I am the Director of Product Management for cloud computing provider CenturyLink (formerly Tier 3), a Microsoft MVP, lead InfoQ editor for cloud computing, blogger, author, Pluralsight trainer and frequent public speaker. I have spent the majority of my career working with organizations as they planned and implemented their enterprise software solutions. I worked first for two global IT consulting firms where I gained exposed to a diverse range of industries, technologies, and business challenges. Then, I joined Microsoft as a SOA/BPM technology specialist where my sole objective was to educate and collaborate with customers as they considered, designed, and built application integration solutions. I then accepted a job at biotechnology leader Amgen where I designed a wide range of global systems before becoming the lead architect of the R&D division. I then joined Tier 3 as a Senior Product Manager where I contributed to product strategy and development while actively collaborating with the cloud computing community.
I am the author or contributor to three recent books: “Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform” (Packt Publishing, 2010) which discusses where to use which Microsoft platform technology; “SOA Patterns with BizTalk Server 2009″ (Packt Publishing, 2009) which takes a look at how to apply good SOA principles to a wide variety of BizTalk scenarios; “Microsoft BizTalk 2010: Line of Business Systems Integration” (Packt Publishing, 2011) in which I wrote chapters explaining integration strategies for Windows Azure, Salesforce.com and Dynamics CRM 2011.
You can follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/rseroter, read my regular contributions to InfoQ.com at http://www.infoq.com/author/Richard-Seroter, and find my Pluralsight training courses at http://www.pluralsight-training.net/microsoft/Authors/Details?handle=richard-seroter.