Microsoft's corporate structure is a morphing maze, as those of us who attempt to track it know all too well.
The latest zig-zag worth a mention is the company's appointment of a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for its Server & Tools business. Dave Campbell, a Microsoft Technical Fellow (whom I profiled a while back here), apparently now has that title, according to contacts of mine who asked not to be named. Campbell is believed to be reporting directly to Server & Tools President Satya Nadella in his new role.
Just about all -- if not all -- of Microsoft's five business units are currently organized along "functional" lines, meaning there is a Corporate Vice President (CVP) of Development, Program Management and Test reporting to a central unit chief for key product lines, such as Windows, Windows Azure, SQL Server, etc. Until recently, Campbell was the CVP of development for SQL Server.
Secondly, Campbell's new job may be yet another piece of evidence that Microsoft -- in the midst of reimagining itself as a devices and services company -- may be set to launch an organizational makeover.
Right now, two of Microsoft's five business groups are missing their chief financial officers, and there's no word on plans to fill their roles.
Microsoft's current fiscal year ends on June 30. I'm wondering if the company is set to split along the devices and services fault lines some time right around that... If so, it will be interesting to see if Microsoft continues to rely on its functional management structure if and when this long-rumored sweeping reorg happens.