Microsoft's Scott Guthrie shuffles the Cloud & Enterprise deck

Microsoft's Scott Guthrie shuffles the Cloud & Enterprise deck

Summary: Microsoft Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie is putting his own stamp on his internal organization with a quick reorg.


Just a month after being appointed officially as the Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Cloud & Enterprise (C&E) team, Scott Guthrie is putting his own stamp on the unit.


Guthrie was named interim head of Cloud & Enterprise following former C&E chief Satya Nadella's appointment as CEO of Microsoft. In April, he was officially designated as the leader of C&E.

From what I've heard from my sources, Guthrie announced internally late last week the reorganization of his management team.

Guthrie is believed to be moving away from the "triad"/functional organizational model that became increasingly popular inside the company over the past few years. Under that model, a dev/test/program management trio was appointed to run an entire business unit.

Guthrie is making tweaks that affect execution, rather than changing the goals or product line-up from his team, at least at this point, according to one contact.

Spearheading Guthrie's new team is Corporate Vice President Jason Zander, who owns Azure; Corporate Vice President Bill Laing, who owns Windows Server; Corporate Vice President Soma Somasegar, who owns the Developer Division; and Ranga Rengarajan, who owns SQL Server. (Microsoft quietly hired Rengarajan away from SAP last year.)

Quentin Clark, the former Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Data Platform, is moving to Microsoft Business Solutions (the Dynamics CRM/ERP unit) and reporting to Executive Vice President Kirill Tatarinov, my contacts say. Clark will be heading up strategy for MBS, sources say. Brad Anderson, who has been most recently the Corporate Vice President of Program Management for Windows Server and System Center, has a new role in C&E, as head of enterprise client management, which includes oversight of Windows Intune, Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack and Remote Desktop, among other products.

Microsoft officials declined to comment on the alleged changes.

Topics: Cloud, Microsoft, Leadership, Windows Server


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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  • The shell game aka head count reduction imminent

    This smells of a resize reorg.

    Probably the revenue shell game is getting too hard to keep transparent from Wall Street as the enterprise Windows 7 and Office upgrade sales are dwindling. I'd bet my life Microsoft cooked their cloud sales with Windows 7 and Office upgrades mixed inside the cloud sales batch to make their cloud sales appear more profitable.

    Given the reality of the cloud competition you will be seeing a downsize in head count in Redmond soon.

    Microsoft is only a two trick pony. The OS division has no consumer sales anymore. Once the enterprise OS and office upgrades are saturated then it will no longer be possible to cook the books without getting caught red handed.
    • You're assuming that...

      ... Microsoft is mixing their cloud profits with Windows and Office?

      Why would they need to do that?

      They didn't hide their Surface and Xbox revenue did they?

      Besides, if you're worried about one/two-trick ponies, shouldn't you be more worried about Apple and Google?

      They have the exact same problem, except that their target market is the highly volatile consumer market, rather than the enterprise.
    • Be prepared

      To forfeit said life then... What a crazy statement to make...

      2 trick pony? Cloud, Office, Operating Systems, Xbox and Xbox Entertainment and then the 'smaller' things like Devices, Bing etc - they are a multiple trick pony. Oh and even their money from Android.

      Consumer OS sales are dead? That's why last year they passed the 100million sales of Windows 8?

      This is probably just a reshuffle to help improve processes internally, and reshuffles are not unusual when new managers take over an area in any company.

      Out of Google, MS and Apple it is Apple who has the most to worry about. Google and MS are at a point where neither of them will be going anyway anytime soon, and for now at least the industry really is dominated by those 3 companies. Yeah Amazon has AWS but that is only in Cloud so not a challenge to Googles Search/Advertising or the bulk of MS or Apples devices.
  • Soma, still doing nothing creative for MSFT

    All the great leaders in DevDiv have jumped ship. I wish Guthrie would get rid of Soma, and replace him with some fresh blood (NOT someone in DevDiv, except maybe Brian Harry, but he'd have to relocate back to Redmond to be successful). Almost 10 years of Soma have left a huge lack of thought leadership that every 3rd party Microsoft developer can feel.
  • Removing Sinofsky's imprint

    This is good. He is rolling back the org structure championed by Sinofsky.

    You can't functionalize everything in a company, basically turning your engineers into robots.
  • the companys that make us use the cloud

    if microsoft makes windows that force us to use the cloud then you will lose again like you did with windows crap 8 and 8.1 we do not like to back up our files to the cloud it is unsafe and you know it i am sorry but you can not keep any files safe you have not done it yet and you can not keep my files safe at all not of the companys that us e the cloud is safe at all