Albers School of Business and Economics

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Avijit Sinha

Principal PM Manager
Microsoft Corporation

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Company Description

Microsoft was founded in 1975. Our mission is to enable people and organizations throughout the world to do more and achieve more by creating technology that transforms the way people learn, work, play, and communicate. We develop and market software, services, and devices that deliver new opportunities, greater convenience, and enhanced value to people’s lives. We do business worldwide and have offices in more than 100 countries.
We generate revenue by developing, licensing, and supporting a wide range of software products and services, by designing, manufacturing, and selling devices, and by delivering relevant online advertising to a global customer audience. In addition to selling individual products and services, we offer suites of products and services.
Our products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games; and online advertising. We also design and sell hardware including PCs, tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, phones, other intelligent devices, and related accessories.
We offer cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software, services, and content over the Internet by way of shared computing resources located in centralized data centers. Examples of cloud-based computing services we offer include Bing, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive, Skype, Xbox Live, and Yammer. Cloud revenue is earned primarily from usage fees, advertising, and subscriptions. We also provide consulting and product and solution support services, and we train and certify computer system integrators and developers.
We conduct research and develop advanced technologies for future software, devices, and services. We believe that we will continue to grow and meet our customers’ needs as the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world.

Job Description

Currently lead a team of Program Managers, UX Designers, Researchers, Developers and Testers to plan, design, develop and ship Office Mobile Applications on Mobile platforms. Also work on developing and implementing the monetization models and support processes with business planning, legal, product marketing and customer support teams.

Key projects shipped so far
• Office Apps on iPad - More info at http://blogs.office.com/2014/03/27/announcing-the-office-you-love-now-on-the-ipad/
• Office Mobile on iPhone – more info at http://blogs.office.com/b/office-news/archive/2013/06/14/office-mobile-for-the-iphone-is-now-available-for-office-365-subscribers.aspx
• Office Mobile on Windows Phone – more info at http://blogs.office.com/b/office-next/archive/2012/10/29/introducing-the-new-office-on-windows-phone-8.aspx
• Office Mobile on Symbian Phones – developed in strategic partnership with Nokia. More info at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2009/aug09/08-12PixiPR.aspx

Employment History

Avijit joined Microsoft in 2001 and has taken on diverse technology development and partner engagement roles in the Windows, Office and Corporate R&D groups during his Microsoft tenure. Currently Avijit is a Principal PM Manager in the Office Mobile Group . Prior to this role, Avijit led a team in Redmond and Microsoft subsidiaries, responsible for Worldwide Partner Engagements, Field Readiness, Product Deployment, Solution Integration, Operations and Support areas for Mobile Phones and Subscription Computing efforts targeted at emerging markets. He planned and executed market trials in partnership with Mobile Operators in Latin America, Asia Pacific, South East Asia, Greater China Region, Europe and Middle East. His team drove product integration efforts across a wide spectrum of domains ranging from Subscription Computing, mobile phones, internet cafés, education and Ultra-Low-Cost PCs with regional government agencies, OEMs, mobile operators, banks, payment service providers, retailers, iCafe operators and NGOs. These initiatives involved a blend of new product incubation in a start-up environment along with innovative new business, distribution and revenue models (licensing, subscription, pay-as-you-go, ad subsidized, micro-payments) created specifically for emerging markets. To manage these diverse worldwide projects, Avijit established and institutionalized scalable processes and project management framework to successfully collaborate across multiple functional domains (engineering, operations, marketing, business development, finance, legal, licensing & support) on opportunity analysis, product positioning, financial modeling, field engagement, contracts development, technology deployment and after-sales support. Avijit travelled extensively across the world to manage these global initiatives with Microsoft partners. Prior to this role Avijit was a Program Manager in the Windows division where he managed international product development teams spread across the US, India, Japan and Canada. Avijit also managed Microsoft’s technical relationships with key imaging equipment manufacturers such as Canon, Xerox, Hewlett Packard, Ricoh, Epson, Brother and Lexmark. Avijit represented Microsoft at several industry conferences as part of this role.

Education

Seattle University MBA, Finance, Marketing, Strategy, 2009
Clemson University Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, 2000
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras Bachelor of Technology, 1998