In the previous story about BizTalk community members I introduced Genuine Basil, who works for Burch Technologies, Sydney Australia. I was able to get hold of the founder of Burch Technologies, Mark Burch who I interviewed for the BizTalk Community Series. Mark has been been around BizTalk for a long time since 1999 and runs a blog on integration called BizTorque since 2006. Here is his story.

Mark Burch, 34 years of age is a technology entrepreneur. He lives in Sydney Australia. He’s a graduate of Singularity University, a Microsoft VTSP for Integration, and Director and Founder of technology companies. Burch Technologies are his BizTalk/Integration/App Dev consulting company. InvoiceSmash his new SAAS product – launching out of beta in Dec 2012.

Mark has been working on BizTalk since 1999, when Microsoft released the BizTalk Jumpstart Kit…before BizTalk 2000 was released. His employer at the time was jumping on the XML bandwagon, when no one really knew what it meant.

Mark has worked on the whole BizTalk stack, development, architecture, administration, training, and sales/presales. He really enjoys the power of BizTalk:

“At Burch Technologies we really make BizTalk dance on a string like a puppet and we do the hard stuff. Things like integration into ERP products that don’t have *any* integration capabilities for instance.”

In the little spare time Mark has left besides running two businesses and family stuff is playing Halo, Modern Warfare or Black Ops on the Xbox. He supports the All Blacks, the New Zealand rugby team. The same team I support when it to comes to world cup rugby.

One final quote from Mark to readers of his blogs and many other BizTalk related ones:

“Follow your dreams. Be kind.”

Thanks Mark for your time and contributions.

Cheers,

Steef-Jan