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Alison Balter is the president of InfoTechnology Partners, Inc., a computer consulting firm based in Camarillo, California. Alison is a highly experienced independent trainer and consultant specializing in Windows applications training and development. During her 19 years in the computer industry, she has trained and consulted with many corporations and government agencies. Since Alison founded InfoTechnology Partners, Inc. (formerly Marina Consulting Group) in 1990, its client base has expanded to include major corporations and government agencies such as Shell Oil, Accenture, Northrop, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Prudential Insurance, Transamerica Insurance, Fox Broadcasting, the United States Navy, and others.

InfoTechnology Partners, Inc. is a Microsoft Certified Partner, and Alison is a Microsoft Certified Professional. Alison was one of the first professionals in the computer industry to become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD).

Alison is the author of more than 300 internationally marketed computer training videos, including 7 Access 2.0 videos, 11 Access 95 videos, 13 Access 97 videos, 18 Access 2000 videos, and 35 Access 2002 videos. These videos are available by contacting Alison's company, InfoTechnology Partners, Inc. Alison travels throughout North America giving training seminars in Microsoft Access, Visual Basic, Microsoft SQL Server, Visual Studio .NET, Visual InterDev, and Visual Basic for Applications. She is also featured in several live satellite television broadcasts for National Technological University.

Alison is a regular contributing columnist for Access/Office/VB Advisor as well as other computer publications. She is also a regular on the Access, Visual Basic, SQL Server, and Visual InterDev national speaker circuits. She was one of four speakers on the Visual Basic 4.0 and 5.0 World Tours seminar series cosponsored by Application Developers Training Company and Microsoft.

Alison is also a coauthor of three other Access books published by Sams Publishing: Essential Access 95, Access 95 Unleashed, and Access 97 Unleashed.

An active participant in many user groups and other organizations, Alison is a past president of the Independent Computer Consultants Association of Los Angeles and of the Los Angeles Clippers Users' Group.

On a personal note, Alison keeps herself busy skiing, ice skating, horseback riding, running, lifting weights, hiking, traveling, and dancing. She most enjoys spending time with her husband, Dan, their daughter Alexis, and their son Brendan.

Alison's firm, InfoTechnology Partners, Inc., is available for consulting work and onsite training in Microsoft Access, Visual Basic, SQL Server, Visual Studio .NET, and Visual InterDev, as well as for Windows NT, Windows 95/98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows .NET Server, PC networking, and Microsoft Exchange Server. Contact Alison by electronic mail at Alison@InfoTechnologyPartners.com, or visit InfoTechnology Partners' Web site at www.InfoTechnologyPartners.com.

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