Microsoft Partners: It Was Time For Ozzie To Go

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Ray Ozzie's decision to step down as Microsoft chief software architect surprised many channel partners, but there are also VARs who've seen the handwriting on the wall for some time.

Ozzie joined Microsoft in 2005 when Microsoft bought his company Groove Networks. Although highly regarded for his visionary thinking, and for devising and implementing Microsoft's cloud computing strategy, Ozzie never mastered the art of breaking through the Microsoft bureaucracy, according to solution providers.

"Ozzie's initiatives were ground-breaking and may yet help Microsoft adapt to the new realities of this industry," said Andrew Brust, CTO at Tallan, a Microsoft Gold partner in Rocky Hill, Conn. "But his leadership in implementing those ideas seemed utterly lacking, and I never got the sense that Microsoft employees had Ozzie high in their consciousness as they went about their work."

Added Brust: "Ozzie barely seemed integrated into the company whose tech vision he was chartered to lead. Microsoft has had some significant departures of late that I am not happy about, but in this case the resolution seems best for both parties."

Some partners believe the technical visionary role Ozzie is vacating would be better filled by an executive who's more visible to and in tune with channel partners.


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