Chief Technologist/Founder, Esteban Garcia and I recently attended Microsoft Inspire, Microsoft’s Partner Conference.  This is always a great conference for connecting with Microsoft Employees as well as other Partners and a great time to hear about Microsoft FY19 programs our clients may qualify for as they think about moving to Azure, application modernization, DevOps adoption, cloud first development and Internet of Things.  There are many new programs available and two that stand out to me the most for both existing and potential clients are the Azure Everywhere Offer and the Azure Deployment Offer.  Historically these programs have only been available for Microsoft managed customers.  One new change heading into Microsoft’s FY19 is that these programs are now open to both Microsoft managed and unmanaged customers who want to leverage certain workloads in Azure.  With these programs, for qualifying scenarios, Microsoft will pay us to work with you for 1 – 7 days for a variety of activities.

For the Azure Everywhere offer we could do Assessments, Proof of Concept (POCs)/Pilots, or Architectural Design Sessions (ADS) to drive Azure. With the Azure Deployment Offer, Microsoft provides funding to Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform partners to help deploy Azure and SQL custom solutions quickly and confidently (also ranges from 1 – 7 days of funding depending on the scenario).

Some of the Solutions/Use Cases are outlined below for a high level overview:

Solution Area

Azure Solution

Technical Use Case/Azure Workload

Application Portfolio (Migration and/or Modernization) Business Continuity, DR, Storage Hybrid Azure Backup, Azure Site Recovery
Application Portfolio (Migration and/or Modernization) Security and Management Azure Security Center, Azure Backup, Azure Monitoring, Azure Cost Management, Azure Governance
Application Portfolio (Migration and/or Modernization) High Performance Compute VMs, Azure Batch, Azure CycleCloud, Avere, Cray
Application Portfolio (Migration and/or Modernization) Windows Server on Azure Custom apps (.NET, containers), packaged apps
Application Portfolio (Migration and/or Modernization) DC Migration Rehost, Refactor, Rearchitect or Rebuild
Application Portfolio (Migration and/or Modernization) Customer Facing Applications Containers, .NET, Linux-Ubuntu
Application Portfolio (Migration and/or Modernization) Internal LOB Applications Web Apps, Mobile Apps and AI
Application Portfolio (Migration and/or Modernization) DevOps .NET, DevTest Labs or non-Microsoft stack
Data Modernization Globally Distributed Data CosmosDB – real-time experiences, multimodel, globally distributed, cloud native data-driven apps
Internet of Things IoT IoT Central, IoT Hub or Edge
Artificial Intelligence Build Intelligent apps/Machine Learning Cognitive Services, bots, search, Azure Databricks
Modern Business Intelligence Self-Service BI, Build modern apps with Intelligence PowerBI Pro and Premium, PowerBI Embedded

To find out more about these opportunities to engage with Nebbia Technology and learn if you qualify, contact me today at We look forward to helping you with your Azure and DevOps journey!