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Microsoft Reorganizes E-Business Server Group

Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed a shakeup within the company's e-business server group.

David Kiker, who had been general manager of the server group--which includes the upcoming BizTalk Server 2004 or Voyager--is no longer with that effort. Ted Kummert, who had headed up subscription services for MSN, is now spearheading the effort as group vice president of e-business servers, a spokesman confirmed (see Kummert's bio).

Sources both inside and outside the company said the group's inability to ship products on time took its toll. BizTalk 2004, with a new rules engine, is in beta now but was supposed to ship last year. In addition, the merged E-commerce/Content Management Server, or Discovery suite, the second phase of the Jupiter road map, slipped beyond 2004 (see more on the Jupiter road map).

"If you look at what they've said they'd deliver and when, and what has been delivered, they haven't really delivered at all," said one large integrator.

There has been other organizational shuffling as well. Late last year, the Content Management Server work that had been in this group was moved over into the SharePoint Portal Server group (see story). Politically, that's a big deal because SharePoint actually comes out of the same Jeff Raikes-led Office group that handles most business productivity clients. Now SharePoint Server and Content Management Server are two servers within that otherwise client-centric group.

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