Financial considerations for Cloud Migration

Jeremy Winter Partner Director, Azure Management

Co-authored by Jorge Magana, Director, Azure Finance (Financial Planning and Analysis).

In the kick off blog of this series, I shared our top recommendations to accelerate your cloud migration journey, one of which was around aligning key stakeholders across your organization. As you move through assessments and plan your migration, it is critical to get buy in from your CFO and other financial stakeholders—even more so in today’s challenging macro-climate.

IT and finance organizations need to be aligned around how to be agile to adjust to rapidly shifting demands while ensuring that their cost structure is lean enough to weather tough market conditions. With this dual focus, it is critical to understand not only the technical benefits of a cloud transition but also the financial and economic opportunities associated with it. Today I’m sharing my own experience of partnering with finance along with the wisdom that customers have shared about their journey.

Visit the full article here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/preparing-for-what-s-next-financial-considerations-for-cloud-migration/

Making buildings smarter with Azure IoT

Kirsten M. Walker Principal Program Manager, Azure IoT Business Acceleration

Commercial real estate developers, building owners, facilities management companies, and tenants have a huge opportunity to address, and solve for, the unique business challenges faced by their industry, by applying the Internet of Things (IoT) to buildings. For example, by leveraging data from IoT sensors and building management systems, companies can gain insights that enable them to save energy, reduce operational expenses, increase occupant comfort, and optimize space.

However, the COVID-19 crisis has presented a new set of challenges for developers, owners, and management companies. New forecasts show the smart building market size growing between 7.3 per cent and 11.6 per cent annually to overall market revenues of between $65.2 billion and $82.7 billion USD in 2025.

Read the full article here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/making-buildings-smarter-with-azure-iot/

Smart buildings also help companies meet regulations for tracking and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.