Despite losing a key advocate in its open-source efforts, Microsoft's focus on advancing its relationship with the open-source community will continue apace.
Despite losing a key advocate in its open-source efforts,
Microsoft's focus on advancing its relationship with the open-source
community will continue apace.
Sam Ramji, Microsoft's senior director of Platform Strategy, is
leaving the company as of Sept. 25 to become interim president of the CodePlex Foundation
, a new independent open-source foundation founded and funded by Microsoft.
In a Sept. 10 blog post, Bill Hilf
general manager of Windows Server Marketing and Platform Strategy,
lauded Ramji's efforts and said the work he championed will continue.
"Sam joined my team three years ago to drive open-source technical
strategy," Hilf said. "I have eagerly supported him as he passionately
articulated a vision that Microsoft could coexist -- and even thrive --
in a heterogeneous IT world."
During a call with reporters to discuss the launch of the CodePlex
Foundation, Ramji said the work of his group at Microsoft was going to
be "mainstreamed" into the company's overall technological and
To that end, Hilf said:
"The perspectives on OSS [open-source software] at Microsoft have
evolved to the point where Microsoft's open-source strategy is no
longer just locked in a single -lab' on campus - now OSS is an
important part of many product groups and strategies across the
company. We have become increasingly clear on where we work with open
source -- development methodologies, projects, partners, products and
communities -- and where our products compete with commercial
open-source companies or platforms. Today, there are engineering and
business leaders across the company, myself included, looking at how to
drive interoperability for customers and as a lever for new growth."
In addition, Hilf said, "We will not waver in our commitment to open source."
Meanwhile, Ramji said he is making the move for "personal, family
reasons" so he can move back to California, where, in addition to
assuming the role of interim president of the CodePlex Foundation, he
will also take a leadership role at a cloud computing startup.
Also, as Microsoft recognizes the importance of "having that strong
internal advocate for open source, we are actively seeking someone to
fill Sam's shoes at Microsoft," Hilf said.