Microsoft Announces New CEO

Microsoft has named longtime engineering executive Satya Nadella as the new CEO. Nadella replaces Steven A. Ballmer who announced his resignation in August. It was also announced that company founder Bill Gates would serve as an adviser to incoming chief Nadella.

Board member John W. Thompson served as the interim chief and oversaw the search for a new chief executive. Thompson will also become the company’s chairman replacing Mr. Gates.

“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Mr. Gates, who will also remain a member of the board.  “Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together.”

In a statement, Mr. Nadella said, “Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company.”

Nadella told ABC news that his focus will be on a “mobile-first, cloud-first world” as Microsoft tries to catch rivals such as Apple, Google and Amazon. The company also wants to expand its business as a provider of software and services over the Internet. The 22-year Microsoft veteran served as the head of Microsoft’s cloud computing business. Gates will be working on products and technology.

One of Nadella’s first tasks as CEO will be to complete $7.3 billion purchase of Nokia’s phone business and patent rights — part of a plan to boost Windows Phone software in a market dominated by iPhones and Android devices.

Nadella said Tuesday in a statement, “Going forward, it’s a mobile-first, cloud-first world.”

Digital Trends for Businesses in 2014

Digital trends are emerging in 2014 for your company! CEO of David Brown advises that small businesses can thrive if they understand and implement business opportunities in the following areas:

Going digital: Create an online presence.

Local search: Online search queries for local businesses is rising.

Partner up for digital needs: Look for a business partner that understands your digital needs. This will help save time and resources.

Mobile device usage will increase:  Nearly 30 percent of web traffic is generated from mobile devices. Consumers demand mobile optimized websites.

E-commerce: Typically thought of for physical goods, there will be a rise in E-commerce for service providers such as tax professionals, etc.

Paid marketing and social networking

Social media, mobile computing, analytics, the cloud, and enterprise IT is transforming the way businesses operate. Dreamforce 2013 focused on the “customer company revolution” with cloud computing, mobile applications, devices, and engagement with customers.

Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian, John Hinshaw Executive Vice President, Technology & Operations of Hewlett-Packard and DocuSign Chairman and CEO, Keith Krach will be speaking at Momentum 2014 with the focus of keeping business digital.  Momentum describes its event as, “industry luminaries and forward thinkers from around the globe for a fast-paced and entertaining exchange of ideas about how to expand and integrate digital processes.” Has your business started the transition to digital?