Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has gotten big over its 30-plus years of existence. Plenty big. At one point not too long ago, it was the most valuable company in the world based on its market cap at the time. The company has continued to grow and expand to where it has quite a corporate map – it might be easier to find the lost city of Atlantis or Al Capone’s vault (oh wait, that was already done. Our bad.)
Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT) may be getting stale in the minds of some, and it seems that CEO Steve Ballmer is agreeing with some aspect of the company’s size and its boring nature. There has been some rumbling in recent weeks that Microsoft was due for some changes in its organizational structure, tough very little was talked about as to whether it would be sledgehammer or a scalpel that would be the tool of choice. Well, as sources “close to the situation” are reporting, if Steve Ballmer has plans that very few people know about – that seems to indicate the tool will be more of a sledgehammer variety.
It is being reported that Ballmer will ring in the new fiscal year for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) next week with some kind of restructuring or reorganizing plan – what it entails is not known because apparently Ballmer is only letting a handful of people in on the plan – only a couple of board members and a few of the most senior executives are providing consultation and advice on the plan. That seems to suggest that the plan may be seismic in nature – like a complete reshuffling of divisions, expanded roles for some executives and possible some notable departures. While some individual departures in the past have been noteworthy – like 16-year Microsofter Kevin Johnson, who left in 2008 to head up Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) – there has been any major restructuring effort that involved multiple top executives or managers leaving. But that seems to be the situation facing the company now.
One of the possible steps to claim more organizational efficiency for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) may come with the possible merging of Windows and Windows Phone (yes, they have been two different divisions). Unifying these two platforms into one homogeneous entity might mean a departure or two from the company hierarchy, but may also signal some consistency across the platform where there may not be a separation between fixed-space and mobile devices. Perhaps this could open up a concept of having an application open on your phone when you’re on the road, but then easily getting back to it when back at the desktop? And perhaps the opportunity to introduce a megaPhone or a maxiTablet that could run on the platform and be seamless across any and all devices.
What are your thoughts? If you were Ballmer, what changes would you make to the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) organizational directory? Would you make major changes, or does this company just need a scalpel? Give us your feedback in the comments section below.