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Virtually all Boston Azure meetings are sponsored in some way. For example, we might get space from Microsoft at NERD. And we might have a sponsor for food and drinks, sometimes for beer and wine.

Who are the Boston Azure members?

Boston Azure members all have some interest in the cloud: some as Architects and Developers, some as IT Pros, some Operations, some Security-focused, and occasionally with other roles as well (marketing & product management for example). Some members are new to the cloud, some have been involved since the beginning. Some members are early in their technology careers, others are industry veterans. Some work for giant enterprises, some for startups, some as consultants, and still others who hack on the cloud as a hobby. Some train and teach. We are a diverse group.

If I am a potential sponsor, how can I get involved?

First, it is important to recognize that the Boston Azure is a community organization. Folks who attend do so because they are interested in the topic or speaker, enjoy hanging out with the other people who attend, and are comfortable with the format of the event.

One characteristic is we are an educational organization: we learn from each other, but also from our formal presentations. We need to be careful about subjecting this community as a captive audience for a "sales pitch" talk disguised as a technical talk. The best way for a vendor to help the Boston Azure members is to offer an Azure-relevant presentation that focuses on educating around a specific cloud challenge, describes how to think about it, considers some of the options, and perhaps mentions their product as one means of addressing the problem. It is not "bad" to talk about your product - in fact, there is value in the audience getting familiar with the vendors relevant to the cloud ecosystem - but just don't cross the line into sales-pitch mode which will alienate the audience.

So what makes a good topic?

We've been meeting since 2009, always striving to offer topics relevant to the nearly-2000 strong Boston Azure membership. Often this means an Azure-specific topic, but not always. Sometimes it is useful to step back and compare Azure to other cloud options, for example, something we do from time-to-time.

Further, as the Azure platform has bloomed, so many more technologies have become relevant. For example, Docker is now a big deal for Azure, even though a few years ago it was considered as just a technology for Linux; now it is a first-class citizen in the Azure platform across Windows and Linux. The point here being that tools for parts of Azure, like relevant technologies for Linux virtual machines, is a legit topic - just be sure to include the Azure-relevant angles to make it most applicable for this audience.

Check through the history of topics if you are curious about what we've covered in the past. Note that we sometimes have vendors present, but you'll notice the emphasis on education.

Thus, interesting topics for this group can vary. Just keep it relevant to folks interested in Azure, and keep it educational.

What's in it for the vendor?

Usually when a vendor sponsors an event, they contribute something to the benefit of the group. Usually this is to cover food for the evening, sometimes beer/wine with a bartender, and sometimes other meeting-related expenses. In return, what do they get out of it? Here are a few points.

  • Everyone will know you have sponsored the event and helped bring quality educational material to the Boston Azure community. We will recognize you in the written meeting announcement that we circulate to promote the event - and thank you during the event.
  • If you provide an educational speaker, the education can include a mention of your products or services.
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Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Sponsorship June 3, 2017 11:14 PM Bill W.
NERD Calendar Dates for 2017 January 18, 2017 3:40 PM Bill W.
NERD Calendar Dates for 2015 July 25, 2015 10:46 AM Bill W.
NERD Calendar Dates for 2014 February 5, 2014 8:45 AM Bill W.
NERD Waiver September 26, 2013 12:09 PM Bill W.
MSDN Azure Contest August 23, 2013 2:27 PM Bill W.
parking July 24, 2013 7:59 PM Bill W.
NERD Calendar Dates for 2013 April 4, 2013 10:16 AM Bill W.
Backlog June 26, 2013 2:31 PM Bill W.
Boston Azure Site Usage Map April 12, 2012 3:29 PM Bill W.
Pizza April 6, 2018 9:02 AM Bill W.
About Boston Azure March 3, 2018 3:14 PM Bill W.

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