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E-books on the cloud and Azure


Deepen your understanding of cloud computing with these resources for business leaders and technical professionals.

Analytics Lessons Learned: How Four Companies Drove Business Agility

See how four real-world companies used their data to make timely, informed business decisions that boosted operational efficiency, improved fraud detection, predicted necessary maintenance, and drove customer satisfaction.

A Developer’s Guide to Building AI Applications, Second Edition

Begin creating powerful, intelligent apps in the cloud using AI. Learn to build a conversational virtual assistant that understands language, perceives vast amounts of information, and responds intelligently.

Modernize Web Apps: Five Stories of Creating Better Customer Experiences

Find out how five leading organizations improved online customer experiences by migrating their on-premises web apps and databases to Azure. Plus, learn how to quickly begin moving your own apps to Azure.

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Understand how Unified Security Control Can Help Reduce Multi-Cloud Security Risk

Ebook on how Microsoft Defendr for Cloud reduces cloud security risk with unified security control.

Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches, Second Edition

More than 100 Azure services offer everything you need to build and run your applications with all the performance, redundancy, security, and scale that the cloud has to offer. But knowing where to begin with all these services can seem overwhelming. 

Read this e-book to build your cloud computing skills quickly and efficiently. You’ll be productive immediately, and when you finish, you’ll be well on your way to Azure mastery.
Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches, Second Edition breaks down the most important Azure concepts into bite-sized lessons with exercises and labs—along with project files available in GitHub—to reinforce your skills. Learn how to:

  • Use core Azure infrastructure and platform services—including how to choose which service for which task.
  • Plan appropriately for availability, scale, and security while considering cost and performance.
  • Integrate key technologies, including containers and Kubernetes, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the Internet of Things. 

Labs and exercises reinforce your new skills in every lesson, with project files that you can access in GitHub. Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches, Second Edition, is also available as an audiobook. Microsoft offers both the e-book and audiobook, from Manning Publications, at no charge.

Technical Guide to Building SaaS Apps on Azure

Software as a service (SaaS) is increasingly becoming a driving force behind most organizations’ businesses or operations—to promote innovation, productivity, and growth. Learn how to bring your SaaS applications to customers around the world with Azure capabilities and tools. 

Read this guide created for ISVs, technical professionals, and technical business leaders. You’ll find out how to:

  • Make your applications more secure by following the Zero Trust principle and aiming for an identity-driven system.
  • Implement cloud-native technologies to help you make use of and maximize your SaaS capabilities and elasticity.
  • Take advantage of Azure to build better solutions and focus more on your software instead of managing the underlying infrastructure.
  • Use architectural guides in the Azure Architecture Center, in a multitenant way.
  • Easily display, sell, distribute, and transact your SaaS applications in Azure Marketplace.

Take your business to the next level with a multicloud strategy

As an ISV or SaaS company, you can accelerate innovation, build apps faster, and reach more customers by using multiple cloud assets that span multiple cloud vendors. In this e-book, Best Practices for a Multicloud Strategy for ISVs, explore best practices for building a multicloud strategy and learn how to: 

  • Enhance the developer experience. 
  • Unify security, compliance, and operations. 
  • Consolidate and optimize costs across multiple clouds. 

Innovate with the Cloud Anywhere

Get help making the case for moving your IT infrastructure to the cloud using this ready-made PowerPoint. Customize the slides and share them with your team and other key stakeholders to highlight the benefits of cloud migration.

Use this presentation to:

  • Emphasize the security, compliance, management, and operational benefits of the cloud.
  • Explain key cloud computing concepts, including hybrid and multicloud solutions.
  • Share case studies about global businesses that have benefitted from migrating to Azure.
  • Explore resources to learn more about preparing for an Azure migration and get expert help. 

Making the Business Case for Moving to the Cloud

Quickly build a compelling business case for why your organization should move to the cloud using this ready-made PowerPoint. Customize the slides for your company and share them to highlight the cloud migration and modernization benefits that your team and stakeholders should consider.

Use this presentation to:

  • Emphasize the security, compliance, management, and operational benefits of moving your IT assets to the cloud.
  • Explain cloud computing concepts and share migration steps and strategies.
  • Back up your talking points with helpful visuals and persuasive data. 
  • Explore resources to learn more about Azure migration, assess your readiness, and get support. 

The Ultimate Guide to Windows Server on Azure

Bring more opportunity to your business by bringing your Windows Server workloads to Azure. Because Azure runs on Windows Server, it’s easy to migrate your workloads along with your existing Windows Server skills, familiar tools, and established procedures. 

Download this guide to find out how easy Azure makes it to migrate or extend your Windows Server environment to Azure. You’ll discover: 
  • Ways to run your Windows Server workloads in Azure 
  • How to extend your on-premises IT offerings to Azure for hybrid innovation 
  • What savings you’ll get with your existing Windows Server licenses 
  • How Azure delivers industry-leading security

Forrester study: Fuel Application Innovation with Specialized Cloud AI Services

Discover how to drive app innovation and reap lasting business benefits with a faster approach to AI. Read this 2022 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting, to learn how to help developers of any skill level at your organization deploy AI solutions quickly using prebuilt, production-ready cloud AI services.

Read the study to:

  • Understand the importance of AI in creating a differentiated customer experience for your business.
  • Explore AI use cases for knowledge mining, document process automation, speech transcription and analytics, machine translation, and conversational AI.
  • Recognize the challenges with current methods of AI development and deployment and discover how to overcome them with prebuilt AI solutions.
  • Learn how to circumvent AI skills gaps and implement AI more effectively using responsibly-built cloud AI services.

The Ultimate Guide to Windows Server on Azure

Implement a quick, simple, and low-impact Windows Server migration to Azure. Enhance your existing Windows Server skillset as you move your workloads to the cloud. Read this guide to: 

  • Get tactical steps for implementing your migration.
  • Review key pointers on how to migrate smoothly with minimal impact to your business.
  • Find exclusive resources from Microsoft and Microsoft partners to learn more about the capabilities and the opportunities available for data centers invested in Windows Server.

Drive Innovation and Business Value Through Cloud Modernization

Fuel innovation and quickly adapt to changing business needs by moving your apps, data, and infrastructure to the cloud. Read this free e-book to find out how to build a cloud migration strategy that will help you optimize costs, enhance security, and simplify IT management.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Increase your flexibility and scalability with hybrid and multicloud technologies.
  • Choose the best option for modernizing your apps, including rehosting, replatforming, and refactoring.
  • Pick the right database options—relational, non-relational, and open-source relational—for your digital transformation.
  • Assess your needs, prepare your people and resources, and move to the cloud using specialized Azure services and resources.