For the last several months, Microsoft has been conducting a thorough search for a new CEO, as Steve Ballmer announced last year that he would be stepping down from his position. It was a major development and many industry experts speculated that the organization would recruit a new leader from outside. However, The Wall Street Journal reported that the company opted to stay in-house and promote cloud computing and enterprise division head Satya Nadella to the role of CEO.
According to the source, Nadella becomes the third CEO in Microsoft's history, a sign of the stability the enterprise has seen over the years. However, with recent tech developments leading to a more fragmented and competitive market, the steps taken by Nadella will play a big role in any success Microsoft has in the future.
Known for successfully advancing the company's enterprise sector and placing a major emphasis on developing the vendor's cloud services and products, Nadella's selection as CEO could prove to be a positive one by Microsoft. It's hard to deny that the cloud is becoming one of the most popular enterprise technologies in the world, and while other major names may be active in the market, Microsoft still has quality offerings.
In fact, the company, largely due to Nadella's leadership of the enterprise department, has taken aggressive steps in recent years to integrate its many business programs. From SharePoint to Office Online, users can access these software services from a variety of devices. Also, many of these programs are becoming more closely aligned, allowing professionals to cross-access the same file from various systems.
Nadella expresses cloud focus
Gizmodo recently highlighted Nadella's first email to Microsoft employees which shows that the cloud and integration will be his primary focus.
"I believe over the next decade computing will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient," he noted, according to the source. "This will be made possible by an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data and intelligence from machine learning."
With such an emphasis on the cloud from the tech giant, IT professionals may want to consider investing in Microsoft certification courses for virtual services. It could prepare them for a boom in Microsoft cloud usage that could be seen across organizations in a wide range on industries. Already offering trusted products, Microsoft's new direction under Nadella could position it as an even bigger leader in the IT world.