Microsoft’s Dream Team For A Mobile Cloud-First World

by cxotoday news desk    Feb 05, 2014


As Microsoft made the iconic announcement of its new CEO Satya Nadella, who has succeeded Steve Ballmer, on the same day, the company saw another big shakeup in its management. While Bill Gates steps back as Chairman and assumes a new title as founder and technology advisor, one of Microsoft’s current board members, John Thompson takes on the role of board chairman with immediate effect.

All the announcements have become very crucial for the global software giant as well as for the tech industry, which many believe is like a “dream team” that can take Microsoft several notches ahead of its competitors.

Bill Gates new role is certainly interesting, as some believe that he is now back in a more strategic role at Microsoft, the company he co-founded in 1975, which has been losing ground against rivals in the new technology landscape. Gates, who left as CEO in 2000, handing the company reins to Ballmer to devote more time to his charitable foundation and stepped out of his day-to-day activities, said he is “thrilled when Satya asked me to step up.” The tech geek will be advising Nadella on product direction and has freed up “one third” of his time to potentially meet with product groups at Microsoft for some undisclosed length of time, according to reports.

Meanwhile, Thompson’s appointment as Chairman is also another interesting development for the company. Thompson, who had been a member of Microsoft’s board for two years and the CEO of Virtual Instruments, a company that manages virtual-physical cloud migrations has served as CEO of Symanec for ten years, through 2009, and held senior positions in IBM.

Thompson who said in an interview that he considers Microsoft to be “one of the true, iconic companies” is also expected to bring his leadership and industry knowledge on board, believe industry watchers.

While the current CEO Nadella is touted as the cloud Guru, who was heading the company’s Cloud and Enterprise group and has many years of hands-on experience developing new cloud services for the world’s largest technology companies, Thompson also comes from a strong background in Cloud Computing. Experts believe Microsoft, which has been and continues to be interested in the cloud, can expand its Cloud offerings with a greater zest.

Mobile which seems to be an area of concern and is something Microsoft need to work on in the coming months. “I would advise him (Nadella) to take a fresh look at mobile, or bring in some talent who really understands the space,” said David Smith, an analyst at tech research firm Gartner in his blog.

However, going by Nadella’s letter to employees, we get a hint of a lot of optimism. “This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft. Make no mistake, we are headed for greater places — as technology evolves and we evolve with and ahead of it. Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world,” he writes.

In the current landscape, one can conclude that the major revival in Microsoft’s management may give it a fresh new look, just like the good old days, as one may expect more vivacity and innovation from the technology giant in the days to come.