Start October 26th, 2021
What is Microsoft SaaS Academy?
Microsoft SaaS Academy brings together best practices and guidance from Microsoft employees, partners and customers to help businesses accelerate their "Software as a Service" journey, addressing both business and technical aspects.
Access on-demand recordings and sign up for upcoming events below
Customer Journey for your SaaS application
26.10.2021 3PM CET
This session will help CXOs to understand how they can optimize their SaaS business by leveraging the right metrics, datasets, and integration strategies. We will look at how to get end-to-end visibility through the entire customer journey, how to solve integration challenges and how to build a data-driven culture that will help your team to make the right decisions.Register
Breaking down the monolith in your SaaS application
27.10.2021 4PM CET
Are you a developer interested in building and scaling your SaaS application? Want to learn more about modernizing your app with a microservices architecture but not sure where to start? In this Live Event, you will hear from experienced Principal System Engineer, Paolo Salvatori, on the technical fundamentals to breaking down the monolith in your SaaS application to improve development agility.Register
How to find product market fit?
23.11.2021 3PM CET
Founders rightly focus on achieving revenue targets or growth outcomes as a key deliverable or a measure of their startup success. Whilst this is important, alongside this is the journey of discovery, to turn an idea into a product, to find and build business that endures. To achieve this, they need to find product-market fit, and would need to demonstrate the process by which that was achieved.Registration is pending
Customer success is the new growth engine
25/1/2022, 3:00 PM CET
Learn about the importance of Customer Success organization in SaaS and LAER model, and hear Microsoft's customer success storyRegistration is pending
Simplified delivery for your SaaS application
23.02.2022 4PM CET
Learn about Azure Managed applications & Private offers in Microsoft Marketplace and how it can simplify the delivery of your SaaS solutionRegister
Whether you are a cloud native company or a traditional software provider who is in the process of pivoting to the cloud, this session will provide you with practical and concrete guidance on decision-making and execution for SaaS model to put your company on a path to SaaScess.
- Why SaaS
- LAER Model
- Adoption, Customer Success
- Customer Segmentation
Join this session to learn about the most important financial metrics of SaaS business, how do they align with your current SaaS adoption stage and thus what you should be focusing on.
- MRR | ARR
- Other product metrics
Successful companies create value propositions that sell, embedded in business models that work. Remarkable companies do so continuously.
In this session, we will zoom in on how SaaS companies are creating value for customers and ultimately enables an organization to capture value – and continues to do so.
Getting pricing right is crucial for the success of your SaaS business. Poor pricing will result in expensive sales, unhappy customers and higher churn rates.
Good pricing will affect everything - from top line to bottom.
- Create packaging that makes customers 'get' your product
- Design pricing models that work
- Top 5 tricks to add +1 to CLTV/CAC ratio
Sell SaaS solution through Microsoft Marketplace
Get an introduction to the Microsoft Commercial Marketplace, and how it can support the market reach and sales of your SaaS solution. You will get an introduction to the Marketplace value proposition for both software vendors and customers, and an overview of the various listing types and associated Marketplace Rewards.
Finally, we will present how Microsoft supports your listing in the Marketplace and how you can kickstart this process.
SaaS Architecture Fundamentals
We will cover recommended patterns and practices around SaaS platform architectures, microservices, multi-tenancy, user/customer onboarding, identity management, security best practices, automation, billing and DevOps.
Finally, we will also be introducing the ‘Azure SaaS Development Kit’, which is a GitHub hosted open-source project with everything you need to quickly begin building SaaS solutions on Azure.
DevOps at Microsoft
At Microsoft, we know a lot about cultural challenge. Here are stories of some of the experimentation and learning we’ve experienced in our ongoing DevOps journey.
- Created clarity - We adopted objectives and key results (OKRs) to create clarity across engineering teams and changed how we measured success.
- Became customer obsessed
- Evolved to full stack teams
- Build for resiliency
Collecting Customers' feedback
We all know that user-centered design is fundamental to the success of a product. Of all the things you need to do, collecting feedback from your users is one of the most important points in making good product and technical decisions. But how do you do it? At the end of this session, you will have some techniques to collect this feedback, but also to integrate it into your development workflow. These techniques come from my experiences at different scales: from the startup in a garage to Azure Engineering teams through various startups & Scale-Ups.
Get started with AI & ML in SaaS Solution
Talking about artificial intelligence is easy. Building it into your SaaS applications less so. Or is it?
In this live session we show that you can start building with AI in the same time it would take you to build a PowerPoint about it.
Using Azure Cognitive Services, we demonstrate how to utilize pre-built and customizable AI models across image recognition, speech and text analytics. We also walk you through how some of our customers have deployed these in practice.
Authentication & Authorization in SaaS solutions
This session demonstrates why independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers should integrate their applications with Microsoft Identity and Microsoft Graph.
This is a high-level presentation of the business value and integration opportunities of the Microsoft identity platform and how easy it is to integrate your applications with the Microsoft identity platform.
SaaS solution on Teams platform
As a SaaS company, leveraging Microsoft Teams, you can make your solutions available and easily discoverable directly in the same front-end that customers use everyday - Microsoft 365 and Teams, expanding your customer base with another distribution channel and tapping into advanced functionality and integration features to bring even more value to your solutions.
Join us in this webinar to hear all about the Teams Platform opportunity and to get the scoop on the amazing journey ISV partner Medxnote is taking in this space.
Well Architected Framework for SaaS
Security, Cost, Operations, Reliability, and Performance. We poured those in guidance based upon these 5 pillars, called the Well-Architected Framework (WAF).
In this session, we will couple this with insights on better design approaches and the available guidance from WAF.
Visma SaaS Transformation
Watch interview with Øyvind Larsen, Managing Director at Visma.
Visma offers software and services that simplify and digitise core business processes in the private and public sector. Visma operates across the entire Nordic region with 12,500 employees & 1,000,000 customers
Salutare SaaS Journey
Watch the interview with Chris Dial, Co-Founder and CEO of Salutare.
Salutare Group works with people - from clinicians to patients to all who help in the treatment pathway - to improve safety and well-being, and to restore the life-work balance for clinicians.
Chris will share the story and learnings of Salutare, a true SaaS company from day 1
ToolsGroup SaaS Transformation
Wath the interview with Riccardo Toni, Global SaaS Manager & Information System Security Officer at ToolsGroup.
ToolsGroup is how organizations achieve their target service levels while optimizing inventory, no matter how complex their supply chain is or how much demand changes. In a world that never follows the rules, organizations have to be ready for anything--from the challenges of multi-echelon inventory optimization to the endless surprises of sporadic demand.
Build on Teams: Remote work & the new way of working
Microsoft invites you to participate in the Teams App Development Challenge, and leverage the platform to build and publish a Teams app.
Be a part of this rapidly growing platform with over 115 million daily active users by developing and publishing an app.
The past 1,5 years changed the way we work across the globe. Time spent in meetings has more than doubled globally, and over 40 billion more emails were delivered in February of this year compared with last.
“During this pandemic, we’ve observed a swift acceleration of certain pre-COVID trends. But perhaps one of the most exciting trends is this rise in remote work,” said Karin Kimbrough, chief economist, LinkedIn. “As the opportunity is democratized with remote work and talent movement, we’ll see a spread of skills across the country, and this is the time for business leaders to take the opportunity to access different skills and talent not previously available to them.”
Flexible and remote work is here to stay, so we need to adapt our solutions to the new reality.
Watch an interview with Cindy Rose, Microsoft Western Europe President on Bloomberg
Hybrid work trends as we enter this new era of work:
- Leaders are out of touch with employees and need a wake-up call.
- High productivity is masking an exhausted workforce.
- Gen Z is at risk and will need to be re-energized.
- Shrinking networks are endangering innovation.
In addition to uncovering what’s at stake with the future of work, the Work Trend Index identifies five strategies for business leaders as they begin to make the necessary shift:
- Create a plan to empower people for extreme flexibility.
- Rethink the employee experience to compete for the best and most diverse talent.
- Combat digital exhaustion from the top.
- Prioritize rebuilding social capital and culture.
Development teams of all backgrounds and skills are welcome to participate, as well as people with a business background and we’re looking forward to your innovative contributions for more productive and fun remote work.
Participants will be able to win:
- 2 hours advisory with Microsoft Cloud Architect
- Code review with Microsoft Engineer
- Azure Heroes Maker badge
- Microsoft SWAG box
- Quality of the Idea (Includes creativity and originality of the idea.)
- Technical Implementation of the Idea (Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer.)
- Potential Value (Includes the extent to which the solution can help end-users and businesses.)
- Participants must be over 18 years of age.
- Participants must enter as teams of 2-5 members.
- Projects must be created with
- Projects must be created during the hackathon: 20th August 2021, 15:00, CET – 28th August 2021, 11:59, CET
The official language of the Hackathon is English.
[Registration will open soon]