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January 16, 2007

Microsoft snags IBM’S Chief Software Architect

Posted by David Hunter at 1:10 AM ET.

(Via Slashdot) .NET Developer’s Journal reports Microsoft Snags Don Ferguson, Former IBM Chief Architect – “Father of WebSphere”:

Don Ferguson, who guided IBM’s strategy and architecture for SOA and Web services, and co-authored many of the initial Web service specifications, has been hired by Microsoft. He is now Microsoft Technical Fellow in Platforms and Strategy, in the Office of the CTO.

As AJAXWorld 2007 (East) speaker and fellow Microsoftie Alex Barnett points out, Ferguson’s old blog (and out-of-date bio) is currently still up at, but his new bio is here at

According to the Microsoft bio, Ferguson will be focusing “on both the evolutionary and revolutionary role of information technology in business.”

” Understanding the trends, architecting and piloting the implications for existing and new products and evangelizing Microsoft’s vision are the key aspects of Don’s job,” the bio gushes.

At IBM, he was an IBM Fellow and Chief Architect for IBM’s Software Group, providing overall technical leadership for WebSphere, Tivoli, DB2, Rational and Lotus products.

Ferguson also was chairman of IBM’s Software Group Architecture Board.

Barnett suggests that the “Office of the CTO” is Ray Ozzie’s team, but while Ozzie and Craig Mundie were co-CTOs at one point, they are currently Chief Software Architect and Chief Research and Strategy Officer respectively. The only Microsoft CTO that comes to mind is David Vaskevitch who is Senior Vice President, Chief Technical Officer, Business Platform. Undoubtedly elucidation will follow.

Filed under Coopetition, Craig Mundie, David Vaskevitch, Employee Retention, Executives, General Business, IBM, Microsoft, Ray Ozzie

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