Transitioning to Azure: Moving our business to Microsoft’s cloud solution

As we execute on the broader vision for Openhour, we continue expanding TimeTracker features and developing additional ways for users to maximize their time with automatic learning from their behaviors.

As a part of our growth, and following participation in the Microsoft Ventures’ accelerator, we’ve made the decision to move our business from AWS to Microsoft’s cloud solution Azure, to capitalize on improved performance, global capacity, and ease of development.

MS Azure

As with any significant technical transition, we were prepared for a challenge, starting with learning a completely different user interface.

Fortunately, Microsoft’s cloud solution offers a UI that is “far more consistent and predictable” than competing platforms, explains Openhour CTO, David Torres. “Azure feels very interface driven,” says Torres, who affirms to those new to Azure, “Once you understand the basics you can navigate very quickly.”

Torres recommends dedicating time to understand Azure’s interface to take advantage of the breadth of features.

Encountering issues during the transition process, the Openhour technical team has been pleased with Microsoft’s “personalized, hands-on” approach to customer service. “I’m definitely enjoying working with Azure and it keeps improving every day,” says Torres, who assures Microsoft’s Azure support team has “been extremely helpful in planning architecture and solving issues.”

As Openhour engineers continue to learn more about the Azure platform, we’ll offer updates on our experience and any tips we believe may be helpful for those new to Microsoft’s cloud solution.

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