Microsoft is planning to consolidate many of its partner and services teams in a reorganization, as well as add a new digital team focused on the cloud, according to a report from ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley.
Microsoft confirmed that the shift will take effect Feb. 1, and the goal is to unify teams across its Worldwide Commercial Business group. Microsoft has been working to break down barriers between teams to better serve partners and customers for years, going back to CEO Steve Ballmer’s 2013 One Microsoft plan.
Microsoft said in a statement that no layoffs will occur as a direct result of the reorganization, which is being announced internally today. Microsoft added that “like all companies, Microsoft reviews its resources and investments on an ongoing basis.”
Here are the main shifts taking place under the reorganization:
- Microsoft’s Enterprise & Partner Group and Public Sector, Small and Mid-Market Solutions and Partners teams will come together to form a new group led by Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Midmarket Solutions and Partners Chris Weber.
- A new One Commercial Partner group will combine several partner teams, and it will be led by former Salesforce vice president and Microsoft’s current Corporate Vice President of Enterprise Partner Ecosystem, Ron Huddleston.
- A new group called Microsoft Digital will push Microsoft’s current customers and partners to use the company’s cloud programs. Anand Eswaran, corporate vice president of Microsoft Services, will lead that group.
- Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector Toni Townes-Whitley will lead a combined group comprising Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector and Industry Businesses.
Microsoft undertook two big organizational shifts in 2016. In July, following the departure of COO Kevin Turner, Microsoft undertook a reorganization of its sales and marketing teams. Then in September, Microsoft announced a new 5,000-person engineering and research team to focus on its artificial intelligence products.