Overview

Cloud Solution Architect – Data & AI

We are looking for a highly motivated and passionate Data & Advanced Analytics and/or Artificial Intelligence Cloud Solution Architect (CSA) to drive high priority customer initiatives on the Microsoft Azure Platform in collaboration with our customers. This is a customer-facing role, owning overall technical relationship between customer and Microsoft Data, Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Platform.

Responsibilities

You would own the Data Platform & Advanced Analytics technical customer engagements including architectural design sessions, execution of Proof-of-Concepts (PoC) and Minimum Viable Products (MVPs), and experience leading and delivering implementing projects. The ideal candidate will have experience in customer-facing roles and success leading deep technical architecture discussions with senior customer executives, Enterprise Architects, IT Management and Developers to drive Data Platform and Advanced Analytics solutions to productions.

Key Responsibilities Include

Understand customers’ overall data estate, IT and business priorities and success measures to design implementation architectures and solutions.

Apply technical knowledge to architect solutions that meet business and IT needs, create Data Platform, Analytics and AI roadmaps, and ensure long term technical viability of new deployments, infusing key analytics technologies where appropriate (e.g. SQL Server, Azure Synapse, Azure ML, Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Data Factory, Big Data, Data Lake, Azure Databricks, Power BI, etc.)

Ensure that solution exhibits high levels of performance, security, scalability, maintainability, appropriate reusability and reliability upon deployment

Develop deep relationships with key customer IT decision makers and relevant business decision makers (like AI or Analytics), who drive long-term cloud adoption within their company to enable them to be cloud advocates

Be a Voice of Customer to share insights and best practices, connect with Engineering team to remove key blockers

Assess the Customers’ knowledge of Azure platform and overall cloud readiness to support customers through a structured learning plan and ensure its delivery through partners.

Collaborate with other Cloud Solution Architects and MS stakeholders in developing complex end-to-end Enterprise solutions on Microsoft Cloud platforms.

Maintain technical skills and knowledge, keeping up to date with market trends and competitive insights; collaborate and share with the technical community while educate customers on Azure platform

Be an Azure Platform evangelist with customers, partners and external communities.

Qualifications

10 years of deep understanding of cloud infrastructure technologies, business drivers, emerging computing trends, and deployment projects (where necessary, managing various stakeholder relationships to get consensus on solutions/projects)
Proven track record of building deep technical relationships with senior executives and growing cloud consumption share in large or highly strategic accounts
Proven track record of driving decisions collaboratively, resolving conflicts and ensuring follow through with exceptional verbal and written communication
5+ years of architecture, design, implementation, and/or support of highly distributed applications (i.e. having an architectural sense for ensuring availability, reliability, etc.)
5+ years of experience in “migrating” on premise workloads to the cloud
Deep technical experience and expertise in the following areas:Cloud Infrastructure: Virtualization, Storage, HPC, VDI, Linux, Containers and container orchestration, OSS
Cloud Operations / Management: Monitoring and logging, Operations
Cloud Networking: ExpressRoute, vWAN, Ingress/Egress patterns and services
Cloud Security & Governance: IAM, monitoring, encryption, cloud native policies and controls
Cloud platform hosted solutions (e.g. Azure App Service, Kubernetes (AKS/EKS/GKE)
Cloud application development solutions (e.g. PaaS, Serverless, API Management)
Continuous integration technologies (e.g. IaC, Jenkins, Spinnaker, Azure for DevOps, Chef, Puppet)
One or more of the following programming languages: C++, C#, Java, Node.js
Practical and deep applied experience in scaling the use of public cloud in enterprise organizations.
Oversight experience on major transformation projects and successful transitions to implementation support teams
Presentation skills with a high degree of comfort with both large and small audiences
Prior work experience in a Consulting/Architecture position within a software and/or services company such as Amazon, VMware, Google, IBM, Oracle desired
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering or related field preferred

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

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