Microsoft Dynamics 365, Power Platform join Azure services in new Digital Transformation Platform Group

March 19 2021

Microsoft has launched a new re-organization of the teams that oversee business cloud services and business applications.

James Phillips

The newly formed Digital Transformation Platform Group will be led by James Phillips as president and will encompass Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, along with Azure AI Platform, Azure Data Platform, Azure IoT Platform, and the new industry cloud solutions. In his previous role as president of Business Solutions, Phillips led Dynamics and Power Platform applications and services.

The reorg took place on March 11, according to ZDNet,  and was not a cost-cutting or layoff event.

Phillips has updated his LinkedIn profile already, where he explains that his new role manages a 15,000-person team. By contrast, his previous business applications group was estimated to have only about half that number of employees by some estimates. He will continue to report to executive vice president Scott Guthrie, who has responsibility for Azure, Dynamics 365, Windows Server, Visual Studio, GitHub, and more.

Jason Zander, executive vice president for Azure will reportedly continue to lead Azure core infrastructure. And Andrew Wilson will now lead Microsoft Digital.

While the name of the Digital Transformation Platform Group may lean on an aging IT buzzword, the strategic importance of Microsoft's decision to focus leadership across business apps and data-focused Azure services should send a strong signal on how the company's vision is shaping up. Microsoft's Dynamics 365 apps are increasingly relying on the services that Phillips will now oversee to provide capabilities like data warehousing and integration, connected field service, customer and product data insights, and analytics. And Phillips' history of data-focused product development and leadership, both before Microsoft and since joining the company, likely boosted the case for his eligibility to lead the new group.

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