Microsoft has recently announced a reorganization of their Server and Tools Business, and new president Satya Nadella is already starting to shake things up. Over the coming months and as the wide release of Office 365 gets closer, expect to see a number of changes in the Server and Tools Business lineup, both in the Identity and Commerce areas. With Windows Server 8 expected to ship by the end of 2012 and the new SQL server – named “Denali” – set to come later in 2011, the company has to be ready for the challenges of a new cloud marketplace.
Nadella is first going to be creating a unified Commerce team under the Server and Tools letterhead by combining the current Business Online Services Group Commerce Team and the Commerce Transaction Platform Team. The CTPT is currently under the Online Services Division, but Nadella seems to be of the mindset that it will be of better use under the Server and Tools mandate.
He is also committed to maintaining the mandate of the Identity group and strengthening them as Microsoft moves forward in the cloud. Currently, there is some debate over whether or not Lee Nackman will be leading this team or not, as that was the original rumor, but some sources have indicated that he will be leaving Microsoft in the summer of 2011. A Microsoft spokesperson has denied this, but only time will tell if Nackman will be the man in charge.
Nadella’s leadership will be tested throughout this year and into the next as Microsoft looks to increase its cloud presence and deliver services that are on par or ahead of other providers, and hopefully a revamped Commerce section and strong Identity department will be effective in achieving that goal.
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