Vanessa Williams is a developer and systems analyst whose work experience spans across several industries, including transportation, petroleum marketing, manufacturing, retail, and most recently motor sports entertainment. She spent last year developing .NET applications and planning a SharePoint Portal Server 2003 implementation for a sports entertainment venue in her hometown of Indianapolis. She has ten years of experience in systems administration, implementation and software development. In previous lives she was a shipping clerk, a payroll clerk, a fork lift driver, and a candlestick maker (just kidding).

Vanessa grew up in Indianapolis, where she graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Computer Information Systems.

Vanessa is the author of Microsoft SharePoint 2003 for Dummies. She is feverishly at work on her next title, Visual Studio 2005 All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies.