Ballmers e-mail missive highlighted Microsofts Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI), its autonomic computing plan.
Microsofts amorphous DSI is focused on building management directly into the core of Microsofts current and future products, rather than on layering management software or services on top of a companys core infrastructure. Microsoft considers Windows Server 2003, Systems Management Server 2003, Visual Studio 2005 and Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 all to fall under the DSI banner.
"I believe our industry has a responsibility, and an opportunity, to dramatically simplify the computing environment by seamlessly weaving together all of the devices, services and multiple layers of software into a coherent, efficiently managed technology framework," Ballmer said in his e-mail message.
Ballmers e-mail comes days after Microsoft celebrated the one-year anniversary of Windows Server 2003.
Bob Muglia, Microsoft Senior vice president in charge of Windows Server, sent his own e-mail message to his troops to mark the one-year mark. Muglias e-mail, dated April 27—a copy of which was viewed by Microsoft Watch–enforced the importance of helping "our customers to drive out complexity and achieve greater efficiency."