Cloud Solution Architect
Austin , Texas
October 23, 2017
Azure Cloud Solution Architect (CSA) Cloud Computing is the next step toward ubiquitous and pervasive computing. Azure is Microsoft's world-class cloud computing platform used to build, host, and scale web applications and is one of the major strategic thrusts in Microsoft's Services and Devices Strategy. Azure is an open platform enabling hosting of both Windows and Linux applications and supports numerous languages such as .NET, Java, Node.js, and PHP.

Come join the Azure team in the Enterprise Partner Group (EPG) as a Cloud Solution Architect and be front and center in our customer's transformation to cloud-based architectures while at the same time playing an influential role in transforming Microsoft to a Devices & Services company.

As a Cloud Solution Architect, your primary responsibility with be to move customer workloads to Azure. The CSA is a technical customer facing role that will be accountable for the end-to-end customer cloud deployment experience. You will own the Azure technical customer engagement including specific implementation projects and/or Proofs of Concept (POCs).

The ideal candidate will have experience in customer facing roles and had success leading technical and economic value discussions with senior customer executives that drive key decisions and implementation. The success of this role depends on collaboration with generalists and specialists in the MSFT field and delivery teams (including partners, services, product engineering).

In this role, you would be responsible for:
-Interfacing with both the generalists and specialists in the Microsoft sales and delivery teams (including partners, services, Internal Microsoft Product / Service organizations) focused on consumption of the Azure platform in high potential accounts
-Executing quick technical feasibility and proposal development for moving identified workloads to Azure (i.e. quick and dirty, comfortable with 80-20 rule)
-Building a technical and security architecture in Azure for the selected apps/workloads
-Lead compliance assessments with the customer on designed Azure architecture
-Selecting a migration approach to lift and shift the workloads to Azure or architecting a greenfield development and/or production platform for new applications
-Executing limited POCs, if necessary
-Driving the quality of the onboarding plan (with MCS or partners)
-Reporting to customer as business objectives / business value conditions are met
-Ensuring plan execution and Azure consumption targets are met
-Documenting and sharing technical best practices / insights with engineering and the architect community

Key Qualifications:

-Understanding of cloud computing technologies, business drivers, and emerging computing trends
-Proven track record of building technical and business relationships with senior executives and growing wallet share in large or highly strategic accounts
-Proven track record of driving decisions collaboratively, resolving conflicts and ensuring follow through
-Problem-solving mentality leveraging internal and/or external resources, where and when needed, to do what?s right for the customer and for the organization (i.e. think through workarounds, evaluate risk of various deployment options, etc.)
-Exceptional verbal and written communication
-Ability to connect technology with measurable business value
-Demonstrated technical thought leadership in customer facing situations


-5+ years of management and success in consultative / complex sales processes where necessary, managing various stakeholders (Primary: TDM, Secondary: BDM) relationships to get consensus on solution / projects
-5+ year's design and/or implementation and/or support of highly distributed applications (i.e. having an architectural sense for ensuring availability, reliability, etc.)
-2+ years experience in migrating on premise workloads to the cloud
-Deep experience in AGILE development, SCRUM and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) with programming experience in one or more of the following areas: NET, C++, Java, PHP, Perl , Python, Ruby on Rails, Pig/Hive

Working knowledge of cloud infrastructure components:

-Software design or development
-Systems Operations / Management
-Database architecture
-IP Networking
-IT Security
-Technical prowess and passion-especially for Windows Azure, modern Application design practices and principles.
-Oversight experience on major transformation projects and successful transitions to implementation support teams
-Presentation skills with a high degree of comfort with both large and small audiences

Technical BS degree, Computer Science or Math background highly desired, MBA optional No relocation is available for this role

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status, protected genetic information, political affiliation, or any other characteristics protected by local laws, regulations, or ordinances.

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