Meet Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella (video)
— By Kirsten Korosec on February 4, 2014, 9:34 AM PST
Thinking of Microsoft's challenges and there by Satya Nadella's challenges I can't help thinking about Gore as described in Malcolm Gladwell's book The Tipping Point. Gladwell stressed how the Gore Corporation is organized into homogenous groups. These groups bound together by more than just a common goal, and certainly more than just about making more money.
Microsoft has always seemingly been fractured to me. I based this by the number of their products that don't behave consistently, and/or don't work well together. (On the other end of this spectrum MS programs are stuffed with legacy code that no body knows what does, but can't remove for fear of breaking something they don't know about.)
Microsoft has become so bureaucratic and unwieldy and is unable to adapt to market trends.
Big bureaucratic corporations (MS’ bread and butter) are pushing Microsoft to focus on the past, and yet these same corporations are feeling the pressure of BYOD to change. The BYOD side of IT these corporations aren’t putting on the agenda for their MS confabs, because it’s to their benefit to play both sides.
Ultimately Microsoft is going to have to subdivide to survive (the sooner the better in my opinion). Unprofitable divisions will die taking their managers and employees with them, but at least there will be some life in the future. Otherwise the whole thing is going to collapse.
Proof-reader (human or software?) seems to have been off the job for paragraph 2, and the spelling of the former CEO's last name is particularly interesting, especially if unintentional.