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2/11/2014
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James Staten
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Nadella's Rise As Change Agent Inside Microsoft

Satya Nadella came up through the ranks the hard way, with internal opposition. That's why he's the right man to change Microsoft.

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anon4664120258
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2/13/2014 | 1:20:42 PM
Re: AX plans?
That's a better question for Liz Herbert or Paul Hammerman from Forrester who cover Dynamics AX more closely than I do. You can send this question to them at inquiry@forrester.com. 

-- James Staten
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2/13/2014 | 1:16:31 PM
New twist
The VMware / Google agreement on Chromebooks today adds an interesting dimension to the MS rivalry with Google Apps.
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2/12/2014 | 1:50:26 PM
Re: From legacy data center style to cloud
I am sure there is not going to be any surrender to Google on anything.  Office 365 is cranking away and they are well on thier way to creaming Google in the Online Office suite, and actually making money at it.  
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2/12/2014 | 1:25:53 PM
AX plans?
James, any idea if he is pushing that SaaS direction on AX? Is he even getting involved in that business unit at all or letting them standalone? AX is really about as much MS as JD Edwards World software is Oracle.

I had read article in last couple of years that MS was considering pulling AX support inhouse versus leaving it to 3rd party firms to sell and support. Any insight on whether that was ever true or where they are headed with AX?
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2/12/2014 | 1:25:00 PM
Guthrie moves into Nadella's former post
Scott Guthrie was named Feb. 4 to Nadella's former post as "acting lead" of the Cloud and Enterprise division. As an engineer's engineering manager, he may be instrumental not only in helping direct change at Microsoft but recruiting cloud talent already resident in Seattle. He's also a Seattle resident. See PCWorld http://www.pcworld.com/article/2094600/microsofts-scott-guthrie-takes-over-satya-nadellas-previous-role.html
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2/12/2014 | 1:10:21 PM
Re: From legacy data center style to cloud
Big kudos to Scott Guthrie and several others on the engineering side as well for this. 

 

-- James Staten
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2/12/2014 | 1:09:09 PM
Re: MS cloud talent
Well there's a lot of cloud talent in Seattle and there's been a lot of job swapping, I'll just put it that way. 
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2/11/2014 | 4:44:35 PM
Re: From legacy data center style to cloud
Great peak inside the cultural change challenge. Nadella's going to face a lot harder calls than this. Does he make Office more app and web friendly, at the risk of enterprise sales, or does he cede that ground to Google Apps? Simple questions with hard answers like that are around every corner.
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2/11/2014 | 1:50:49 PM
Re: From legacy data center style to cloud
 It's more amazing that he had to push so hard to get MS away from waterfall. Were these engineers living under rocks and paying zero attention to what was going on in their industry at large?
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2/11/2014 | 1:03:10 PM
MS cloud talent
James, thanks for the candid post. Any thoughts on the quality of the cloud talent Nadella has on hand compared to his rivals' teams?
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