Mike has spent 30 years at HP in development, product management and latterly, product marketing.
Mike's team is responsible for marketing cross-IT solutions for HP Software including cloud, application transformation, and converged infrastructure.
Here's a negative view based on an interview with former Microsooft exec Joachim Kempin. He says that Nadella is "a sheep" and really hasn't done much. Kempin's biggest concern is that Gates and Ballmer are still on the board.
Joel, I remember Lou Gerstener was constantly dinged for not having "the vision thing" after IBM had been pummeled and humilated by none other than Microsoft over the failed OS/2 partnership. Gerstner stuck to his guns, kept the company together and scoffed at the vision thing. And he won. Microsoft has fallen nowhere near as far as IBM had by 1993, but it badly needs a shot in the arm. We'll see if that shot is Nadella.
I guess the next question is what should Nadella do in his first six months as CEO. With Gates and Ballmer still on the board w newcomer John Thompson and Nadella, I'd love to be a fly on the wall in those board meetings.
I share your view on Nadella, Chris. He seems right on paper and I could not envision car and plane guy Alan Mulally running the/a software giant. A digital background is required. As for Gates weighing back in, I am not so sure. I sort of see Ballmer and him as interchangeable. It sure isn't energizing the stock market today (DJ down 100 at this posting)
The number of small/medium businesses in the world is growing. This is, of course, recognized by governments – many Prime Ministers and Presidents are looking to SMB’s to lead their countries out of recession.
I see this trend inside HP marketing. We are increasingly using SMB’s for campaign material generation, newsletter generation, and so on.