Michael is an independent integration and cloud specialist based in the UK. He is primarily focused around integration technologies in the Microsoft integration platform such as BizTalk, Windows Azure, and a number of other open source offerings. Michael has many years of technical leadership and coaching experience and has worked with customers to deliver a number of complex real-world hybrid integration solutions connecting business partners and SAAS applications to an organizations on-premise line of business systems. Prior to freelancing Michael also held a technical evangelist role with Edenbrook who were a large UK consultancy. Michael is also heavily involved in community activities such as the UK Connected Systems User Group and blogging. Michael also recently pioneered the BizTalk Maturity Assessment which is designed to help customers ensure they are doing the right things to deliver successful projects with BizTalk. Michael is also a regular blogger.