Kimberly-Clark plans to cut IT workforce

Paper products maker Kimberly-Clark Corp. is shifting some of its IT operations to two major outsourcers with India operations and is planning an undisclosed number of IT workforce reductions, the company said this week.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. in Teaneck, N.J., which conducts a major part of its work in India, will do application development, including work on SAP and customized applications for Kimberly-Clark.

In a separate announcement, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS) in Mumbai, India, will provide technology infrastructure support at Kimberly-Clark, including help desk, data center operational support, computer security, data network, voice, messaging and videoconferencing.

Kimberly-Clark spokesman Dave Dickson said the outsourcing agreements will result in IT workforce reductions, but the company isn't ready to disclose the number of layoffs.

"Until all employees are notified in all of the areas that we're outsourcing, we're not providing that information at this point," he said.

Kimberly-Clark said the size of the outsourcing contracts is in the multimillion-dollar range, but would not comment further.