How Satya Nadella Worked His Way To The Top At Microsoft

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Newly minted Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been with Microsoft since 1992, when he was just 24 years old. Over the years, Nadella has worked his way into a diverse set of roles at Microsoft, some engineering focused, others more business focused — which makes sense, since his educational background includes both skill sets.
This isn't the first time Nadella has been tapped to fill a critically important role at Microsoft. In fact, on at least two other occasions, he's been chosen from a pool of other highly qualified candidates to fill important roles at the company.

Nadella has also been a spokesperson explaining the importance of key technology shifts, including .NET, RFID and the cloud.
As Nadella settles into the Mother Of New Roles, CRN takes a look back at the path he has taken to the top.


2000 -- Says .NET Will Be Great For Partners
At its Fusion 2000 conference, Microsoft formally unveils its monthly subscription-based licensing model for its new ASP channel, along with .NET tools and the beta for Small Business Server 2000.
Nadella, in his role as vice president of the Microsoft bCentral small-business website, explains how partners will benefit from the hosting of the full range of Windows 2000 and Windows DNA 2000 servers and the .NET platform.
".NET is a way of bringing the power of Web services and traditional client/server applications together," Nadella tells CRN at the time. "The notion of what a platform is going through, a transition to client/server and now services, and we need a rich partner model to develop solutions for it."
Nadella also says Microsoft partners can make money by helping enterprises integrate and build .NET services that work with traditional Microsoft client/server products such as Office and Exchange.

2004 -- Sheds Light On Microsoft's RFID Strategy
After Microsoft launches a pilot to integrate RFID-tracking technology into its Axapta warehouse-management software, Nadella, now corporate vice president for development at Microsoft's Business Solutions group, explains the rationale behind integrating RFID into existing apps.
"It's an approach that's pragmatic," says Nadella. "It really helps small and midsize businesses realize all the benefits of RFID, with a lower cost of ownership. My goal is not to inundate these companies with more software than they need."

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