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onebuck 08-27-2013 07:47 AM

Five reasons why Ballmer needed to go

Five reasons why Ballmer needed to go;

Steve Ballmer is going to retire from Microsoft sometime within the next 12 months. Well, that's the official story. I think Microsoft's board finally gave him a choice: Jump or be pushed.

Why? Because Ballmer's been a flop even before the summer of 2008 when Bill Gates left and he officially became Microsoft's top dog. How has he failed? Let us count the ways:
I am not a Microsoft hater. Personally, I have made a lot of money from clients who must use Microsoft products and get themselves into issues that require my service(s).

Ballmer's management style has always been questionable, in house member's could really never position a good plan to get rid of him until the board overall realized it was time for him to go.

Be sure to look at the linked article: Microsoft CEO Ballmer to retire in the next 12 months;

Summary: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has announced his intentions to step down. A search committee is seeking his successor.
About time!

brianL 08-27-2013 08:26 AM

Poor Steve! :cry:
His greatest performance.

CrackerPunk 08-27-2013 08:05 PM

Domination never lasts forever.

I don't use windows so if MS vanishes tomorrow I wouldn't loose sleep over it.

sundialsvcs 08-27-2013 08:33 PM

I'd encourage all of you to read Lou Gertsner's "Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?"

Lou Gertsner was the CEO of IBM Corporation at a time when pretty much everyone had written-off "the first and the largest computer corporation in the world" as something that was (believe it or not ...) "sure" to very-soon be bought up at fire-sale prices by ... Microsoft. The company was by that time anything but "a single company." Truth was, IBM really didn't know "what it wanted to be when it grew up." And, today, Microsoft is in precisely the same situation.

Like IBM at that time, Microsoft "merely assumed" that "of course" it had the entire computing world by the short-hairs. Instead of looking to see what customers actually wanted, they merely assumed that customers could be made to "want" whatever it was that IBM deigned to provide ... and to pay for it, "of course," By The Month (IBM == Income By The Month ...) at whatever ever-changing prices a particular Division might decide at any time to "announce." Individual divisions of the company operated as fiefdoms, even to the point that an AS/400 sales-team might be competing with a Mainframe sales-team for the same contract with apparently no awareness of what the other team was doing.

How "the Nabisco man" turned the company around is quite the story ... and it's one that Ballmer apparently never bothered to read.

Nevertheless, I am personally not willing to throw Steve Ballmer under the proverbial bus for this. He has been very good for Microsoft, and he's been there almost from the beginning of the company. Furthermore, he can hardly be held accountable for the myriad decisions that were, in fact, made by hundreds if not thousands of people over many years . . .

. . . except . . . (oh, it positively sux to be "CEO") . . .

. . . "as (tah-dahhh) CEO," it is quite-unfortunately part of your job to do exactly that. You have to take the bullet. You have to be the one who goes down with the ship. When the sea changes, as it always does in business, you have to be the one to accept responsibility, no matter what it was.

"It's why they pay you the big bucks."

Arcane 09-08-2013 03:06 PM


Originally Posted by brianL (Post 5016852)
Poor Steve! :cry:
His greatest performance.

This one is actually better perfomed. :)

Originally Posted by CrackerPunk (Post 5017147)
Domination never lasts forever.

I don't use windows so if MS vanishes tomorrow I wouldn't loose sleep over it.

Bullseye! Still would be sad to see MS go - without MS Linux and BSD and other will become lazy! :P

cyberwar 09-14-2013 10:18 PM

It's about time M$ had a taste of it own medicine. Well, M$, how does it feel having android and IOS the market place leader in the mobile industry, huh?

The reason you're failing in the mobile space is because your phone and tablet sucks.

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