Microsoft is Dead !?!? No: Ozzie riporta Microsoft in Start up mode



Ray Ozzie è arrivato in MS dal 2005 ed è Chief Software Architect at Microsoft

E' conosciuto per aver creato Lotus Notes e Lotus Symphony.  E' stato Mitch Karpor a reclutarlo per fare Lotus e nel 1984 (al tempo dell'annuncio del primo Windows) Ozzie discuteva con Gates su Windows come possibile sistema operativo per Lotus Notes



Riporto a ruota libera alcune frasi di questo articolo che mi ha colpito e inspirato Ray Ozzie Wants to Push Microsoft Back Into Startup Mode dal Wired di Dicembre:





Just packaging software, collecting the money, and then producing a new version a few years later (whether people want one or not) is no longer a sustainable business plan


Ozzie urges his troops to innovate toward the light, not against the darkness. "Every day we make a choice to focus on the outside competitor or the competitor within"



Many startups treat the "raw" Internet as their platform. (While we're still trying to finish Vista!)
Microsoft, Ozzie wrote, had to think and operate more like an Internet company and, as much as possible, like a Web startup.


"This philosophy of independent innovation—really making progress before you pursue serious integration, is something Ray pushed very strongly," Treadwell says. Ozzie's approach was to encourage people to rush ahead and build things.
In a sense, his teams were cultural pioneers modeling a more flexible, startup style of software development.


By breaking seldom-questioned rules of how space should be apportioned in the Redmond Borg, Ozzie was pushing against the battleship mentality. Management experts might appreciate his explanation of exactly who was putting up the resistance. "The company," he says. Who's that? "They. You know—Microsoft."


Another indication of the rebel nature of the project comes from its codename. "The official story is that we are just like Red Dog beer, and I'm sticking with that,"


Maybe the most subversive aspect of Microsoft's newest operating system is that it was produced with a fraction of the manpower the company usually directs to critical projects. "There are literally thousands of people on Windows, but small groups with very focused people is a better way of doing things," Cutler says. "So this project is much smaller. It's like 150."




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