Richard Smith has been involved in the IT industry for over 25 years with 12 years of consultancy experience in Microsoft technologies and 8 years at Microsoft. Richard is currently a Solution Architect with the global Client Solutions team and is responsible for delivering consultancy and packaged services in Windows client and server deployment to cross sector customers. Richard has previously delivered consultancy services in Active Directory design, Exchange and SharePoint Portal Server design and deployment. Richard regularly speaks at Microsoft public events worldwide including TechEd, IT Forum, Microsoft Management Summit (MMS), product launch events and UK Tech Days as well as internal Microsoft events such as TechReady. As the world-wide client deployment community lead, Richard has authored several elements of Microsoft’s Desktop Deployment Planning Service (DDPS) and contributed to the Microsoft Jumpstart offerings and Configuration Manager 2012 solution offerings as well as being involved with Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 readiness preparations.