BUSINESSINTRODUCTION HISTORY HR PRACTICES HR STRATEGY OVERVIEW
BUSINESSINTRODUCTION HISTORY HR PRCTICES HR STRATEGY OVERVIEW •Established on April 4, 1975 . •American public multinational corporation . •headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA .
BUSINESSINTRODUCTION HISTORY HR PRCTICES HR STRATEGY OVERVIEW 4 April 1975: The beginning 1984–1994: Windows and Office 2006 on: Vista and Cloud computing 1995–2005: Internet and the 32-bit era
4 APRIL 1975: Paul Allen and Bill Gates, childhood friends with a passion in computer programming, were seeking to make a successful business utilizing their shared skills. They developed the interpreter on a simulator They demonstrated the interpreter to MITS in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March 1975 They officially established Microsoft on April 4, 1975, with Gates as the CEO BACK
1984–1994: Windows and Office Started developing a new OS with IBM in 1984 Released a graphical extension for MS-DOS - Microsoft Windows. Moved its headquarters to Redmond on February 26, 1986. March 13 the company went public. Microsoft introduced its office suite, Microsoft Office, in 1990. BACK
1995–2005: Internet and the 32-bit era On May 26, 1995 Microsoft expanded its product line into computer networking and the World Wide Web. Released Windows 95 on August 24, 1995.Bill Gates handed over the CEO position on January 13, 2000 to Steve Ballmer and took role as Chief Software Architect. BACK
2006 on: Vista and Cloud computing The next version of Windows – WINDOWS VISTA - Released in January 2007. Bill Gates retired from his role as Chief Software Architect on June 27, 2008. On February 12, 2009, Microsoft opened the first retail chain of Microsoft-branded retail stores in Scottsdale, Arizona. The same day the first store opened Windows 7 was officially released to the public. BACK
BUSINESS INTRODUCTION HISTORY HR PRCTICES HR STRATEGY OVERVIEW Their production includes operating system includes office productivity suite – MS Office, business applications software, games, and software for mobile phones and handheld devices.By Arthur W. Hafner , Ph.D., M.B.A. andErica L. HibbertMay 31, 2009
Strengths:Flexible workforceMultinational corporation operating through regional subsidiaries to minimizecultural differences in more than 60 countriesSoftware products have high name recognitionRevenues and profits rising at 30% a yearWindows 95, 98, 2000 series, and Windows NTOpportunities:Cheaper global telecommunication costs open new markets as people connectto the Internet.The demand for personal computers in American and global markets remainsstrong despite the growth and increasing popularity of personal handheld devices.
Weaknesses: Microsoft leadership failed to correctly anticipate the growth or popularity ofthe InternetNot a key player in the Internet space, wireless market and few products forInternet applicationsFalling sales in the operating systems and server software sectorsDependency on hardware manufacturers to pre-install Microsofts PCoperating system
Threats:Apple and Linux threaten Microsofts 88% market shareof the desktop operating marketCurrency exchange rates affect demand for application/operation softwareand hardwareHardware manufacturers are issuing their own pre-bundled programs ontheir own hardwareRapid development of mobile devicesTechnology life cycle is shorter and shorterSoftware piracy
BUSINESSINTRODUCTION HISTORY HR PRCTICES HR STRATEGY OVERVIEW Recruitment and Selection. Training and Development. Compensation and Benefits.. Womens Empowerment. Performance Management. Work-Life Balance.
Recruitment and Selection.Microsoft recruits both fresh graduates from academic campuses and experiencedprofessionals in the IT industry.For campus recruitments, the selection process included written tests and severalrounds of personal interviews... BACK
Training and Development For trainees, Microsoft conducts a training program named Leap Engineer Acceleration Program (LEAP) which imparts technical and personal skills required to carry out the job. Microsoft have both in-class and e-learning programs. wide range of training programs includes: • Software skill training (presentation, communication, • Language training • Product training • Leadership development program BACK
Compensation and Benefits Include all signing and year-end bonuses, vacation time and other perks and reimbursements that make up total compensation. Microsoft provides offered compensation packages on or higher than the industry standards based on the technical skills and experience of the candidates. Employee benefits are standardized across employees. BACK
Womens EmpowermentMicrosoft India conducted special recruitment drives exclusively for women in line with theoverall IT industrys aim of raising thefemale-male ratio in the workforce. BACK
Performance Management.Microsoft follows a candidate process while evaluating theperformance of employees and regarding their compensation packages.The process is transparent so as to enable employees to identify theirperformance levels and have a clear idea of what is required in termsof performance in order to reach to the next level. BACK
Work-Life Balance Flexible work arrangements. Grocery service . Fitness benefits. Dry cleaning and laundry service . Employee development course. In 2007, Microsoft launched a program called Bring Your Child To Work‘ in a move to improve work-life balance among its employees... BACK
BUSINESSINTRODUCTION HISTORY HR PRCTICES HR STRATEGY OVERVIEW Microsoft Corporation has adopted the “Performance Culture Model`` as the best approach to drive its success. The critical people metrics are categorized and measured as per the Growth Pyramid shown in Figure. Categories across which the surveys are done, analyzed, and the results published- 1. Organization: Organization size, Open Positions, line HR ratios. 2. Organization Health: Workgroup Health Index, Microsoft Pulse Index, Microsoft Culture Index.