Azure Simple Start Online Workshops

Workshop 1: Strategy and Planning

Learn the basics of Azure cloud adoption in 3 steps

With 50% of large SMBs moving to the cloud in the next 12 months,¹ the partner opportunity for cloud migration services is booming—to the tune of $72.4 billion.²

Start building the skills you need to unlock this profitable opportunity with our Azure Simple Start Online Workshops, a series of virtual workshops that will show you everything you need to know to migrate your first workload to Microsoft Azure.

In Workshop 1, you’ll learn the basics of Microsoft Azure cloud adoption and the fundamentals of building a profitable cloud practice. Each workshop is broken into 3 easy-to-follow 30-minute videos. Getting started is simple—just start watching!

¹Microsoft Internal Research on US Quantitative survey of SMB ITDMs and BDMs currently using or considering cloud services (org size 75-249 employees)

²Gartner Research, “Market Insight: Cloud Migration Part 1—Where Are the Opportunities for Service Providers?” May 2018

Define Strategy: Setting Up a Profitable Cloud Practice

See why defining a cloud strategy for your business—and your customers’ businesses—will help you meet your goals while also ensuring stakeholders and technicians alike understand the benefits of adopting the cloud.

You’ll learn:

  • Top factors that drive companies to cloud adoption
  • Total cost of ownership and cost savings of Microsoft Azure
  • How to build a better cloud business plan
  • How the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure helps align your business, people, and technology strategy

Gain more in-depth knowledge with these additional resources:

Plan: Learn and Evolve

Discover how cloud adoption plans help you convert strategy into action and align your technical efforts with your business goals.

You’ll learn:

  • How to recruit, hire, develop, and retain talent in your cloud practice
  • New ways to develop cloud skills in the workforce with Microsoft Learn
  • Which Azure competencies are available and how to start training
  • Ways to build role-specific skills in the Partner Training Center
  • Why the Cloud Enablement Desk might be Microsoft’s best-kept secret

Accelerate your cloud adoption with these planning resources:

Ready: Understanding Cloud Architecture

Deepen your understanding of Azure architecture and get to know the resources you’ll need to help customers stay secure and compliant.

You’ll learn:

  • How to use the Azure Architecture Center
  • Ways to simplify the compliance journey to meet regulatory requirements
  • How to use Azure Blueprints to easily create security and compliance blueprints
  • Details on leveraging SYNNEX resources to build your cloud practice

Dig deeper into cloud architecture with these resources:

Next Workshop: Assessment and Migration

Ready to move your first workload? Learn how to ensure your Azure migrations are successful in this next workshop.

Our presenters


Joe is a Partner Technology Strategist at Microsoft. He has more than 20 years of experience helping partners and customers embark on digital transformations by leveraging cloud adoption and enablement strategies. Joe helps organizations understand how Microsoft cloud solutions drive business value, improve operations, and empower the workforce to extend customer reach.


Robert is a Cloud Solutions Specialist on the Microsoft team at SYNNEX. He helps partners grow their Azure, Microsoft 365, and Office 365 practices by providing them sales and marketing guidance, identifying their next steps for growth, and connecting them with presales tech support as needed.

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