Microsoft digital transformation group leader quits

According to a report by ZDNet, there is a shake-up within Microsoft’s corporate operations, with the head of Microsoft’s digital transformation group leaving the company. The reshuffle involves James Phillips, who has worked at Microsoft for ten years.

Apparently announced in an email from Microsoft Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie, Phillips will leave his place at Microsoft for an “external opportunity.” It had been in place since March 2021, when the group was created. The group’s products included Dynamics 365, Power Platform, Azure AI Platform and others.

According to ZDNet, there is no indication that Phillips will be replaced, and the groups he oversaw are instead split and “displaced.” Most importantly, the Azure IoT and Edge engineering teams have been consolidated, but here’s what Mary Jo Foley is hearing.

Charles Lamanna will continue to lead the Business Applications & Platform (BAP) organization and join its C+AI leadership team, reporting directly to Guthrie. Eric Boyd will continue to lead the AI ​​platform organization and join the C+AI leadership team, reporting directly to Guthrie. Rohan Kumar will continue to lead the Azure Data organization, joining the C+AI leadership team and reporting directly to Guthrie.

In addition to news about Phillips, since the closing of Microsoft’s agreement with Nuance, there is also news in this area. Microsoft is moving more of its own employees to Nuance, and vice versa, rather than keeping it separate. The Microsoft Health & Life Sciences engineering team will transition into Nuance’s R&D organization, under the leadership of Nuance CEO Mark Benjamin. In addition, management of Nuance Enterprise’s business and products comes under the control of Charles Lamanna, who leads the Business Applications & Platform (BAP) organization at Microsoft.

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