Today Bob Muglia, president of Microsoft Server and Tools Business, announced changes to its product development organization so that engineering better aligns with its Windows platform and cloud services strategies. The changes will take effect July 1, the start of Microsoft’s new fiscal year.
As part of STB’s strategy to align future Windows endpoint security and systems management engineering, the Forefront endpoint protection development team will join the System Center development team within STB’s Management and Security Division, which is led by Brad Anderson. The endpoint protection development team is lead by general managers Amnon Horowitz and Vinny Gullotto. These development teams have worked on endpoint protection and client security solutions for several years [see May 2007 news release]. More recently, the teams are working on the integration of Forefront Endpoint Protection and System Center Configuration Manager (see this April 2010 blog post).
“Our customers rely on us to provide solutions for secure, well-managed desktops and devices. By integrating our management and security products, we’re reducing and converging the infrastructure our customers have to deploy, secure and maintain. This convergence lowers the associated costs for customers, and speeds their time to deployment,” said Brad Anderson.
As part of STB’s plan to better align identity, access and application security with cloud services, Lee Nackman and the development team for identity, access and application security will move within STB’s Business Online Services Group, led by David Thompson. Many customers today are using applications like messaging and collaboration as an online service with underlying Microsoft existing identity and federation technologies. Nackman and team will continue to drive product development strategy and investments for cloud services security.
“As customers plan for and move to cloud services, they expect the services to be secure and compliant with organizational policies. Security and identity are core to Microsoft’s efforts to help customers realize the benefits of cloud computing. Today’s changes better align our engineering teams so customers get better experiences with Microsoft online services,” said David Thompson.