The three authors of Windows Azure Hybrid Cloud, Adam, Danny and Jamal, belong to special groups within Microsoft. Adam and Jamal work for the Global Datacenter and Private Cloud Center of Excellence (CoE), and Danny is part of the Global Azure Modern Apps CoE. When Microsoft looks to develop its capabilities within a specific area they stand-up CoE's to blaze the trail and train other resources within that area (not unlike other large organizations).

Their charter is simple. It is to Evangelize and Grow Microsoft's Private and Public Cloud Strategy. It's a fairly broad charter; however, it is that way for a reason. It is stated that way because there are multiple points of entry to a Microsoft Cloud solution and they execute against this charter through three key areas:

  • Solution and Opportunity Identification (Pre-Sales)
  • Cloud Solution Development (IP — intellectual property)
  • Internal and External Field Enablement (Readiness)

Jamal's area of focus is working with business decision makers (CIO's mostly) and understanding the motivations and business strategies for large (typically Fortune 1000) organizations and identifying opportunities or solutions which Microsoft can assist in enabling them to achieve their strategic business goals and imperatives. If it isn't already obvious, there is an incredible amount of effort that goes into analyzing and understanding a Fortune 1000 Company's business strategy (more on that later). In any event, ...

Get Windows Azure Hybrid Cloud now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.