strongMark Beckner/strong is a technical consultant specializing in business development and enterprise application integration. He runs his own consulting firm, Inotek Consulting Group, LLC, delivering innovative solutions to large corporations and small businesses. His projects have included engagements with numerous clients throughout the U.S., and range in nature from mobile application development to complete integration solutions. He has previously authored emBizTalk 2010 Recipes, Pro EDI in BizTalk Server 2006 R2, and Pro RFID in BizTalk Server 2009/em, and has spoken at a number of venues including Microsoft TechEd. In addition to BizTalk, he works with SharePoint, MSCRM, and custom .NET development. Beckner, his wife Sara, and his boys Ciro and Iyer live in New Mexico. His website is a href="http://www.inotekgroup.com"http://www.inotekgroup.com/a and he can be contacted directly at a href="mailto:email@example.com"firstname.lastname@example.org/a.
Benjamin Goeltz (email@example.com) is a consultant specializing in the enterprise application integration (EAI) space, with over six years of experience. Benjamin graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in business information systems from the University of Washington. He has designed and implemented solutions for each version of BizTalk Server, deploying solutions integrating both internal (EAI) and external (business-to-business, or B2B) systems to support mission-critical business processes. He has also authored content for white papers, help files, and books related to system integration. He is from Seattle, and works for Charteris (www.charteris.com), a business and information technology consulting firm with headquarters in London.
I'd like to thank my family and friends, who have been extremely supportive of me reaching for both my professional and personal goals, and helping me remember that the world is at the same time much bigger and smaller than it seems.
Brandon Gross is a managing consultant with EMC Corporation's Microsoft practice, and is a BizTalk "Most Valuable Professional". He received his bachelor of arts degree in business information systems and accounting from the University of Washington. Brandon has worked on business-to-business (B2B) and application-to-application (A2A) solutions for medium-to-large enterprise clients in a wide range of industries, including government, resources, high-tech manufacturing, manufacturing, and software. He has experience in a breadth of Microsoft technologies, including .NET and all versions of BizTalk. Brandon architected an A2A solution that received the 2006 Global Business Process and Integration Technology Innovation Solution of the Year award from Microsoft. Brandon and his coauthors have created a blogging site (http://biztalk2006recipebook. blogspot.com/) to discuss concepts from BizTalk 2006 Recipes.
I would like thank my beautiful wife Cara for sacrificing time with her husband during the writing of this book. I would also like to thank the people at Apress for their support in getting us through the last mile. Finally, I would like to thank the wonderful group of authors and technical reviewers who made producing this book so much fun.
Stephen Roger is a branch director with EMC's Microsoft practice in Seattle, where he runs the service and operations for EMC's office. He has more than 16 years of experience in developing business applications for customers across numerous industries. Stephen has been involved in integration projects using BizTalk Server since the initial release of the product in December 2000. In addition to delivering solutions on the BizTalk platform, he has coauthored white papers and product help content.
Mark Smith is the national integration practice lead of EMC's Microsoft practice and member of Microsoft's global Partner Advisory Council (PAC). His role is to work primarily with enterprise customers within the application-to-application/business-to-business (A2A/B2B) space spanning manufacturing, health care, resources, utilities, and government industries, focusing on lead architect, design, and project management roles. Within the integration practice, his role is to grow a team of integration architects around technology and consulting practices, and to provide primary support to sales, marketing, and delivery functions for Microsoft's integration technologies. He has a bachelor of business degree in information systems and graduated from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. He has been a consultant for eight years, working with BizTalk and related Microsoft integration and development technologies (COM and .NET).
To my family in Australia and my great friends. I'd especially like to thank my mum, dad, and sisters who always gave me the opportunity. Thanks also to my fellow authors you are all incredible people! It's been a long road, plenty of early mornings, Dilmah tea, and quiet weekends! Thank you for the support, I owe you all!
Alexander West is an architect with EMC's Microsoft practice, where he has been delivering integration solutions based on .NET and the BizTalk integration tool set since 2000. Alexander holds a bachelor of science degree in computational mathematics and a bachelor of arts degree in business information systems from the University of Washington. He delivers integration solutions supporting business process challenges both within and beyond organizational boundaries, to clients in industries such as software, financial services, hightech manufacturing, law safety and justice, and energy. He is involved in all stages of the project's life cycle, from envisioning and design activities through development, testing, and deployment.
I would like to thank my wife Megan for her love and patience through our engagement and the writing of this book.