Session: "Cloud First" Architecture

Thursday, 15:40 - 16:30
Track: Architecture

Modern applications should be designed with a “Cloud First” mentality. Rather than just “move stuff” to the cloud, architects should be designing software that is autonomous, asynchronous, stateless, and based on standards. Whether public, private or hybrid clouds, taking this approach will pay dividends now and in the future. This session discusses the subject in depth and looks at the architectural patterns and approaches using real world solutions.


Delegates should have a basic understanding of software architecture.


Delegates can expect to come away with an understanding on how to approach architecture for cloud applications.

Marc Mercuri

Marc is a Sr. Director in the Cloud Strategy team, where he leads a team of geo-distributed architects that engage on strategic Azure and hybrid cloud projects. This team engaged with 50 customers worldwide this year, with lessons learned and best practices captured in whitepapers, presentations, and videos for use by the Microsoft field and partners. Prior to joining that team, Marc served in senior architecture and strategy roles in Microsoft HQ, where he led high visibility projects in areas related to robotics, cloud, mobile, social, search, and crowdsourcing. Marc has been actively working in the software and services industry for the past 18 years and has worked on ground in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on a number of projects and products. In his career, Marc has served as an architect in lead roles that have spanned startups, enterprises, and ISVs across multiple verticals. Marc is the author of four books and has 27 patents pending in the areas of cloud, mobile, and social.

Marc Mercuri