introduction to WSO2 Summer School and will discuss how to build an analytics pipeline for the organization and for each use case. It also will review the technology and tooling choices that need to be made. Additionally, the session will explore four analytics themes:

    Hindsight (what happened)
    Oversight (what is happening)
    Insight (why it is happening)
    Foresight (what is likely to happen)

Presenting will be Dr. Srinath Perera, WSO2 vice president of research. The webinar will be held Tuesday, July 14, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT. For more information, visit http://wso2.com/library/webinars/2015/07/introduction-to-data-science-and-analytics.

July 16: Batch and Interactive Analytics: From Data to Insight

Continually optimizing the operations of complex systems requires a system that can process and make sense of large numbers of transactions. This session will examine how batch-processing systems, coupled with a highly distributed data processing framework, can enable more efficiency in obtaining operational insights. It also will discuss how to use Apache Spark along with a distributed indexing mechanism, and it will examine how to achieve greater functionality and flexibility in data analytics.

Presenting will be Anjana Fernando, WSO2 senior technical lead, who focuses on integration technologies and data analytics. The webinar will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT. Visit http://wso2.com/library/webinars/2015/07/batch-and-interactive-analytics-from-data-to-insight to learn more.

July 21: Predictive Analytics: From Data to Foresight

Increasingly, companies are using machine-learning techniques to perform predictive analytics—most frequently to forecast individual customers’ interests and actions in order to provide them with more personalized service. This session will present an overview of predictive analytics and an introduction to machine learning. It then will discuss widely used machine-learning techniques. Finally, the webinar will preview the new WSO2 Machine Learner product and demonstrate its use in solving a real-world machine-learning challenge.

Presenting will be Nirmal Fernando, WSO2 associate technical lead. The webinar will be held Tuesday, July 21, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT. For more information, visit http://wso2.com/library/webinars/2015/07/predictive-analytics-from-data-to-foresight.

July 23: Real-Time Analytics: From Data to Actions in Milliseconds

Identifying threats and utilizing opportunities in real time is critical for many business systems, such as those handling stock transactions, healthcare monitoring, and vehicle tracking, to name a few. This session will focus on how to build real-time analytics solutions that cater to low-latency, high-volume requirements and support high availability and scalability. Topics covered in this session will include:

    An introduction to real-time processing
    Real-time processing patterns
    Scalable distributed real-time processing
    Real-time features in WSO2 Complex Event Processor
    Integration with Apache Storm

Session presenter Sriskandarajah Suhothayan is a WSO2 technical lead focusing on WSO2 Complex Event Processor. The webinar will be held Thursday, July 23, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT. Visit http://wso2.com/library/webinars/2015/07/real-time-analytics-from-data-to-actions-in-milliseconds to learn more.

July 28: Analytics in Action

Putting best practices into action is the focus of this concluding WSO2 Summer School session. It will review how batch, real-time, predictive, and interactive analytics tools and technologies are being applied in the world of business, sports and geo-fencing. These real-world use cases also will examine how the concepts of hindsight, oversight, insight and foresight are collectively employed to make better decisions using the vast amounts of information generated in today’s data-rich world

Presenting will be Seshika Fernando, WSO2 technical lead, who focuses on the application of WSO2 products in financial markets. The webinar will be held Tuesday, July 28, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT. Visit http://wso2.com/library/webinars/2015/07/analytics-in-action for more information.

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ComputeNext Hits Home Run With Win at 3rd Annual Cloud World Series Awards

ComputeNext, a cloud brokerage platform and marketplace software provider, today announced it was selected as the winner in the “Best SME Project by a Vendor” category in the 3rd Annual Cloud World Series Awards. The Awards celebrate the drive, innovation and hard work in the global cloud computing industry, bringing together the industry leaders and experts that have driven developments in the cloud over the past year.

ComputeNext was selected for its work with application intelligence company AppDynamics, which utilized ComputeNext’s Global Cloud Marketplace (GCM) to easily and cost-effectively scale their cloud infrastructure worldwide.

The judging panel for the “Best SME Project by a Vendor” looked for the most successful SME project that demonstrated how the cloud migration process was simplified, how mobility and convenience of IT access was facilitated and how overall IT costs were minimized.

ComputeNext’s Global Cloud Marketplace is a platform which enables cloud service commerce, provisioning, and management from providers in over 60 locations worldwide, from a single user account or API. This platform is also available as a white-label solution which can be offered as a Marketplace-as-a-Service or a custom deployment for telcos, data centers, service providers, and large IT resellers/distributors. The platform can be rapidly deployed and customized for partners based on the cloud platforms, products, and services they wish to offer.

“ComputeNext’s mission is to make it easier for organizations of all sizes to select, purchase and configure cloud services directly from our marketplace, and this award is a testament to the hard work of our entire team,” said Sundar Kannan, founder and CEO of ComputeNext. “It is always rewarding to be acknowledged for our solutions that help our customers to buy cloud services and infrastructure in a simplified and streamlined way, and we thank the Cloud World Series Awards for this honor.”

The awards were announced on June 24 at the Cloud World Forum in London.

About ComputeNext

ComputeNext is a Bellevue, WA-based cloud brokerage company pioneering how organizations search, discover, procure, and provision cloud infrastructure with its Cloud Marketplace Platform. As a leader in cloud service brokerage, ComputeNext enables end-to-end transactions across platform-agnostic infrastructure. Holding the belief that a few cloud providers cannot satisfy the world’s computing demands, our mission is to promote choice and efficient computing through federation. This new ecosystem shares and optimizes cloud infrastructure and services to bring unprecedented business development opportunities and cost savings for both data centers and IT organizations. Learn more at http://www.computenext.com

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