Maurice Prather has been passionate about software programming since he was an 11 year old. He fondly remembers working with a TI-99/4A as he discovered the joy of translating ideas into pixels. In college, he worked with Pascal, Fortran 77, and Borland’s Turbo C++ on various engineering projects while completing his Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama.
After graduate school, Maurice moved to Seattle, WA to work for Boeing’s Commercial Airplane division. During his time at Boeing, Maurice helped maintain applications built on Fortran 77 and proprietary software critical to the community noise and flight operations groups.
In 2000, Maurice decided to focus on expanding his software skills. He landed a position in the Office Programmability Group within Microsoft’s Office division. For nearly 7 years, Maurice worked as a software engineer in the testing group, working with a large portion of the backend services created for SharePoint. His contributions included working with .Net and helping the team transition from the original concept of WebParts that eventually became a core piece of server-side development in the SharePoint development stack. During this time, Maurice became intimately familiar with .Net and SQL technologies as they became the critical backbone of SharePoint
Helping clients reach their IT goals
Since leaving Microsoft, Maurice has been in the consulting industry, helping clients reach their IT goals. He has been focused on helping customers maximize their investments in the Microsoft stack, whether in traditional on-premise or Azure cloud-based deployments.
Maurice also held one of the highest technical certifications available in the SharePoint space – he received his Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) for SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013. This certification was the pinnacle of certifications and was held by only a handful of individuals across the globe. Maurice was very active in the SharePoint conference circuit and traveled around the world teaching SharePoint Development and Administrative courses. He was recognized as a 5-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).
Custom programming, engineering software packages, technology integration
Maurice continues to work with the .NET platform and helps customers make the most of their SQL server deployments, working with Azure and managing IaaS for customers. Keeping appraised of industry needs, Maurice engaged in several Internet of Things (IoT) projects that required an expanded set of skills beyond traditional desktop/server development. He has worked with small board computers (SBC), designed and created small circuits, and has come full circle to return to programming in C++. Over the past 4 years, Maurice also led an engineering development team to create a software package that can be used across different platforms (Linux, MacOS, and Windows) and is offered in 3 languages (C#, C++, and C).
At the same time, Maurice directed three small companies. Maurice co-founded and has served as the President of Aptillon, Inc. since 2011. He enjoys sailing and racing in the Puget Sound when he’s not heads-down on a software project.