Rafael Victor

Systems Engineer, Microsoft Azure

SHI-Raphael-VictorRafael Victor is a Systems Engineer in the SHI Enterprise Solutions group. He joined the company in 2011 as a Microsoft Licensing Specialist. Today Rafael is responsible for supporting Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud-based platform and offering pre-sales technical, licensing, and software asset management support to organizations across myriad verticals.

Prior to joining SHI, Rafael was a Software Solution Manager at Market Resource Partners (MRP) where he helped the organization become a Microsoft Partner and trained its licensing specialists. Before his time with MRP, he worked for CDW as a Microsoft Partner Specialist.

Rafael holds a number of technical certifications, including:

  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Volume Licensing Specialist, Small and Medium Organizations
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Designing, Assessing, and Optimizing Software Asset Management
  • Microsoft Business Intelligence Pre-Sales Technical Specialist
  • Microsoft Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization Pre-Sales Technical Specialist

In his spare time, Rafael watches Japanese anime, volunteers for Toastmasters, and cheers on his favorite soccer team, the Philadelphia Union.

Send your Windows Azure questions to Rafael at rafael_victor@shi.com.

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