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about the authors

The authors have over five decades of combined experience in management and technology, including spearheading cloud adoption for Microsoft IT.


  • Pankaj Arora
    Pankaj Arora is a Principal Manager in the Microsoft IT Global Strategic Initiatives team. A thought leader on Cloud Computing, he has been integral in developing the enterprise business case for Microsoft IT, defining the internal cloud adoption strategy, and partnering with the Windows Azure team on platform readiness and competitive analysis. Pankaj was the technical lead for the first migration of a Microsoft IT application to Azure, and he also launched an initiative to move critical assets to the cloud.
  • Raj Biyani
    Raj Biyani is the Managing Director for Microsoft IT (India) and the Global Strategic Initiatives organization. Microsoft IT (India) is Microsoft’s largest IT operation outside of corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Raj has demonstrated an ability to see opportunities early and generate executive support for initiatives to capitalize on those opportunities. Prior to joining Microsoft IT, Raj led the envisioning and successful creation of the Windows Marketplace, an electronic software delivery platform for Microsoft.
  • Salil Dave
    Salil Dave is a Senior Director in the Microsoft IT Global Strategic Initiatives team. In his 25 year career he has covered a range of industries and roles, including a decade at Microsoft, 6 years at supply chain software pioneer i2 Technologies, and 5 years at the Indian Revenue Service. He has a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and an MPA from Harvard University.

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