Chief Architect, Aerospace & Commercial Defense
Richard Wakeman is the Chief Architect for cybersecurity of Aerospace & Defense at Microsoft. He specializes in the Defense Industrial Base adopting cloud services from Microsoft. Richard engages with Microsoft partners and customers end-to-end to drive adoption of Azure Government, Microsoft 365 GCC High / DoD and Dynamics 365 GCC High as solutions within the Microsoft US Sovereign Cloud.
Richard joined Microsoft in 2007 as a developer, identity and messaging expert at the dawn of Microsoft Online Services. Shortly after joining, he was engaged by the Exchange Product Group to lead cloud deployments worldwide for Live@edu as part of the Exchange Labs program. He led the charge for integration of MCS and Premier services with cloud offerings, becoming a Senior Architect for the Microsoft Enterprise Services Business Productivity Global Domain Solution Architecture Office.
In his role guiding customer journeys to the cloud, Richard has worked with hundreds of the most prominent world-wide accounts, adopting the evolving Microsoft Online Services from Live@edu to BPOS to Office 365 and Azure, and now our new sovereign clouds.