Chief Architect, MLBoA
Iain Mortimer is Chief Architect at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Markets, with specific responsibility for application and data architecture, strategy and governance. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch Iain held senior architecture positions at Microsoft and for a very long time at Barclays. He specialises in transforming highly distributed enterprise wide architectures.
Head of Projects and Programmes and Director e-GIF Programme, NCC
Dr Andrew Hopkirk is the NCC's Head of Programmes and Projects and Director of the Centre’s Transformational Government programme. His activities include strategic and tactical advice and guidance directly for/to NCC members, generally delivered via commissioned and other project works and consultancy in both the public and private sectors. He represents the NCC and its members in public and private forums and networks.
CEO, Everware CBDI
David Sprott is CEO and Principal Consultant with Everware-CBDI International. Founded CBDI Forum in 1997 and led the research and practice development company in guiding and advising many large enterprises worldwide on Service Oriented Architecture and Application Modernization. Publisher of widely read practice research in CBDI Journal. Speaker, writer and advisor who has led the development of structured methods for SOA.
Ivar Jacobson International
From the late 60's Ivar Jacobson was pioneering the use of software components at Ericsson. During his time there he invented sequence diagrams and collaboration diagrams. He also applied state transition diagrams to describe the message flows between the components. He then went on to invent use cases. In 1987 he quit Ericsson and started Objectory where he developed the software process OOSE.
In 1995 he merged Objectory with Rational Software where RUP was written. He also worked with Grady Booch and James Rumbaugh to develop UML. Rational was bought by IBM in 2003 and Ivar decided to move on, but he stayed on as an executive technical consultant.
He now leads an independent consultancy - Ivar Jacobson Consulting - to help companies produce successful software while working on process definition.
Chief Architect of Identity and Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft Corp
Kim Cameron is the Chief Architect of Identity in the Identity and Security Division at Microsoft, where he champions the emergence of a privacy enhancing Identity Metasystem reaching across technologies, industries, vendors, continents and cultures.
Kim plays a leading role in the evolution of Active Directory, Federation Services, Identity Lifecycle Manager, CardSpace and Microsoft's other Identity Metasystem products.
Software Architect, Visual Studio Team System, Microsoft Corp
Steve Cook is a software architect for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System, and represents Microsoft at the Object Management Group, where he is a member of the Board of Directors and the Architecture Board, and co-chair of the UML Revision Task Force. Previously he led the team that developed the Domain Specific Language Tools in Microsoft Visual Studio. Before joining Microsoft in 2003 he was a Distinguished Engineer at IBM, which he represented in the UML 2.0 specification process at the OMG. He has worked in the IT industry for more than 30 years, as architect, programmer, author, consultant and teacher. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and holds an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from De Montfort University.
Chief Architect, Worldwide Services, Microsoft Corp
Ulrich Homann is the chief architect in the strategic projects group of Microsoft worldwide services. Formerly Homann played a key role in the newly formed Platforms, Technology and Strategy Group at Microsoft. As solutions architect, Homann was responsible for the development and strategy for Microsoft in the area of business architecture and its relationship to solution architecture, software tools and infrastructure.
Enterprise Technology Specialist, Microsoft EMEA
Kevin has been involved with database platforms for more than 20 years and has performed many roles including development, DBA, technical design and account management. In recent years Kevin has worked as an infrastructure and database architect designing numerous database infrastructure solutions for both high and low end systems. Many of the designs have been for 99.999% available systems including designing for true fault tolerance and high performance.
Senior Consultant, Microsoft Ltd
Santosh Benjamin is a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services (UK). Santosh has 13 years of experience in designing and developing applications and integration solutions in both Microsoft and non Microsoft technology platforms. His current focus is on BizTalk Server, WCF and Windows Windows Azure.
Mark Bloodworth is an Architect in the Development and Platform Evangelism Team at Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mark was the Chief Solutions Architect at BBC Worldwide, where he led a team responsible for architecture and systems analysis. This role encompassed technical strategy, architecture and team management. Mark's background is in software development and design, specialising in web applications and integration. Most of his career has been focussed on using Microsoft technologies, especially .NET, with a little Java thrown in for good measure. Mark keeps a blog at remark.wordpress.com.
Architect, Microsoft Ltd
Keith began his career at Dec as a database consultant for Rdb/VMS. For the past 15 years he's worked for Microsoft supporting SQL Server in a variety of roles. His experience goes back to V4.2 on OS/2 (before Windows NT was released). For a number of years he worked with large enterprises installing large-scale OLTP systems and Data Warehouses. Currently he works with ISV's, who are looking to become early adopters of SQL Server 2008.
Technical Director, nFocus Testing
Danny Crone started work as a Quality Assurance Manager before meeting fellow Director Ross Lister, and forming nFocus in 2000. He has a strong delivery background in software testing especially within the government sector. He is a thought leader in the field of automated testing and has setup automated frameworks and approaches for many clients. More recently, he has been focusing on the role of testing in the Agile world and how test automation can best be implemented in these fast paced iterative development cycles.
Technology Tools Specialist, Microsoft Ltd
Giles Davies works in the Developer and Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft in the UK specialising in Application Lifecycle Management solutions, specifically Visual Studio Team System. Giles has worked for a number of organisations prior to joining Microsoft including EDS, Borland and IBM Rational, and has led the delivery of large successful projects across different technologies and platforms. He is a strong advocate of using the right processes and the right tools to deliver successful projects by focussing on the delivery of working software and not getting distracted by the development environment infrastructure. Giles is a keen, but pragmatic, advocate of UML and is excited by the UML and other capabilities coming to the Visual Studio Architecture Edition.
Architect, Microsoft Ltd
Simon began his computing career as a PC developer then moved onto work on Mainframe and UNIX systems before returning to the PC world with the advent of Windows NT. For the last 10 years Simon has worked with organisations to help them understand how to create new applications using new platforms and technology from Microsoft.
Architect, Microsoft Ltd
Matt Deacon is the Chief Architectural Advisor for the Emerging Technology Group at Microsoft UK. His primary role is to serve as an advisor to Microsoft's customers, and the public, on all matters relating to the field and profession of IT Architecture and works within a team delivering landmark solutions based on Microsoft's emerging technology offerings such as Windows Azure. He chairs the Microsoft UK Architect Council, a body of 30 senior industry Architects who provide feedback and advice to Microsoft on matters of product direction and strategy and is the owner of Microsoft Architect Insight, Microsoft UKs premier 2-day architectural conference. Matt brings over 19 years experience in the IT industry delivering many mission critical enterprise solutions on both Microsoft and Java platforms. As founder UK region of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) and now the IASA European Regional Chair, he is successfully building an active and informed community of IT architect professionals within the IT industry in the UK and across Europe.
Technology Tools Specialist, Microsoft Ltd
Richard has been with Microsoft for 8 years starting as a Developer Support Engineer troubleshooting and debugging complex customer development issues. For the past 2 ½ years Richard has specialised in Visual Studio Team System and Application Lifecycle Management. Prior to joining Microsoft he gained a first class degree in Computer Science and worked as a Software Engineer.
Architect, Microsoft Ltd
For the last 15 years David has worked at Microsoft, firstly in its fledgling consultant service section, then in EMEA as a technical evangelist (yes that was the official job title). Since Microsoft's launch of .NET, he has been focused on the .NET platform, helping design and build a wide range of systems, from smart clients to web applications, and more recently, cloud computing with the Windows Azure. He also runs and delivers regular technical briefings around the Microsoft platform, and has been involved with Teched Europe for the last 11 years.
Group Architect - Solution Engineering, Microsoft
Co-founder of Everware-CBDI with over 37 years of experience in IT roles including systems analyst, project manager, consultant, services manager, development manager, product manager and industry analyst. Founded CBDI Forum in 1997 and led the research and practice development company in guiding and advising many large enterprises worldwide on Service Oriented Architecture. Well known as an authority, speaker, writer and advisor and has led the development of structured methods for SOA.
Enterprise Strategy Consultant, Microsoft Ltd
Roger has worked within the Computer Industry for some 40 years and has significant experience across a number of hardware and software platforms. Specifically, over the last 15 years, he has worked on determining the requirements for, and shaping the design and implementation of, Information Exploitation solutions in client/server environments within a number of industry sectors.
Typically he holds full time positions within Enterprises as a trusted advisor providing long term technology advice for clients to establish frameworks that help them to strategically plan, build and rapidly deploy technology solutions, and delivering against requirements for a deployment roadmap.
He is a more business focused individual operating at a very strategic level and is able to understand the global context. When supporting new technology adoption initiatives Roger frequently works directly with Microsoft product groups.
As a Consultant Roger often identifies the requirements for total information exploitation solutions and determines the benefits and value of such solutions before creating the conceptual solution designs.
Roger has also been a prime influencer in the development of Methods, Solution Offerings and Reference Architectures in connection with information exploitation solutions.
Andy, after a long and distinguished career in Her Majesty's Royal Navy turned his passion into his work - the delivery of IT solutions to help businesses succeed. Andy has, over the last five or six years been focused on the delivery of solutions built around .Net, Microsoft BizTalk Server and SQL Server providing architectures for both blue chip and government agencies alike. Most recently Andy has been working with the Office of the Prime Minister in delivering of a need 'Life Change' web application for the public.
Technical Director, JFDI Phoenix Ltd
Freelance Trainer, SharePoint Consultant, Architect, Technical Manager, Geek and outrageous self-publicist: see the podcasts at joelblogs.co.uk!
Architect, Microsoft Ltd
Darren Jefford is a Solution Architect working for Microsoft UK. Darren delivers Architectural consulting to a variety of organisations in the UK. Since joining Microsoft 8 years ago, Darren has worked across the whole spectrum of Microsoft products with a particular focus in recent years on BizTalk Server, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Cloud Computing.
MVP, Coeo Ltd
Justin Langford is a Principal Consultant for Coeo Ltd, a Microsoft Gold Partner providing SQL Server consulting services for upgrade, performance tuning, scalability and availability solutions for SQL Server. Coeo also offer Remote DBA services to customers outsourcing management and 24x7 operations of their SQL Server platform. Justin works delivering and maintaining SQL Server solutions for customers in a variety of industry sectors throughout Europe.
Prior to joining Coeo - Justin spent three years working for Microsoft as a Premier Field Engineer. In this role, he delivered SQL Server support consulting to some of Microsoft's largest finance and government customers in Europe. Justin has co-authored Wrox IT Pro: SQL Server 2005 Performance Tuning, two Syngress exam guides on SQL Server 2008 and contributed four chapters to the recently released Wrox SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting guide with Christian Bolton, James Rowland-Jones, Jonathon Kehayias and Brent Ozar.
Principal Architect, Microsoft Corp
Stuart Kent is an architect in Visual Studio with particular focus on visualization and modeling tools. He has been with Microsoft for 7 years, during which he led the development of the Visual Studio DSL Tools, a platform used extensively by customers and internally to create graphical and forms-based modeling tools. He's now working on modernizing that platform, and on new applications for visualization and modeling tools in the software development lifecycle. Before joining Microsoft, Stuart was an academic and consultant. He worked with IBM and others on the UML and MOF standards, and was active in modeling and visualization research. He has published over 60 refereed papers in the field, and was recently presented an award for the most influential paper in the last 10 years by the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing. He is co-author of a book on DSL Tools and another on Software Factories.
MVP, Grey Convergence
Russ is the MD of Grey Convergence and has nearly twenty years' experience in IT, most recently providing infrastructure design, consultancy and technical project management, with a background in development and support. He has a wide knowledge of systems integration, process re-engineering and supplier management, including risk management and due diligence work. Russ has worked with a variety of IT organisations including vendors, manufacturers, resellers and end-users in multiple industries. Since 1999 he has specialised in converged networks, unified communications and collaboration solutions. He has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, MVP, for Office Communications Server since 2006.
ITPro Specialist, Microsoft Ltd
James O'Neill was born in 1965, used his first Microsoft product at the age of 13 and has scarcely stopped since. He describes himself as a compulsive explainer which led him to working as a technical trainer and running a small training company in the 1990s. He joined Microsoft Consulting Services in 2000, and after 6 years there working with a wide variety of clients he moved back to a role where he can explain more, becoming an evangelist, talking to IT professionals primarily about Windows platform technologies. He's a veteran of every Microsoft Operating system and network technology since DOS 3.1 MS-Net and Windows 1.03, and has used a dozen or so programming and scripting languages. Over the last two years he has become increasingly evangelical about PowerShell, using it to write libraries which support Windows 2008 virtualization and Office Communications Server. He lives near Oxford, England with his wife and two children, and occasionally manages to find time for Photography and Scuba diving. He has a worrying tendency to write about himself in the third person.
Satya SK Jayanty
Solutions Architect and Consultant for database solutions with over 18+ years of experience in Software Engineering and Database applications using industry famous technologies & software, having awarded MVP since the year 2006. Active member, Contributing Editor & Moderator for MSDN and other popular SQL Server related forums, in addition to regular participation as a Speaker & Subject-Matter-Expert in the major events such as Microsoft Tech-Ed, SQLBits, SQLPASS and other European based conferences. Founder & Writer of www.sqlserver-qa.net [knowledge sharing network] and writer for sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/ssqanet/default.aspx site.
Senior Director, Partner Technology Unit, Microsoft Ltd
Terry Smith is responsible for all Partner engagement into Microsoft UK's Enterprise business, which spans over 300 Partner organisations and addresses all the major commercial lines of business as well as Public Sector.
Terry has worked at Microsoft since July 1995 and has managed a number of partner & customer groups in that time, spanning independent software vendors (ISVs), SI's, web developers as well as enterprise, corporate customers and the public sector.
Prior to his current role Terry was General Manager of the UK Public Sector business for 7 years. In this role Terry was responsible for some of the world's largest IT projects, notably the provision of the UK Digital Curriculum in partnership with the BBC as well as major innovative projects with the NHS, DWP, MOD and a number of local authorities and police forces.
Global Enterprise Architect, Microsoft Services IT Architecture and Planning
Over the last 20 years Martin has worked for organisations in the public and private sector providing leading edge solutions and thought leadership in a variety of roles, including Enterprise Architect, Head of IT Strategy, Director Global Applications Architecture and Chief Technology Officer. What is common across these different engagements is a passion for the application of technology to solve problems and the delivery of value from investment in IT.
Martin recently moved from a role in the field as a Microsoft Enterprise Strategy Consultant with the UK Cabinet Office to join the global Microsoft Services team developing tools and methods for consulting teams around the world.
Senior Director, Developer & Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Ltd
Mark Taylor joined Microsoft in 1993 working in enterprise services sales. Until 2000 Mark held various executive roles including leading Microsoft Consulting Services and Product Support Services. He also led the preparation for the Year 2000 "Millennium Bug" issue. In November 2000 he moved over to start up the UK business of Avanade, the System Integrator joint-venture between Microsoft and Accenture. Within 3 years the UK business of Avanade became the most profitable and active world-wide. Avanade now employs 6000 consultants world-wide and 4500 software professionals in India. Returning to Microsoft in July 2007, Mark leads the Developer and Platform Group in the UK, which is responsible for the technical audience marketing, developer tools sales and product marketing, new and emerging technologies and devices, relationships with key high-profile brands, independent software vendors, further education students and academics, start-ups, venture capitalists and consumer technology enthusiasts. A former developer and self-confessed gadget junkie, Mark is passionate about the role of technology and software in enabling the future.
Architect, Microsoft Ltd
Simon is an Architect in the Developer Group. Over the past 17 years he has architected and developed software on mainframes, client server architectures and the Internet. Such memorable software includes: ensuring that you have the correct address, routing algorithms, and streamlining the house moving process. Today at Microsoft he helps customers do innovative things with new technology to deliver business value. The rest of his time is spent with his wife and daughters and mountain biking.
Solutions Architect, Microsoft Ltd
Hatay Tuna is an award-winning Architect in Microsoft in the UK. He specializes in Software + Services, Service Oriented Architectures, Business Architectures, Modelling, Model-Driven Development and Architectures, Software as a Service, Service Bus Architectures, Process Automation and Optimization, Event-Driven Architectures, and Software Factories. Hatay has a strong passion for innovation, cutting-edge technologies, and future industry trends. He has successfully delivered several solutions in the Government/Public Sector, the Financial Services space, and the Health and Retail industries. Also, he regularly presents at internal and external events, such as TechReady, SOA & Business Process, and Architecture Insight Conferences. Besides work, Hatay enjoys spending time with his family, playing on Xbox 360, watching movies, and reading strictly technical books.
Service Line Architect, Microsoft Ltd
Currently Fred is the Lead Architect for Financial and Professional Services in Microsoft UK, within the office of the CTO. Working with Microsoft’s largest customers, Fred helps organisations deliver tangible business value, create new experiences and develop new value through existing and emerging technologies.
Prior to joining Microsoft Fred worked on creating and delivering solutions in Finance, Outsourcing, Telecommunications and Central Government sectors, with specialist knowledge in Mergers and Acquisitions.
Fred is passionate about how business and technology can align to create agile and high performing organisations; above all, how technology can inspire and make a tangible impact on our society.
At Flow Interactive John helps organizations gain a competitive advantage by delivering products and services that are useful, delightful and easy to use. John has a BSc in Computing Science from Imperial College and an MSc from the Centre for HCI Design at City University. He has been designing, building and managing software products and systems for longer than he cares to remember. Despite persistent rumors his recent career change was not part of a mid-life crisis.
MVP, Cross Join
Chris Webb, has been working with Microsoft's Business Intelligence tools since 1998. He is a well-known figure in the Microsoft Business Intelligence community, regularly contributing to newsgroups and online discussion forums, and has spoken at several international conferences.