Nadella Inspires "Data Culture" At Microsoft

by CXOtoday News Desk    Apr 16, 2014

Satya Nadella

Microsoft needs a “data culture” to thrive in the new computing environment, according to new CEO Satya Nadella. At a recent presentation in San Francisco, where Nadella made his latest appearance to boost the latest version of Microsoft’s market-leading database software, he said “every aspect of Microsoft’s business is being fundamentally transformed because of data,” according to a Reuters report.

Experts believe that his remarks marked a tectonic shift from that of his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, who was more focused on PCs and the Windows operating system. However, Nadella, who was appointed the CEO of the tech giant in February, is seeking to push Microsoft further toward emerging technologies such as mobile and cloud - which Nadella calls “mobile first, cloud first.” According to many, his comments about a data-driven computing environment form part of a striking new approach at Microsoft, as he speaks in the lines of Internet of Things and connected devices.

The Reuters report notes, the company is increasingly focusing on internet-friendly software widely available as services rather than traditional products, and playing a role in all realms of computing rather than just attempting to dominate markets with Windows and Office.

Nadella has stated Microsoft’s plan “to play a central role in gathering, storing, processing and presenting data, taking advantage of its database products, data centers and its Office suite of applications, including the ubiquitous Excel spreadsheet program,” it says.

Earlier, Nadella also announced the public test version of a cloud-based system for managing data automatically generated from machines, and released Microsoft’s Analytics Platform System, which lets customers analyze large chunks of information, attacking the exploding market for what has become known as ‘big data,’ the report suggests.

According to an IDC study, commissioned by Microsoft, enterprises could save $1.6 trillion over the next four years by unifying their data collection and analyzing it better. “To be able to truly benefit from this platform you need to have a data culture inside of your organization. For me, this perhaps is the most paramount thing inside of Microsoft,” Nadella told Reuters.

However, he believes that this is only going to happen when there is a “data culture” within the organization – where engineers are looking at data usage everyday, learning from the data usage, questioning new things and concepts and testing these out these products for further upgrading, which he calls as “the lifeblood of Microsoft.”