Microsoft has made a series of recent moves in various divisions, including promotions in the company's Windows Azure group, Connected Systems Division and Server and Tools business unit.
Microsoft has made a series of recent moves in various divisions,
including promotions in the company's Windows Azure group, Connected
Systems Division and Server and Tools business unit.
Amitabh Srivastava, Microsoft corporate vice president of Windows
Azure, was promoted to senior vice president on March 2. Srivastava is
known as the right hand man to Microsoft chief software architect Ray
Ozzie on the software giant's Windows Azure cloud computing effort.
Srivastava will continue to lead Microsoft's efforts to build Windows
Microsoft officials said Srivastava has shown a strong
entrepreneurial spark since joining the company 12 years ago as a
senior researcher in Microsoft Research. His passion for improving the
reliability and performance of Microsoft software led to creation of
the Programmer Productivity Research Center in March 1999, the company
said. And in recognition of his achievements, Amitabh was named a
Distinguished Engineer in 2001. Amitabh became a corporate vice
president in the Windows group in 2003, where he led the effort to
redefine the Windows Vista engineering process. In this role, he was
responsible for the development of core operating system components.
Meanwhile, Microsoft corporate vice president Robert Wahbe, who had
been leading the company's Connected Systems Division, will now lead
Microsoft's Server and Tools marketing. Wahbe will be filling the role
left vacant last year by Senior Vice President Andy Lees, who is now
vice president of Microsoft's Mobile Communication Business.
In his new role, Wahbe will be responsible for continued efforts to
streamline and simplify product offerings and drive greater alignment
with sales and services. Wahbe has been with the company for more
than 13 years and has served in a number of product development roles,
from co-founding the team chartered to deliver Web services and the
Windows Communication Foundation, which now provides the foundation for
Web services for both Windows Server and Microsoft's forthcoming cloud
platform, to more recent efforts leading Microsoft's "Oslo" effort to
simplify building applications by using modeling and domain specific
Microsoft also announced that the company's Connected Systems
Division will now be combined with the Data and Storage Platforms
Division under the leadership of corporate vice president, Ted Kummert.
This new group will be called the Business Platform Division (BPD) and
reside within the Server and Tools Business group. BPD will enable
greater synergies between these product groups and help Microsoft
pursue its goals from the application tier to the storage tier in a
more integrated way. This combined organization will continue to invest
in the tools and services developers and IT professionals need to
model, develop, deploy, scale and manage business applications more
productively in an increasingly connected yet distributed
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