Satya Nadella says this book gave him the ‘intuition’ he needed to revamp Microsoft

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When Satya Nadella took the reins as CEO of Microsoft in early 2014, hemade no secret of the fact that he would shake up the company’s cultureto meet the challenges of the modern era.The key concept Nadella has pushed is the “growth mindset,” which emphasizes the notion of learning from others, and learning from your own mistakes, so you can move quickly and find the right path forward.

In a new interview with Bloomberg’s Dina Bass, Nadella shares that it was the 2007 book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” by Stanford professor of psychology Carol Dweck, that gave him the “intuition” that led to making the “growth mindset” the philosophical core of the change he’s trying to create at Microsoft.

Nadella tells Bloomberg:

“In there there’s this very simple concept that Carol Dweck talks about, which is if you take two people, one of them is a learn-it-all and the other one is a know-it-all, the learn-it-all will always trump the know-it-all in the long run, even if they start with less innate capability.”

The book itself goes deeper into that idea, presenting the idea that some people have a “fixed” mindset, in that they believe that their talent comes from within and thus don’t need to work hard – while others have that “growth” mindset, and believe that their ability can be improved through hard work.

“It’s not always the people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest,” writes Dweck in “Mindset.”

That’s a view that must resonate with Microsoft, which is trying to change how it thinks about productivity and the PC after missing the smartphone revolution almost entirely. Nadella has been reconsidering some of Microsoft’s assumptions, including how it thinks about rivals like the Linux operating system, as it tackles new challenges.

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As Nadella tells Bloomberg: “I need to be able to walk out of here this evening and say, ‘Where was I too closed-minded, or where did I not show the right kind of attitude of growth in my own mind?’ If I can get it right, then we’re well on our way to having the culture we aspire to.”

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates is also a fan of Dweck’s theories as presented in “Mindset,” hyping it in 2014 as a way for anyone to learn anything. Which is kind of funny, because he was known during his tenure as CEO for disagreeing with some ideas by saying “that’s the stupidest f—ing thing I’ve ever heard.”

Nadella’s recommendation has apparently pushed “Mindset” to bestseller status on Amazon, after nine years on the stands.

By: Matt Weinberger

Source: Businessinsider

 

 

Microsoft COO Turner Steps Down, Signals New Direction at Company

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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last week announced that Kevin Turner is leaving the company after 11 years as chief operating officer (COO), effective July 31, 2016. He will be joining Citadel Securities, a market maker of US stocks and options, as Chief Executive Officer.

As Microsoft’s COO, Turner oversees the company’s worldwide sales, field marketing and services organization. He also manages support and partner channels, company stores and corporate support functions, including information technology, licensing and pricing and operations.

According to a report on Microsoft’s News Center, Turner, who began his career at Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) where he rose through the ranks to become the youngest corporate officer in the company’s history, has a strong track record of results, with responsibility for the organization of more than 51,000 Microsoft employees in  more than 190 nations joining Microsoft in 2005.

Under Turner’s leadership, Microsoft ended fiscal year 2015 with 8 percent growth and $93.6 billion in revenue, but his exit seems to signal the tech company is taking a new direction toward the future.

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Microsoft’s employees learned of Turner’s departure through an email message from CEO Satya Nadella, in which he outlined his plans for reorganizing the company’s senior leadership team.

“For the past year, Kevin and I have spoken a great deal about the transformation we are enabling our customers to drive. We have come a great distance, and we need to continue to reach for the next level of customer centricity and obsession in everything we do — sales, marketing, services and product development,” Nadella told employees. “It’s very important to have ‘one feedback loop’ across all parts of the company with customer value and satisfaction at the center. This means we must operate, learn and continuously improve collectively. To this end, with Kevin’s departure, I have made the decision to more deeply integrate the current SMSG organization into the rest of Microsoft and form one unified senior leadership team.”

Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in 20014, was seen as the man to help the giant tech company compete more effectively with rivals like Google, Apple and even Amazon, and also to deal with the emerging challenges of a rapidly changing technology market in which Microsoft is no longer the only big player. It now appears Nadella is consolidating his influence over Microsoft’s direction with the recent spate of executive appointments and reshuffles.

New Executive Appointments at Microsoft

Since Nadella took over as CEO, there has been a wave of executive reorganization at Microsoft. Nadella saw Turner’s job as integral to the company and touching so many areas that he said he wanted to spread out those responsibilities instead of concentrating all of that control in a single job function.

In the email to employees, he revealed that no less than five executives will be taking over Turner’s duties, including Judson Althoff, who will lead Worldwide Commercial Business, and Chris Capossela, who will lead Worldwide Marketing and Consumer Business.

Turner’s departure follows the exit of four other top executives at the company last June. They included former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who was head of Microsoft’s device group at the time of his departure; Mark Penn, who was EVP and Strategy Officer; Eric Rudder, who was in charge of advanced technology and Kirill Tatarinov, who was head of business solutions.

There is always going to be turnover when a new leader comes onboard. This has certainly been the case with Nadella, who has overseen not only the exit of Turner but of other executive holdovers from the era of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. And Turner’s departure certainly seems to coincide with Nadella’s plans for a more decentralized and customer centric management team.

By: David William

Source: Smallbiztrends

 

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Satya Nadella cannot imagine the world without this one Microsoft product

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Over the last four-plus decades, Microsoft has made hundreds of products that touch people’s everyday life, from Windows to Office to the Xbox and beyond.But to CEO Satya Nadella, there’s one product that stands above the rest as the best consumer product that the company has ever made – and a symbol of what the company is all about.

“Think about a world without Excel. That’s just impossible for me,” Nadella said, speaking today at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Microsoft Excel, the ubiqituous spreadsheet tool first released in 1985 for the Apple Macintosh, took data and number analysis – usually only the domain of a skilled few – and made it accessible to everyone. In so doing, Nadella says, it boosted productivity and kickstarted a new way of thinking about business.

“People couldn’t make sense of numbers before, and now everybody can,” Nadella says.

In that way, it’s the perfect encapsulation of Microsoft’s mission, Nadella says, which is all about making things to help people be more productive. And while previous CEO Steve Ballmer was business-focused, Nadella is a programmer by training and experience, and he’s trying to get back to those roots of building useful tools.

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Nadella says that it’s been his self-given mandate to “understand, or rekindle, what it was that drove success, or drove our passion.”

After all, Nadella points out, Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates did drop out of Harvard to ship the company’s first product: A BASIC interpreter that helped programmers be more productive.

“We are a tools company first,” Nadella says.

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Microsoft Power BI Visualizes IoT Data From Azure Stream Analytics

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A new integration allows customers to create real-time dashboards based on Internet of things data from their Azure Stream Analytics.

Microsoft’s business intelligence and analytics product, Power BI, is already helping enterprises keep an eye on key business metrics by transforming big data into charts, tables and other visualizations. Now, Azure Stream Analytics customers can use the cloud-based tool to convert Internet of things (IoT) data into insights that update in real time.Capable of handling millions of events per second, Azure Stream Analytics enables organizations to perform real-time analytics on data from IoT devices using an SQL-like language. Used in conjunction with Azure Event Hubs and IoT Hubs—two other cloud-based IoT communications and data collection services—Stream Analytics enables customers to aggregate and filter streaming data for further analysis.This week, Microsoft released a new output connector for Power BI, ushering in the creation of interactive, live dashboards that offer users an up-to-the-minute overview of their IoT device deployments.”This will dramatically reduce the latency and time to action on your most important business metrics,” said Ryan CrawCour, a program manager at Microsoft Azure Stream Analytics, in an April 21 announcement. “We have been working with hundreds of customers in public preview to visualize data from sensors, business applications, social media, user logs, etc.”

The connector can help eliminate several steps involved in building an analytics solution, said CrawCour. In addition to ingesting, processing and storing data in a database, drawing insights from IoT sensors, devices and applications often requires developers to build custom software that is in constant communication with the database. Further, they are also often required to build the end-user dashboards.

Ultimately, the new integration can reduce complexity and add a new level of responsiveness to IoT-enabled business processes, added CrawCour. “Real-time dashboards provide a live view of the metrics that matter most to your business allowing for faster time to insight and action.”Meanwhile, Microsoft is offering customers a behind-the-scenes look at how IoT Hub handles a sudden influx of data.In blog post, Nicole Berdy, a Microsoft Azure IoT program manager, explained that IoT Hub runs on the same hardware that runs other customer IoT Hubs, thereby making it a shared resource. To keep the service from collapsing under denial of service-like spikes in usage and affecting other customers, Microsoft throttles device connections, device-to-cloud telemetry, requests and commands as they flow through the service.Also this week, Microsoft unveiled a public preview of new JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) functionality in Azure SQL, allowing the cloud database to easily ingest JSON data, exchange that data with other systems and services using JSON documents and create flexible data models. “Azure SQL Database works with JSON documents in standard well-known textual format. There is no need to convert your JSON documents to some custom binary serialization format or type, or to reload or transform your JSON data,” assured Jovan Popovic, a program manager in Microsoft’s Azure SQL Database team, in a separate blog post.

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