Microsoft today announced 3 new division presidents ostensibly to fill the voids left by the departures of Robbie Bach (Entertainment and Devices) and Stephen Elop (Business). However, it mostly looks like the temporary scheme which had the former direct reports to the division presidents reporting to Steve Ballmer has been institutionalized with some promotions:
In a statement this morning, the company said it is naming Kurt DelBene to head the Microsoft Office Division, Don Mattrick to head the Interactive Entertainment Business, and Andy Lees to head the Mobile Communications Business, effectively leaving things as they have been following the departure of Stephen Elop (who was named Nokia CEO last month) and the announced retirement of Robbie Bach.
DelBene’s group, which is focused on the Office set of products, is somewhat narrower in focus than the one vacated by Elop, which also included the Microsoft Dynamics line of customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning products for midsize businesses. The Dynamics business will continue to be headed by Kirill Tatarinov, who will report to Ballmer.
The moves essentially leave all of Microsoft’s businesses in largely the same hands they have been in. Lees and Mattrick have been running their units since Bach announced plans to retire in May. Following Elop’s departure, DelBene has been jointly running Office with fellow executives Chris Capossela and unit CFO Amy Hood. Capossela, the longtime head of Office marketing, and Hood will remain in their roles, reporting to DelBene.
And even more evidence that there is less here than meets the eye: the five business unit financial reporting structure will stay the same.
Late last week, Microsoft announced that Kirill Tatarinov has been selected as the new head of the troubled Microsoft Business Solutions group that produces a variety of software for small and medium businesses under the Dynamics brand.
Computing industry heavyweights on Monday announced a plan to create a standardized way for computing resources to “talk” to each other, a move they say will lower the cost of running corporate data centers.
The initiative calls for the creation of an XML-based standard, called Service Modeling Language (SML), and its adoption in commercial products, including systems management software, hardware, and application development tools.
The companies involved–BEA Systems, BMC Software, Cisco Systems, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems–published a draft SML specification on Monday and pledged to support it in the future.
The goal of SML is to establish a lingua franca for computing resources–servers, networking gear, applications and the like–to exchange operating information, such as security requirements or performance problems.
The basis for SML is Microsoft’s own XML specification, called Systems Definition Model. The company has already built support for SDM in Visual Studio 2005; all future management software and future operating systems will use SML starting in 2007, Tatarinov said.