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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Microsoft Re-Orgs Again - With Agility In Mind

The plan calls for a reorganization of Microsoft into three large divisions led by individual presidents, each reporting to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive.

1. Jeff Raikes will head up the company's Business division, which will house Microsoft's Information Worker group (which includes its Office product line), and its Business Solutions packaged applications group (which includes the Solomon product line - formerly Solomon Software - founded by Six Disciplines CEO and Founder, Gary Harpst, author of Six Disciplines for Excellence)

2. Kevin Johnson and Jim Allchin will be co-presidents of the Platform Products and Services division, which will comprise Windows Client, Server and Tools and the MSN division.

3. Robbie Bach will be president of the Entertainment and Devices division, which will oversee games and mobile device development.

"Our goal in making these changes is to enable Microsoft to achieve greater agility."
--Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

BOTTOMLINE: Having been a Microsoft employee for more than four years, we recognized re-orgs as annual, planned events. With all the buzz these days moving to Google, I can appreciate the need for agility. But don't forget alignment. (Without it, you'll see people moving very quickly - in every direction at once.)

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