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Bil Simser      

Senior IT Advisor; SharePoint & Collaboration Architect at FortisAlberta

Bil Simser is an independent Solutions Architect with over 15 years in software development. He has helped build many large-scale mission critical systems along the way. In his role as a mentor, he guides clients on how to implement development standards and guidelines, evaluates and recommends new tools and technologies, and helps teams and projects progress into the .NET world. Bil also has a special interest in coaching clients on Agile and General Software Development Best Practices.

Bil has been involved with Microsoft's .NET platform since the early betas and has a deep passion for good Architecture and Software Design. He specializes in SharePoint, .NET, Agile, TDD, and computer game programming. Bil also runs several successful open-source projects. He contributes to the software development community, taking the time to review and edit SharePoint and Agile publications, and speak at user groups, code camps, and conferences, including TechEd, DevConnections, PDC, and DevTeach.

Bil has been a Microsoft SharePoint MVP since 2004 and a member of the MSDN Canada Speakers Bureau. Bil currently lives and works in Alberta, Canada, with his wife, daughter, a Beowulf cluster of computers, every gaming console known to man, and a small menagerie of animals.

Specialties: I Have been building business solutions for over 15 years. As technology changed, so did the solutions but some are still in place after all these years. I've also dealt with many aspects of negotiations between business customers and IT professionals and can provide the right tool for the right job. Professional certifications include MCAD and MCSD and specialities include Microsoft Office Servers, SharePoint, the .NET framework and system and software design using Agile practices.

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