March 21-23, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Bellevue

In order to be successful, smart businesses must continue to build strong partnerships.

Each year, the Microsoft Cloud and Hosting Summit provides an unparalleled opportunity for leaders across the industry to connect, build relationships, and share ideas on how to expand and build new services, drive innovation, and create new business opportunities. This exclusive, invitation-only event will commence on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 11:00am and end on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 4:30pm. Keynote sessions, breakout tracks, workshops, and networking opportunities are intended to help you forge new ideas, services, and partnerships to advance your hosting business.

We look forward to connecting and collaborating with you!

Warm regards,
Keith Barnett and Vikie Crowe

General information

Summit Dates

March 21-23, 2017

Summit Location

Hyatt Regency Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004, USA

Location

The 2017 Microsoft Cloud and Hosting Summit is being held at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, Washington, USA.

Hotel

The Microsoft Cloud and Hosting Summit is pleased to offer the Hyatt Regency Bellevue for your accomodation needs. You may make your reservations at this hotel during registration.

Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Envelope yourself in rich textures, designer décor and fine furnishings at Hyatt Regency Bellevue. The effortless elegance of our Bellevue accommodations provides a relaxing atmosphere that impresses even the most discerning guest. Breathtaking views of majestic Mount Rainer, Lake Washington, downtown Bellevue and Seattle create a spectacular backdrop for our luxurious guestrooms. These Bellevue, Washington accommodations feature exquisite Hyatt Grand Beds™ fitted with luxurious linens over lavish pillow-top mattresses, a 32” flat-panel LCD TV, iHome stereo with iPod dock, oversized work area, your choice of wired or wireless Internet access and a stylish bathroom with Kohler fixtures.

Preferred Summit rate: $240 USD per night plus taxes (Single or Double Occupancy). This block sold out.
Standard Check in Time is 4:00pm,
Standard Check out Time is Noon

Bellevue facts

Bellevue combines a stunning natural setting and vibrant metropolitan center with world-class arts, entertainment and cuisine.

The name Bellevue was adopted from a French term meaning “beautiful view.”

Bellevue is a city in the Eastside region of King County, Washington, across Lake Washington from Seattle with a population of roughly 125,000.

Bellevue weather

The average temperature in the Seattle-Bellevue area during March is in the low 50s Fahrenheit during the day and mid to lower 40s Fahrenheit in the evening. These temperatures are typically accompanied by cloudy skies and scattered rain showers. Ensure your comfort by packing an all-weather jacket and an umbrella.

Airport information

Major Airport: The nearest airport serviced by a number of commercial airlines is Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA-TAC). SEA-TAC is approximately 30 minutes from Bellevue.

Private Planes: Private planes utilize Clay Lacy Aviation at Boeing Field, which is about 20 minutes from the Hyatt Hotel.

Area transportation

Taxis, limouisines, and Uber are available at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Should you prefer to arrange for car service ahead of time, the following companies are available for hire:

Yellow Cab: + 1 (206) 622-6500
Carey Limousines: + 1 (206) 285-5505

Agenda

All activities, unless otherwise stated, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

Tuesday March 21, 2017

9:00 AM
Registration Desk opens
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sponsor and Microsoft Workshops
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sponsor and Microsoft Workshops
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Welcome Reception / Networking Evening in the Sponsor and Exhibitor Hall

Wednesday March 22, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Keynote Session
  • Opening Keynote – Empowering Together - Committed to You - Aziz Benmalek
  • Microsoft Cloud & Azure Service Provider Strategy
  • Industry Research and Customer Cloud Trends - Melanie Posey
  • Data Platform Overview and Strategy - Joseph Sirosh
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1:40 PM - 5:20 PM
Cloud MSP Breakout
1:40 PM - 5:20 PM
Breakout Rotations - 3 rotations in each track:
Marketing/Licensing, Apps, Infrastructure Tracks
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Networking Evening Offsite at Purple Cafe and Wine Bar, Bellevue

Thursday March 23, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Keynote Session
  • Stories from the Future: Microsoft AI in Action - Steve Clayton
  • Office 365 Strategy Overview - Kelly Waldher
  • Azure Stack Service Provider Strategy
  • Designing Your Business for Transformation – Mike Walsh
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch in Exhibit Hall
2:10 PM - 4:30 PM
Cloud MSP Breakout
2:10 PM - 4:30 PM
Breakout Rotations - 2 rotations in each track:
Marketing/Licensing, Apps, Infrastructure Apps
4:30 PM
Event concludes

Keynote Speakers

Aziz Benmalek

VP of WW Hosting & Managed Service Providers, Microsoft Corporation

Aziz Benmalek

VP of Worldwide Hosting & Managed Service Providers, Microsoft Corporation

Aziz Benmalek is the Vice President of the Worldwide Hosting & Managed Service Providers group in Microsoft. The Hosting & Cloud Services team works with a diverse partner ecosystem of over 29,000 Hosters, Service Providers, SaaS Providers/ISVs, Outsourcers and Telecommunication companies from around the world to deliver flexible cloud solutions to customers. As one of the fastest growing channels for IT delivery, the Hosting Service Providers organization is a strategic line of business chartered to land Microsoft’s cloud vision across platform and applications.

As Vice President of WW HMSP, Benmalek oversees the strategy and go-to-market across sales, marketing, technical enablement and business development. Working across multiple businesses and product groups, Hosting Service Providers develops infrastructure and productivity solutions to drive Microsoft cloud platform adoption, deployment and consumption.

Prior to his current role, Benmalek was general manager of the U.S. Hosting and Cloud Services business, working with nearly 6,000 U.S. based partners. There, Benmalek developed a deep, end-to-end engagement model working with partners to jointly create the vision, strategy, business case, and go-to-market scenarios to maximize market opportunities. While leading the U.S. business, Benmalek delivered double digit growth each year and scaled the business by hundreds of millions of dollars over several years.

Benmalek has over 24 years of global experience in the technology industry and has been with Microsoft for the last 18 years in various senior leadership positions. Prior to being general manager of U.S. Hosting & Cloud Services, he led the WW Hosting business in the Communications Sector, and managed the Global Partner Group in the Enterprise & Partner segment, based in Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Washington. Benmalek was also a Country General Manager in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, based in Dubai and Casablanca, and led the Small and Medium Business in Microsoft France.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Benmalek worked several years in IT consulting at AXA France in the CIC Financial Group, and led Sales and Marketing with an ISV in Paris.

Benmalek attended “Classe Preparatoire” in Lycee Louis-Le-Grand in Paris, holds an Engineering Degree from École Centrale Paris, and a MBA from the European School of Management (ESCP).

Steve Clayton

Chief Storyteller and General Manager of Microsoft’s Image & Culture team, Microsoft Corporation

Steve Clayton

Chief Storyteller and General Manager of Microsoft’s Image & Culture team, Microsoft Corporation

Steve Clayton is Microsoft’s Chief Storyteller and General Manager of Microsoft’s Image & Culture team. The team is responsible for Microsoft’s company storytelling both internally and externally with a mission to change the perception of Microsoft through stories. Steve was the architect of the acclaimed “88 Acres” story that heralded a new direction for Microsoft’s corporate storytelling and led to the creation of microsoft.com/stories

Prior to this, Steve was Director of Cloud Strategy in Microsoft International and CTO of Microsoft's UK Partner Group. He has worked at Microsoft for over 18 years in a range of sales and technical roles - always with a passion for technology and its potential impact on the world. Steve has been awarded the coveted Microsoft Circle of Excellence Award three times during his career.

Steve holds a 1st class Honours degree from Loughborough University in Information and Computing. Outside of work he’s a fan of Liverpool Football Club and enjoys design and scuba diving.

Amy Hood

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Worldwide Finance Organization, Microsoft Corporation

Amy Hood

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Worldwide Finance Organization, Microsoft Corporation

As chief financial officer, Amy Hood is responsible for leading Microsoft’s worldwide finance organization, including acquisitions, treasury activities, tax planning, accounting and reporting, and internal audit and investor relations.

Prior to this role, Hood was chief financial officer of Microsoft’s Business Division, responsible for the company’s productivity applications and services including Microsoft Office 365, Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM. During her time in the Business Division, Hood helped lead the transition to the company’s Office 365 service, and she was deeply involved in the strategy development and overall execution of the company’s successful acquisitions of Skype and Yammer.

Hood joined Microsoft in 2002 and previously held positions in the Server and Tools Business as well as the corporate finance organization. Prior to 2002, she worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. in various investment banking and capital markets groups roles.

Hood earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. Hood lives in Seattle with her husband and daughters.

Melanie Posey

Research Vice President, 451 Research

Melanie Posey

Research Vice President, 451 Research

Melanie Posey is the Research Vice President for 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation offering, focusing on tracking, analyzing, and anticipating the pace and nature of enterprise cloud adoption.

Prior to joining 451 Research, Melanie spent more than 15 years at IDC in a variety of roles, providing analysis, forecasting, and insight for the cloud, hosting, datacenter, managed services, and telecommunications markets. At IDC, Melanie received numerous awards for research, collaboration, sales support, and client service, including being named runner-up for the prestigious James Peacock Memorial Award.

During her more than 20-year career in the technology research and consulting arena, Melanie has been quoted extensively in the business and technology trade press and is a frequent speaker at industry and client events.

Melanie holds an M.A. in International Relations/International Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a division of Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.A. in French from Amherst College.

Joseph Sirosh

CVP of Data Group, Microsoft Corporation

Joseph Sirosh

CVP, Data Group, Microsoft Corporation

Joseph Sirosh is the Corporate Vice President of the Data Group, leading Microsoft’s Database, Big Data and Machine Learning products.

Joseph joined Microsoft in fall 2013 from Amazon.com Inc. where he was most recently the vice president for the Global Inventory Platform, responsible for the science and software behind Amazon’s supply chain and order fulfillment systems, as well as the central Machine Learning group, which he built and led.

Before joining Amazon, he worked for Fair Isaac Corp. as vice president of research and development, where he led R&D projects for DARPA, homeland security and several government organizations. He is passionate about machine learning and its applications and has been active in the field since 1990.

Joseph holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a B. Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Chennai.

Aziz Benmalek, VP of Worldwide Hosting & Managed Service Providers, Microsoft Corporation

Aziz Benmalek is the Vice President of the Worldwide Hosting & Managed Service Providers group in Microsoft. The Hosting & Cloud Services team works with a diverse partner ecosystem of over 29,000 Hosters, Service Providers, SaaS Providers/ISVs, Outsourcers and Telecommunication companies from around the world to deliver flexible cloud solutions to customers. As one of the fastest growing channels for IT delivery, the Hosting Service Providers organization is a strategic line of business chartered to land Microsoft’s cloud vision across platform and applications.

As Vice President of WW HMSP, Benmalek oversees the strategy and go-to-market across sales, marketing, technical enablement and business development. Working across multiple businesses and product groups, Hosting Service Providers develops infrastructure and productivity solutions to drive Microsoft cloud platform adoption, deployment and consumption.

Prior to his current role, Benmalek was general manager of the U.S. Hosting and Cloud Services business, working with nearly 6,000 U.S. based partners. There, Benmalek developed a deep, end-to-end engagement model working with partners to jointly create the vision, strategy, business case, and go-to-market scenarios to maximize market opportunities. While leading the U.S. business, Benmalek delivered double digit growth each year and scaled the business by hundreds of millions of dollars over several years.

Benmalek has over 24 years of global experience in the technology industry and has been with Microsoft for the last 18 years in various senior leadership positions. Prior to being general manager of U.S. Hosting & Cloud Services, he led the WW Hosting business in the Communications Sector, and managed the Global Partner Group in the Enterprise & Partner segment, based in Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Washington. Benmalek was also a Country General Manager in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, based in Dubai and Casablanca, and led the Small and Medium Business in Microsoft France.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Benmalek worked several years in IT consulting at AXA France in the CIC Financial Group, and led Sales and Marketing with an ISV in Paris.

Benmalek attended “Classe Preparatoire” in Lycee Louis-Le-Grand in Paris, holds an Engineering Degree from École Centrale Paris, and a MBA from the European School of Management (ESCP).

Steve Clayton , Chief Storyteller and General Manager of Microsoft’s Image & Culture team, Microsoft Corporation

Steve Clayton is Microsoft’s Chief Storyteller and General Manager of Microsoft’s Image & Culture team. The team is responsible for Microsoft’s company storytelling both internally and externally with a mission to change the perception of Microsoft through stories. Steve was the architect of the acclaimed “88 Acres” story that heralded a new direction for Microsoft’s corporate storytelling and led to the creation of microsoft.com/stories

Prior to this, Steve was Director of Cloud Strategy in Microsoft International and CTO of Microsoft's UK Partner Group. He has worked at Microsoft for over 18 years in a range of sales and technical roles - always with a passion for technology and its potential impact on the world. Steve has been awarded the coveted Microsoft Circle of Excellence Award three times during his career.

Steve holds a 1st class Honours degree from Loughborough University in Information and Computing. Outside of work he’s a fan of Liverpool Football Club and enjoys design and scuba diving.

Amy Hood, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Worldwide Finance Organization, Microsoft Corporation

As chief financial officer, Amy Hood is responsible for leading Microsoft’s worldwide finance organization, including acquisitions, treasury activities, tax planning, accounting and reporting, and internal audit and investor relations.

Prior to this role, Hood was chief financial officer of Microsoft’s Business Division, responsible for the company’s productivity applications and services including Microsoft Office 365, Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM. During her time in the Business Division, Hood helped lead the transition to the company’s Office 365 service, and she was deeply involved in the strategy development and overall execution of the company’s successful acquisitions of Skype and Yammer.

Hood joined Microsoft in 2002 and previously held positions in the Server and Tools Business as well as the corporate finance organization. Prior to 2002, she worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. in various investment banking and capital markets groups roles.

Hood earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. Hood lives in Seattle with her husband and daughters.

Melanie Posey, Research Vice President, 451 Research

Melanie Posey is the Research Vice President for 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation offering, focusing on tracking, analyzing, and anticipating the pace and nature of enterprise cloud adoption.

Prior to joining 451 Research, Melanie spent more than 15 years at IDC in a variety of roles, providing analysis, forecasting, and insight for the cloud, hosting, datacenter, managed services, and telecommunications markets. At IDC, Melanie received numerous awards for research, collaboration, sales support, and client service, including being named runner-up for the prestigious James Peacock Memorial Award.

During her more than 20-year career in the technology research and consulting arena, Melanie has been quoted extensively in the business and technology trade press and is a frequent speaker at industry and client events.

Melanie holds an M.A. in International Relations/International Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a division of Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.A. in French from Amherst College.

Joseph Sirosh, CVP, Data Group, Microsoft Corporation

Joseph Sirosh is the Corporate Vice President of the Data Group, leading Microsoft’s Database, Big Data and Machine Learning products.

Joseph joined Microsoft in fall 2013 from Amazon.com Inc. where he was most recently the vice president for the Global Inventory Platform, responsible for the science and software behind Amazon’s supply chain and order fulfillment systems, as well as the central Machine Learning group, which he built and led.

Before joining Amazon, he worked for Fair Isaac Corp. as vice president of research and development, where he led R&D projects for DARPA, homeland security and several government organizations. He is passionate about machine learning and its applications and has been active in the field since 1990.

Joseph holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a B. Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Chennai.

Kelly Waldher

General Manager, Business Planning for Office Marketing, Microsoft Corporation

Kelly Waldher

General Manager, Business Planning for Office Marketing, Microsoft Corporation

Kelly Waldher is the General Manager of Business Planning for Office Marketing at Microsoft. As such, he is responsible for the pricing, licensing, and monetization of the Office portfolio of products including Office, Office 365, Skype, OneDrive and Outlook.com. He has been at Microsoft for the past 11 years and has held a series of marketing roles including Business Planning for the Office commercial business, leading the Office 365 Product Management team, and creating the business case for Microsoft’s entry into cloud productivity services. Prior to Microsoft, Kelly was at Dow Chemical where he worked in Sales, Supply Chain Management, and Manufacturing.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mike Walsh

CEO of Tomorrow

Mike Walsh, CEO of Tomorrow

Mike is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change. Mike’s bestselling books include ‘Futuretainment’ and ‘The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas’. Each week he interviews provocative thinkers, innovators and troublemakers on his weekly podcast, ‘Between Worlds’. A true nomad, Mike travels over 300 days a year worldwide, researching trends, collecting innovation case studies and presenting on the future of business. You can follow him on Twitter at @mikewalsh

Kelly Waldher, General Manager, Business Planning for Office Marketing, Microsoft Corporation

Kelly Waldher is the General Manager of Business Planning for Office Marketing at Microsoft. As such, he is responsible for the pricing, licensing, and monetization of the Office portfolio of products including Office, Office 365, Skype, OneDrive and Outlook.com. He has been at Microsoft for the past 11 years and has held a series of marketing roles including Business Planning for the Office commercial business, leading the Office 365 Product Management team, and creating the business case for Microsoft’s entry into cloud productivity services. Prior to Microsoft, Kelly was at Dow Chemical where he worked in Sales, Supply Chain Management, and Manufacturing.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mike Walsh, CEO of Tomorrow

Mike is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change. Mike’s bestselling books include ‘Futuretainment’ and ‘The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas’. Each week he interviews provocative thinkers, innovators and troublemakers on his weekly podcast, ‘Between Worlds’. A true nomad, Mike travels over 300 days a year worldwide, researching trends, collecting innovation case studies and presenting on the future of business. You can follow him on Twitter at @mikewalsh

Sponsors and Exhibitors

If you are interested in Sponsoring or Exhibiting at the Summit please email for an application or more information.

Gold Sponsors

Reseller Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Exhibitors

Thank you to our Sponsors and Exhibitors!

Frequently Asked Questions

Prior to the Summit, registered attendees will receive the opportunity to connect via an Event App whereby all registered attendees can download a free App and connect with all other registered attendees. Attendees can also request to join the Microsoft Cloud Hosting Partners LinkedIn group prior to the event to connect with other registered attendees.
This is an exclusive invitation-only event for key decision-makers from the Cloud and Hosting industry. Top-level executives from leading companies in the Cloud and Hosting industry will receive an invitation to attend, share ideas, and network. Space is limited, with a 2 person limit per company. Invitations will be sent starting January 10th, 2017. If you do not receive an invitation and would like to attend, please contact your Microsoft Channel Executive.

The Microsoft Cloud and Hosting Summit provides a unique opportunity for dialogue with leaders across the industry including Microsoft executives, technologists and the Microsoft Hosting and Managed Service Providers team. You will gain in-depth knowledge of Microsoft’s vision for the Cloud and Hosting industry and strategies for a growing partnership with Hosting and Managed Service providers.

Attendees are encouraged to engage fellow innovators in discussions on how to meet the challenges that face the hosting industry. Ultimately, one should leave the Summit empowered and with a better understanding of how to create, optimize, and grow the business.

There are two ways to update your event registration: 1) Re-enter the registration site as a Registered attendee using your username and password and make the change in your registration record accordingly. 2) Email the registration team with your change and you will receive a confirmation once the change is complete.
You can secure your hotel room at the Summit hotel (Hyatt Bellevue) when you register through the registration site. For changes to your reservation, you may return to your registration by logging into the registration site with your username and password used to make your registration, or send an e-mail with your change to the registration team and a confirmation will be sent to you once the change is completed. Reservations at the hotel are subject to availability.
Attendees are responsible for their travel, transportation, and their hotel accommodations while at the Summit. There are no registration fees for partners invited to attend.
Yes. Meals will be provided during the Summit, starting with a lunch on Tuesday, March 21, and ending with a coffee break in the afternoon of Thursday, March 23 prior to departures.
All Microsoft Cloud and Hosting Summit sessions and events are business casual.
Foreign visitors require a passport (valid for six months longer than your intended stay) and there are particular requirements for certain country’s citizens to have a visa to enter the United States. If you require an invitation letter to satisfy visa requirements, please contact the registration team and you will be provided with a business travel letter. You must be registered for the Summit before we are able to provide you with a invitation letter. The Cloud and Hosting Summit can only provide an invitation letter for use during your visa application process. Please note that you are ultimately responsible for all aspects of entering the United States.
Yes. For any non-confidential sessions, PDF versions of the PowerPoint presentations will be available after the event to registered attendees only.