Thursday, June 03, 2004 - Microsoft Realigns Execs In Small Business Division - Microsoft Realigns Execs In Small Business Division: "Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said Thursday it is making several changes to the executive ranks of its Business Solutions division, which sells software to small- and mid-sized businesses.
Doug Burgum, senior vice president for the 2,000-person division, will now report directly to Chief Executive Steve Ballmer. He previously reported to Jeff Raikes, a senior vice president who runs the division that sells the Office suite.
Burgum joined Microsoft when it acquired his company, Great Plains Software, three years ago to get into the market for back-office software for small companies.
Microsoft also named Orlando Ayala, a senior sales executive, to the newly created position of chief operating officer for Business Solutions. He will report to Burgum and be responsible for sales, marketing and operations at Business Solutions."

Oracle is right -- Microsoft is very serious about the apps business...

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