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Shifts in Microsoft's Business Strategy Usher in Open, Collaborative Culture for the Enterprise

Jeffrey Palermo, CEO, Clear Measure

Microsoft’s new go-to-market strategy for the enterprise represents good news for CIOs. While in recent years the company has focused much of its attention on the fast-growing consumer market, it is coming full-circle of late shifting that focus back to its original target audience: mid- to large-sized businesses. W ith m ore R &D flowing into this space, we can expect a wider variety of targeted and effective solutions to address growing business needs.

Key to this new business strategy, which is expected to have a major impact on developers and business innovation in general, is its commitment to open source, cloud-based delivery and integration.

New Commitment to Open Source

Earlier this year, Microsoft released the open source code for CoreCLR, the execution engine for its .NET Framework fork, .NET Core. This framework makes it easier to develop applications for Windows mobile, desktop, and server environments. There also has been talk that in the future, Windows will become open source software.

By sharing its code and debunking the long-held conventional thinking that is its intellectual property, Microsoft will banish proprietary, siloed software development and help usher in a new renaissance in business computing. Software development will move beyond incremental improvements to bigger and faster advances through the collective expertise of a much larger external community of developers.

This will not only help Microsoft fast track the development of its products, but it will also lead to a robust, rich ecosystem of solutions to support Microsoft’s underlying technology platforms and solutions.

As organizations everywhere are quickly learning, sharing information and source code is simply good business. Participating in the open source culture not only enables them to benefit from the collective knowledge of the greater tech community, but it also fosters innovation and richer applications.

Cloud-Based Delivery

In addition to open sourcing software, Microsoft is focused on cloud-based initiatives that renew its commitment to the enterprise and promise to make the lives of CIOs and tech administrators much easier, in some of the following ways:

• Greater freedom for I T departments. Because Microsoft is focused on cloud-based delivery models, the IT department no longer has to spend time updating and maintaining software and files on these devices. This frees up IT to focus on more strategic, valuable activities, such as DevOps, as well as continuously writing and modifying software to automate more activities, and implement best practices.

• Reduced security concerns. With files maintained securely in the cloud, the security concern of having individual devices lost, stolen or hacked is minimized.

Enhanced Integration Capabilities

In addition to enabling seamless interoperability with Linux, Microsoft will deliver the same operating system across mobile, laptop, and other devices (beginning with Windows 10), enabling information from the cloud to be accessed, viewed, and acted upon anywhere, at anytime. This will help boost end-user productivity and communication within the organization. Additionally, Windows 10, which is available for one year free, can be installed on computers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.

New Era for CIOs

Microsoft’s renewed focus on business computing is fostering a collaborative environment and empowering CIOs to lead the tech innovation charge. This movement also is leading to fundamental changes in how organizations hire and staff developers, and IT professionals. Savvy CIOs will create a collaborative culture based on new management and team structures that extend beyond the walls of their organizations. Hierarchical and siloed management structure will be discarded in favor of a structure that facilitates information sharing and team work. CIOs will be able to ensure positive business outcomes by hiring the best and brightest technology professionals, who are good fits with this heightened collaborative environment.

"Organizations everywhere are quickly learning that sharing information and source code is simply good business."

Microsoft’s renewed focus on the new age in business computing will create a transformative shift in how companies collaborate and innovate. Its most recent initiatives empower CIOs to fully leverage software development and IT resources to provide significant technology, and business benefits to their organizations. Savvy CIOs will staff their departments accordingly to best take advantage of these changes and gain critical business outcomes for their organizations.

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