Monday, 20th October, 2014, was the day when Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella appeared for an interview for the first time on CNBC since having donned the CEO’s mantle for the global technological giant, the interviewer being Jon Fortt. There were a number of issues which he touched upon and primary in the discussion was the company’s role in cloud computing as also its stand on equality issues pertaining to pay, gender and ethnicity.
Having spent the last nine months occupying the chair of CEO in the company, one of the first requisites that he pointed out pertaining to cloud computing was the willingness to spend at least $4-5 billion every year simply to make an entry. That said, he acknowledged that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was one of the three bigger players, the other two being Google and Amazon. Mr. Nadella was particularly praiseworthy of the fact that Microsoft’s cloud network currently enjoys presence in as many as 19 countries in form of data centers.
Given that the term ‘cloud’ carries as much potential in this era as dot-com did during the late 1990s’, it is characterized by three main tentacles namely software, infrastructure and platform. According to Nadella, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s forte lies in excelling in all three sectors and it is this factor alone that has earned it the honor of being the only American cloud company in China.
About his controversial comments pertaining to women’s pay hike at their work-place, he clarified –
“I basically took my own approach, to how I’ve approached my career and sprung it on half the humanity. And that was just insensitive.”
To prove that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) took its duty towards equality of all groups seriously, Mr. Nadella pointed towards statistics that favored women and also mentioned the fact that the company was focusing on equality in terms of promotions and occupying key positions too.