Microsoft's data-platform chief is moving on

Microsoft's data-platform chief is moving on

Summary: Microsoft data-platform chief and 24-year company veteran Ted Kummert is leaving the company.


Just a few months ago, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Ted Kummert was headlining the SQL Pass Summit 2012 conference. But as of next week, the head of Microsoft's Data Platform Group (DPG) is leaving the company.

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that Kummert's last day at Microsoft will be January 31. I've heard from sources he is not going to a competitor and that his new employer could be announcing his appointment some time in the next few weeks.


As head of DPG, which is part of the Server and Tools business at Microsoft, Kummert led product strategy and development of Microsoft's application platform, meaning its database, application servers, cloud services and data programmability and modeling technologies. In this role, he worked with the teams on SQL Server, SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse, Windows Azure Data Services, Windows Embedded and Microsoft's business intelligence and big data offerings.

In August of 2012, Microsoft reorganized its Server and Tools group, flattening the corporate hierarchy and organizing the unit more along the lines of Windows and Office. At that time, Embedded was moved under Kummert.

The flattening of the hierarchies will continue with Kummert's decision to move on. Kummert's direct reports are going to be reporting to the head of Server and Tools, President Satya Nadella. That means Quentin Clark, the Corporate Vice President of Program Management; Dave Campbell, the Corporate Vice President of Development; and Jason Wilcox, the Corporate Vice President in charge of Test are now all reporting to Nadella. There are no organizational changes occurring beyond that, the Microsoft spokesperson said.

Kummert joined Microsoft in 1989. During his tenure, he oversaw products including Windows Server Terminal Services, Microsoft Internet Security & Acceleration Server, Forefront Server Security for Exchange, Small Business Server, BizTalk Server, Commerce Server and Host Integration Server.

Late last year, another of Microsoft's database experts quietly left the company. Back in November 2012, the spirited Microsoft Technical Fellow Peter Spiro retired from the company.

Topics: Big Data, Data Management, Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • There are no organizational changes occurring beyond that,........

    the Microsoft spokesperson paused for a second and than said.........till after we put someone on the chopping block for the poor Surface performance....................
    Over and Out



      Surface didn't outsell the ipad so... DOOOOM!!!
      • Nexus 7 & 10 didn't outsell the iPad either

        So I guess the Nexus tablets failed right?

        Seriously if we define success by number of units sold then that means Microsoft is more successful than Google and Apple combined with their over 500 million Windows XP LEGAL licenses sold (that's not even accounting for the illegal copies sold) along with Over 650 Million copies of Windows 7 sold and over 60 million Xboxes sold and over 100 million LEGAL copies of Office 2010 sold ALONE since its launch to 2011 (again not even accounting for the illegal copies).

        But does that make Microsoft more successful than Google or Apple? No. In the modern-day economy success is defined by revenue. Apple has has high prices for their products to generate huge amounts of revenue. Microsoft has seen this and unfortunately is doing the same (but for good reasons so OEMs can undercut their pricing).

        But just because the Surface hasn't outsold the iPad does not make it a failure. In terms of functionality the Surface does more than the iPad. In terms of security it is more secure because you can't install x86 apps and there is a definition update for Windows Defender everyday (I have a Surface so I know). And performance is NOT bad. Maybe when you launch an app for the first time but that is it. My only gripe is the sound quality on the speakers. But headphone quality is outstanding, just like the iPad.

        Some say it's slow and they give an example of the Music App. Let me tell you that the music app is two apps in one. On iOS there are two seperate apps, "Music" and "iTunes". The music app has all that. So it is like loading the music app on iOS and then the iTunes app and adding those launch times together. I added them and the Surface blew them away. It even beat the iTunes app without adding the music app time. This same thing applies to the video app too. So as you can see the Surface is not as slow as people think. So with that being said it is the developers fault for publishing an app with sluggish performance and slow launch time. But there is one game, "Rip Tide" by Vecter Unit that is not slow at all and has outstanding performance and iPad-like graphics. So the Surface's performance is just fine.

        The Surface RT might not be as good as the iPad 4 or Nexus 10 YET but for a first generation device, this device is AMAZING!
        • can you make seems like such a frivolous statements?

          In one mouth full you say its a amazing devise and in the next you say maybe its not as good a I-Pad or Nexus 10 YET.

          So are you really saying ..... I would have been better off spent my money on either one of those than a Surface?

          What should "YET" really mean to the consumer expecting something better = I'm just stuck?

          So because its a first generation devise does that mean that Microsoft gets a FREE pass on a very under achieving product that they have no way of returning?

          Is the consumer to just turn the other cheek and thank Microsoft for the wasted money that they spent?

          Quote "performance is not BAD" Why should BAD performance even come into play in the first place on a brand new product from a company that just had a 24% increase in profits......I'd like to see less profits and a MUCH BETTER Surface when it hits the streets .................
          Over and Out
          • No it does NOT give Microsoft a pass for underperformance

            But like "Mr.SV" has said the lack of performance is present in first time ever usage of apps. Other than that performance is not bad.

            Like I said for a FIRST generation device this product is good. But the Nexus and the iPad have been around for much longer than Windows RT so it's not really realistic to say that the Surface is better than the iPad 4 or Nexus 10 simply because Windows RT has not matured yet. But Windows RT's capabilities and usability features are really good given it's only been out for a few months. But give it time to mature and that "YET" MIGHT come true.

            Btw who says I can't like all three tablets? All three devices are good in my opinion. I can say the Surface is amazing at the same time saying it's not better than the Nexus 10 or iPad 4 because I see HUGE potential in Windows RT (if they "metroize" OFFICE 2013, remove the desktop, and switch to 7-8 inch tablets). Thankfully I'm not a fanboy who only sticks to a brand even if its not beneficial.

            Also shouldn't it be the other way around? If you want a "better" Surface then shouldn't Microsoft get higher era once for that?

            Hope I answered your question[s].
          • Grammar mistake

            *earnings instead of era.
        • Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, and Telsa

          None of those cars companies have outsold Chysler, or even the Dodge brand alone for that matter, and I would never call them failures.
          • Wrong example m8

            Microsoft is not Ferrari, it is Ford and selling cars to everybody and if their sales do not match or surpass Chrysler’s then they are in trouble
  • Re:And performance is NOT bad.

    Maybe when you launch an app for the first time but that is it""

    You have absolutely right. If we speaking about app lunch time and compere to iDevices, there is one thing then we must know, how lunching apps works on iOS, from developers documentation:

    ''''When the system launches an app, it temporarily displays a static launch image on the screen. Y our app provides
    this image, with the image contents usually containing a prerendered version of your app’ s default user
    interface. The purpose of this image is to give the user immediate feedback that the app launched. It also gives
    your app time to initialize itself and prepare its initial set of views for display . When your app is ready to run,
    the system removes the image and displays your app’ s windows and views.''''''

    Full document you can't find here:
  • Pointless argument

    Comparing the past to the future works for something's but not others. Technological development and innovation are not arguable on those terms. If you look at the future, in my view, you can look at present developments and see how well they align with future expectations. What systems have matured and which are evolving. The stock market seems to have reached some type of consensus shouldn't we?