Our User Group looking forward  to a very exiting spring, with loads of sessions coming up as Microsoft are rolling out the RTM of BizTalk Server 2009. I feel really privileged that we’ve been able to engage such distinguished guest speakers in the past as Jon Flanders, Darren Jefford, Dwight Goins and Charles Young. I was not sure we’d be able to keep up the level of speakers from last year, but I’m proud to say we have: 

15th of AprilBizTalk best practices from a developer perspective. (Open for registration soon)


Brian Loesgen is a Principal SOA Architect with Microsoft. Based in San Diego. Brian is a 6-time Microsoft MVP for BizTalk Server, and has been involved with BizTalk since prior to the BizTalk Server 2000 beta. Brian has extensive experience in building sophisticated enterprise, ESB and SOA solutions. Brian was a key architect/developer of the “Microsoft ESB Guidance”, initially released by Microsoft in Oct 2006. He is a co-author of 6 books, including “BizTalk Server 2004 Unleashed”, and is currently working on “SOA with .NET”.

Alan Smith is form the north of England, and living in Stockholm Sweden, he has been working as a developer with Microsoft technologies since 1995, starting out with C++, and working with VB, ASP, SQL Server before moving to .net with the early betas. He has worked as a multimedia developer,  moved into web development, and then working as a systems architect.
Since November 2003 he has been focusing on BizTalk Server, working as a consultant in the UK, then taking up a full time position as BizTalk developer/architect for KnowIT Consulting in Stockholm.
He is also a certified trainer, and delivers BizTalk courses both from the Microsoft Official Curriculum, and the advanced “Deep Dive” training in partnership with QuickLearn.
He has always had a passion for evangelizing new technologies, and played the lead role in the adoption of .net at Razorfish in Stockholm, running after-hours labs, and mentoring other developers. His latest initiative is to publish “The Bloggers Guide to BizTalk” on a monthly basis, bringing to together the best ideas and resources from the BizTalk developer community.

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Paolo Salvatori was born on 9th October 1969 in Pisa, the city of the leaning tower placed right in the heart of Tuscany. In 1988 he finished the high school with the maximum degree (60/60) and in 1993 he graduated with the maximum degree in Informatic Sciences at the University of Pisa. He had my military service as a Navy Officer (1 year and 3 months) and then started to work on January 1995 in Unisys. He joined Microsoft on 12th October of 1997 as an evangelist. After a couple of years decided to move to a new role so he started to work in the Services Division where he spent 8 years as a developer and architect. On July 2007 Paolo joined the Connected Systems Division to cover the role of EMEA BizTalk Ranger

May – no official yet

4th of JuneThe Role of Dublin in the BizTalk Enterprise (Open for registration soon)


Stephen W. Thomas started his career with a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Iowa.  After realizing his passion was actually in software, he went to work for a major consulting firm where he worked on his first Microsoft BizTalk project in early 2001.
Since then Stephen has done consulting work for a number of different clients including many in the Fortune 500.  He was fortunate to get to work with the beta release of BizTalk 2004, BizTalk 2006, and BizTalk 2006 R2 and BizTalk 2009.  Stephen now focuses on all Connected Systems Technologies including the latest improvement in .Net 4.0 (Window Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow) and Dublin.  
Currently, Stephen is an independent consultant focused solely on Microsoft based integration solutions using BizTalk and other Connection System Technologies.
Stephen runs the BizTalk community site
www.BizTalkGurus.com and is a 5 year Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in BizTalk Server (https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=7C702F76-09BA-4102-992B-5E23518A3482).  Recent speaking engagements are at the Microsoft’s SOA and BP Conference in January 2009 in Seattle, WA and at Tech Ed in Orlando in 2007.  Book credits include tech reviewer of the BizTalk 2006 Recipes book published by APress.

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