In the past, there has been acquisition synergy, which sometimes meant moderate layoffs. Acquisition in this economy, for companies the size of Oracle and Sun, may broaden the definition of “moderate” layoffs a bit. In order to make this Oracle’s most successful acquisition ever (as Oracle’s president has predicted), layoffs may become an important — more so than normal — part of the acquisition synergy. With less buyers than there were a year ago, there is only so much revenue that cross-selling and innovative product releases will earn. Management will be making the hard decisions on what/who stays and what/who goes.
A few articles online note analyst predictions upwards of 10,000 layoffs. I would say it is a bit too early for outsiders to reasonably predict layoff numbers (hopefully lessons were learned when people got it all wrong with Oracle’s January layoff rumors), but the “L” word is certainly on many minds these days.