Cloud computing looks like the biggest change to hit our industry in many years. But taking advantage of the shift requires understanding this new approach and how to exploit it. In this presentation,David Chappell looks at the Windows Azure platform and what it means for organizations that create,use or sell software. The topics he covers include an overview of the Windows Azure platform,covering both technology and business model,and typical application scenarios for using it. The goal is to provide a foundation for thinking about the Windows Azure platform,then offer guidance on how to make good decisions for using it.