Shuffle At the Top: Microsoft CVP of Windows Apps and CIO Leave the Company
This week has been a busy one for Microsoft as the company has announced layoffs and also delayed a few features for Windows 10. Among the departures are CIO Jim DuBois and also CVP of the teams building applications for Windows, William Kennedy.
Officially, both of these individuals are retiring from the company but considering the cuts this week, it is more likely that Microsoft is asking these individuals to step down. DuBois was on sabbatical at the time of this announcement and will be replaced by Kurt Del Bene who will take on the title of Chief Digital Officer and at this time, I do not know if there is a replacement for Kennedy.
The departure for DuBois leaving the company was first reported by Puget Sound Business Journal and Kennedy’s departure was confirmed to me by sources inside the company who asked not to be named.
Say Goodbye to Traditional PC Lifecycle Management
Traditional IT tools, including Microsoft SCCM, Ghost Solution Suite, and KACE, often require considerable custom configurations by T3 technicians (an expensive and often elusive IT resource) to enable management of a hybrid onsite + remote workforce. In many cases, even with the best resources, organizations are finding that these on-premise tools simply cannot support remote endpoints consistently and reliably due to infrastructure limitations.
Microsoft routinely makes cuts as its ranks have swelled up during the past few years and this is the third July in a row where Microsoft has announced layoffs.
While the primary cuts from the layoffs announced this week will come from the sales org and outside the US, it is clear that based on these two positions being reworked that the impact of the announcement reaches outside of that channel. If I hear about any other high-profile changes inside the company, I’ll pass those along once I can verify the information.