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!