100 Job Openings in the Windows Azure Group and What They Say About Steve Ballmer’s Latest Move

first_imgalex williams Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#news#NYT Steve Ballmer is not shy about switching out management of the Windows Azure group. First we saw Ray Ozzie leave Microsoft. He left after Windows Azure became part of Bob Muglia’s responsibilities. Now Muglia is no longer the executive Ballmer wants to run the Server & Tools Business (STB), the division that oversees Windows Azure. In turn, Muglia will also be leaving Microsoft after the transition to new leadership.Ballmer’s new choice to lead STB depends on who has the experience to manage what the group sees as its main goals for the year ahead and beyond. It’s a critical decision. Ballmer has made the point often that the cloud represent Microsoft’s future.A quick look at the jobs Microsoft has open in the STB group gives insight into what that future may look like. STB is arguably the fastest growing part of the company. In the past week alone, there have been about 100 new job listings for positions in the division. Muglia’s position is not listed there but you can see what kind of roles are being developed and the skill sets required to do the work. Matching those job descriptions to the direction of the group and you can start to see some patterns.In particular, you see the leadership established by Muglia and Ozzie. Ozzie set the vision for Windows Azure and in many respect, Muglia served as its general, executing on the strategy.Under their successful leadership, Azure has moved from a cloud platform to one that seeks to extend into the all devices, embedded in every aspect of our lives. It’s an approach that means Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 devices will have a future tied to the cloud. Mobile proliferation, smart operating systems and distributed networks are trends that will last at least a decade. You can see the influence of these movements in multiple ways on the Windows Azure group.Most of the positions we see on the Microsoft job search site are in software engineering. The team is also in need for people to do Web development, program management, consulting, operations, IT, marketing, research and sales. There are a few, though, that tell a larger story about Windows Azure future direction.For example, a marketing management position gives deeper insights into how these trends play into the Azure strategy and what the new leader will need to do in order to succeed. The description is testament to the influence the Windows Azure leadership has had on the group’s direction. The description refers to a post by Ray Ozzie about the paradigm of continuous services and connected devices. If you will recall, we wrote last week about a Flickr app on Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 that synchronizes, in particular for a smartphone or tablet device. We are told this will be an ongoing story for Microsoft in the year ahead.Here’s the lead to a description for the marketing manager position:Do you want to join one of the fastest growing and energized groups at Microsoft? Are you interested in Microsoft’s strategy for expanding Windows and the Cloud to Specialized Devices? These Specialized Devices range from in-car infotainment systems, Digital Signage, Enterprise Handheld, Point of Service, Thin Clients, Industrial Controllers, Server Appliances, Connected TV and more. The Windows Embedded Business is impacting a number of industry and vertical segments including Automotive, Retail, Medical, Industrial Automation, Energy, Safety and Surveillance, and Consumer Electronics. The devices and scenarios our product and service enable are at the forefront Ray Ozzie’s “Continuous services / Connected Devices” paradigm (see http://ozzie.net/docs/dawn-of-a-new-day for more).From this we see a strategy that is moving off the PC and to the device. It plays into the need to develop services for the automobile, industrial equipment, consumer electronics and other devices.R “Ray” Wang, principal analyst and CEO of the Constellation Group, said that Muglia has been instrumental in building out the Azure group. His absence will be greatly missed.“Bob was instrumental in Microsoft building out its cloud strategy,” Wang said in an interview today. “A lot of the stuff he was doing on Azure was foundational to Microsoft’s future.”From our perspective, this seems more like a cultural shift. The world of connected devices and synchronized continuous services may be better lead by someone who has had a deeper role in developing a new generation of technologies more suited to a distributed world than the one where the PC was the once and only king. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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2019-12-16

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Kemba Walker carries Hornets past Wizards in NBA playoff push

first_imgWashington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, center, center Bismack Biyombo (8) and forward Nicolas Batum (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Washington. The Hornets won 116-110. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON— The Charlotte Hornets turned some well-timed rest into a much-needed win.Kemba Walker scored 28 points and the Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 116-110 on Friday night in a matchup of teams chasing the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hornets second-year swingman Dwayne Bacon, who came in averaging 4.9 points, scored 13 points for his second straight game. Bacon played 29 minutes, shooting 5 of 8.“He’s really confident right now. Probably the most confident I’ve ever seen him,” Borrego said. “He continues to get to the rim, make plays in the paint, draw fouls and he’s competing on the defensive end.”TIP-INSHornets: Won the season series, 3-1. … Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (left knee strain) retuned after missing two games. … C Cody Zeller (left knee soreness) missed his second straight game.Wizards: It was Beal’s fourth 40-point game of the season. … Fell to 2-11 in the first game of back-to-backs. . G Tomas Satoransky did not return after halftime and was being evaluated for a concussion. … F Sam Dekker (lower back soreness) returned after missing one game. … It was Parker’s sixth double-double of the season.UP NEXTHornets: Visit the Miami Heat on Sunday.Wizards: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Walker, coming off a 40-point effort against Houston, shot 11 for 30.Bradley Beal, who had 15 points in a loss at Charlotte last Friday, had 23 by halftime Friday night and finished with 40 points on 15-of-29 shooting.Jabari Parker had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Washington. Jeff Green scored 20 points.Charlotte put six players in double figures and its bench outscored the Wizards reserves 57-33.The Hornets scored 27 points off 17 Washington turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES The Hornets came out after three days without a game and scored 40 points in the first quarter.“We worked on a few things and I think you saw it carry over to tonight,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “I think it was more of a refresher for our bodies, our minds. Got our spirits right and I thought we came out and competed tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJeremy Lamb added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Nicolas Batum and Tony Parker had 16 points apiece for Charlotte, which defeated Washington for the second time in eight days.“Just loved the way we came out and competed from the very beginning of the game,” Walker said. “We established ourselves really early on both ends of the floor. That was a big win. We showed some resiliency (and) showed how much we cared about our season.” MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal on collision course in semis at Indian Wells View commentscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem “We had a chance to save this. Maybe not our night,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “We fought back and made it interesting. We came up a couple of stops short.”Charlotte led by 21 early in the third quarter and was ahead 95-78 to start the fourth, but Jabari Parker’s floater cut the Hornets’ lead to 107-97 with 5:26 remaining.Washington got within six before Batum and Lamb hit 3-pointers.The Wizards rallied again and Green’s two free throws made it 113-108 with 1:56 to play, but Lamb answered with a three-point play.The Hornets led 25-20 when Frank Kaminsky’s 3-pointer started a 15-6 run to the end of the first quarter.“They came out just trying to punch us in the mouth, right then and there as soon as the tip started,” Washington’s Thomas Bryant said.Tony Parker scored the first five points of the second quarter and the Hornets led by as many as 21.Beal hit back-to-back 3-pointers and the Wizards cut it to five before trailing by 13 at halftime.“I’m tired of seeing Washington and Beal so good luck to the rest of the NBA,” Borrego said. “Good luck trying to figure him out.”SIZZLING P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

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2019-11-27

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