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Karen Forster is Vice President of Platform Vision, www.platformvision.com, and is responsible for building a community around IT decision-making from a platform perspective. She has more than 20 years’ experience in media, publishing, and technology. In 1996, moving from an IBM Midrange computing magazine, Karen took the editorial lead on the start-up Windows NT Magazine (now Windows IT Pro) and its associated web sites and online publications, including newsletters on topics such as Exchange, scripting, security, and IIS. Karen launched SQL Server Magazine in 1999. In 2002, Microsoft recruited Karen to serve as Director of Windows Server User Assistance, bringing her from Colorado to the Seattle area.
Karen has a degree in general linguistics and English as a foreign language from the University of Regensburg, Germany. She lived and worked in Germany for 9 years and returns to visit in-laws frequently. Karen is always interested in hearing about gemuetliche beer gardens in Bavaria.