Cloud Solution Architect - Data & AI, Data & Analytics


Location: Atlanta, Georgia, Austin, Texas, Baltimore, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts, Charlotte, North Carolina, Chicago, Illinois, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Detroit, Michigan, Houston, Texas, Indianapolis, Indiana, Kansas City, Missouri, Los Angeles, California, Louisville, Kentucky, Miami, Florida, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nashville, Tennessee, New York, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Phoenix, Arizona, Portland, Oregon, Richmond, Virginia, San Diego, California, San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington, St. Louis, Missouri, Tampa, Florida, Washington, District of Columbia

Job Type: Full time


The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
- Amelia Earhart

Azure is the most comprehensive, innovative and flexible cloud platform today and Microsoft is hiring professionals who will drive customer cloud adoption within the most important companies in the market. We are looking for highly motivated and passionate Data Platform & Advanced Analytics/Artificial Intelligence Cloud Solution Architects to drive high priority customer initiatives on the Microsoft Azure Platform in collaboration with customers and the Microsoft field.

This is a customer facing role owning overall technical relationships between customers and Microsoft Data & Advanced Analytics or Artificial Intelligence Platform. You will own the Data Platform & Advanced Analytics or AI technical customer engagements including architectural design sessions, specific implementation projects and/or MVPs.

Microsoft is on a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our culture is centered on embracing a growth mindset, a theme of inspiring excellence, and encouraging teams and leaders to bring their best each day. In doing so, we create life-changing innovations that impact billions of lives around the world. You can help us to achieve our mission.

We are currently looking for Cloud Solution Architect - Data & Analytics and Data & AI professionals to join our teams across various business groups, for varying customer sizes, in our enterprise, regulated, and partner services organizations. By applying to this role, you will be considered for multiple opportunities within Microsoft across the United States including locations beyond where the role is posted. This role is flexible in that you can work up to 50% from home. Travel percentages will very according to role.


Understanding Customer/Partner Technical Environment

  • Gathers customer/partner insights (e.g., feedback around technical preferences, environments, business needs, competitive landscape), and maps architecture and digital transformation solutions to customer/partner business outcomes. Adapts business models, plans, and solutions to insights.
  • Acts as the voice of the customer (VOC)/partner by driving new feedback, gaps, blockers, insights, resources, etc. across communities to track, add, and prioritize, using established channels (e.g., UAT/TFT).

Technical Expertise & Architecture Design and Deployment

  • Acts as a subject matter expert in ONE of the following areas:
  • As a Data & AI Solution Architect, you support customer/partner projects as a subject matter expert in two or more of the following Azure AI Platform Cloud solutions (or equivalent on IBM Watson, AWS, GCP platforms):
  • Azure Bot Services​.
  • Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Cognitive Search. ​
  • Data Science​ / Machine Learning including Azure Machine Learning, ML Server, Azure Data bricks​.


  • As a Data & Analytics Architect, you support customer/partner projects as a subject matter expert in one of the data-specific areas:
  • SQL Server.
  • Deployments and migrations to the cloud.
  • Open-source database deployments and migrations.
  • Cloud Scale Analytics.
  • Data Governance.
  • "Hands on" Experience creating Proof of Concepts, Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) for customers ​that lead to production deployments. Demonstrates complex concepts and proves the capability of those solutions through design collaboration sessions with the customer/partner.
  • Applies technical knowledge of enterprise-scale architecture solutions to meet business and information technology (IT) requirements and resolve identified technical constraints. shaping and enhancing customers' requirements.
  • Provides thought leadership for technical architecture design, development, and deployment and supports/drives the customer/partner throughout pre-sales and/or implementation. Identifies technical blockers (e.g., changing configurations, sample coding) for selected products to accelerate architecture implementations and routes non-technical issues for removal by the appropriate party.
  • Applies methodology and governance, as directed, to minimize business and technical risks and adhere to quality assurance while contributing to design and/or delivery of solutions (e.g. Well-Architected Framework, Enterprise Scale Landing Zone, Cloud Adoption Framework). Demonstrates an understanding of customer/partner conditions of success.

Practice Development

  • Supports research projects and contributes to scoping surveys for customers/partners to assess potential intellectual property (IP) needs or process changes. Learns to identify opportunities for IP re-use and consumption.

Trusted Advisor

  • Identifies and begins developing impactful relationships with internal teams and customer and partner/MCS technical specialists during initial preparation and ramp-up stages.
  • Respectfully challenges customers/partners when going in the wrong direction and escalates appropriately.
  • Understands the competitor's architecture solutions and identifies Microsoft's strengths over competitive solutions to demonstrate Microsoft's value to customers/partners.

Thought Leadership

  • Shares ideas, insight, and technical input with virtual team members (e.g., account team, enterprise channel managers, partner development manager [PDMs]) using a working knowledge of specific Microsoft architectures and other relevant products. Actively looks for relevant communities to learn from and contribute to.
  • Participates in external architect community events (e.g., conferences, seminars, technical meetups, Webcasts, blogs, hackathons) and shares learnings with the internal team.

Customer Usage

  • Participates in discussions around architecture design, resiliency reviews, and technical optimization that result in production deployment application and increase customer business value. Ensures that the customer's environment and applications are well-architected.



Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, or related field AND 6+ years experience in technology solutions, practice development, architecture, consulting, and/or cloud/infrastructure technologies.
    • OR Master's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, or related field AND 4+ years experience in technology solutions, practice development, architecture, consulting, and/or cloud/infrastructure technologies.
    • OR equivalent experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Breadth of technical experience and knowledge for Artificial Intelligence Architects:​ ​
  • Application development skills - ability to stand up a back end (Python or similar), front end (node.js or similar)​.
  • Architecture – the ability to create and explain 3-tier architecture diagrams, system context diagrams, system interaction diagrams, etc.​
  • Experience in big data workloads like HDInsight, Hadoop, Spark, ​ ​
  • Advanced Analytics including Azure Databricks, visualization tools as Power BI.
  • Hands-on experience working on AI solutions, end-to-end, that have gone to production.


  • Breadth of technical experience and knowledge for Data & Analytics Architects:
  • Software development practices like DevOps and CI/CD tool chains (i.e., Jenkins, Azure Developer Services, GitHub).
  • Container orchestration systems (i.e., Docker, Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, Azure Kubernetes Service, GitHub).
  • Certification in one or more of the following technologies preferred: Cloud, mobile, Database, Data Engineering, Data Analytics, Big Data, BI, Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence.
  • Expertise in two or more data estate workloads like Teradata, Oracle Exadata, IBM Netezza, SAP (HANA, BW), HDInsight, Hadoop, Cloudera/Hortonworks, Apache Spark, Snowflake, MapR, AWS (Redshift, Glue), Google (BigQuery), MemSQL, MarkLogic, Qubole, Pivotal (Greenplum), Actian (Avalanche), Alibaba (MaxCompute).

The salary range for this role in the state of Colorado is from $96,000 to $194,800.

At Microsoft certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, including annual bonus and stock. These awards are allocated based on individual performance. In addition, certain roles also have the opportunity to earn sales incentives based on revenue or utilization, depending on the terms of the plan and the employee’s role.

Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work. US-based employees gain access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, and fitness benefits, among others.​​

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. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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