Phone: (312) 283-4379

Cloud Architect

Brandon Marcus


Brandon has extensive experience leading teams, developing IT strategies and has core expertise in implementing public cloud infrastructures in AWS, Azure and Office 365.

Professional Profile

Brandon is a results oriented business and information technology planner and facilitator; who has spent over 20 years helping many highly respected companies to design and implement large-scale application and infrastructure solutions. During that time, he has helped companies build their cloud strategies, product managed new service offerings, lead the infrastructure design for company acquisitions and built large scale infrastructures. 

Brandon has extensive experience leading teams and core expertise in implementing cloud infrastructure in AWS, Azure and Office 365. His experience has led him to learn architecture and operations while at Microsoft Corporation. As an Architecture Consultant at Microsoft, Brandon’s expertise was in Microsoft’s collaboration stack, directory technologies and security.

Recent Jobs

2015 – now

Cloud Architect

Lead architect for cloud strategies, developed my own IP for a repeatable cloud vendor-neutral process to facilitate cloud computing strategy development, cloud governance and security. The prescriptive process includes a cloud strategy planning process, cloud reference architectures, a cloud vendor selection and contract negotiation process, and a governance process for managing public and hybrid infrastructures.

I’ve implemented public and hybrid cloud infrastructures for organizations moving to AWS, Azure and Office 365 for many Fortune 500 and 100 companies.

2013 – 2015

Cloud Product Manager

As the lead architect and product manager for CDW, I developed a cloud managed services practice based on hosting infrastructures and solutions in Microsoft Azure. I designed the functional capabilities and processes for CDW along with delivering the business strategy.  I lead a team of engineers and developers to build IaaS and SaaS solutions within Microsoft Azure along with templated architectures and scripted deployments of new infrastructures for CDW Managed Services customers. The processes automated routine onboarding tasks and improved the time to deployment allowing for scaling the business. As a result, CDW was recognized by CRN magazine for “The 10 Coolest Managed Services Offerings Of 2015.”

2004 – 2013

Independent Cloud Consultant

Lead many projects for large scale Office 365 and Windows Azure rollouts that include design, implementation and cloud governance of the infrastructure. The cloud infrastructure technologies implemented for the cloud include Exchange, Azure Active Directory, Lync, SharePoint, and ADFS.

1996 – 2004

Microsoft Architecture Consultant

Delivered architectural expertise throughout my career at Microsoft Corporation to strategic clients across multiple business verticals as an Architect with a focus on Microsoft’s messaging, collaboration and security technologies.


Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Office 365
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Microsoft Active Directory (LDAP & X.500 directories)
Microsoft Exchange Server (all versions)
Security and X.509 PKI infrastructures
Docker Containers and Mesosphere
Project Management and Leadership
Product Management
Financial & Business Case Analysis
Technical Documentation Development

Recent Work



DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Masters of Science, Information Systems


Clark University, Worcester, MA

Bachelors of Arts, Molecular Biology

Training/Industry Certifications


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