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How can Microsoft compete without Scroogled 2.0?
Get innovating Windows for next gen Win.js apps to run singularly on a phone or converge as a collection on Windows making up a complete business application using local message passing.
Build the install process flawless / duplicatable / shareable between friends / freelancers / businesses dispensing with traditional IT heavy Microsoft support.
Make a new market place for complex solutions, steal a page from Salesforce.com / Android / iPhone, reinvent app economics for complex applications. .
Lastly, CEO Satya Nadella: Fire sour marketing. Hire smart Engineering. 

How can Microsoft compete without Scroogled 2.0?

  • Get innovating Windows for next gen Win.js apps to run singularly on a phone or converge as a collection on Windows making up a complete business application using local message passing.
  • Build the install process flawless / duplicatable / shareable between friends / freelancers / businesses dispensing with traditional IT heavy Microsoft support.
  • Make a new market place for complex solutions, steal a page from Salesforce.com / Android / iPhone, reinvent app economics for complex applications. .

Lastly, CEO Satya Nadella: Fire sour marketing. Hire smart Engineering. 

(Source: plus.google.com)

Ballmer dogfooding Microsoft?
Paving the way for engineers to work on common platforms, Steve Ballmer, removed GE like divisional fiefdoms in the July 2013 reorg.
MyPOV
It’s incredibly hard to build a ‘modern business’ application on the Microsoft platform…

Here’s what New York investor, John Borthwick, CEO Betaworks had to say:
“Betaworks Partners have seen very few startups come through for five years building on traditional SQL databases and Microsoft technologies. [1]

Consider that nothing Microsoft uses internally for Bing, Xbox, Azure, Windows or Office is built inside Microsoft to be offered as tool sets to indendant software developers outside. 
Instead ISVs get to wade through using products like WCF / EMF and Windows designed for vertical business. 
Nearly every startup for the last fives years is geared around horitizontal business using the web for customer aqusiton. This entails building a polyglot appplication that must scale horizontally.
Consider what in the Micorsoft ISV Bing stack allows software engineers to build search ultra fast Lucence Solr like search? 
Nothing…
ISVs are left to hand craft search from the high latency WCF.NET SQL server tools?
What a joke!
XBox. Nothing but Kinect available to ISVs. 
Windows. Who still codes in C++?
SQL Server. Who still deploys none shardable databases? 
Azure. Ok getting better, under Scott Gu’s wing. Even Larry Ellison inked a deal to deploy Oracle 12c on Azure. But who wants to develop a startup paying Oracle licences? 
Microsoft Research has incredibly powerful NoSQL and Graph databases, but divisional bigwigs must have blocked product teams adopting. I believe these MSR technologies spanned horizontal common platforms. 
Bottom line. Ballmer put the GE like divsional fiefdoms in place after he took over from Bill Gates, and now he’s removing them, because innovation became divisional. Yet startups moved to the web and when horizontal. 
Robert Scoble put it well. 

Ballmer has a credibility problem, he’s rebooted Microsoft but no one paying any attention cares. If Ballmer is serious he’ll reorg himself out of the Microsoft CEO role. [2] 

But that’s harsh, Ballmer needs to keep the Windows, Office and Server cash cows minting money while he anoints new leader capable of leading engineers producing common cross-platform technologies for horizontal business models.   
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[1], [2] See Interdependence Day, The Gillmor Gang podcast of June 29, 2013 http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/29/gillmor-gang-interdependance-day/.
 

Ballmer dogfooding Microsoft?

Paving the way for engineers to work on common platforms, Steve Ballmer, removed GE like divisional fiefdoms in the July 2013 reorg.

MyPOV

It’s incredibly hard to build a ‘modern business’ application on the Microsoft platform…

Here’s what New York investor, John Borthwick, CEO Betaworks had to say:

“Betaworks Partners have seen very few startups come through for five years building on traditional SQL databases and Microsoft technologies. [1]

Consider that nothing Microsoft uses internally for Bing, Xbox, Azure, Windows or Office is built inside Microsoft to be offered as tool sets to indendant software developers outside.

Instead ISVs get to wade through using products like WCF / EMF and Windows designed for vertical business.

Nearly every startup for the last fives years is geared around horitizontal business using the web for customer aqusiton. This entails building a polyglot appplication that must scale horizontally.

Consider what in the Micorsoft ISV Bing stack allows software engineers to build search ultra fast Lucence Solr like search? 

Nothing…

ISVs are left to hand craft search from the high latency WCF.NET SQL server tools?

What a joke!

XBox. Nothing but Kinect available to ISVs.

Windows. Who still codes in C++?

SQL Server. Who still deploys none shardable databases? 

Azure. Ok getting better, under Scott Gu’s wing. Even Larry Ellison inked a deal to deploy Oracle 12c on Azure. But who wants to develop a startup paying Oracle licences? 

Microsoft Research has incredibly powerful NoSQL and Graph databases, but divisional bigwigs must have blocked product teams adopting. I believe these MSR technologies spanned horizontal common platforms. 

Bottom line. Ballmer put the GE like divsional fiefdoms in place after he took over from Bill Gates, and now he’s removing them, because innovation became divisional. Yet startups moved to the web and when horizontal.

Robert Scoble put it well.

Ballmer has a credibility problem, he’s rebooted Microsoft but no one paying any attention cares. If Ballmer is serious he’ll reorg himself out of the Microsoft CEO role. [2] 

But that’s harsh, Ballmer needs to keep the Windows, Office and Server cash cows minting money while he anoints new leader capable of leading engineers producing common cross-platform technologies for horizontal business models.   

—//—

[1], [2] See Interdependence Day, The Gillmor Gang podcast of June 29, 2013 http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/29/gillmor-gang-interdependance-day/.

 


In defense of Steve Ballmer.
Vanity Fairs article: Microsoft Lost Decade describes How Microsoft Lost It’s Mojo. The business press is piling on: “STEVE BALLMER’S NIGHTMARE IS COMING TRUE”.
I’d posit that in Redmond the culture of rivalry and non-collaboration chasing software engineers away since Vista is being rooted out from the top down, the bottom up, from the outside in. Signs are Microsoft is moving away from a hierarchical command and control to a culture of coordination over control.
Some observations.
 Bill Gates, organizationally like many US founders, pitted leaders against one-another to achieve maximum competitive results. During growth phases in emerging technologies, like Windows and Office, this pitting works wonderfully. But builds a culture of not accepting dependencies on other teams. Stories about leaders rolling grenades at each other rather than cooperate are legend (and not just at Microsoft)
This Gatesian engineering culture led up to Vista. Even today, many engineering directors are wary about hiring Microsoft alums with tenure on hierarchical teams (ambitious engineers know to spend 5-7 years at Microsoft “and get out”).
The Vista crapfest brought all this to a head. Microsoft prime talents departed the Redmond campus. Competitors and recruiters swooped. http://moishelettvin.blogspot.com/2006/11/windows-shutdown-crapfest.html
About 2007 Ruby emerged, product dependencies shifted to scripting and web links, cooperating outside became more important than all the deep layers of hierarchy inside Microsoft (read Moshe Lettvin’s windows shutdown crapfest).    
Gates, traveling for his foundation learned about different types of organizational structures cooperating at scale. Quietly, Bill G visited the Dean of CS at FootHills Community College, home of Silicon Valley Code Camp to learn how developer programs operate at scale without hierarchy.
On acquiring Powerset via PARC Microsoft reworked its employee non-disclosure agreements to allow processes for Open Source submissions.
Microsoft over 3 years has purged its top Gates divisional management, Steven Sinofsky the last to go, for a new flatter breed of leaders reporting directly to Steve Ballmer.  
Beginning 2011 Product Managers were tasked with guiding open standards into product development. SQL Azure with Apache Hadoop. Windows 8 platform native support for JavaScript, HTML and Node.JS. Windows Azure Node.JS via Visual Studio and push to Git…
Scott Hanselman, if you’ve seen him speak, seems to be on a special assignment. Highlights Microsoft coolness and connects a new younger generation of Rubyish developers to the Microsoft openness and cooperation.
Scott Gu…http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2012/12/04/ios-support-with-windows-azure-mobile-services-now-with-push-notifications.aspx
Windows 8 is only one of the three major OS platforms allowing native JavaScript/ HTML apps. Developer demographics matter. Who’s going to rewrite all the VB apps for the connected business?
Perhaps these observations look like nothing now?
Begats comparison to Apple’s iOS Maps debacle. Company culture steeped in yesterdays product development hierarchy of command and control failed. Apple fired its Maps development manager. Same pattern started with Vista. How long before Tim Cook joins the dots? 
In defense of Steve Ballmer, Microsoft (or Apple) sized software companies reasonably need 5-10 years for a new CEO to update and change a companies culture. Borrowing from Steve Jobs “Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards” …then Microsoft is hiding a turnaround in full view.

In defense of Steve Ballmer.

Vanity Fairs article: Microsoft Lost Decade describes How Microsoft Lost It’s Mojo. The business press is piling on: “STEVE BALLMER’S NIGHTMARE IS COMING TRUE”.

I’d posit that in Redmond the culture of rivalry and non-collaboration chasing software engineers away since Vista is being rooted out from the top down, the bottom up, from the outside in. Signs are Microsoft is moving away from a hierarchical command and control to a culture of coordination over control.

Some observations.

  •  Bill Gates, organizationally like many US founders, pitted leaders against one-another to achieve maximum competitive results. During growth phases in emerging technologies, like Windows and Office, this pitting works wonderfully. But builds a culture of not accepting dependencies on other teams. Stories about leaders rolling grenades at each other rather than cooperate are legend (and not just at Microsoft)
  • This Gatesian engineering culture led up to Vista. Even today, many engineering directors are wary about hiring Microsoft alums with tenure on hierarchical teams (ambitious engineers know to spend 5-7 years at Microsoft “and get out”).
  • The Vista crapfest brought all this to a head. Microsoft prime talents departed the Redmond campus. Competitors and recruiters swooped. http://moishelettvin.blogspot.com/2006/11/windows-shutdown-crapfest.html
  • About 2007 Ruby emerged, product dependencies shifted to scripting and web links, cooperating outside became more important than all the deep layers of hierarchy inside Microsoft (read Moshe Lettvin’s windows shutdown crapfest).    
  • Gates, traveling for his foundation learned about different types of organizational structures cooperating at scale. Quietly, Bill G visited the Dean of CS at FootHills Community College, home of Silicon Valley Code Camp to learn how developer programs operate at scale without hierarchy.
  • On acquiring Powerset via PARC Microsoft reworked its employee non-disclosure agreements to allow processes for Open Source submissions.
  • Microsoft over 3 years has purged its top Gates divisional management, Steven Sinofsky the last to go, for a new flatter breed of leaders reporting directly to Steve Ballmer.  
  • Beginning 2011 Product Managers were tasked with guiding open standards into product development. SQL Azure with Apache Hadoop. Windows 8 platform native support for JavaScript, HTML and Node.JS. Windows Azure Node.JS via Visual Studio and push to Git…
  • Scott Hanselman, if you’ve seen him speak, seems to be on a special assignment. Highlights Microsoft coolness and connects a new younger generation of Rubyish developers to the Microsoft openness and cooperation.
  • Scott Gu…http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2012/12/04/ios-support-with-windows-azure-mobile-services-now-with-push-notifications.aspx
  • Windows 8 is only one of the three major OS platforms allowing native JavaScript/ HTML apps. Developer demographics matter. Who’s going to rewrite all the VB apps for the connected business?

Perhaps these observations look like nothing now?

Begats comparison to Apple’s iOS Maps debacle. Company culture steeped in yesterdays product development hierarchy of command and control failed. Apple fired its Maps development manager. Same pattern started with Vista. How long before Tim Cook joins the dots? 

In defense of Steve Ballmer, Microsoft (or Apple) sized software companies reasonably need 5-10 years for a new CEO to update and change a companies culture. Borrowing from Steve Jobs “Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards” …then Microsoft is hiding a turnaround in full view.

65 Mustang mashup. 2012 Mustang fitted into 65 skin. Everything powered by Microsoft, Slate, Win8, Xbox. Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers. Pic @ Silicon Valley Code Camp v7. 

65 Mustang mashup. 2012 Mustang fitted into 65 skin. Everything powered by Microsoft, Slate, Win8, Xbox. Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers. Pic @ Silicon Valley Code Camp v7. 

Microsoft Puts More Products in the Cloud

Microsoft Office moving to the cloud will certainly allow better control over our licenses. The fact we can add and/or remove a remote user at the click of the mouse will have an immediate effect on our bottom line. The folks over at WorkSpace Communications who provide our help desk tell us that deployment of new users will be reduced by 60% along with substantial increase in resolving remote support issues. Microsoft Office has become so entrenched within our organization we could not move to any other application without causing a total collapse of our operations. I’m happy to see Microsoft moving more aggressively to the cloud and look forward to a long and now lower cost solution. - Vets2Work

Microsoft Puts More Products in the Cloud

Microsoft Office moving to the cloud will certainly allow better control over our licenses. The fact we can add and/or remove a remote user at the click of the mouse will have an immediate effect on our bottom line. The folks over at WorkSpace Communications who provide our help desk tell us that deployment of new users will be reduced by 60% along with substantial increase in resolving remote support issues. Microsoft Office has become so entrenched within our organization we could not move to any other application without causing a total collapse of our operations. I’m happy to see Microsoft moving more aggressively to the cloud and look forward to a long and now lower cost solution. - Vets2Work

A year ago, for instance, Microsoft said it was revealing “a path for its ERP customers to move to the cloud.” …

…”But there isn’t the level of delivery.”

Microsoft makes business its business at conference - Seattle Times

(Source: seattletimes.nwsource.com)