The Microsoft Azure Partner Community is led by National Partner Technology Strategists from the Microsoft US Partner Team. Partner Community activities include blog posts, discussions on Yammer, newsletters, and community calls.
- Register for the November 20 US Azure Partner Technical Community call
- Watch our October and September US Azure Partner Community calls on demand
- Read the US Azure Partner Community blog posts (October – disaster recovery and high availability; September – EMS)
- Join the Azure Partners group on Yammer
- Sign up for the US Azure Partner newsletter
Opportunity is everywhere! The November focus for the US Azure Partner Community is about migrating servers and server applications to Microsoft Azure. We’ll look at Windows Server 2003 end of support, VMWare migration, Hyper-V, application migration, and more.
If your customer is ready to make the move to Azure, great! If your customer isn’t ready to move, though, keep tracking with us, because every customer is on a journey to the cloud. Some, with your help, are well on their way. Some are just getting started. Some do not know where to start. Regardless of where they are in their journey, you can help them take the next step.
What are you doing to help Azure-enable your customers?
I want to start this month’s series with a question can change how you think about Azure as it relates to your customers: What are you doing to help Azure-enable them? Regardless of where they are in their journey to the cloud, there are things you can do now to help them get there and meet their short-term and long-term business goals.
There are scenarios where a customer making the move to Azure in the short-term may not be likely. A customer that just made a large hardware purchase likely wants to first get a return on that investment. But that customer can still be Azure-enabled. You can help design solutions, services, apps, and infrastructure in a way that saves the customer money today and makes moving to Azure easy when the time is right.
For a customer running VMWare, for example, you can help them move to Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 (save money today) and be ready to move those VMs seamlessly to Azure at a later date (save money tomorrow). You could also help them use Azure to build the disaster recovery plan for backing up all that fancy new hardware.
I recently worked with a customer that had made a large investment on a Tier 1 ERP workload in their data center. Moving this workload to Azure was a stressful conversation for the customer on many fronts. However, they had several Tier 2 workloads coming up to hardware refresh cycles and the conversation about moving those to Azure was fun to have. In helping them implement this, we were Azure-enabling the Tier 1 workload. When the customer is ready to move, their IT team will have plenty of experience running T2 and T3 on Azure, easing that move.
In this month’s blog series, as we walk through various scenarios, we will likely touch on scenarios that reflect where your customers are. As we do, keep thinking about Azure-enabling those customers and helping them along their journey to the cloud.