Live Meeting: Is Azure Right For My Business?

Windows AzureDid you miss the Azure roadshow for Microsoft Partners in December? Are you still pondering the business opportunity behind Azure? Well block off 2-hours on your calendar today to attend our Live Meeting presentation of the roadshow content on Thursday, February 25th. Gather up your team for an extended lunch to learn from leading edge partners on what the Windows Azure opportunity can mean for your business. For more information and to register for the event go to

Do you want to know how to:

  • Leverage the opportunity and get started / engage your customer?
  • Assess an organization for Azure and help them determine their S+S strategy?
  • Compute cloud charges and determine the ROI of migrating to the cloud?
  • Determine what best practices to apply in migrating applications to Azure?

Who should attend?

This is a business development briefing for Microsoft Partners, specifically system integrators, who build custom developed solutions. Partner attendees most likely to benefit from this briefing include:

  • Executive Technology/ Business Liaisons
  • Technology Decision Makers
  • Development and Architecture Leaders

At this briefing you will:

  • Hear from a leading Azure partner on how to get-started identifying and developing Azure opportunities
  • Hear from peers within your network about real projects and business development initiatives


11:00 am - 11:15 am
Presenter: John McClelland, Partner Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
Bio: John is a Principal Partner Evangelist with Microsoft's U.S. Developer and Platform Evangelism team. With over 20 years of IT and application development experience, John joined Microsoft in 1997 as a platform consultant architecting and implementing distributed solutions for several of Microsoft's largest customers in the Greater Pennsylvania district.   In 2002 he joined the Developer and Platform Evangelism team to help the architect and developer community explore, understand, and implement solutions built on the .NET Platform.  Today John focuses exclusively on the Partner Community in the U.S. East Region with expertise in designing and deploying custom-developed solutions.  John is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  If you wish to connect with John, visit his personal blog at or the US Dev Partners blog at

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Building An Azure Business Practice
Presenter: Chris Rolon, Architect, Neudesic
Bio: Based in the New York City area, Chris is an Architectural Consultant for Neudesic, a solutions company focused on the delivery of products and services based on Microsoft .Net technologies. Chris brings an extensive technology background with more than 25 years of industry experience in custom application development and implementation. Originally based in Irvine California, Chris has been actively involved with Microsoft's .NET development community since it was introduced at the Professional Developer's Conference in 2000. Chris has been an active speaker at MSDN events, Visual Studio launches and user groups throughout Southern California. Since relocating to the New York City area, Chris has spoken at the MSDN Developer Conference and several user groups and CodeCamps in the local area. Chris now heads the Windows Azure User Groups in New York and Malvern, PA where he has been speaking on Azure since PDC 2008. Chris is presently working with a client company in the mid-west that is part of Microsoft's Technology Adoption Program migrating one of their commercial applications to run on Azure.

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Showcase of An Azure Business Model
Presenter: Wayne Beekman, Co-Founder, Information Concepts
Bio: Wayne started Information Concepts with his partner, Cary Toor in 1982. Wayne oversees the development of new business and technical direction for Information Concepts. He is a charter member of Microsoft's .NET Partner Advisor Board, which began in 1999. He holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Science of Information Systems from George Washington University.
Wayne Launched Information Concepts Cloud Computing Practice in the Spring of 2008 and was recently featured in several tech publications for his work in Cloud Computing:


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