The opportunity in Cloud Application development is booming. According to the recently published Cloud Application Development playbook, IDC forecasts that worldwide public IT cloud services revenue (including SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) will reach $141.2B USD by 2019 at a rate of almost six times overall IT spending growth. Now is your chance to differentiate your business by adding application development to your Microsoft practice – and we can help you bring your application to life.

I’m excited to share that we’ve made technical services for Microsoft Azure and Office 365 application development available to all ISVs and partners. These offerings from the Partner Technical Services team include:

  • Dev Chat – Dev Chat provides technical tips to help you plan your Microsoft Azure and Office 365 applications and solutions. From architecture and design to deployment, implementation, and migration, through Dev Chat you can connect with a Microsoft support engineer for development tips to quickly resolve programming questions for Azure and Office 365.
  • Webcasts – Sign up for webcasts about application migration, developer operations (DevOps), building cross-platform apps, Internet of Things (IoT), Cortana Intelligence Suite, Microsoft Graph apps, Office Store deployments, and more.
  • Expert Consultations – Request a personalized consultation with a Microsoft Azure or Office 365 technical expert throughout the application development cycle. Consultations are available on topics such as architecture, application planning, API development, and building productivity solutions. Through June 30, consultation services are offered as a benefit to all Microsoft Partner Network members at no cost. At the time you request your consultation, you will need to provide your MPN ID number.

How to Start Your Application Development Journey

Whether you’re an ISV, an app developer, or a partner building cloud IP, we want to help you succeed. These technical resources and services are designed with you in mind. They are available to all MPN members and align to the three stages of application development: Plan, Build and Operate & Optimize. Dev Chat is available throughout the process, across these stages.

Stage 1: Plan

Microsoft Azure

Discover how specific Microsoft Azure workloads can help you grow and manage your business by using your Azure internal use rights benefit. Sign up for the Grow and Manage Your Business with Microsoft Azure Internal Use Rights webcast.

Learn how to streamline your app development process by attending the Technical Deep Dive for Migrating Apps to Azure webcast to understand the migration paths that apply to your application and how to use Azure web workloads.

Accelerate your cloud applications further by working with a technical expert who’ll help you build a proof of concept to develop mobile apps that scale on Azure. The Starter Kit Consultation for Cloud Application Development gives you planning tools and guidance for common scenarios, migration tips, and a better understanding of the costs and architecture of your cloud solution.

For mobile application developers, the Xamarin Starter Kit Consultation explains how to build and design cross-platform applications with planning tools and guidance on common Xamarin scenarios.

Office 365

Learn to develop and build applications that integrate across the entire Office 365 user experience at the Technical Deep Dive on Building Cross-Platform Office 365 Applications webcast.

Envision and create the next generation of productive solutions using Microsoft Teams, the Microsoft BOT framework, Microsoft Skype, Office 365 Connectors, and Office 365 Groups with an Office 365 Productivity Solutions Consultation.

Streamline your Office 365 application deployment process and understand the migration paths that apply to your existing applications with an Office 365 Migration Consultation.

Stage 2: Build

Microsoft Azure

Go deeper into your learning journey with Creating Apps for the Intelligent Cloud and Connected Solutions with IoT, technical deep dives where you’ll learn how to plan, build, and maintain cloud applications in Azure, and connect your Internet of Things assets.

Further, develop your custom-built app with a design review to accelerate deployment with the Architecture Consultation for Cloud Apps. Get guidance to ensure your app avoids common product support issues. Reduce common break-fix issues by learning best practices for architecture and design.

Advance your custom-built applications with personalized guidance and recommendations for API integrations with Azure REST Management API. Engage in a one-on-one session with a Microsoft expert and receive a customized review for an existing deployment plan as well as architecture guidance and prototyping for using API integrations.

Office 365

Explore how to build apps that connect to Microsoft Graph across a variety of languages and development platforms with the Technical Deep Dive on Building Smarter Apps with Office 365 webcast.

The Office 365 AppDev Architecture Consultation will help you build smarter Office 365 apps, providing architectural guidance, development support, and deployment plans from a Microsoft engineer.

Stage 3: Operate and Optimize

Microsoft Azure

Register for the Enhance Your Business with Cortana Intelligence Suite technical training to understand how to scale growth by building your own apps and custom solutions. You’ll gain a deeper knowledge of how to utilize the Cortana analytics platform and tools.

Follow up the training with an Advanced Analytics Consultation, to connect with a technical expert to discuss how to leverage Microsoft analytics tools to be more profitable. Transform your business with customized advice that can help you make informed decisions by analyzing all the data you need, real-time.

Office 365

Deploy your Office 365 application more rapidly and efficiently using deployment services and programs in the Office Store. The Enhance Your Business with Office Store Deployments webcast explains how to optimize and monetize your application with marketing embedding features and managing application performance.

Generate new revenue streams by understanding the technical requirements and steps required to deploy and monetize your application on Microsoft Marketplaces. During this personalized one-to-one Developer Marketplaces Consultation, a Microsoft expert will provide you with an overview of marketplaces and make custom recommendations on where to place your application within Marketplaces.

Where to Learn More

Learn more about the services available for the Plan, Build, and Optimize & Operate stages of application development:


How do you see app development on Azure and Office 365 helping to take your business to the next level? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

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