On a personal note, I'm really sad to see Scott Stuart leave the company. I only know Scott because of a few presentations he's done as Microsoft's CIO. Being responsible for how technology is implemented in a global 80,000 employee organization is no easy task.
Although the reasons behind his termination abrupt departure remain vague, I wish him well on his future endeavors.
In a Q&A on Microsoft Presspass in December 2005, Scott illustrated his role in two parts: “to help the company think through and define its strategic priorities, then deliver the business-process capabilities and solutions to achieve them….[and] lead the Microsoft IT organizations in designing, building and running the IT systems that we use to run the company.”