End of the World?

For anyone who uses the music notation software Sibelius, the news some years ago that AVID was taking over was like a kick in the gut. Only the blindly optimistic didn’t see the grim reaper lurching over the shoulder of the esteemed music notation program, grinning at his good fortune. It seems like the end is closing in now, with the corporate bloodsuckers closing the offices and releasing the long term staff, thinking it best if a few programmers hired off the street in Kiev (or wherever in the Ukraine [or wherever!] they are hired from) take over the job of updating the program and keeping alive the legacy of the world’s best and most relied upon music notation software.  I personally don’t think this idea is so hot, but what do I know? If you use the Sibelius music notation software, or are simply against corporate greed killing yet another beautiful thing in our world, a website has been set up to help organize…, well, at least a chance to vent to the corporate vampires who are doing this:

http://www.sibeliususers.org/?page_id=4&title=take-action

I don’t know if anything will change with online petitions or a few (thousand) emails, but it beats doing nothing. It’s free and easy to sign the petition and email the relevant persons though the link above, so if you feel at all motivated to annoy a corporate sith lord today, why not stop by and lend your voice?

Here’s some justification for why AVID needs to cut costs:

http://apps.shareholder.com/sec/viewerContent.aspx?companyid=AVID&docid=8514927#A2208433ZDEF14A_HTM_DO77201_SUMMARY_COMPENSATION_TABLE

As you can see if you take a look at the executive compensation charts, AVID clearly needs the money to be able to afford to pay these executives so many millions of dollars a year… Jeeze, I almost feel bad for them having to work so hard closing offices around the globe and letting go of the experienced development staff… It’s just too bad that cuts have to occur, we can’t really expect these corporate goons to go on living on less than a million dollars a year, can we? Besides, I’m sure random programmers hired off the street will be able to do the job that teams of developers with years of history with the program have been doing. I’m certain of it. Why aren’t I rushing out to buy the latest stuff from AVID, you ask? Oh, it has nothing to do with any lack of faith in their competence. It’s just that I…. I…, oh, I’ll get around to it eventually.

Right after I get back from my walk through Hell!

snowy forest

Hell at time of my next purchase from AVID

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4 Responses to End of the World?

  1. Thank you for posting this cogent call to action. Our hope is that if enough people come to realise the implications of Avid’s reckless cost cutting, the pressure coming from thousands of users will eventually persuade Avid to sell Sibelius to buyers we have waiting, with the vision and means to shepherd it safely into the future.

    Derek Williams
    Save Sibelius Campaign Organiser
    http://www.sibeliususers.org
    http://www.savesibelius.com

    • Steve says:

      Thank YOU for setting up the website and organizing this necessary movement. I can’t think of a bigger shame in corporate-land than what’s been done to Sibelius. I hope and pray the right prevails.

  2. Hi Steve. I’m sorry to hear this about Sibelius . I went to the site and signed the petition to help save it. I hope it works out in your favor.

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