It’s official — at least within Microsoft walls — Doug Kennedy is aboard as vice president, Microsoft Dynamics Partners.
Kennedy was senior vice president of worldwide alliances and channels at Oracle, a Microsoft rival in databases and, increasingly, in business apps.
At Microsoft, Kennedy will report to Klause Holse Andersen. As of Friday afternoon, Microsoft remained mum on the news, at least to outsiders.
In an interview in New York on Friday afternoon, MBS corporate vice president Kirill Tatarinov refused comment on Kennedy’s change of status. “We have nothing to announce,” Tatarinov stated. Not once, not twice, but three times. You can’t say I didn’t try.
But later Friday an internal Microsoft email that surfaced, confirmed that Kennedy is, in fact, the new “Microsoft Dynamics Partner Lead” and that Steve Malme is stepping down from that position.
It’ll be interesting to see if Kennedy appears at Convergence, the big MBS customer and partner event in Orlando next week.
One thing is sure, Stephen Elop, the incoming head of the overall Microsoft Business Division, will be in Orlando for the big ‘do, meeting with customers and partners. Elop is taking over that position from Microsoft veteran Jeff Raikes, who is retiring.
That Elop will be on the scene in Orlando was something Tatarinov did share. Also, CEO Steve Ballmer will be on hand to assure the 10,000 attendees that business apps remain a priority for Microsoft even as it pursues its $40-billion-plus Yahoo bid and seeks to wrest Web search-and-ad dominance from Google.
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