Bill Sempf

Hi, my name is Bill Sempf, and while acting as the president of the Columbus chapter of Locksport International I have been involved in the Locksport community since 2007.  I have been involved in the Columbus computer community since 1997, and have been participating in the security community community since 1999.

By trade, I am a software architect.  Though I used to hate the term 'architect', it is clearly the only thing out there that defines what it is that I do.  My breadth of experience includes business and technical analysis, software design, development, testing, server management and maintenance and security.  In my 17 years of
professional experience I have participated in the creation of well over 200 applications for large and small companies, managed the software infrastructure of two Internet service providers, coded complex software happily in every environment imaginable, and made mainframes talk to cell phones.  In short, I make the technology that people are using every play nicely together.

I started playing with computers in 1979 and haven't looked back since.  In 1985 I was helping my father (also Bill) manage Apple IIe systems at the local library.  Since then I have built applications for the likes of Lucent Technologies, Bank One, Nationwide Insurance and Sears, Roebuck and Co.  I am the author of Visual Basic 2008 and
2005 for Dummies; a coauthor of Effective Visual Studio.NET, Professional ASP.NET Web Services and Professional VB.NET; a frequent contributor to MSDN,, Hardcore Web Services, Cloud Computing Journal, Inside Web Development Journal and Intranet Journal; and have recently been an invited speaker for the ACM and
IEEE, DevEssentials, the International XML Web Services Expo and the Association of Information Technology Professionals.  I am a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, Microsoft Certified Professional, Certified Internet Business Strategist and Certified Internet Webmaster.  My company is Products Of Innovative New Technology (usually called POINT).