Monday, 24 June 2013

Microsoft Re-orginization

A few days ago I wrote about how I felt Microsoft was fumbling product launches.

Well it seems things might change. All things D has a story about internal restructuring happening at Microsoft. It seems CEO Steve Ballmer has been making significant plans to reorganise the company.

Rumors are that four divisions comprising: enterprise business, hardware, applications & services, and operating systems would be the cornerstone of the new restructuring effort.

If such a restructuring were to take place it would be a huge internal change. A more streamlined Microsoft would certainly help Microsoft overcome (mis?)-perceived issues with the company.

With all the hype, media attention and high expectations associated with new product launches it must still be remembered that Microsoft does make good products. However they should be making great products.

Part of the issue (and speaking as an outsider this is purely conjecture) is that there are too many layers to management. Rumors of internal conflicts between divisions often surface. Competition between divisions can be a good thing, inspiring teams to out-do each other, but when competition becomes conflict, through politics or personality conflicts, it becomes destructive and diminishes from the effort to make great products.

Hopefully internal restructuring will go some way reducing internal conflicts, allowing the divisions to build great products and services, only time will tell.

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