This is a good article. Click here for more information.

Bob Muglia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Bob Muglia
Bob Muglia.png
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationCEO of Snowflake Computing
Known forHead of Servers and Tools division at Microsoft
WebsiteOfficial profile

Bob Muglia (born 1959) is an American business executive and research and development specialist.[1] He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Snowflake Computing, a data warehousing startup. Muglia is known for managing divisions at Microsoft that supported the Microsoft Office Suite, Windows Server and MSN Network product families.[1] He was one of four presidents that reported directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Muglia held several executive positions at Microsoft before resigning from the company in 2011. He worked briefly for Juniper Networks, then accepted his position as CEO of Snowflake Computing in June 2014.

Early life[edit]

Bob Muglia was born in 1959[2] in Connecticut. His father was an automotive parts salesman.[3] Muglia started working at his first job when he was 15 years old.[3] He moved to Michigan and earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1981. After graduating, he started working for ROLM Corporation.[3]



Windows and business software[edit]

Bob Muglia started his Microsoft career in 1988.[2][4] He was the first product manager for SQL Server.[5] Muglia also served as the director of Windows NT Program Management and User Education. He was promoted to vice president of the Windows NT division in October 1995.[6][7] Muglia later held the position of vice president of the Server Application group, until he was promoted to senior vice president of the Applications and Tools group in February 1998.[8]

Bob Muglia was influential in a corporate restructuring at Microsoft in 1999, which assigned business divisions to customer types, rather than technologies. As part of the re-structuring, Muglia became head of the business-productivity group, which oversaw Microsoft Office, Exchange and other business software.[2] According to Computer Reseller News, Muglia pushed developers to visit customers, created customer advisory boards and led other efforts to incorporate customer input into product development at Microsoft.[9]

Muglia testified in the United States v. Microsoft Corp. antitrust lawsuit,[10] and in a case between Microsoft and Sun Microsystems regarding Microsoft's use of Java.[11][12][13] According to New York Times reporters Steve Lohr and Koel Brinkley, the judge embarrassed Muglia by rebuking him for his persistent characterization of an email from Bill Gates.[3][14] Muglia also negotiated aggressively with RealNetworks, regarding an antitrust dispute between the two companies.[15]

In August 2000, Muglia was appointed to vice president of a new .NET Services Group.[16][17] The following year he was reassigned to focus on database technologies as senior vice president of the Enterprise Storage Services Group.[18][19] He helped develop Microsoft's plan for autonomic computing, which was announced in March 2003.[20] By early 2004, Muglia held the position of senior vice president of the Windows Server Division.[21]

Servers and tools division[edit]

Another re-organization at Microsoft in 2005 resulted in Muglia taking the position of Senior Vice President of Servers and Tools[22] before being promoted to president of the division in 2009. This made Muglia one of four presidents at Microsoft.[4]

During his tenure, the business group grew its revenues more than ten percent each year for six years. The division accounted for more than 20 percent of Microsoft's revenues by January 2009.[4] In this position, Muglia led Microsoft's ten-year plan for data center and desktop automation products, its Dynamic Systems Initiative and its Dynamic IT strategy.[4] In October 2010, developers criticized Muglia for suggesting Microsoft would put less emphasis on Silverlight; a statement he later retracted.[23][24]

Muglia announced his resignation from Microsoft in January 2011; he was replaced by Satya Nadella, now Microsoft's CEO.[25] He was the fourth executive reporting directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to resign between early 2010 and 2011. According to Financial Times, Ballmer credited Muglia for growing the servers and tools division, but implied the departure was related to disagreements between the two executives about the company's cloud computing strategy.[23][26]


In July 2011, a few months prior to Muglia's last day at Microsoft, Juniper Networks announced it would hire Muglia as the executive vice president of its software division. He reported to then Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson, who (along with other Juniper staff) is also a former Microsoft executive.[5][27] Muglia was hired to consolidate Juniper's software groups under a new division[5] called Software Solutions. He also helped develop Juniper's software-defined networking (SDN) strategy.[28]

In December 2013 Muglia quit Juniper, a month after Shaygan Kheradpir was appointed as the company's new CEO.[29] Several other Juniper executives also left around this time.[28]

Snowflake computing[edit]

Bob Muglia was Chief Executive Officer of Snowflake Computing, a cloud-based data-warehousing startup until April 2019. He joined the company in June 2014, a couple years after it was founded[30][31] in 2012.[32] Snowflake Computing came out of stealth mode that October.[33]

Further reading[edit]

  • Gallant, John; Knorr, Eric. "Q&A: Microsoft's Bob Muglia details cloud strategy". IDG.
  • Fontana, John (May 8, 2006). "Q&A: Microsoft's Muglia chats up management directions". Network World.


  1. ^ a b Torrens, Herb (January 6, 2009). "Microsoft Promotes Bob Muglia to President of Server and Tools". Visual Studio Magazine. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Bank, David (September 20, 1999). "Window in the Future". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Joel Brinkley; Steve Lohr (January 2001). U.S. V. Microsoft. McGraw-Hill. pp. 208–209. ISBN 978-0-07-135588-9.
  4. ^ a b c d Fontana, John (January 6, 2009). "Microsoft makes Muglia server/tools president". Network World. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Hesseldahl, Arik (July 25, 2011). "Bob Muglia, Former Microsoft Server Head, Lands at Juniper Networks". AllThingsD. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  6. ^ Ochwat, John (April 1995). "15 notable Microsofties". Upside. p. 88.
  7. ^ IDG Network World Inc (October 2, 1995). Network World. IDG Network World Inc. p. 29. ISSN 0887-7661.
  8. ^ Trott, Bob (February 9, 1998). "Microsoft regroups around the enterprise". Infoworld.
  9. ^ Glascock, Stuart; Darrow, Barbara (March 1, 1999). "Microsoft 'Mega Server' aims to draw traffic to portal". Computer Reseller News.
  10. ^ Gillmor, Steve (May 13, 2002). Save the Whalestorm. InfoWorld Media Group, Inc. p. 62.
  11. ^ Wong, My (September 7, 1998). "The court of public opinion". Computer Reseller News.
  12. ^ Wolffe, Richard (February 26, 1999). "Sun Microsystems accused". Financial Times.
  13. ^ Wirthman, Lisa (August 17, 1998). "Computers & Technology is Microsoft Contradicting Itself in Suits?". Investor's Business Daily.
  14. ^ "Microsoft ends defense in antitrust suit". Associated Press. February 27, 1999. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  15. ^ David Bank (2001). Breaking Windows: How Bill Gates Fumbled the Future of Microsoft. Simon and Schuster. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-7432-0315-9.
  16. ^ "Microsoft sets up new Net Group". Associated Press. August 10, 2000.
  17. ^ Buckman, Rebecca (August 10, 2000). "Microsoft Makes Changes to Focus on Internet". Wall Street Journal. p. B.6.
  18. ^ IDG Network World Inc (February 25, 2002). Network World. IDG Network World Inc. p. 64. ISSN 0887-7661.
  19. ^ Buckman, Rebecca (December 3, 2001). "Microsoft shifts managers". The Globe and Mail.
  20. ^ Hamblen, Matt; Sliwa, Carol (October 13, 2003). "Microsoft's Autonomic IT Plan Starts With Development Tools, Exec Says". Computerworld. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  21. ^ Galli, Peter (March 22, 2004). "VP Affirms Strategy ; Microsoft looking at delivering 'incremental value'". eWeek.
  22. ^ Taft, Darryl (November 7, 2005). "Microsoft's Servers Unit Rudder-Less; Microsoft Corp.'s Servers and Tools division is now Rudder-less, but that does not mean it is without direction". eWeek.
  23. ^ a b Waters, Richard (January 11, 2011). "Microsoft shake-up set to claim more heads as server chief quits". Financial Times.
  24. ^ "Microsoft's Bob Muglia makes a Silverlight U-turn". ComputerWeekly. August 7, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  25. ^ Tu, Janet. "'He knows his stuff': CEO Satya Nadella is well-liked, low-profile". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  26. ^ Keizer, Gregg; Jackson, Joab (January 24, 2011). "Exec Exits Bad News for Microsoft Techies". Computerworld.
  27. ^ Foley, Mary (July 25, 2011). "Juniper Networks adds former Microsoft president Muglia to the management ranks". ZDNet. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  28. ^ a b Bent, Kristin (December 11, 2013). "Juniper Software Boss Muglia Latest Top Exec To Depart". CRN. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  29. ^ Duffy, Jim (December 11, 2013). "Juniper EVP Muglia abruptly quits". Network World. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  30. ^ Jackson, Joab (October 25, 2014). "Big Data digest: Rise of the think-bots". IDG.
  31. ^ "Snowflake offers cloud data warehouse as a service, cheaply". SD Times. October 23, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  32. ^ Gold, Jon (October 21, 2014). "Data warehouse-as-a-service startup Snowflake comes out of stealth". Network World. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  33. ^ Wingfield, Nick (October 21, 2014). "Longtime Microsoft Executive Opens Cloud Database Start-Up". The New York Times. Retrieved November 11, 2014.

External links[edit]