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Ex-Microsoft Executive Bob Stutz Is Joining

The former head of Microsoft's Dynamics business will be heading up the analytics business at Salesforce.

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A big story hit the business software world yesterday: Bob Stutz, Microsoft corporate VP and head of Dynamics, its software for managing sales contacts and processes, is leaving the company.

Jujhar Singh, a Microsoft general manager in the Dynamics business unit, will take over for him, according to a memo sent around to employees yesterday and first reported by MSDynamicsworld.

Via LinkedIn

So where is Stutz going? Sources confirmed to Re/code that he will be joining, the leader in CRM software that runs in the cloud. (CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management, a key application that businesses use to track their sales leads and processes.)

Stutz will be joining Salesforce as its chief analytics officer, reporting to President of Products Alex Dayon. “Bob not only has deep enterprise software experience, he’s also a proven leader who’ll drive the vision and execution for the Analytics Cloud as we build it into a billion-dollar business for Salesforce,” Dayon said.

Salesforce got into the analytics business last year with Wave. Wave is intended to give business users the ability to drill down into data about different aspects of their business, the hope being they’ll discover things they’ve overlooked that will enable them to sell more stuff or save more money.

Stutz is an ex-Army intelligence specialist who landed at Microsoft in 2012. He spent seven years as a group VP at Siebel Systems, a CRM software outfit, ending in 2005 after it was acquired by Oracle. He then spent five years at SAP as an executive VP in its industry solutions group, and then 16 months at Hewlett-Packard.

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