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Satya Nadella was all over the internet, news, tech magazines, debates and discussions with media over the moon about Satya’s elevation soon after the software giant Microsoft announced him as the CEO of the company.

Mr. Nadella , the Hyderabad born cricket loving engineer who has been a part of Microsoft for past 20 years has joined the league of top professionals at the helm of world’s biggest conglomerates. Satya attended the Hyderabad Public school before getting into Manipal Institute of technology, where he obtained his bachelor degree in Electronics and Communication engineering.

He serves as a great example to show the world, and especially Indians that it is not all in the IITs or IIITs that talented people study. Nadella often cities his favourite sport as cricket and was grown up playing the sport as a part of his school team , he says “I think playing cricket taught me more about working in teams and leadership that has stayed with me throughout my career.” He was so passionate about computer science but he couldn’t as that emphasis was not available at Manipal.  “And so it [electronic engineering] was a great way for me to go discover what turned out to become a passion”

After moving to the US, Nadella went on to earn the Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and he also finished Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

He started off his career as a technology staff member at Sun microsystems. In 1992, when Nadella was offered a job at Microsoft, he was on his way to obtain the master’s degree in business. He wanted to complete his degree and take the Microsoft job. He was successful in securing both. “I used to fly to Chicago Friday nights, attend classes Saturdays and come back to Redmond to work during the week.” It took him two-and-a-half years, but he finished his master’s degree. One can clearly see the effort he put in for completing the task he aimed for, even though he was in a safe zone with a job offer from Microsoft.

Nadella, equipped with both science and business administration master degrees went on to serve Microsoft and soon held various key responsibilities. He is well known for his contribution in the company’s move to the cloud which has the largest cloud infrastructure in the world. “Our industry does not respect tradition – it only respects innovation,” he says. “

Nadella is quite unique and different when compared to Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of the company. Unlike Ballmer, Nadella started out as a technologist and is also a business type as he holds a master’s in business administration. During his tenure overseeing Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market and took share from competitors.

Nadella maintains a low profile. He is well shaped by his attitude and humbleness.” I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things … you stop doing great and useful things. So family, curiosity and hunger for knowledge all define me. He further added “I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things.”

The new CEO of Microsoft also finds solace in reading poetry in all forms written by both Indian and American. He compares poetry to code. “You’re trying to take something that can be described in many, many sentences and pages of prose, but you can convert it into a couple lines of poetry and you still get the essence, so it’s that compression.” Indeed, he says, the best code is poetry. He is multi-talented and the younger generations should be noting down his ways of self-improvement.

Nadella was in the race for CEO position since Steve Ballmer’s announcement last year to retire. He was a part of Microsoft since 1980 and there was a speculation that Microsoft was looking for an eligible person outside the boundaries of the company because it wanted a new and totally refreshing approach to its business. Microsoft, at the end decided to play it safe and handed over the helm to a man, who has played a vital role in the company and knew the company inside out. He was head of the cloud and enterprise group which is a key area for Microsoft.

“Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.” Microsoft founder Bill Gates was quoted as saying. He further added that there was no better person to lead the company other than Satya Nadella.

On a whole Satya Nadella, a mix of talent, endurance and perfection!

Sai Chaitanya Banala

Engineer by ambition , writer by passion !!

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