Reinvent your business – take it to the limits of what’s possible

The IT function needs remodeling to meet the business objectives set by the digital transformation. While pursuing innovation, keeping the existing infrastructure up and running takes up most of IT’s resources. The advantages of the cloud are obvious, enabling speeding-up the development process and connecting public cloud services to existing apps and data. But what about the Internet of Things, the artificial intelligence behind Watson cognitive computing to get more from all kinds of data, or ground-breaking blockchain technology? At the Watson Brussels Summit, IT professionals were given tips on how to resolve today’s challenges and prepare for tomorrow’s innovations.

TEDx session

Architecting Disruption: why businesses need cloud & cognitive

Since 2000, more than 50 percent of companies in the Fortune 500 have either gone bankrupt, been acquired or ceased to exist. Every organization today is vulnerable to seismic shifts, either because born-on-digital companies steal market share or rewrite customer expectations or through new business models that reinvent your industry and change the game all together. Organizations are leveraging the possibilities of the cloud platform and cognitive capabilities to build a secure and agile IT environment that is digital ready to meet the ever-changing business requirements.

The CIO dilemmas in the digital era (and how ‘cognitive’ will provide some of the answers)

For businesses and organizations in today’s world, digital and online activities are no longer a gimmick. Digital is now affecting the very essence of an organization. To stay ahead, business must integrate this in their business strategy. Postponing it is no longer an option.

The six pillars of the digital economy

Driven by business challenges, the IT department seeks out the route to digitization to both reinvent itself digitally as well as to optimize its current IT environment. An important issue is, of course, how much of the budget can be spent on IT before returns on investment take place. In his presentation on Digital Transformation, Wouter will outline the building blocks on which IT needs to build the digital business of tomorrow.

AI, chatbots & robotics

Chatbots and robots are two great buzzwords in 2017. They represent a whole new generation of human-computer interaction. Michiel and Deevid discuss the opportunities, business cases, best practices, the technologies behind them and illustrate this with some demonstrations.

How cloud platforms are enabling the necessity of ecosystems

Reinventing yourself digitally cannot happen without harnessing new expertise. For digitization a new set of skills is required. New expertise cannot be found within the organization alone. It’s all about orchestrating new ecosystems and acquiring the right know-how from the relevant business partners outside. Thinking in platforms has become the norm with cloud as the enabler. In his presentation, Internet of Things evangelist Ronald Teijken will explain what is required for these ecosystems to operate as effectively as possible.

The problem of youth unemployment can be expressed as a statistic but can’t be solved as one

VDAB aimed to identify young job seekers who were at highest risk of long-term unemployment. VDAB had already captured a significant amount of structured and unstructured information on job seeker case histories. Its goal was to create a model that could use historical patterns to determine the relative impacts of controllable variables - factors such as software literacy or transport arrangements - and to rate each job seeker’s long-term unemployment risk.

Using the cloud infrastructure to improve humanitarian aid

The European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) sought to streamline operations and improve the timeliness and quality of information delivered to its network of more than 45 field offices in over 38 countries. It needed a more robust and worldwide available IT infrastructure to help speed delivery of relief assistance, including humanitarian aid and civil protection. Cloud expert Francis Werquin will share how the organization used IBM´s Cloud Infrastructure to deliver ongoing flexibility with improved security and transparency.

How a Startup is using Watson

IBM Watson creates new applications and opportunities. Start-ups in particular are discovering the real potential of cognitive computing. Cloud-Nanny will be explaining how they think they can stand out from the rest using Watson technology.

What If Watson could chat with your youngster to become more financially literate and confident in managing their banking?

One important aspect of Watson is the ability to understand natural language, thereby expanding the possibilities of how you can use IT in your business. KBC for example upgraded their mobile app K’Ching by adding a chat bot based on Watson Conversation in Dutch. This app is to give young consumers insight into how they spend/grow their pocket money and enables KBC to tap into a new generation of clients. Michel van der Poorten explains how this is benefiting the client and its customers.

Start taking advantage of the Internet of Things using IBM Cloud with Proximus LoRa

We all know that the potential of the Internet of Things is beyond imagination. To build an IoT solution, you need a secure and enterprise ready cloud platform that helps you connecting devices, get all necessary data from them, extract business context and define channels (API's) to interact with the data or the device. IBM Cloud evangelist Eric Cattoir will explain how to easily build your IoT solution on IBM Cloud. Within the IoT ecosystem, Proximus brings in the actual sensors and connectivity to their LoRa network, as well as some additional Telco services to build innovative & cognitive IoT solutions.

The Blockchain revolution, separating hype from reality

What is blockchain and why is it important? Arnaud will touch on the concept of distributed ledgers.
How do distributed ledgers support Bitcoin and virtual currencies in general? Is it all hype? When will we see real world applications?

Digital Readiness & Digital Reinvention: the two sides of the digital dollar

The world is enthusiastically embracing digitization where data plays a key role. In the concluding presentation, Dirk De Bevere and Erno Doorenspleet, will be drawing together the themes of the day into a single narrative which, on the one hand, is all about getting the IT organization ‘digitally ready’ and, on the other, about discovering yourself digitally. In other words, an organization where the customer is at the heart of things, data is in free flow, and insights are harnessed so you can stay ahead in the digital world.

Reinvent your business – take it to the limits of what’s possible

Do CISOs still dare to facilitate innovation? Or do they prefer to watch and wait, with the growing numbers of increasingly advanced cyber threats which now abound? This is a serious temptation, particularly in view of the new, stricter data regulations and shortage of good cyber security professionals. But giving in is not an option: the role of the CISO is crucial to a successful digital transformation. At the Watson Brussels Summit, CISOs discovered how new cognitive technologies, services and SaaS solutions strengthen their security and unburden their organization, as part of a complete immune system offering protection at multiple levels.

TEDx session

Architecting Disruption: why businesses need cloud & cognitive

Since 2000, more than 50 percent of companies in the Fortune 500 have either gone bankrupt, been acquired or ceased to exist. Every organization today is vulnerable to seismic shifts, either because born-on-digital companies steal market share or rewrite customer expectations or through new business models that reinvent your industry and change the game all together. Organizations are leveraging the possibilities of the cloud platform and cognitive capabilities to build a secure and agile IT environment that is digital ready to meet the ever-changing business requirements.

The CIO dilemmas in the digital era (and how ‘cognitive’ will provide some of the answers)

For businesses and organizations in today’s world, digital and online activities are no longer a gimmick. Digital is now affecting the very essence of an organization. To stay ahead, business must integrate this in their business strategy. Postponing it is no longer an option.

Security in the age of digital transformation

The age of digital transformation is officially upon us. What role can security organisations play, despite challenges such as a sophistica threat landscape and security skills gap? In this session Erno Doorenspleet, Executive Security Advisor, will set the scene for today’s security track. Erno will reflect on digital transformation from a security perspective, take you through the latest security trends and introduce the agenda topics.

Demo: Watson for Cybersecurity in the Cognitive SOC - how does it work?

Enjoy your lunch while experiencing the Cognitive SOC through this live demo with 'QRadar Advisor with Watson'. The Cognitive SOC combines the cognitive power of Watson with the security intelligence platform QRadar to enable analysts to detect hidden threats and investigate incidents much faster than ever.

Watson for Cybersecurity - first experiences from the Cognitive SOC

Security is often cited as a key prerequisite for the success of digital transformation projects. But how can the field of security facilitate an ever increasing pace of business innovation in the face of significant challenges, such as a structural security skills gap and unprecedented cybercrime? Cognitive technologies hold great promise to help overcome these obstacles and to deliver high-value, innovative security immediately. Hear from Vincent Laurens how he put Watson for Cybersecurity to work in Sogeti's Security Operations Center.

Innovation and the role of Security

There are companies performing better than others in managing cyber security and information security. These organisations have embraced ICT security as a change process, with an open mind to innovation, focusing on attitude and behaviour of the entire workplace, supported by overall processes and board-level risk management controls. But the companies implementing cybersecurity innovations, are the ones ahead of the next attack, leap frogging at least the common attacks and staying ahead of the next attack vector curb. Strong cyber security capabilities are a mixture of traditional security measures, with dynamic and versatile experts and business people, capable of identifying benefits versus cost and supporting operations with strategic security advisory and tooling. Similar business people and engineers are driving the innovation of cyber security technologies and processes, endorsing new capabilities such as isolation, end-to-end security, fingerprinting and artificial intelligence. Similar like cyber criminals, cyber security minds need to think about the next attack vectors and potential threats, but keeping their lines open supporting business. During this talk, Ulrich will address all components from different perspectives, presenting a holistic view on actual ingredients for actual security management.

GDPR in Action: Translating Regulation into a Capability-Based Action Plan

Much has been said and written about the General Data Protection Regulation. With roughly a year to go until GDPR comes into force, organisations now need to come up with an action plan to help them get ready. As one of the largest data processors around, IBM has always taken data regulations extremely seriously. Join Bert Vanspauwen, Associate Partner IBM Security Services, as he addresses some of the key milestones that companies are faced with on their GDPR journey, such as: what should you expect from an assessment, what does a possible timeline for a GDPR program look like, and what questions need to be raised? In addition, Bert will also share experiences from the field and outline IBM's capabilty-based approach as the cornerstone for a structured GDPR assessment and implementation plan.

IoT & Security, where are we?

IoT is now everywhere. It is no longer a dream, but a reality: CCTV, dishwashers, TVs, cars, NAS, smart meters... The expected security incidents have unfortunately also come to reality: Mirai botnet, Miele dishwasher, Tesla & Jeep cars... What are the reasons ? What is the current status on IoT security testing and best practices ? X-Force Red team is helping customers in identifying and fixing vulnerabilities on IoT devices before hackers do. Join this session and discover how we proceed and what we found.

Digital Readiness & Digital Reinvention: the two sides of the digital dollar

The world is enthusiastically embracing digitization where data plays a key role. In the concluding presentation, Dirk De Bevere and Erno Doorenspleet, will be drawing together the themes of the day into a single narrative which, on the one hand, is all about getting the IT organization ‘digitally ready’ and, on the other, about discovering yourself digitally. In other words, an organization where the customer is at the heart of things, data is in free flow, and insights are harnessed so you can stay ahead in the digital world.

Redefining finance: the game has changed

Disruptive technologies and digital transformation are driving the creation of new business models and ecosystems. Data complexity, volume growth and changing business expectations impose enormous demands on finance. At the same time this creates an opportunity to make better decisions, transform cost structures and allocate resources to cognitive analytics and new capabilities. At the Watson Brussels Summit, finance professionals discovered the next evolution in finance management – the cognitive advantage.

Welcome & Introduction

TEDx session

Panel discussion on the impact of disruptive technologies on the finance function

Jo Cobbaut will moderate a panel discussion with prominent finance managers from a diversity of organizations on the impact and opportunities of disruptive technologies on the finance function. Find out their vision and hear about their experiences with Data, Analytics, Robotics and Cognitive.

Panel members:

Moderator:

Chemistry between IBM and Umicore for future-ready finances

Innovation has always been at the heart of Umicore, a global materials technology and recycling group. Their focus on innovative sustainability guarantees their products and services to be future-ready. But how to make sure your finance department is future-ready as well? Hear from Xavier Van Houte, Senior Manager Group Control & Consolidation at Umicore, how he sees his finance department evolve towards the future, and how technology can help facilitate that journey.

Innovate for the Day After Tomorrow: the new role of the CFO

Technology is changing people much more than we realise. Rik Vera takes the audience on a wild rollercoaster that confronts everybody with the impact of digital, mobile, big data and the activation on their own lives and the impact that has on society. It is happening. It is drastic. It happens fast. What are the consequences for companies that have no other choice than to radically re-invent their business models? Not because of competition, but because of a changing environment. The role of the CFO is all important in this transformation process. KPI's, balanced scorecards and assets should be redefined. In the Design Thinking workshop that follows the inspirational keynote, CFO's will be briefly trained how to act upon their Day After Tomorrow.

Design Thinking Workshop

From problems to solutions
IBM Design Thinking is a framework for teaming and action. It helps people approach complex problems or challenges, innovate collaboratively, form intent, and create solutions with a human-centered outcome.

Thank you for your interest.

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IBM Client Center, IBM HQ building, Avenue du Bourget/Bourgetlaan 42, B-1130 Brussels

Wouter Denayer

Wouter Denayer, Technical Lead Belux
In this role Wouter assists partners with understanding and implementing strategic technologies. He is also an enthusiastic people manager, architect profession lead for Benelux and member of IBM's global Academy of Technology leadership team. To find what he's up to lately, have a look on twitter @WouterDenayer.

  • Joan Van Loon

    Joan Van Loon, IBM Enterprise Business Unit Leader Belux

    After starting his career as a health economist, Joan has over 21 years of experience working in business management & management consulting.

    In his current role, Joan leads the Public, Life Sciences, Telecommunications and Utilities industries in Belux. He is IBM global thought-leader for healthcare. As ambassador and spokesperson, he delivers presentations, guest lectures and media coverage in healthcare, cognitive innovation and Watson.

  • Erno Doorenspleet

    Erno Doorenspleet, Executive Security Advisor, IBM

    Erno Doorenspleet is part of the European Security CTO office within the IBM Security Business Unit. Erno has more than 20 years of experience in IT, covering Security & Risk Management, Governance & Operations and Outsourcing.

    He is a national and international speaker and publisher on the relationship of business with Security, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and Information technology.

  • Jo Caudron

    Jo Caudron, Founding Partner at Duval Union Consulting

    Jo Caudron (1968) is one of Belgium’s internet pioneers. As a serial entrepreneur, he has (co-)founded more than 20 digital companies. He has an eye for the latest trends and anticipates them like no other.

    Today, Jo is the founding partner at Duval Union Consulting, a consultancy firm specializing in digital strategy and transformation. His most recent book, Digital Transformation, shows (traditional) businesses how they can adapt to the disruptive power of digital first competitors.

  • Michiel Vandendriessche

    Michiel Vandendriessche, AI and Datascientist

    Michiel Vandendriessche is a computer scientist with a specialisation in data analytics and artificial intelligence. He started in Craftworkz with his work in AI-driven fall detection. Instead of coding rules for detecting a fall from someone's wrist watch, he developed a system that could learn these sophisticated rules itself by analysing examples of falls and non-falls. Furthermore, he gained a lot of expertise in developing chatbots. He uses well-known technologies like IBM Watson Conversation and started the development of Craftworkz' own framework called "Oswald".

  • Arnaud Le Hors

    Arnaud Le Hors, Senior Technical Staff Member, Open Web Technologies, IBM Cloud

    Arnaud Le Hors is senior technical staff member of open web technologies at IBM. Arnaud has been working on open technologies for over 20 years, focusing on standards and open source development, both as a staff member of standards development organizations (SDOs) such as W3C and as a representative for IBM. Arnaud has been involved in every aspect of the standards development process.

  • Deevid De Meyer

    Deevid De Meyer, Robotics and Chatbox Engineer

    Deevid De Meyer is one of the mad engineers at Craftworkz. Deevid has been highly involved in building robotic applications. At Craftworkz, we take the whole "humanoid robot"-story one step further by adding some AI sauce on top of the robot application which adds an extra dimension. Deevid is the go-to person when it comes to AI & robotics.Michiel Vandendriessche is a computer scientist with a specialisation in data analytics and artificial intelligence. He started in Craftworkz with his work in AI-driven fall detection. Instead of coding rules for detecting a fall from someone's wrist watch, he developed a system that could learn these sophisticated rules itself by analysing examples of falls and non-falls. Furthermore, he gained a lot of expertise in developing chatbots. He uses well-known technologies like IBM Watson Conversation and started the development of Craftworkz' own framework called "Oswald".

  • Ronald Teijken

    Ronald Teijken, IoT evangelist IBM

    Ronald Teijken is Client Advisor for Internet of Things & Analytics Distribution and Industrial Sector Europe at IBM and has more than 25 years of professional experience in manufacturing, retail and IT with a strong focus on Supply Chain Management.

  • Paul Danneels

    Paul Danneels, CIO (Chief Information Manager), VDAB

    Turned around IT from enabling to ‘outside-in’ thinking with a focus on digital business models. Inspired teams and stakeholders to undertake execution of major programs with significant business impact.

    Demonstrated success in building collaborative and trustworthy partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. Successfully delivered consulting and change missions in both the public and private sectors relating to IT strategy and Business and ICT alignment. Was responsible for BPR projects improving operational excellence and change management projects mobilizing large organizations.

  • Martijn Rooks

    Martijn Rooks, CEO Cloud-Nanny

    Martijn Rooks is the CEO of Cloud-Nanny, a company that manufactures and markets smart Internet routers. These routers can help parents monitor and manage their families’ Internet usage. Cloud-Nanny provides ChildRouter, a cloud-based traffic analytics solution that intelligently checks and classifies websites based on their content, helping to make smarter decisions about which sites to block.

  • Dirk De Bevere

    Dirk De Bevere, IBM Business Line Executive for Integrated Technology Services (ITS) in Benelux

    Dirk has 22 years of experience in the IT industry. Today he leads a cross-functional team spanning sales, solutioning, local and off-shored delivery.

    He is a member of the IBM Benelux Senior Leadership Team and the IBM Belgium Executive Committee. In addition, he serves as board member for IBM Services Financial Sector Luxembourg.

  • Catherine De Lattre

    Catherine De Lattre, CFO IBM Belgium & Luxembourg

    Catherine De Lattre became Financial Manager of IBM Belgium/Luxembourg in April 2016. In this role, she is responsible for all the financial departments: Accounting, Finance and Planning, Business Controls and Treasury. Alongside this role Catherine is also Controller of IBM Benelux. She previously occupied a number of positions in IBM: CFO of the Joint Venture BNP Paribas Partners for Innovation Belgium, and several management roles in IBM’s service departments. Catherine started her career as a financial analyst with Sara Lee.

  • Jo Cobbaut, Editor in chief, FD Magazine

    Jo Cobbaut, Editor in chief, FD Magazine

    Jo Cobbaut has been writing articles on the world of work, management and entrepreneurship since 1995, with a focus on ethics, HR management and financial management.

    • Editor in chief of Ondernemen (VKW) since 1998
    • Editor in chief FD Magazine since 2006
    • Editor in chief HR Magazine since December 2015
  • Paul Denayer

    Paul Denayer, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Alpro

    As Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Alpro (member of WhiteWave Foods), Paul Denayer is responsible for driving financial performance and achieving sustainable profitable growth.

    Paul has over 20 years of experience in international Finance management, with responsibilities in accounting, controlling, tax, treasury, IT and business process management, currently leading a team of 60 people. As member of the Executive Team, he sets strategic direction and defines priorities, monitors the translation of the defined strategy and defines action plans in case of deviations.
    He is a strong communicator with a strategic mindset and an outside-in thinking mentality. He believes that by acting as true business partner to your organization and by empowering others, you can further unlock value and deliver better results.

  • Rik Vera

    Rik Vera, Thought Leader & CEO, Nexxworks

    Rik is a renowned thought-leader, worldwide keynote speaker, acclaimed author and trusted advisor on the topics of disruption, business model change, extreme customer-centricity, and getting companies prepared for the Day After Tomorrow.

  • Diederik Bossuyt

    Diederik Bossuyt is Vice President Group Controller and financial director of Netwerk and IT of Proximus

    He has a team of 35 business partners. Recently he managed the transition of Proximus from a vertical organisation to a transversal structure.

    As a result of these projects the Proximus board now has the tools to strengthen and develop the business processes and reap the financial benefits of strong operational results.

  • Xavier Van Houte

    Xavier Van Houte, Senior Manager Group Control and Consolidation, Umicore

    Xavier has 20 years of experience of combined risk management, commercial and finance responsibilities within Umicore through both business unit and headquarters perspectives. He was instrumental and successful to develop proprietary systems in those disciplines, to ensure efficiency and sustainability for Umicore operations world-wide. After leading Group Reporting and Consolidation (last 3 years), he recently got appointed Head of the Finance Competence Center, aiming at supporting Umicore finance community in its growth challenges. Hence a team of 8 experts, in close collaboration with IS department do focus on ERP systems, risk management (especially metal and currencies), reporting and planning applications.

  • Steven Stijger

    Steven Stijger, IBM Design Thinking leader

    As an IBM Design Thinking Leader with more than 18 years of experience, Steven conducted many successful Design learning sessions and IBM Design Thinking workshops all over the world for IBM and her clients.

  • Volker Kreuter

    Volker Kreuter, Watson Leader Europe, IBM

    Volker joined IBM as a development engineer in the Lab Boeblingen (Germany). After having had various Technical Sales and Lab Services leadership roles in IBM Software Group he broadened his international experience with roles and assignments in Zuerich (Switzerland) and Dubai (UAE) as region or GEO technical exec. With his return to Europe he first lead the cross brand Lab Services organization in SWG and joined the Watson organization as their Europe Cognitive Solution Architects leader 3 years ago.

  • Ulrich Seldeschlachs

    Ulrich Seldeschlachs, CEO LSEC

    Ulrich Seldeslachts, CEO of LSEC, joined LSEC late 2006, to support the organization in its future growth strategy. LSEC, an international IT - & Information Security not for profit organization connects security experts, research institutes and universities, government agencies, end users, funding bodies and technical experts who are driving European research agendas. LSEC activities aim to raise cyber security awareness, support innovation and improve the competitiveness of the IT- Security market.

    Prior to LSEC, Ulrich started the European branch of Clearwire the North-American WiMAX operator, founded by Craig Mc Caw. Ulrich was responsible for the development of 7 broadband wireless operations throughout Europe. Ulrich has an experience in business and corporate development, and company innovation.

  • Vincent Laurens

    Vincent Laurens, Vice President and Cybersecurity Practice Executive, Sogeti

    Vincent Laurens graduated with a Master’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He started his career in the IT security field as an independent ethical hacker in the mid-1990’s. Vincent joined Sogeti in June 2013 to start the Luxembourg Security Practice and to support Sogeti Group in strategic security initiatives all around the world.

  • Lorenzo Bown

    Lorenzo Bown, CEO StoryMe
    As Founder & CSO of StoryMe, Lorenzo Bown is in charge of global strategy and international development for the Belgian-based scale-up. Four years ago, he saw an opportunity to help companies communicate their messages in a simple and convincing way with the help of video. His entreprenerial mentality combined with a fierce feeling for fun has allowed the company to grow exponentially. Currently, StoryMe is known in Belgium and beyond as a workplace that stimulates creativity and encourages its employees to innovate without limits.

    With a team of more than 50 employees, Lorenzo balances managing a productive work environment with generating new leads, and is constantly searching for new areas of innovation within Video Marketing. The last year has meant exciting international expansion and business growth with no signs of slowing down.

  • Wim Verplancke

    Wim Verplancke, Director Treasury, Accounting and Consolidation BekaertDeslee

    Wim Verplancke is a results-driven finance executive with more than 15 years of progressive experience in financial management within listed, family owned and family-equity organizations with a global footprint and 2 500+ employees.

    AS CFO of DesleeClama Group, he completed the due diligence process with Bekaert Textiles Group in March 2016. Since that date, Wim has been leading the finance integration activities of the new BekaertDeslee Group, manufacturing mattress fabrics and mattress covers in 10 business units and 19 locations worldwide. Today, he is transforming the BekaertDeslee finance department from ‘local processor’ into a cost efficient ‘business partner’ by simplifying business processes and implementing automated & integrated solutions.

Frederik Bocklandt, Finance PMO & Process Improvements Director, Unilin.

  • Bert Vanspauwen

    Associate Partner IBM Security Services

    Bert is an Associate Partner at IBM Security Services with a special focus on Identity and Access Management and Data Privacy. He is experienced in building and leading large security programs for a variety of industries and runs Managed Security Services for several of our clients. Bert graduated as a civil engineer in computer sciences with a strong affiliation towards networks and security. Bert is CISSP certified (www.isc2.org) since 2007, Prince2 (2011), ISO27001 Lead Implementer and CISM (2014).

  • Johan Dieltjens

    Johan Dieltjens, Technical Sales IBM Security, CISSP

    is a senior IT Specialist at IBM for the IBM Security portfolio with over 10 years experience. Specializing on Security Information & Event Management (SIEM). Johan has extensive knowledge of security concepts, security standards and security tools.

  • Benjamin Lafois

    Benjamin Lafois, IBM Security Services Consultant in France

    is a security consultant with IBM Security Services based in France. He is an expert penetration tester with deep skills on enterprise infrastructures with an extended knowledge on most market leaders environments: Unix, Windows, Mac Os X... He also performs application security assessments as well as mobile and embedded security tests. He has strong expertise regarding security best practices and security processes for big organizations because of its previous experience at IBM Strategic Outsourcing. He has been delivering security engagements for major actors in Telco, Industry, Aviation and e-commerce all over the world. He also has significant experience in networking (Vyatta) and in infrastructure virtualization (VMWare). His programming skills, especially in Java, allows him to understand custom enterprise applications and create custom automated attacks.

  • Eric Cattoir

    Eric Cattoir, IBM Bluemix specialist

  • Michel van der Poorten

    Michel van der Poorten, Cognitive Business Development Executive Financial Services

  • Francis Werquin

    Francis Werquin, Cloud Services specialist

  • Gianni Manderioli

    Gianni Manderioli, Innovation & Business Developer at Proximus EnCo

  • Craig Dawson

    Craig Dawson, Watson Leader Europe, IBM

    Craig is the European Watson Leader, he has been with with IBM for 19 years during which he has held multiple leadership positions in Europe in Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, and was a Partner in IBMs consulting business.

    He has worked extensively in Banking, Consumer Packaged Goods and Industrial Industries, delivering and running everything from reporting requirements and solution design, through to the development of AI and Analytics solutions focusing on total stack optimisation (Hardware / database / Applications) to ensure fast and effective data movement and insight.

    Since early 2016 Craig has been focused entirely on Artificial Intelligence, and how it can be deployed with appropriate workload to drive insight that empowers decision makers.

  • Mike Cuvelier

    Mike Cuvelier, CFO of Unilin since 2013, has been responsible for the (financial) integration of several acquisitions by the Mohawk Group in Europe (Pergo, Spano, IVC, Xtratherm). Mohawk today is the biggest flooring group in the world. Mike Cuvelier not only focuses on integration though. Unilin continues to invest in the automation of administrative and accounting processes and in new reporting and analytics tools.