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Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS)
Sometimes it takes a few days for the obvious to occur. Up here in the snowy northeast we call that “dawn breaking on Marblehead.”
Example: Ran into an old bud (to be known as Buddy) today who, as it happens, works for Fast Search & Transfer. That’s the little enterprise search outfit Microsoft is buying for a cool $1.2 BILLION to combat Google’s inside-the-firewall search incursion.
Buddy pointed out that within days of that announcement– presided over by Microsoft Business Division president Jeff Raikes — Raikes himself announced retirement plans.
And, Microsoft’s top M&A guy, Bruce Jaffe, announced his personal exit strategy as well. Jaffe will be gone next month, Raikes is hanging around till September.
Those bombshells dropped a day after the Fast deal became public.
Kinda makes you wonder, don’t it?