Our Mobile and Cloud First World


This spring, a new CEO was appointed to the helm of Microsoft (and by the way, Steve Balmer already resigned from the board and any responsibilities at the firm). What is so amazing is that finally, this once great company has realized that the world has shifted from desktop to mobile and from on premise to cloud.  now let’s see if this behemoth can make their own digital shift in their business model.

Below is the opening remarks from their new CEO.  Enjoy the read and think about what this means to your company – are you mobile and cloud first?

‘Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first day at Microsoft, 22 years ago. Like you, I had a choice about where to come to work. I came here because I believed Microsoft was the best company in the world. I saw then how clearly we empower people to do magical things with our creations and ultimately make the world a better place. I knew there was no better company to join if I wanted to make a difference. This is the very same inspiration that continues to drive me today.

It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours. Steve and Bill have taken it from an idea to one of the greatest and most universally admired companies in the world. I’ve been fortunate to work closely with both Bill and Steve in my different roles at Microsoft, and as I step in as CEO, I’ve asked Bill to devote additional time to the company, focused on technology and products. I’m also looking forward to working with John Thompson as our new Chairman of the Board.

While we have seen great success, we are hungry to do more. Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation. This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft. Make no mistake, we are headed for greater places — as technology evolves and we evolve with and ahead of it. Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.

As we start a new phase of our journey together, I wanted to share some background on myself and what inspires and motivates me.’

So the question is:  is your company mobile and cloud first and if not – why not?  Further, have you added networks (customer, employee or partner) to your business model?  Again, if not, why not.  Think about how powerful and valuable Microsoft would be if their 2 billion users (more than Facebook) were members of their network and felt a sense of belonging?

Its time to start today to pivot your business and build a mobile, cloud and social first company or lose any chance you have of creating competitive advantage in today’s hyper connected and peer to peer world.

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