Case | HBS Case Collection | January 2013 (Revised April 2013)

Microsoft Server & Tools

by Marco Iansiti and Alain Serels


In 2011, Microsoft's Server & Tools Business (STB) was large, fast growing and highly profitable on the strength of traditional packaged product lines led by the Windows Server operating system. Even as the current packaged business was performing exceptionally well, Microsoft's leadership understood that cloud based solutions would become more prevalent in the future. As the newly appointed President of STB, Satya Nadella had to find a balance between managing the current packaged business and building the cloud offering.

Keywords: technology; information technology; Computing; Enterprise Computing; Servers; Cloud Computing; Microsoft; Technology Evolution; technological innovation; disruptive innovation; Technological Innovation; Disruptive Innovation; Information Technology; Information Technology Industry;


Iansiti, Marco, and Alain Serels. "Microsoft Server & Tools." Harvard Business School Case 613-031, January 2013. (Revised April 2013.)