Avoiding the Most Expensive Mistakes when Migrating to Azure

Thursday April 20th, 2023 @ 5:30 PM
Mark Sulzen
SmartDraw Software


There are many tools and virtual widgets among the more than 600+ Azure services. However, the road to moving your workloads from On Premise A to Cloud B is guaranteed to have a few speed bumps or hairpin, cliff-hugging turns as the case may be.

We’re happy to share our “Lessons Learned” along this path from cost projections to shared storage latency. Join us for a candid look at moving a multi-million dollar service from hardware hell to a virtual cloud-based utopia.

Food / Drinks

Food and drinks will be provided! Please contact us (on meetup) if you have any dietary restrictions/food allergies.

Directions and Parking Instructions

Meeting will be held in the offices of SmartDraw Software, 1780 Hughes Landing Blvd #1100 on the 11th floor.

Enter through the main doors of the building and take the elevator to the 11th floor; the door to SmartDraw’s suite is in the elevator lobby on the 11th floor.

If you arrive at 1780 Hughes Landing after 6pm a member of the SmartDraw team will help you enter the building then travel up to the 11th floor.


Park in the garage directly opposite. You’ll need to take a ticket to enter but there is no fee to leave - parking is free.

Mark Sulzen

Mark has thirty years experience in the planning, development, delivery, and monitoring of technical solutions. Able to lead technology strategy with a vision aligned to business goals. Migration of legacy systems to modern cloud deployments, including virtualized servers, storage, databases, kubernetes, and agile devops pipelines. Experienced in the development of complex software services, recruiting talented technical staff, development methodologies, data center infrastructure, virtual cloud management, and security protocol compliance. Managing PCI DSS compliance and 10 years of successful SOC2 audits.

Sulzen holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Information Systems from the University of Phoenix and won the Top Tech Exec award in the Private Micro category.

Last Updated: April 9th, 2023

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