Microsoft pushes for global reorganisation

By Hafizah Osman January 10, 2017
Microsoft pushes for global reorganisation
Combines its SMS&P and EPG businesses

Microsoft is combining its Small and Mid-Market Solutions & Partners (SMS&P) and Enterprise Partner Group (EPG) business units in an attempt to streamline business processes.

The changes, which will take effect from February 1, will affect its sales, partner, and services teams, and will see both units come together as one under its Worldwide Commercial Business, led by executive vice-president, Judson Althoff.

As reported by ZDNet, corporate vice-president of mid-market solutions and partners, Chris Weber, will lead the combined business.

A Microsoft spokesperson told ARN that the changes "are designed to unify teams from across the Commercial Business, making it easier to do business with Microsoft and meet the needs of its thriving partner ecosystem and customer base".

In Australia, Mark Leigh runs the SMS&P business after David Gage resigned from the role. As for its local EPG business, the head of the unit is yet to be filled as Steven Worrall was given the managing director title after Pip Marlow left the company.

However, how these changes will affect Microsoft Australia and New Zealand are yet to be determined. According to ZDNet, no layoffs are expected in the reorganisation.

This move follows the recent departure of then Microsoft chief operating officer, Kevin Turner, whose role was not replaced and split amongst five senior executives including Althof.

As part of that restructure, Althoff was handed the Worldwide Commercial Business, focusing on the Enterprise and Partner Group, Public Sector, Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners, the Developer Experience team, and services.

The company restructure also sees the creation of a new One Commercial Partner business, which combines various partner teams within Microsoft; a unit called Microsoft Digital, which is expected to grow Microsoft’s cloud division; and the merger of its Worldwide Public Sector and Industry businesses.

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