Microsoft’s latest re-org focuses on Azure and new cloud businesses

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Word began filtering out yesterday of yet another Microsoft re-org, and as usual Mary Jo Foley at All About Microsoft has the details. The big news is that the company is creating a new team, called Strategic Missions and Technologies (SMT), led by the current Executive Vice President of Azure, Jason Zander. In the new role, Zander will report directly to CEO Satya Nadella, and SMT will group together four major businesses: The US Federal (government cloud) business, Azure Space & Mission Engineering, Azure for Operators (tele-communications), and Azure Quantum.

According to an internal email from Zander, reported by Foley, the “common bond shared by the teams in this new division is next generation opportunity — opportunity that is so profound in potential impact that each area deserves dedicated focus to grow.”

Zander won’t be replaced as EVP of Azure, instead, Scott Guthrie will lead up a newly shuffled Azure org. The Azure Core Team will grow to include Azure Dedicated and Azure Global Infrastructure. A new Cloud for Industry and Global Expansion, let by Corey Sanders, will oversee Microsoft’s vertical cloud platforms, and report to Guthrie.

Still more moves will move more deck chairs within Azure, according to Foley:

Guthrie will get some other new direct reports, as well, as part of the moves announced today. Rani Borkar, the head of Azure Hardware Systems & Infrastructure, will move to Guthrie’s leadership team. Billy Anders, who heads the Azure CXP team, will also join Guthrie’s leadership team. The Azure Edge + Platform Team will be headed by Doug Phillips. Phillips will join Guthrie’s leadership team and report directly to him.

Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich will continue to lead the Azure Office of the CTO team and will join Guthrie’s leadership team and report to him directly. And Technical Fellow Henry Sanders will continue as CTO of the Azure Edge + Platform team, reporting to Guthrie and joining Guthrie’s leadership team.

The changes take effect immediately and signal Microsoft’s plans to further expand its industry verticals, its government, space, and telecommunications businesses, and Azure Quantum.