Paul Maher has over 20 years in the IT industry across a variety of technology-focused roles. He was recently asked to return to Microsoft to build a new team in Azure engineering called Industry Experiences. The team is focused on helping industry customers and partners with their move to the cloud. Prior to Microsoft, he was the CTO at Milliman, where he and his team built one of the largest solutions that exist on Azure today, called Integrate, for Actuarial Modeling and Financial reporting. Prior to that, he led the Global Cross-Industry Partner team at Microsoft. He is in popular demand at Microsoft to talk about cloud because of his extensive experience developing solutions in the cloud, as well as working with some of the largest customers World Wide on their move to the cloud.
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[01:18] What is the Microsoft Azure Industry Experience?
[05:36] While the trends are show that companies are flocking to the Cloud, due to cost reductions and other benefits, according to a report by research firm 451 Research, "Enterprise adoption of cloud computing has created a paradox. Although companies move to the cloud to take advantage of lower costs, most of them end up spending more on their cloud infrastructures than they did with installations in their own data centers." What's your take on this, and do you think it will inhibit the growth in Cloud Computing?
[04:21] What is Microsoft Azure, and how can people use it?
[05:36] A successful Cloud Migration requires applying common sense and governance.
[09:55] How to keep your Cloud / IaaS costs down.
[11:32] Is The Cloud for everyone, or are there specific business profiles that are the best fit for The Cloud?
[12:10] The Cloud is open and accessible to all, at a price point that fits.
[12:48] Let's talk about compliance. We all know about the new data protection regulation, GDPR, and the seriousness of not adhering to its mandates. Yet, this presents a new set of problems, where businesses are incurring, sometimes, large expenses, for compliance. What options does Azure provide, for companies that have to be compliant, without breaking the bank?
[13:17] Microsoft Azure was built with Security & Compliance at the heart.
[14:00] 90% of Fortune 500 companies trust their business to the Microsoft Azure Cloud.
[14:51] Visit the Microsoft Azure Trust Center: https://microsoft.com/en-us...
[15:16] What is the biggest incentive for migration to the Cloud for SMBs?
[19:24] Microsoft is committed to GDPR compliance across their Cloud services, and they provide GDPR related assurances in their contractual commitments.
Dez Blanchfield - Founder & Chief Data Scientist at Gara guru, a Cloud Consulting firm in Sydney, Australia - He's also podcast host of Conversations with Dez:
[17:15] a. Has there been a noticeable post GDPR increase in demand for & adoption of Private / Hybrid Cloud from Microsoft’s existing enterprise and government clients, for Microsoft Azure, through offerings such as the Microsoft + HPE Azure private cloud “stack”?
[21:14] b. Where are you seeing the biggest gains, is it in Small, Medium, or Large business, or State / Federal Government?
[22:14] c. Who has shown themselves to be the fast movers in the adoption and uptake of private Azure solutions?
[24:23] Ken Herron - CMO Intelligent IoT Messaging Company, Unified Inbox, Orlando, FL - Hey Paul. Microsoft is a BIG company. And Azure is an equally big platform. For those of us who aren’t so big, what please is the process for us to “get started”?
[26:56] Jake Mytelka - Founder of The Suite Corner, New City, NY - As a business owner in the wholesale/retail used electronic industry, we have noticed trends in the used cell phone, tablet, and laptop markets. It seems the advances in technology and new feature launches have drastically slowed down resulting in an increased interest in the used market. We are therefore led to believe these trends will lead to tech manufacturers slowing down the release of new models, and put more focus on the virtual technologies, security, and Blockchain. This will lead to an increased demand of used technology, which would allow electronics to hold value longer and create a growth in the used/refurbished industries. As an industry expert would you agree with this statement, and please elaborate your thoughts for us.
[30:50] Ian Moyse - Cloud Influencer and Director at Cloud Telephony provider Natterbox - What should channels look out for and should we expect in the next phase of cloud disruption?
[35:45] Quantum Computing