Microsoft has been developing a concept to deliver business-ready Cloud solutions by industry type over the past year or so. The current Industry Cloud solutions under development or in release number six with more planned. The first to market solution was for the healthcare industry in 2020, and they have subsequently created an industry Cloud capability for financial services, retail, manufacturing (for public review), nonprofit in 2021, and a sustainability Industry Cloud was released on June 1, 2022.

The focus of the industry Cloud approach is to structure the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Cloud services on top of the Azure basic Cloud offering, allowing for industry to more easily configure and integrate Cloud services using Microsoft services and applications, and to more easily integrate with third party products. The main question for this paper is what is the value proposition for Industry Cloud to your organisation?

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Mike Mitchelmore

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Mike Mitchelmore

Mike Mitchelmore is an IBRS advisor specialising in the areas of ICT strategy, program and project management, ICT service delivery and telecommunications. Mike has more than 40 years of experience in the ICT industry during which he has successfully led engagements in the design and deployment of a global telecommunications networks and IT platforms, negotiated managed telecommunications services, introduced new capabilities for call centres and consolidated ICT systems to focus on service delivery for citizen facing services. Mike has also assisted clients in ICT strategy, support planning, system design and architecture, and procurement strategies. Mike is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College, and the Royal Military College of Science (UK). He holds a degree in Social Science (human resource development), and graduate diplomas in Management Studies and Telecommunications Systems Management. Mike is a certified PRINCE 2 Practitioner and an ITIL (V2) Manager.