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Thomas Eck (ASE, CCA, CNA, GCA, MCDBA, MCSD, MCSE+I) is a specialist with Perot Systems Corporation in the Global Financial Services industry division. Currently, he is working as a Systems Architect and project manager on contract with a major European investment bank. His unique role at the bank allows him to define the global implementation standards employed for the bank's intranet and extranet Web infrastructure. As part of this role, he leads a group charged with the research and development of new and innovative ways to solve workflow and interoperability issues using Web and thin-client technology. Additionally, Thomas provides support and consultation to the various global development, engineering, and deployment teams within the bank environment.

Outside the office, Thomas has served as a contributing author and editor of several titles for Osborne McGraw-Hill and Charles River Media, and also contributes regularly to MCP Magazine.

When he is not engulfed in writing, work, or studying for an industry certification exam, Thomas and his wife can usually be found spending time with family, traveling, going to the theater, or creating fabulous culinary creations at their home near Chicago.

Thomas always welcomes questions and feedback regarding his work— if you want to reach him directly, feel free to drop him a note at thomas.eck@ps.net.