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January 16, 2007 at 9:54 AM

Microsoft scores a top IBMer

Donald Ferguson, chief architect of the IBM software group, has been hired by Microsoft, according to Mary Jo Foley, citing the .Net Developers Journal, which broke the story.

Ferguson, one of 53 IBM fellows out of the company’s 200,000-employee technical team, is now working as a technical fellow in platforms and strategy, in Microsoft’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer. He’s one of 15 technical fellows at Microsoft who are given the designation for “driving intentional innovation in alignment with Microsoft’s business strategies, which in turn impacts the high-tech industry overall.”

Here’s Ferguson’s new bio from Microsoft, published Jan. 8. The job description gives only the vaguest outline of what Ferguson will be doing for Microsoft: He focuses on “both the evolutionary and revolutionary role of information technology in business. Understanding the trends, architecting and piloting the implications for existing and new products and evangelizing Microsoft’s vision are the key aspects of Don’s job.”

This is a notable catch for the company. Ferguson was a big fish at Big Blue, where he’d worked since 1985. Here’s an old bio, including some dated blog postings, from IBM. His purview included all of the company’s major software applications, such as WebSphere, Tivoli, DB2, Rational and Lotus products.

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