Stephen 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 2000 project in early 2001. Stephen is an independent consultant specializing in BizTalk Server and other Microsoft Integration Technologies. He has been working with BizTalk for over 12 years. For the past 9 years, Stephen has been recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). Stephen has presented at TechEds, SOA Summits, and numerous user groups worldwide. He co-authored the book “Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft” and has been the technical reviewer on several other publications. Stephen runs the BizTalk community site http://www.BizTalkGurus.com.