Microsoft Ousts CIO

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-11-06 Print this article Print

Stuart Scott will no longer be the one implementing Microsoft's "dogfooding" policy.

Microsoft has terminated the employment of its CIO Stuart Scott, who was also a corporate vice president at the software company.

Scott's executive biography on the Microsoft Web site was updated on Nov. 5 with a note saying that "Stuart Scott's employment at Microsoft ended in early November 2007."
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that Scott was terminated "after an investigation for violation of company policies."
Microsoft General Manager Shahla Aly and Corporate Vice President Alain Crozier will assume his responsibilities until a replacement is identified, the spokesperson told eWEEK. Microsoft faces three big threats. Click here to read more. Scott joined Microsoft in July 2005 and reported to Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer. Before that, he worked for General Electric Co., where his last position was CIO for several divisions. At Microsoft, Scott was responsible for the company's IT operations, which covers security, infrastructure, messaging and business applications for the entire company. His responsibilities included supporting Microsoft product groups, corporate business groups, and the global sales and marketing organization. Part of his responsibility also included overseeing the process known internally at Microsoft as "eating our own dog food," where the IT department deploys and helps manage beta versions of its own products across the company. This internal beta testing process provides the product development team with important feedback as they move through the engineering process. The Microsoft Web site currently runs on pre-release Windows Server 2008 code, and Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007 were all deployed internally this way. Check out's Careers Center for the latest news, analysis and commentary on careers for IT professionals.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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