General Manager, Cloud + Enterprise Division – Strategy, Microsoft Keeping up with James is tricky, not only because he is an avid marathoner and triathlete. Having spent more than 25 years in enterprise technology, delivered numerous keynotes and taught as a lecturer at leading business schools, he’s keeping a good pace. Before taking the helm at Microsoft’s intelligent cloud, James made a number of smart moves himself as an industry analyst, CMO, product market lead, journalist and reseller. He has held key executive positions at firms including Gartner, Sun Microsystems, Azul Systems and Forrester Research. During his time with Forrester James conducted pioneering work in cloud computing that allowed Fortune 500 and global enterprises to develop successful cloud strategies. From his pioneering starting point he’s now placed successfully as the forerunner of strategic planning and portfolio analysis for the Cloud + Enterprise division at Microsoft.