Microsoft Azure Solution Architect

Job Locations US-NC-Cary HQ | US-Remote
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Microsoft serves as SAS’ preferred cloud provider and development partner for enterprise digital transformation.  This role leads Health and Life Science presales activities specific to joint SAS + Microsoft Azure solutions.  The role advises Healthcare clients and sales teams on technical matters to drive revenue, increase profit margin, and ensure the highest levels of client satisfaction. Possesses an expert level knowledge of Microsoft solutions (e.g. Azure, Databricks, Synapse, PowerApps, MS cloud for Healthcare) and how they are leveraged by healthcare companies to reduce cost and improve quality of care.  Showcases ability to align client challenges and user needs to SAS solutions and advises project teams throughout ongoing service engagements. 



  • Develops and validates a solution architecture for complex digital transformation opportunities to include: (a) overall solution architecture, including logical and physical architecture diagrams, (b) infrastructure architecture, including on-premises, private and public cloud environments, storage, and networking (c) data architecture, including ETL, data models, MDM, metadata, data governance, and data quality, and (d) business architecture including strategic application of data analytics to improve decision-making and create business value
  • Strategizes with sales team on objectives for customer meetings, understands how this activity relates to overall sales plan, and provides functional solution leadership for sales opportunities
  • Builds trusted relationships with Account Executives and clients to provide practical and theoretical guidance in the business value of proposed solutions and set proper expectations to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Conducts discovery meetings to collect, analyze, clarify, and document business requirements during the sales cycle to support the implementation team and produce a detailed solution proposal
  • Gathers high-level functional and non-functional requirements for complex digital transformation opportunities.
  • Delivers standard, customized and/or strategic, senior-level solution demonstrations, whiteboarding, and presentations outlining the functional capabilities, competitive advantages, and business benefits of the SAS solutions as they apply to client needs
  • Leads subject matter expertise in the response to RFI/RFPs including defining solutions, technical writing, demonstrations, and orals presentations
  • Monitors competing solutions, understands SAS’ strengths and weaknesses in the market, and applies this information in written proposals and client demonstrations.
  • Participates in product and solution training to acquire and maintain a detailed level of product knowledge of core components of SAS offerings and assigned solution areas, how each solution addresses business challenges, competitive information to identify how SAS solutions stand apart, and what challenges/limitations may be encountered
  • Understands, utilizes, and communicates best practice methodologies internally and externally
  • Works proactively with Industry Consultants, Technical Architects, R&D, Tech Support, and other Solutions Architects to strategize on opportunities, cross-training, and knowledge transfer
  • Assists with providing market-driven information for future product direction using industry expertise and direct interaction with customers, prospects, analysts, and other external resources




  • 7+ years of healthcare technology, consulting, or R&D experience
  • 5+ years of sales or pre-sales experience with clear understanding of sales strategies and cycles
  • Expert level knowledge of Microsoft cloud solutions (e.g. Azure, Databricks, Synapse, PowerApps, MS cloud for Healthcare)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, or related field
  • Enterprise level expertise in a wide variety of technical disciplines including programming, service-oriented architecture, infrastructure, cloud platforms, data management, analytics, and business intelligence
  • Experience manipulating healthcare data using industry standard formats, including clinical data such as FHIR/CCD/HL7
  • Experience leading cloud transformations, including a strong understanding of enterprise architecture, governance, and cloud infrastructure
  • Travel as needed up to 20%



  • Healthcare experience relating to Fraud, Internet of Medical Things, or Customer Intelligence
  • Hands-on experience with SAS, Python, R, or other open source or analytic platforms
  • Established track record of industry expertise backed by published whitepapers, blogs, webinars, speaking at conferences, etc.
  • Microsoft Azure Certifications



Additional Information:


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Equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered in place of the above qualifications. The level of this position will be determined based on the applicant's education, skills and experience. Resumes may be considered in the order they are received. SAS employees performing certain job functions may require access to technology or software subject to export or import regulations. To comply with these regulations, SAS may obtain nationality or citizenship information from applicants for employment. SAS collects this information solely for trade law compliance purposes and does not use it to discriminate unfairly in the hiring process.


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