Microsoft CEO Nadella outlines company overhaul: ‘Nothing is off the table’

Satya Nadella wants to make new ideas move faster, so Microsoft can exploit key market trends

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has promised that “nothing is off the table” when it comes to the future of the company, as he strives to ensure the company remains a tech heavyweight in the years ahead.

In a company-wide email made public on Microsoft’s site, Nadella also promised that acquisitions were very much on the agenda as part of the firm’s efforts to focus on a ‘core strategy’ of mobile and cloud, as the chief executive reiterated.

“At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. Nothing is off the table in how we think about shifting our culture to deliver on this core strategy. Organisations will change. Mergers and acquisitions will occur,” he wrote.

“Job responsibilities will evolve. New partnerships will be formed. Tired traditions will be questioned. Our priorities will be adjusted. New skills will be built. New ideas will be heard. New hires will be made. Processes will be simplified.”

Nadella also wrote that he wants to change the culture of the company to make sure ideas can move faster, with division head honchos charged with working out how to improve this in their business area.

“Every team across Microsoft must find ways to simplify and move faster, more efficiently. We will increase the fluidity of information and ideas by taking actions to flatten the organisation and develop leaner business processes,” he said.

“To this end, I’ve asked each member of the Senior Leadership Team to evaluate opportunities to advance their innovation processes and simplify their operations and how they work.” He said employees would be given more insight on these plans before the end of July.

Nadella is clearly keen to shed the image of Microsoft as a slow, management-heavy organisation that struggled to get ideas off the ground due to layers of bureaucracy, often meaning it missed key trends such as mobile and social.

“We will be more effective in predicting and understanding what our customers need and more nimble in adjusting to information we get from the market,” he said. “We will streamline the engineering process and reduce the amount of time and energy it takes to get things done.”

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