Structural Changes

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2005-10-27 Print this article Print

In addition, the memo said, "We are announcing three changes in reporting structure also effective today. First, Sanjay Parthasarathy and the Developer & Platform Evangelism (D&PE) team will now report directly to Kevin Johnson. "This will allow us to expand that teams charter to focus on winning developers across our entire platform, including client, server, and services. Sanjay will continue to drive the worldwide D&PE mission."
Secondly, Allchin and Johnson said "Simon Witts [Corporate Vice President, Enterprise and Partner Group] and the Enterprise Platform Group (EPG) will continue to have a dual reporting relationship across SMSG [Sales, Marketing and Services Group] and STB, but with solid line reporting to Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer."
And, "Third, we are realigning the Natural Interactive Services Division (NISD) group," the memo said. "This team has done fantastic work covering a variety of leadership customer scenarios including speech, natural language input, a dynamic assistance platform, and a new speech server product." Meanwhile, many Microsoft insiders from Jim Allchin to S "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of developer tools, to Rick LaPlante, general manager of Visual Studio 2005 Team System, told eWEEK that Rudder was the spark for Microsofts push to become more transparent in giving outside developers more information. Indeed, Microsofts switch from a closed-mouthed software developer to one committed to transparency is seen as Rudders legacy. For instance, way back in an interview with eWEEK in 2003, Rudder noted the impact the open-source movement had an effect on his thinking and on the Microsoft development organization as he saw it. Asked how open source had affected him, Rudder said: "I think there are lots of aspects to open source, and the one thats affected me the most profoundly is really the way community is used in open source. "And the way people really can get their opinions heard, and the way people can share their work with others. And the way people can feel supported and get their questions answered. "And it really has changed how we think about running the business. Literally encouraging people to participate in community, running betas on a more active basis, being more transparent in our roadmap—sharing the roadmap for Whidbey and for Orcas and for what features are going to be in what. "Really giving access to technology; really, literally building community into the product so that people can communicate with their peers who are working on similar issues." Next Page: Transparency.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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