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CEO Nadella issues manifesto to shake up Microsoft

Tim Greene | July 11, 2014
The 3,000-word email posted on the company's news site for all the world to see sums up an array of goals for the company, among them dividing work and private data on devices, speed developing new products, creating new devices and device categories, and support for competitors' applications and operating systems.

That's not new - Nadella introduced it himself as the Cloud OS two years ago when he was president of Microsoft's Server and Tools business but it's important: "Our cloud OS represents the largest opportunity given we are working from a position of strength."

Reaching these goals will require "fundamental cultural changes," Nadella says, and that means shaking up the organizational structure and individual job responsibilities. "Over the course of July, the Senior Leadership Team and I will share more on the engineering and organization changes we believe are needed."

These changes will enable Microsoft to speed up development times, addressing the criticism of Microsoft's board that Nadella's predecessor, Steve Ballmer, moved too slowly. "Every team across Microsoft must find ways to simplify and move faster, more efficiently," Nadella writes. "We will increase the fluidity of information and ideas by taking actions to flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes."

He says that through the end of this calendar year the company will invest in training and create chances to work on new and innovative projects, but that means individuals must be read to rethink what they do and how they do it. "I have also heard from many of you that changing jobs is challenging," he writes. "We will change the process and mindset so you can more seamlessly move around the company to roles where you can have the most impact and personal growth."

 

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