Microsoft restructures SMS&P and Enterprise Partner business units

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Microsoft restructures SMS&P and Enterprise Partner business units

Microsoft has announced a company-wide restructure to merge its Enterprise Partner Group (EPG) and Small and Mid-Market Solutions & Partners (SMS&P) business units.

The changes, announced last week and set to take effect on 1 February, will consolidate the EPG and SMS&P departments that sit under Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business, led by Microsoft executive vice president Judson Althoff, who took a role overseeing both divisions in a management shake-up last July.

How the changes will affect Microsoft Australia is not yet known, with a local spokesperson telling CRN: “These changes are designed to unify teams from across the commercial business, making it easier to do business with Microsoft and meet the needs of its thriving partner ecosystem and customer base.”

In Australia, SMS&P is run by Mark Leigh, who took the role in October 2015 following the departure of David Gage. Microsoft Australia's thousands-strong channel of partners and distributors fall within Leigh's purview

The top Australian role at EPG has just become vacant after Steven Worrall was promoted to managing director following the departure of long-term boss Pip Marlow, who has joined Suncorp.

No job losses are expected to occur as a result of the announcement, first published on ZDNet last week.

The combined businesses will be led by Chris Weber, corporate vice president of midmarket solutions and partners. 

The software giant is also creating the One Commercial Partner business, which will be led by Ron Huddleston, corporate vice president of Enterprise Partner Ecosystem, and consolidate the Independent Software Vendor team, the Enterprise Partner Team and the Worldwide Partner Group team.

A newly announced unit called Microsoft Digital will focus on pushing Microsoft’s cloud products to partners and customers alike, this group will be led by corporate vice president of Microsoft Services Anand Eswaran and include developers, software advisors and architects.

Microsoft is also combining its Worldwide Public Sector and Industry businesses, which together will be led by corporate vice president Toni Townes-Whitley.

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