Chris Peiris, .NET MVP, has a masters degree in IT, and bachelor of computing and bachelor of accounting degrees from Monash University, Victoria, Australia. Chris currently works for Avanade as a solutions architect. Chris has coauthored many books on web services, UDDI, C#, IIS, Java, and security topics. He has written many articles, reviews, and columns for various online publications including DevX, 15 Seconds, Wrox Press, and ASP Today. He is also a frequent speaker at professional developer conferences on Microsoft technologies. Chris has developed large-scale integration solutions for financial institutions, G2G, B2B, and media groups since 1995. Chris's current passions include WCF, WinFX, IBM Message Broker, and EAI. He lives with his family in Conder, ACT, in Australia. He can be reached at www.chrispeiris.com.
Amit Bahree is a solution architect with Avanade and has over 14 years of experience in IT, developing and designing mission-critical systems. His background is a mixture of product development, embedded systems, and custom solutions across both public and private sectors. He has experience in a wide range of industry verticals ranging from financial services to utilities to insurance and has implemented solutions for many Fortune 100 companies. For Amit, computers is a passion first, a hobby second, and a career third, and he is glad he gets paid to do what he loves the most. He can be contacted via his blog at www.desigeek.com.
Shawn Cicoria is a consultant with Avanade and lives with his family in Denville, New Jersey. He has MBAs in finance and information systems, and a BA in economics. Shawn is also a MCT training instructor with SetFocus, located in Parsippany, New Jersey. He has been working in systems for nearly 20 years, mostly in financial services (even working with punchcards). Shawn has worked on many platforms including VMS, UNIX variants, and, for most of the past decade, Microsoft Windows. Shawn has concentrating on distributed technologies such as COM[+], J2EE, and, for the past 5 years, .NET, SOAP, BizTalk, and database technologies&emdash;and now WinFX, using them to create capital market solutions that serve the needs of business on time and on budget.
Dennis Mulder started his career in 1997, choosing to dedicate himself to Microsoft technology. As an early adopter of Microsoft technology, Dennis has kept pace with certification challenges and succeeded in getting several certifications. In August 2004, he started work with Avanade, a Microsoft and Accenture joint venture. Currently he is focused on a few areas of the Microsoft platform, specifically service orientation, integration, and infrastructure for development. As a consultant based in the Netherlands, Dennis works with enterprise customers to solve their challenges by leveraging the power of the Microsoft platform. Besides his role as a principal consultant, Dennis is a solution manager and evangelist focusing on several of the Avanade assets. Every now and then, he writes articles for Microsoft .NET Magazine
, a Dutch publication. He is a frequent speaker at Dutch Microsoft conferences and usergroups, and he has become an INETA speaker as of early 2006, which gives him some visibility outside of the Netherlands as well.
Nishith Pathak is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), reviewer, published Apress author, speaker, and Microsoft purist who has been working on the .NET platform since its early beta days. Nishith was born, raised, and educated in a town called Kotdwara in Uttaranchal, India. His expertise is in delivering enterprise solutions to Fortune 100 companies spanning the globe. He is a contributing author and an avid technical reviewer for multiple electronic and print publications. Over the years, he has also been involved in providing consultancy and training services to corporations. Nishith is also a frequent speaker and conductor of webcasts for Microsoft India and user groups on various upcoming technologies. Currently, he is focused on key areas of the Microsoft platform, specifically distributed computing, service orientation, exploring Vista, and helping companies architect solutions based on service-oriented architecture (SOA). You can contact him at "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com and visit his blog at http://dotnetpathak.blogspot.com.