Microsoft makes Muglia server/tools president

21-year Microsoft vet Bob Muglia lands top server title

Microsoft Monday promoted 21-year veteran Bob Muglia to president of its server and tools division, which pumps out 20% of the company's total revenue.

Muglia, a tireless worker who has been a driving force behind the company's management platform, its server strategy and database business among other tasks, had his title changed from senior vice president of the division, which posted $13 billion in revenue during fiscal year 2008. Despite the vice president title, Muglia was the leader of the division.

The server and tools portfolio includes Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio, Virtualization products, System Center management products and the Forefront line of business security products, among others.

Muglia, 49, is now one of four Microsoft presidents along with Robbie Bach, who heads entertainment and devices; Stephen Elop, who leads the business division; and Jean-Philippe Courtois at Microsoft International.

Muglia has been at the helm of server and tools since 2005 and is directing Microsoft's Dynamic IT strategy, Microsoft's 10-year plan to automate management of the data center and the desktop. Dynamic IT was previously called the Dynamic Systems Initiative.

The division has posted 25 straight quarters of double-digit growth.

"If you look at Windows Server, SQL Server, our management products, our tools, and now our emerging security products…all of these have great revenue earning potential for the company," Muglia said in prepared remarks posted on the Microsoft Web site. "Some of those businesses are multi-billion businesses today, and all of them have very strong potential to grow into billion-plus dollar businesses."

Muglia, who in recent years has been known for a demanding fitness program he tucks into his busy schedule, said he will continue to drive expansion of SQL Server and its business intelligence strategy that calls for driving down costs for the technology. He also said services would be another "big opportunity" going forward.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in an e-mail to Microsoft employees said Muglia "has built a culture of getting things done and done right."

He joined Microsoft in 1988. Over the years, his many and varied assignments included managing the development of the MSN network and Microsoft Office family of applications, Windows Server applications, and productivity appliances such as Pocket PCs, eBooks and Tablet PCs.

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