Conference Chairs & Advisors
Andrew Brust, Visual Studio Live! Redmond Co-chairChief, New Technology, twentysix New York
Andrew Brust is Chief, New Technology at twentysix New York, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in New York City. Andrew is the co-founder of the NYC .NET Developers Group, co-author of Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (Microsoft Press), serves as Microsoft Regional Director for New York and New Jersey, is a Visual Basic MVP and a member of Microsoft's Business Intelligence Partner Advisory Council. Often quoted in the technology industry press, and himself a columnist for Redmond Developer News and Visual Studio Magazine, Andrew has over 20 years' experience programming and consulting in the Financial, Public, Small Business and Not-For-Profit sectors. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Michael DesmondEditor in Chief, Visual Studio Magazine
Desmond is a veteran editor and has worked for Redmond Developer News, PC World and Multimedia World Magazine. A well known Windows technical expert, Desmond has authored “Peter Norton's Complete Guide to PC Upgrades,” “The Windows 2000 Professional Bible,” “Tom’s Hardware Guide: High-Performance PC Secrets” and “Microsoft Office in 10 Steps or Less.”
Rockford Lhotka, Visual Studio Live! Redmond Co-chair
Principal Technology Evangelist, Magenic
Rockford Lhotka is the author of numerous books, including the new Expert C# 2008 Business Objects book. He is a Microsoft Regional Director, MVP and INETA speaker. He contributes to several major magazines and regularly presents at major conferences around the world. Rockford is the Principal Technology Evangelist for Magenic (www.magenic.com), a company focused on delivering business value through applied technology and one of the nation's premiere Microsoft Gold Certified Partners. For more information go to www.lhotka.net.
Ted Pattison, SharePoint Live! Track ChairCo-Founder, Author, Critical Path Training
Ted Pattison is an author, instructor and co-founder of Critical Path Training, a company dedicated to education on SharePoint technologies. Ted has frequently worked with Microsoft's Developer Platform Evangelism group to research and author SharePoint training material for developers early in the product lifecycle while in its alpha and beta stages. Ted published a SharePoint 2007 book for Microsoft Press titled Inside Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 that focuses on how to use SharePoint as a development platform for building business solutions. He is currently revising the content of this book for SharePoint 2010. Ted also writes a developer-focused column for MSDN Magazine titled Office Space.
Keith WardEditor in Chief, MSDN Magazine
Ward has been a print and online journalist for more than 18 years. In 1999, after receiving his Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification on Windows NT 4.0, he worked in the data center for a Fortune 500 company as an NT applications specialist. Following his stint in IT, he re-entered the field of journalism to combine his love of reporting and computers to become a technology writer. Shortly thereafter, Ward earned an MCSE certification on Windows 2000 Server. During his time with 1105 Media, he’s held the posts of online news editor and senior editor of MCP Magazine, editor of Redmond magazine, and editor of Virtualization Review.
Senior Director, Developer Platform and Tools, Microsoft Corporation
Dave Mendlen is the Senior Director of Developer Marketing. Prior to this role, he served as the speech writer for Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. In his time at Microsoft, he was the Director of Web Services strategy in the Developer Platform and Evangelism division at Microsoft responsible for driving Web Services excitement and standards across the industry. Recently he was the Director of Windows Product Management responsible for the marketing of Windows XP Home, Pro, Tablet PC and Windows XP Media Center Edition. He started at Microsoft in the Developer division and served as the lead product planner on .NET and Visual Studio .NET driving a team to bring web services and .NET to millions of developers.
Corporate Vice President, Visual Studio, Microsoft Corporation
Corporate Vice President, Visual Studio, Microsoft Corporation
As one of the original developers of the Common Language Runtime (CLR), Zander's primary technical areas of contribution include file formats, metadata, compilers, debugging and profiling, and integration of the system into key platforms such as operating systems and databases. Before joining the Visual Studio Team, Zander was the general manager for the .NET Framework Team. He has worked on numerous products at Microsoft, including the first several releases of the CLR and .NET Framework, Silverlight, SourceSafe, and ODBC. Before joining Microsoft in 1992, Zander worked at IBM Corp. on distributed SQL and SQL/400 at the Rochester lab.Zander holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Minnesota State University. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his three children and making furniture in his shop.
Mike AmmerlaanProgram Manager, SharePoint, Microsoft Corporation
Mike Ammerlaan has been a program manager for 7 years on SharePoint, focusing on the SharePoint developer platform. Previously, Mike worked on Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator. Mike is a graduate from the University of Arizona, with degrees in Communication and Computer Science.
Jason BockPrincipal Consultant, Magenic
Jason Bock is a Principal Consultant for Magenic (http://www.magenic.com), a Microsoft MVP (C#), and an INETA (http://www.ineta.org) speaker. He has worked on a number of business applications using a diverse set of substrates and languages such as C#, .NET, and Java. He is the author of "Applied .NET Attributes", "CIL Programming: Under the Hood of .NET", ".NET Security", and "Visual Basic 6 Win32 API Tutorial". He has written numerous articles on software development issues and has presented at a number of conferences and user groups. He is a leader of the Twin Cities Code Camp (http://www.twincitiescodecamp.com) and runs the Twin Cities Languages User Group (http://www.twincitieslanguagesusergroup.com). Jason holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. Visit his web site at http://www.jasonbock.net.
Web Application Architect, Schwans Shared Services, LLC
Robert Boedigheimer works for Schwans Shared Services, LLC providing business solutions with web technologies and leads Robert Boedigheimer Consulting, LLC. Robert has been designing and developing web sites for the past 15 years including the early days of ASP and ASP.NET. He is a columnist for aspalliance.com, an ASP.NET MVP, an author, an "Early Achiever" MCSD for .NET with C#, an MCPD: Web with C#, MCPD: ASP.NET 3.5, and a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Robert has spoken at industry conferences including the Heartland Developers Conference, DevLink, DevTeach, Tulsa Tech Fest, DevWeek, TechEd, AJAXWorld, and numerous national and international Visual Studio Live! events.
Miguel Castro is an architect with IDesign with over 22 years of experience in the software industry. He’s a Microsoft MVP, member of the INETA Speakers Bureau, and ASP Insider. With a Microsoft background that goes all the way back to VB 1.0 (and QuickBasic in fact), Miguel has spoken at numerous user groups, code camps, and conferences throughout the US and overseas. He has also been featured on the technology talk shows, .NET Rocks, .NET Rocks-TV, Microsoft’s ARCast (Architecture Podcast), and The Polymorphic Podcast on numerous occasions. He specializes in architecture and development consulting and training using Microsoft technologies. Miguel is also a regular author with CoDe Magazine.
Daniel Cohen-ZardiPresident, SoftFluent
A Graduate of "Ecole Polytechnique" & "Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications", Daniel has almost 20 years of experience in enterprise software development. Daniel's responsibilities at Soft Fluent include the company's overall strategy. He is also involved in several external initiatives and debates around evolution of software methodologies including model-driven and agile development. For example, Daniel works with the R&D commission of AFDEL, the national association for French ISVs. Daniel's earlier career includes work at CGI-Informatique, a CASE tool leader on mainframes, subsequently acquired by IBM and 8 years spent at Microsoft, first in consulting, before taking charge of developer, ISV and emerging market evangelism for France.
Gus EmeryPrincipal, Tech-Pro
Gus Emery is a Principal Consultant with Tech-Pro a Microsoft Gold Certified Partners. Gus has over fifteen years experience architecting and implementing highly-scalable ASP.Net applications and distributed n-tiered applications across a broad array of industries within the Twin Cities area. Gus has been working with Visual Basic since v3.0 and .Net since Beta #1, and loves to seek out new and exciting technologies to serve his customers technological needs!
Kirk EvansArchitect Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
Kirk Evans is an Industry Architect for Microsoft's Communications Sector vertical. He works with the largest media companies and advertising agencies, showing them how to build the next generation of applications and services leveraging the Microsoft platform. Visit Kirk's blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/kaevans.
Mike FitzmauriceVice President of Product Technology, Nintex
Mike Fitzmaurice is the Vice President of Product Technology for Nintex, a global company committed to delivering out-of-box productivity solutions built for and with SharePoint Technology, and is responsible for product direction, evangelism, technical marketing, and technical business strategy. Until May 2008, he had spent more than 10 years at Microsoft, the majority of that time working on Windows® SharePoint® Services and Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server in roles including developer evangelism, competitive strategy, enterprise consulting, user education, product marketing, and technical event planning. Before joining Microsoft, Fitzmaurice served as Director of Research and Development at Advanced Paradigms Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based Microsoft Solution Provider Partner, as well as a five-year tenure as IT Director of the National Association of Broadcasters.
Jon FlandersSenior Consultant, MCW Technologies
Jon is a member of the technical staff at MCW, where he focuses on connected systems technologies. Jon is most at home spelunking, trying to figure out how things work from the inside out. Jon is the author of RESTful.NET from O'Reilly,as well as Essential ASP for Addison-Wesley, and was a co-author of Mastering Visual Studio.NET for O'Reilly. Jon's current major interest is helping people to understand the advantages of REST and how REST connects to products like SharePoint 2010. You can read his blog at http://www.rest-ful.net/
Stephen ForteChief Strategy Officer, Telerik
Stephen Forte is the Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik, a leading vendor in .NET components. He sits on the board of several start-ups including Triton Works and is also a certified scrum master. Prior he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and co-founder of Corzen, Inc, a New York based provider of online market research data for Wall Street Firms. Corzen was acquired by Wanted Technologies (TXV: WAN) in 2007. Stephen also speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development including Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press). Prior to Corzen, Stephen served as the CTO of Zagat Survey in New York City and also was co-founder of the New York based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group. He currently is a Microsoft MVP award recipient, INETA speaker and is the co-moderator and founder of the NYC .NET Developer User Group. Stephen has an MBA from the City University of New York. Stephen currently lives in Hong Kong and will be returning to Mt. Everest again in September 2010.
Rob Foster is an enterprise architect and MOSS MVP in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a BBA in Computer Information Systems and holds several certifications, including MCSD, MCSE, MCDBA, and MCT. In 2000 with the PDC bits in hand, Rob founded the Nashville .NET Users Group (www.nashdotnet.org), which is a charter member of INETA. Rob is a user group leader for the Nashville SharePoint Users Group (www.nashsug.org) and is the regional ISPA evangelist for the US Heartland District. He has been writing and designing .NET applications since version 1.0, as well as implementing SharePoint solutions since SharePoint 2001. In his spare time, Rob enjoys writing books and articles related to .NET andSharePoint. His latest books are "ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Unleashed" and "SharePoint 2007 Development Unleashed", which is a best-selling SharePoint development book. Rob lives in Murfreesboro,Tennessee, USA with his wife Leigh and two sons, Andrew and Will.
Steve FoxSenior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
Steve Fox is a Sr. Technical Evangelist with the Developer and Platform Evangelist (DPE) group. He spends much of his time in the areas of Office and SharePoint development, regularly evangelizing at conferences and with customers both nationally and internationally. Steve has co-authored numerous books and articles on Office development and speaks regularly to developers both domestically and internationally. When not working, he enjoys movies, playing hockey, writing, and reading.
Eilene Hao Klaka
Program Manager, SharePoint Workflow Team, Microsoft Corporation
Eilene Klaka is a Program Manager on the SharePoint Workflow team. She has been at Microsoft since graduating from Stanford University in 2005 with a BS in Computer Systems Engineering and Computer Science.
Billy Hollis is an author and software developer from Nashville, Tennessee. Billy is co-author of the first book ever published on Visual Basic .NET, VB .NET Programming on the Public Beta. He has written many articles, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. He is the Regional Director of Developer Relations in Nashville for Microsoft, and runs a consulting company focusing on Microsoft .NET. www.DotNetMasters.com
Tim HuckabyCEO/Founder, InterKnowlogy
Tim Huckaby is currently focused on RIA & Rich Client Technologies like Silverlight, WPF, VSTO, Surface, and Windows 7 and the Multi-touch capabilities that these .NET technologies share. He has been called a “Pioneer of the Smart Client Revolution” by the press. Tim has been awarded multiple times for the highest rated Keynote and technical presentations for Microsoft and numerous other technology conferences around the world by Microsoft Corporation. Tim has done Keynotes and Technical Session presentations on Microsoft Technologies at technology events all over the world and is consistently rated in the top 10% of all speakers at these events. Tim has done keynote demos for numerous Microsoft executives including Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. Tim founded InterKnowlogy, experts in Microsoft .NET and Microsoft Platforms, in 1999 and has 25+ years experience including serving on a Microsoft server product team as a development lead on an architecture team. Tim is a Microsoft Regional Director, an MVP and serves on multiple Microsoft councils and boards.
Deborah KurataPresident, InStep Technologies, Inc.
Deborah Kurata is cofounder of InStep Technologies Inc., a professional consulting firm that focuses on turning your business vision into reality using Microsoft .NET technologies. She has over 15 years of experience in architecting, designing, and developing successful applications. Deborah has authored several books, including the "Doing Objects in Visual Basic" series (Addison-Wesley), "Best Kept Secrets in .NET" (Apress) and "Doing Web Development: Client-Side Techniques" (Apress). Deborah speaks at conferences such as Visual Studio Live!, DevDays, and TechEd. For her work in support of software development and software developers, she has been recognized with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. After a hard day of coding and taking care of her family, Deborah enjoys blowing stuff up (on the XBox of course).
Vishwas LeleArchitect, AIS
Vishwas Lele is an AIS Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for the company vision and execution of creating business solutions using .NET technologies. Vishwas brings close to 20 years of experience and thought leadership to his position, and has been at AIS for 13 years. A noted industry speaker and author, Vishwas is the Microsoft Regional Director for the Washington, D.C. area and a member of the Connected Systems Division Advisors group. Additionally, Vishwas has received an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Solution Architecture award for 2009.
Leonard LobelCTO, Sleek Technologies, Inc.
Leonard Lobel is the chief technology officer (CTO) and co-founder of Sleek Technologies, Inc., a New York–based development shop with an early adopter philosophy toward new technologies. He is also a principal consultant at twentysix New York, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Programming since 1979, Lenni specializes in Microsoft-based solutions, with experience that spans a variety of business domains, including publishing, financial, wholesale/retail, health care, and e-commerce. Lenni has served as chief architect and lead developer for various organizations, ranging from small shops to high-profile clients. He is also a consultant, trainer, and a frequent speaker at local usergroup meetings, Visual Studio Live!, SQL PASS, and other industry conferences. Lenni is also lead author in the new MS Press book "Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2008". He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wallace McClurePartner, Scalable Development, Inc
Wallace B. "Wally" McClure graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1991. He has done consulting and development for such organizations as The United States Department of Education, Coca-Cola, Bechtel National, Magnatron, and Lucent Technologies, among others. Wally has been working with the .NET Framework since the first public alpha in the summer of 2000. Wally McClure specializes in building applications that have large numbers of users and large amounts of data, which is a natural fit for Windows Azure as well as user interface specific technologies, such as AJAX, and now the iPhone. He is a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, member of the national INETA Speaker’s Bureau, author of seven programming books, and a partner in Scalable Development, Inc.
Matthew McDermottSharePoint Server MVP, Microsoft
Matthew McDermott, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MVP, is a Principal Consultant for AbleBlue in Austin, Texas. AbleBlue specializes in SharePoint Integration, Strategy and Implementation Consulting. Matthew is an author and specialist in SharePoint technologies focused on web content management, collaboration, search and social computing, Matthew has led SharePoint implementations for Fortune 500 companies since 2002. Matthew’s free time is spent as a canine handler for K9 Search, Austin, a volunteer K9 search team serving the FBI and Austin & San Antonio Police Departments. An accomplished cook and bartender, in his spare time Matt spends as much time with his wife as his dogs will allow.
Jeffrey McManusCEO, Platform Associates
Jeffrey McManus is a developer and entrepeneur. He co-founded and led the Yahoo! Developer Network team. From 2003-2005 he did a similar job for eBay. Before that, he worked as a technology consultant, speaker and author, writing six books on software development on the Microsoft platform. Jeffrey has expertise in platform businesses, web services technology, and open source, particularly as it applies to incumbent businesses. He's currently dividing his time between a consultancy, Platform Associates, which helps platform technology businesses create products and take them to market, and various platform products including the document-sharing site Approver.com and the open-source customer feedback platform Tinypug.
Simon MourierChief Technology Officer, SoftFluent
Graduated from “Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Electricité et de Mécanique de Nancy”, Simon Mourier has a cumulated experience of more than 20 years in professional software development. Simon is in charge of products and technologies. He orients, designs and takes part in implementation of the company products. After working for Renault, he spent 14 years at Microsoft, managing the internal group before joining consulting where he became the first architect consultant of Microsoft France. Beyond being the chief architect of CodeFluent Entities, he has developed worldwide popular pieces of software such as HTML Agility pack or the WSS List Synchronizer for Office 2007.
Mike MortonVisual Studio Group, Microsoft Corporation
Mike has been at Microsoft for over 14 years working in a number of IT and Product groups. He is currently on the team in the Visual Studio group that is building a set of next generation tools to make SharePoint development within Visual Studio 2010 significantly easier and more efficient.
Brian PeekSenior Consultant, ASPSOFT, Inc.
Brian is a Microsoft C# MVP who has been actively developing in .NET since its early betas in 2000, and who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies and platforms for even longer. Along with .NET, Brian is particularly skilled in the languages of C, C++ and assembly language for a variety of CPUs. He is also well-versed in a wide variety of technologies including web development, document imaging, GIS, graphics, game development, and hardware interfacing. Brian has a strong background in developing applications for the health-care industry, as well as developing solutions for portable devices, such as tablet PCs and PDAs. Additionally, Brian has co-authored the book "Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More" published O'Reilly. He previously co-authored the book "Debugging ASP.NET" published by New Riders. Brian is also an author for MSDN's Coding4Fun website. You can reach Brian via his blog at http://www.brianpeek.com/.
David S. Platt teaches Programming .NET at Harvard University Extension School and at companies
all over the world. His magnum opus, Why Software Sucks (Addison-Wesley, 2007, www.whysoftwaresucks.com), points out ways in which software MUST improve if it’s to accompany humanity into the twenty-first century. He is famous for his engaging presentation style. "He's the only guy I know that can actually make a talk on COM's apartment threading model funny," said one student. Microsoft named him a Software Legend in 2002.He is the author of eleven programming books. His Introducing Microsoft .NET from Microsoft Press introduced thousands of programmers to that environment. Even today, 4 years after itsmost recent release, it is outselling Tom Clancy's Every Man a Tiger on Amazon.com, which tells you what kind of geeks buy their books there. Dave holds the Master of Engineering degree from Dartmouth College. He did his undergraduate work at Colgate University. When he finishes working, he spends his free time working some more. He wonders whether he should tape down two of his daughter's fingers so she learns how to count in octal. He lives in Ipswich, MA.
Maurice Prather is an independent consultant and enterprise architect who helps companies build and implement innovative solutions built on the Microsoft SharePoint platform. Maurice is a Microsoft Certified Master. Maurice was awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SharePoint Services in 2008, 2009, and 2010. He has been working with SharePoint since 2001 (both as a former member of the product team and now as a consultant). Maurice is an active participant in the blogosphere, conferences, SharePoint gatherings, and user groups.
Brian RandellSenior Consultant, MCW Technologies
Brian A. Randell is a senior consultant with MCW Technologies, LLC. For over 20 years, Brian has been building software solutions and educating his fellow developers. Brian spends his time teaching Microsoft technologies to developers, working with new and emerging technologies like Visual Studio 2010, Team Foundation Server 2010, SQL Server 2008 R2, and SharePoint 2010, and consulting worldwide for Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, state and local governments, and small businesses. Brian enjoys helping people get the most out of their software. He does this through training for MCW Technologies and speaking at events such as Visual Studio Live!, Tech•Ed, and the PDC. In addition, Brian shares through the written word. Brian currently writes the Team System column for MSDN Magazine.
Christian RombergSenior Software Engineer, Versant
Christian Romberg is a Senior Engineer at Versant in Hamburg. After studying computer science at the University of Rostock, with a focus on databases, he worked as a consultant and later as an engineer at Poet Software. He subsequently worked as a senior engineer at Vanatec and as a Senior Java Developer at the physicians' association in Bavaria. Christian Romberg now brings his know-how into the core technology of the Versant database specializes in Java (JDO) and .NET client-side APIs for VOD.
Walt RitscherConsultant/Trainer, Wintellect
Walt Ritscher has trained thousands of corporate developers during the last fourteen years. An active speaker, his teaching schedule has taken him throughout the world providing developer training at corporations, universities, and software conferences. He has collaborated on several books and videos published for the developer market including early adopter .Net courses at Microsoft Press. Walt is currently consulting and teaching .NET, Silverlight and WPF classes for Wintellect. Walt's industry expertise has placed him on various national technology advisory boards. He is also deeply involved in the local developer community — founding the .NET Developers Association in Redmond, WA. Walt has accumulated plenty of experience as a developer —is currently a Microsoft MVP, and a member of the Silverlight Insiders and WPF Disciples. As a web programmer he has worked numerous projects including; EPA sites and the Microsoft Community Starter Kit.
Michael StiefelPresident, Reliable Software, Inc
Michael Stiefel, principal of Reliable Software, Inc. is a consultant on software architecture and development, and the alignment of information technology with business goals.
His current work involves:
o Distributed application development and implementation such as Software as a Service
o Software best practices in Microsoft .NET
o Technologies such as Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, and SQL Server.
o Advising on IT strategy and planning, including budgeting, hiring, and growth management, including the appropriate use of Agile development
o Requirements analysis and project planning
As a member of an OASIS Technical Committee he helped develop a core SOA Reference Model and related Reference Architectures.He was a Lecturer in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his research and teaching focus was understanding how people build mental models in order to solve problems. As Adjunct faculty, Stiefel has taught graduate and undergraduate software engineering courses at Northeastern University and Framingham State University. Michael Stiefel's education is from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a Interdisciplinary Ph.D degree in Nuclear Engineering, Political Science, and History of Technology; M.S. in Nuclear Engineering; and B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He is an active member of the IEEE Consultants Network.
Paul StubbsTechnical Evangelist for SharePoint and Office, Microsoft Corporation
Paul Stubbs is a Microsoft Technical Evangelist for SharePoint and Office, where he focuses on information worker development community around SharePoint and Office, Silverlight, and Web 2.0 social networking. He has authored three books on solution development using Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Silverlight, several articles for MSDN Magazine, and has also spoken at Microsoft Tech-Ed and the Microsoft Professional Developers conferences. Paul has also worked as a Senior Program Manager with the Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) team in Redmond, Washington. Read Paul’s blog at msdn.com/pstubbs.