Microsoft – what’s behind the changes?

June 29th, 2015 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

The last major senior management shake-up at Microsoft was a couple of years ago and was initiated by Ballmer. His reorganization involved doing away with several product divisions and folding the remains of the old units into larger, “flatter” groups to allow for improved communications among formerly disparate factions.

Nadella’s recent exec changes, particularly the ouster of Elop, whose former unit has been integrated into a new group called Windows and Devices Group (WDG), which includes Xbox, smartphones, and Surface tablets, among others, along with the Windows division. This change stands out because it undoes at least part of Ballmer’s reorg from two years past and puts even more of Nadella’s stamp on the “new” Microsoft.

More importantly, Microsoft’s recent exec changes better align it with the first pillar of Nadella’s “mobile-first, cloud-first” initiative. Nadella’s mobile strategy has always been more than simply building Lumia smartphones or selling more Xbox units: though some may still look at quarterly sales and believe Microsoft is dropping the mobile ball. But there’s more to it than that.

There seems to be a move to technology rather than marketing in the management changes

Mobile-first: more than devices
If there was any doubt about Nadella’s vision for mobile, even after (finally) announcing Microsoft’s wildly successful Office solution is now compatible with Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, those should have been dispelled with the introduction of its Windows for iOS and Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) dominant Android OS. The pending Windows 10 OS is said to provide an even better integration experience for users, regardless of device .

Similar to Google’s strategy behind its free Android OS, getting Windows into as many devices as possible — regardless of manufacturer — accomplishes several things. Microsoft’s Bing will be the default search engine, and with last quarter’s 21% jump in search ad revenues, Bing is quickly becoming more than an afterthought.

More devices running Windows should help maintain, the growing number of consumer Microsoft Office 365 users — a figure that increased a whopping 35% last quarter sequentially. integrating Windows into as many devices as possible ramps up Office 365 usage and boosts other app sales like Dynamics CRM.

Nadella’s new WDG division headed up by Terry Myerson better aligns Microsoft with its plans for a more holistic approach to mobile.

With Office 365, Microsoft is placing more emphasis on tools that enhance the entire online platform instead of focusing exclusively on content management

Rather than a “big bang” release every few years, Microsoft is becoming more nimble and shifting toward smaller, more frequent releases whether for Dynamcis, or Office 365

Work is not where we go, but what we do. The workplace is changing and so is the workforce. The enterprise must adapt to new ways of working—whether employees are at the office, working from a café, or from the lobby before a big presentation. Employees expect to be just as productive no matter where they’re at or what device they’re using. VPN clients, intranet access, or home office productivity, or Office 365 in the cloud.

Security has to be rock solid in order for all of this mobile, BYOD, and sharing functionality with partners and customers to work. Microsoft made a point to highlight security in the Ignite keynote. Office 365 has been verified to meet requirements specified in ISO 27001, EU model clauses, HIPAA BAA, and FISMA. It can also support the most complex scenarios around eDiscovery, device management, and DLP.

Social functionality within the workplace is now proven. It provides more effective and time-efficient methods for your employees to work together than traditional methods that require that employees know who to go to for help (e.g., sending an email to a specific recipient vs. posting a question on a forum that anyone can respond to). New functionality in Office 365 is heavily focused on leveraging this model e.g Yammer

BI, big data predictive analytics and dashboards, which highlight cross-team interaction and provide data on how and when you work to help maintain work-life balance. Understanding all of this usage data is key to ensuring effective use of technology, as well as staying attuned to your users’ needs. See the Office telemetry dashboard.

Office Graph is the next iteration of search + cloud + Azure machine learning. It is the “brain” behind features such as Clutter and Delve. To work effectively, it is important for organizational details (e.g., role, hierarchy, team name, location) to be up to date in Active Directory to be able to find:
1) content without query;
2) content trending around you;
3) content you didn’t know existed;
4) colleagues by expertise or interest.
In addition, Microsoft will expose Graph via an API to develop custom apps directly against it.

SharePoint is now positioned as one function of the Office 365 platform. The platform has evolved. With Office 365, Microsoft is placing more emphasis on tools that enhance the entire online platform instead of focusing exclusively on content management. With this broader focus, there is more choice, and with that the need to clearly define business cases for each technology.

What does this all mean?

Groups, Delve, Microsites, Team Sites, OneDrive, and Yammer, do you know which provides the best fit and value for how your team works?

The emphasis on mobile underscores the importance of responsive, fast user experiences. Many core elements of an on-premise solution (e.g., structured navigation, content query web parts) have implications on performance that are magnified in the cloud. In addition, heavily customized user experiences often leverage custom master pages. By using custom master pages, we can miss out on new experiences and features being rolled out on the Office 365 platform

A move to the cloud provides an opportunity to reassess current information architecture. Has your business remained static since you first deployed SharePoint? Take advantage of the opportunity to ensure that all of the assumptions, process definitions, and changes since are reflected in a manner that provide an experience that supports and enhances how your employees work.

In an age of social collaboration and online productivity, new roles are required to ensure an organization is working in the best possible way. Site or community ownership is no longer a passive role. Site owners will evolve into community managers and shift their focus from governance to content curation.

New technology also spawns new roles, such as machine-learning engineers and data experts who strive to garner knowledge from new ways of looking at data that were not possible in the past.

Microsoft’s increased focus on social collaboration and dashboards, which highlight cross-team interaction and provide data on how and when you work to help maintain work-life balance. Understanding all of this usage data is key to ensuring effective use of technology, as well as staying attuned to your users’ needs.

when you’re deploying a new solution for a client, individual users resist changing the way they get their work done and their performance suffers, making them a drag on workgroup productivity and profitability.

Customer-business transitions to cloud-based and hybrid cloud and on-premises solutions are making the “people” side of adoption and change even more important. At the same time, increased use of cloud and mobile applications means upgrade-time cycles are becoming extremely quick. Microsoft is adjusting the previously stately pace of Windows upgrades to accommodate the accelerated expectations of the market.

Change management is important. Agile powerful and simple is the Dynamics Ax mantra and is major factor in user adoption . Some of the basic keys to starting a good Adoption and Change Management (ACM) project are:

•Situation Awareness: a clear, broad, and deep awareness of the way the people in the company do business today, how they’ll be doing business in the future, and what the gaps are between those two scenarios.

•Sponsorship: Understand the power structure in your organization, and determin who is for and against the changes being planned.

•Resistance: Find out whether there are individuals or groups that will be resisting the planned changes and what the root causes are for their feelings.

•Incentives: Determining what employee incentives are in use in the client company. WIFM “What’s in it for me” for many it is fear of the unknown rather than belief in a better future .

•Training: Understand how new and existing employees are to be trained on new business tools and processes.

•Communications: Survey how client management communicates with employees across the company and within workgroups.

•Expertise: A change management team leader who’s trained, knowledgeable and, experienced in change management.

One benefit of using consultants is their exposure to change management every day. Its easy to pinpoint the need but it takes time and conscious effort to out theory into practice and manager also need to go through a change process.



  1. Qtgqua says:

    plaquenil generic – buy plaquenil 400mg pill generic baricitinib

  2. nzsxxiwm says: erythromycin benzoyl gel reviews

  3. Kcnwkz says:

    metformin 500mg without prescription – cheap atorvastatin 40mg amlodipine online

  4. Qdeled says:

    lisinopril 5mg usa – order tenormin generic buy atenolol

  5. heisqkgz says:

    erythromycin and acne api erythromycin

  6. Wlmkuc says:

    vardenafil pill – buy lyrica 75mg generic buy clomid sale

  7. Vlljht says:

    albuterol for sale – ventolin 4mg cost purchase priligy without prescription

  8. Cuksux says:

    cheap levothyroxine generic – buy aristocort 10mg pills plaquenil 200mg sale

  9. Jeyruc says:

    female cialis tadalafil – tadalafil online order cheap sildenafil generic

  10. priligy ekЕџi dapoxetine online usa prescription generic cialis w/ dapoxetine what is priligy tablets

  11. what are the differences between viagra cialis and levitra levitra online levitra 20 mg cheap online levitra reviews

  12. Ivditd says:

    buy prednisone online – brand amoxil generic amoxicillin 500mg

  13. Whddxq says:

    diltiazem oral – prednisolone brand buy generic gabapentin 100mg

  14. Xtzzmo says:

    furosemide 40mg without prescription – buy generic furosemide 40mg doxycycline cost

  15. kamagra bestellen erfahrungen kamagra oral jelly sales buy kamagra oral jelly online how long does kamagra jelly take to work

  16. ipratropium-albuterol ventolin over the counter canada ipratropium-albuterol side effects albuterol how long can the nebulizer solution be used past the expiration date

  17. Chaadi says:

    buy cenforce sale – ezetimibe 10mg generic order domperidone 10mg generic

  18. Qlebyn says:

    buy viagra 100mg for sale – cialis 20mg usa tadalafil 40mg usa

  19. proair ventolin substitution order albuterol online how much does albuterol cost how often should i be using a ventolin inhaler

  20. viagra injection cialis over the counter viagra tablets for men price what viagra does to women

  21. Obnklh says:

    order modafinil 200mg generic – oral modafinil purchase budesonide generic

  22. Tfstcf says:

    cheap accutane 10mg – isotretinoin 20mg canada tetracycline 500mg price

  23. WilliamNot says: tamoxifen endometriosis

  24. yzpkjdru says:

    order plaquenil online buy 200 mg hydroxychloroquine plaquenil side effects

  25. Davidrek says:

    [url=]metformin 250 mg price in india[/url] metformin 500 mg

  26. Ermjgh says:

    cyclobenzaprine 15mg canada – inderal 10mg price buy inderal 10mg generic

  27. AnthonyUpsep says: tamoxifen alternatives

  28. merck propecia coupon propecia buy canada is finasteride the same as propecia how long until you see the effects of propecia?

  29. buy cheap cenforce 150mg cenforce 100 india price order cenforce 50mg sale cenforce pills

  30. WilliamNot says:

    lasix generic name furosemide 40mg

  31. Edwarddat says:

    raloxifene vs tamoxifen tamoxifen alternatives premenopausal

  32. Homerunuby says:

    buy lipitor with mastercard lipitor 10mg price australia

  33. Aspzcn says:

    buy clopidogrel online cheap – plavix online order purchase reglan for sale

  34. AnthonyUpsep says: can you order metformin online

  35. Georgeoneds says: ed medications

  36. origine du viagra viagra shop acheter du viagra en ligne comment agit viagra

  37. MichealMes says:

    п»їcipro generic ciprofloxacin 500mg buy online

  38. Isiahsindy says:

    erectile dysfunction drug ed remedies

  39. JefferyGiZ says:

    amoxicillin without a doctor’s prescription ed meds online canada

  40. KatineEiSn says:

    triple diamond slots
    free poker slots
    penny slots free

  41. Vkksly says:

    order generic levaquin – order levaquin 500mg online cheap goodrx cialis

  42. JefferyGiZ says:

    canadian pharmacy online ed prescription drugs

  43. KatineEiSn says:

    7 free slots online slot
    old vegas slots
    real online slots

  44. Isiahsindy says:

    diflucan prescription uk diflucan pills

  45. RobertTom says: neurontin brand name 800 mg

  46. furosemide injection [url=]can i buy furosemide over the counter [/url] lasix not working for edema what are the side effect of furosemide?

  47. bumetanide vs furosemide over the counter lasix medicine side effects of furosemide 40 mg how long does it take for lasix last in your body

  48. Georgeoneds says: diflucan 150 mg cost

  49. JefferyGiZ says:

    cheapest ed pills treatment of ed

  50. Vrfnxy says:

    order cialis – purchase flomax generic purchase tamsulosin online

  51. Isiahsindy says:

    medicine erectile dysfunction ed treatments

  52. Isiahsindy says:

    order diflucan diflucan 150 mg tablet price

  53. JefferyGiZ says:

    prescription without a doctor’s prescription canada ed drugs

  54. ivermectin 3mg scabies purchase stromectol ivermectin/ dosage for worms in humans ivermectin pill where to buy

  55. diflucan davis pdf diflucan cost in india why does diflucan require a pre authorization how long should you wait to take diflucan after antibiotics

  56. Isiahsindy says:

    ed treatments the best ed pills

  57. Georgeoneds says: prescription without a doctor’s prescription

  58. Yyukuq says:

    ondansetron 8mg uk – order zocor generic valtrex pills

  59. JefferyGiZ says:

    ciprofloxacin 500mg buy online cipro 500mg best prices

  60. StevenArils says: online medications

  61. MichaelclekS says:

    clomid 100mg for sale cheap clomid

  62. baclofen and alcohol [url=]lioresal 25 [/url] baclofen vs other muscle relaxants flexeril how does baclofen work in the body?

  63. Danielgar says:

    [url=]clomid coupon[/url] clomid 100mg for sale

  64. DarrellCak says:

    clomid 100mg for sale cheap clomid online

  65. Thwixj says:

    buy finasteride – buy cipro 500mg for sale buy cipro 500mg without prescription

  66. typical prednisone dosage prednisone 5 how to reduce swelling from prednisone what is a normal dose of prednisone

  67. Davidtumma says: treatment of ed

  68. PDyncdyncex says:

    [url=]buy lyrica 150 mg without prescription[/url]

  69. Danielcoola says:

    [url=]male ed pills[/url] ed remedies

  70. Frankorake says:

    ivermectin 9 mg stromectol for sale

  71. MichaelclekS says:

    cheap doxycycline buy doxycycline

  72. weaning off aralen aralen 100 mg what pain medicine with aralen what kind of drug is aralen

  73. StevenArils says: purchase doxycycline

  74. Vxtmja says:

    sildenafil buy online – order sildenafil 100mg without prescription viagra for sale

  75. Frankorake says:

    ivermectin cream cost ivermectin pill cost

  76. Danielgar says:

    [url=]order stromectol over the counter[/url] stromectol 12 mg tablets

  77. DarrellCak says:

    vacuum pumps for ed ed devices

  78. MichaelclekS says:

    ed meds online without doctor prescription best ed pills at gnc

  79. StevenArils says: best medication for ed

  80. Davidtumma says: ed meds online

  81. UDyncdyncds says:

    [url=]order pregabalin 75 mg generic[/url]

  82. Lzodbt says:

    otc ed pills – viagra 200mg generique en pharmacie viagra 200mg bestellen

  83. olumiant fda says:

    baricitinib indications baricitinib lupus baricitinib in patients with refractory rheumatoid arthritis figure 2 olumiant baricitinib side effects

  84. Frankorake says:

    medications online cheap drugs online

  85. DarrellCak says:

    stromectol 3mg tablets order stromectol over the counter

  86. StevenArils says: stromectol for sale

  87. pastilla xenical xenical 120 mg pris 50 pills orlistat 120mg slimtop how long until orlistat works