An unstoppable team
Our amazing software would not exist if it wasn’t for the great team that is presented to you below. These people have invested a lot of their time and passion into this amazing solution. It is because of them that we are able to form such strong and meaningful relationships with our customers and partners. Yes, we are proud!
Making a proven company grow further through strong relationships and partnerships.
I have a bachelor in IT and a master degree in project management. The past 20 years I have performed different functions in IT, especially in project and program management, test management and business unit management. With more than 20 years of professional experience in different sectors, both national and international, I implemented a lot of standard software packages.
My passion is to translate your requirements into a lean & mean delivery plan and transform our customer needs into real business value, always focusing on the interests of our customers, our consultants and the general interest of Inventive Designers and its products. I’m always open for an open and constructive conversation willing to help as much as possible, without promising the impossible.
Customer intimacy is very important for us. Therefore we are constantly planning and looking how to serve our customers the best. Due to the great success of our Scriptura Engage products, our challenge is to make our services as much as possible scalable. To achieve this goal, we are optimizing our project approach by implementing industry best practices and cloud concepts and we broaden our consultant’s skillset continuously.
My key assets to build a long-term relationship are trust and reliability. I hope to meet you soon as a prospect, a customer or as a partner. Let’s take together the next mile into your customer communications management challenge !
Understanding clients’ needs and transforming those needs into innovative, flexible and future-proof solutions is what makes me tick.
Understanding clients’ needs and transforming those needs into innovative, flexible and future proof solutions is what makes me tick. I’d like to think of myself as an open-minded no-nonsense kind of a guy with a pragmatic and motivating attitude. I never think in terms of problems, but in terms of challenges and opportunities.
Unlike many other IT professionals, it took me until late in high school to get intrigued by computers and information technology. Back in the days, I was very strong in economics. I surprised many people by pursuing a career in computer science instead of economics. I’m sure that I’ll never regret that decision.
Shortly after I received my master’s degree in Computer Science at the University Of Antwerp in 2002, I started my professional career as System Programmer & Designer in the development team, being responsible for maintaining and extending both DTM for iSeries (As/400) as Scriptura.
After being asked to join our Professional Services team, it became apparent to me that I was born to help customers in understanding and implementing IT solutions. I successfully helped many of our customers to get the most out of our solutions, learning a lot about their systems, procedures and standards in the process. After every project, I was always eager to share my experiences and to suggest improvements in our products to the management and development team.
Recently, my focus has shifted to innovation. I use a mixture of ingredients to create and share new ideas with all stakeholders (both internally as externally). Those ingredients include my 10+ years of experience in the document industry, my client network, our bright R&D team and a pinch of creativity.
VP Professional Services *
Our Professional Services team turns licenses and software into systems that actually do the job. We make it run!
I have always had a drive to “understand, solve & fix things”. This got me into the world of engineering and more specific into the (at that time) new and exciting world of computer sciences.
For nearly thirty years now, I have been a lucky guy, being able to combine the things I like most in my jobs and projects.
– First 10 years at Nedschroef Herentals, a machine building company, in the roles of MRP manager, planning manager, production manager and international projects manager.
– Next decade I worked for Logica (acquired by CGI) as project manager & business consultant on several multiyear assignments. Always in the world of logistics and/or documents.
– And today, for nearly 10 years, I’m working as an independent consultant, helping companies to define and implement/deliver projects related to documents: outbound, inbound and the management of the flows and systems related to this.
All of this together has brought me to my current role of project manager at Inventive Designers where I assist the services team to deliver a multitude of project, applying classic project management skills in a pragmatic combination with 30 years of hands on experience.
Outside my professional live, I try living by the motto “work hard, play hard” resulting in wealthy social live with my wife and 3 adult kids. And besides that I have a passion for good wine and fine cigars!
VP Professional Services *
Happy customers are the best marketing. I love to tell you more about them, our solutions and the great team that makes them.
Unlike most people, you’ll find on this team page, I didn’t plan towards a career in the software development business. I kind of rolled into it. Yes, I’ve always had an interest in technology and love the occasional LAN party but I don’t live inside the code.
Right, after my studies I started as a Software Testing Engineer and from there on made my way slowly into the “scary” customer facing world. It has given me the opportunity to understand both worlds and translate between them. I’ve spent the last 17 years working in an international environment and I really enjoyed the ride. Nowadays you can find me on stage and at events talking about wonderful solutions and be sparking ideas in people’s mind.
Working for a company that puts customers first is a joy. At Inventive Designers, we don’t just sell you a product, we also help you to be successful with it. We take customer experience very serious.
When not at work you can find me in my woodshop. Hammering and sawing, building new things or fixing old ones. And when the dust settles I ride towards the sun on my trusty GS.
Business Development Manager
Building partnerships with my customers and empowering people is my mission. Looking for the ultimate “Win” for every party.
Building long term partnerships with my customers and empowering people is my mission. Always looking for the ultimate “Win” for every party involved in a sales cycle is my passion.
Over the last 15 years I have been active in the document industry and I have witnessed the switch from paper to digital. Customer experience and the related customer journey became key success factors for companies. At Inventive Designers, we enable our clients to take their customer communications to the next level – leading to higher customer satisfaction, increased customer intimacy and operational cost savings too.
I love to work with a partnership state of mind, looking for the best value for both my client and my company. Being pragmatic, result driven, always looking for the best solution for both short and long term. In my position, I feel it is evident to take the time to listen to people.
As a passionate for technology & innovation, Inventive Designers is a great company to work for.
And when I am not at work, you can find me with my wife and my three lovely kids! They ensure that I have the perfect work-life balance which I consider crucial in my position as Sales Manager.
Finally, do not forget this: “Every problem is an opportunity!’
VP International Business Development
Presales Manager *
Loves to show you what your document and communication solution could really look like
I studied computer science in the days that there was only one university in Belgium that offered such a course, and so I went off to Leuven and became a civil engineer in Computer Science. In those days everything about software was still in its early stages and everything was extremely scarce and precious, from memory (kilobytes) to disk space (megabytes) but also processing time. This has given me a unique experience as a software developer at the start of my career, to always look for the best performing solutions within the resources that were available.
I started of my career at Wang Laboratories, in those days the only company that took Word Processing seriously and looked after the user experience. I was fortunate enough to be given the responsibility of a multi-lingual word processor project, and after that I have developed and worked with document processing systems all my life. I worked several years in the United States for Wang, which was a unique experience; and also found the love of my life there.
Twenty years ago I met Guy Dehond, a passionate IBM Systems developer that had become a real entrepreneur, and after a brief cooperation we decided together to start our own company: Inventive Designers. Although not planned at the start, we quickly started developing our own software and were very successful, so the company grew and we got customers all over the world, including the USA.
Developing is one thing, but convincing a customer that a software application is the best fit for their needs is another. Since a few years I am now using all my experience in developing and implementing document solutions during demos, presentations and proof of concepts to show potential customers the unique approach and rich functionality of Inventive Designers products.
Presales Manager *
Thijs van den Brink
Channel Manager *
Together with our local business partners we can help and serve our end users globally in an excellent way.
Working side by side with customers and partners to create the right solution for their challenges is what drives me. Nowadays the solution should be found by thinking Outside In…how does your customer expect you as a company to communicate and interact with him or her?
To understand the current interactions (Customer touch points) a company has with their customers/prospects and how to draw the best way towards multichannel personalized relevant interactions. Starting with Outside in approach instead of traditional Inside Out. In order to optimize the relation with the customer it is necessary to put the end-user in the real center.
By aligning the solution (and especially the Business case) as a driver for reaching a Corporate Objective improves the success ratio enormous of getting budget and needed executive support.
In order to be successful I am a strong believer of Team Selling by always involving and asking colleagues about their opinion and how they would approach a certain challenge. Glad to see that in a young and energetic team at Inventive Designers we can and will act as a team and I am proud to be part of that team. When we can combine fun with results we will have another great year.
My biggest passion is my family, my wife and 4 lovely but demanding young kids.. I have no choice, but feel very blessed to have them in good health. Occasionally, when I have some extra spare time I like to watch or practice several sports or read a good book.
Thijs van den Brink
Channel Manager *
Sr. Business Development Manager Automotive*
The magic formula that successful businesses have discovered is to treat customers like guests and employees like people.
I want to see my customers happy so we can both make profit out of a win-win situation. Business and growing sales is all about people and offering them the right solutions, on the right time and in the right way! Teamwork on both sides is what makes the difference. I love creative people, they can turn a challenge into a success.
Car sales, leasing, remarketing, rental, fleet management and software, it all crossed my path during my career. With my automotive background of more than 28 years, I’ve build up a very strong international network in this vertical.
Today, I’ve started a new adventure in the world of Customer Experience. And we all are customers, every day, so look around you and see the difference. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s …
Who will succeed here? These companies who are the best in a multichannel communication to create a perfect customers experience during the journey! And who can help them there? We.
Find opportunities, networking, manage sales, making customers happy, that’s my job. But this isn’t a 24h programme. A good work-life balance makes me happy, and that’s why I like playing field hockey and tennis, love cooking at home and in my club, and enjoy city trips. And of course, I also like cars.
Business Development Manager Automotive*
Sales Manager Professional Services
Dedicated to serving and supporting customers.
My studies Marketing taught me the principles of customer satisfaction. In several roles and contexts, I’ve been able to practice and further develop the art of helping customers. My natural amount of empathy certainly helps to understand and evaluate a customer’s thoughts and feelings.
My passion and interest in computers, software and gadgets lead me the way to the IT industry. This passion certainly helped me to understand software and technology. My non-technical background helps me to connect with end-users and customers in general.
During my career I have fulfilled several roles in which customers, in its broadest sense and whether in a sales context or not, are placed centrally: end user coaching, key-user evaluation sessions, customer & solution analysis, post-go-live evaluation, partner management, account management,… You name it!
I always focus on a long lasting and permanent relationship with my contacts. Honesty, trust, win-win, and direct communication are my core values. Feel free to reach out for any questions, assistance or guidance when needed.
Customer Success Manager
The sales & marketing girl, looking for new opportunities for Scriptura
I think it already started when I was a little girl, I just couldn’t stop talking. My passion for communication developed further and now we are here. I’m the sales development representative at Scriptura. But it didn’t happen with just one click. First at high school, I was fascinated by economics but after six years of economics, I wanted to do something different. So, I went to Ghent University, where I started studying communication sciences. Still, after my bachelor’s degree I had a very broad view on what to do in the future. So, I decided to combine my two passions, and that resulted in my choice for marketing as my specialization for my master’s degree.
Now I’m in a whole new world, but a world that keeps surprising me every day with the things I learn. Scriptura was the best company for introducing me in this new IT- world. They combine their knowledge from software with the willingness to grow in their market, that’s what keeps me going. Here, I can expand my business development skills with my lust for meeting new interesting people.
In my spare time, I love watching movies, jogging, cooking and of course shopping. If you want an example of a shoe–addict, you found the right person. In the summer, you will probably find me laying at the beach and in the winter, you will see me snowboarding in the mountains. And all these things, I like to do with a good beer in my hand.
HR & Sales Officer
If you can put Boomers and Millennials together in the same place and with the right setting, it’s amazing how they spark each other
Maintaining a balanced process of work inside the administrative office of a highly successful medium-sized business expects many talents of the Office Manager and his/her team.
If you can work ‘for those with the drive to succeed’, as all employees of Inventive Designers can be named, this is yet very satisfactorily.
But next to the HR responsibilities, the clerical aspect of the internal coordination within the organization and the various assignments that are involved, my main passion is to maximize customer satisfaction.
Being part of the chain that sees its primary task to serve and meet the customers’ requirements every minute of every day is my mission.
This is what brings me back to the roots, my studies Marketing, where everything that you perform is for ‘the final receiving system’: the customer.
To use all the competencies that you possess such as integrity, assertivity, flexibility, accuracy and the ability to cope with pressure in order to make the right decision for the right customer at the right moment is what I love. In other words : “Scan the horizon and reach out to existing customers or prospects to generate exactly what they need”.
This explains why I am proud to being also part of an advising sales team in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment.
This is where I can function as a focused, self-driven independent team player.
Summarized, my goal is to use common sense and set a positive attitude day after day for a maximum retention rate inside -excellent staff- and outside -happy customers- the business!
HR & Sales Officer
How can I satisfy my customer and make things happen ?
I’m acting as Project Manager within Inventive Designers and therefore work very
closely within the Professional Services team.
Professional services is more than only the delivery of an SW package and wait until
the customer faces a problem. It’s about coaching, guiding, planning, keeping an eye on budgets
and act as a partner with the customer in providing a qualitative good, reliable, performant
and robustness platform to handle digital communication as well as provide feedback
to the Product Development group to further extend the Inventive Designers product suite.
I do have more than 25+ years of exposure within different Industries from
pure Software development, towards Testing and Integration, towards Project Management
and overall IT Application Management. This helped me in obtaining a wide experience
in the overall Software Engineering with always 1 major goal in mind :
How can I satisfy my customer and make things happen!
Besides working, I’m keen to travel around the world together with my wife and explore
new cultures/horizons as well as enjoy the (local) habits of food tasting.
We’ve already seen quite some places and hopefully, a lot is yet to come.
Believer of long-term relationships by looking at customers as being part of the solution, not part of the problem.
I first came into contact with a computer when I was 11 years old and I persuaded my parents to buy the second-hand computer of a friend. I wanted to have it to play games, but one of the arguments I used to convince my parents was that I could also use the computer for programming in BASIC. I discovered a whole new world and the rest is history…
Of course, I got my degree in computer science – what else? I started working as a consultant and quickly learned the importance of the customer relationship. During my professional career, my role changed from developer to business analyst and project manager.
At Inventive Designers, I am part of the services team. I am genuinely concerned with the customer experience and empathize with them and put myself in the customer’s shoes.
I will take action with your experience in mind in order to come to the best conclusion possible. My ambition is not to solve problems, but to ensure they don’t arise. The best way to keep customers happy is to prevent problems before they occur!
Outside my professional life, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 3 daughters. But when the estrogen level gets too high, I call my friends to go on a motorcycle trip, which has become a yearly tradition. When the dust settles, I occasionally travel to another world by reading a comic book.
Pamela Van Gasse
Communicating with customers, consultants and developers about how to improve an already great product.
I studied Applied Computer Science in Antwerp and graduated in 2000. My very first job was with Inventive Designers, where I still work.
I started as a Software Developer, but I soon realized that wasn’t my thing. Not much later I was one of the first Services Team-members, with the desire to help customers and share information. I gave training, did some coaching and with that experience, I ended up in our Support department. With my ability to understand customer’s issues and translate them for our developers, I was the right person in the right place.
I see myself as a patient person, with the passion to help others. I’m a perfectionist, I like software to not only work properly, but also look good and be user friendly.
Pamela Van Gasse
Jan De Hertogh
Lead Product Consultant
Sharing my +30 years of IT knowledge with our partners and customers to get the best out of their Scriptura Engage investment.
Nearly 50 years young, I’m working in IT for 30 years now. I started as a developer on IBM’s system 23. Doing development in Basic (no … not Visual Basic) in small companies in the Antwerp-area in Belgium.
During my career i worked at many, many different customer locations across multiple industries, giving me a broad knowledge on what companies want. In the past mainly in the area of whatever-kind-of administration, nowadays in automated document generation systems.
Although i seldom get the opportunity any more to do some development, I’m still proud to have a reasonable knowledge of iSeries (AS/400), RPG (say what?), and, last but not least, Lotus Notes.
To prevent people from calling me a dinosaur, I managed to become familiar with more recent technologies like XML, XSLT and XSL-FO just to name a few. I became familiar with these technologies thanks to projects with our product Scriptura. In Scriptura I’m specialized in using the template designer to produce advanced documents. I also love to give training on this subject and help customers to setup a manageable template design environment.
I should certainly not forget to mention I traveled around the world assisting our customers using another product of ours DTM. DTM is another product in document generation, but with a focus on IBM’s iSeries platform.
Jan De Hertogh
Lead Product Consultant
Lead Product Consultant
I love to help organizations pushing their customer communications to the highest level by using Scriptura.
As a child, I have always had a broad interest in different kinds of technology. Year after year, this interest grew until I found myself studying Civil Engineering at Leuven University. During the first year I discovered how fun it is to experiment with software technologies and unfortunately how difficult maths could be as well. Therefore, I switched to the Unversity of Antwerp to study computer science.
Immediately after I graduated, I started working at Inventive Designers in the core development team. This way, I was able to discover the Scriptura product suite especially from the inside, along with all its technologies.
By working in my father’s grocery store I was already familiar with helping customers at a certain level. Therefore the step towards the Professional Services Team in 2009 wasn’t too big. In this job my focus shifted from the inside of Scriptura towards the outside. How can we integrate Scriptura succesfully in a customer environment in order to meet the customers communication needs.
I believe my knowledge of the inside of Scriptura is a great advantage when helping our customers to build a technically good solution that matches the expectations.
Lead Product Consultant
Product Consultant *
At your service!
Starting out as a 6 year-old with an awesome Olivetti M21 and Commodore VIC 20 (with first version Datasette), I became familiar with computers at an early age. Later on in life (and after a less succesfull year studying law) I found myself following International Business Studies at the Tilburg University (the Netherlands). I started working at a large health insurance company processing claims to subsidize ‘after school activities’ and soon my employer noticed my interest in IT. It was very informative and fun to learn about the role of IT in a business environment and being a part of it.
In 2005 the Aruban national health insurance organization invited me to follow an internship to optimize the claims process and implement an IT framework to digitize information exchange between all stakeholders. A great opportunity for me to show my skills, so off I went to the Caribbean island of Aruba. The planned six months eventually became a period of over a year and after many project successes and making friends, I went back to the Netherlands.
Back home I started as a Scriptura implementation consultant at several Dutch health insurance companies in 2006. Currently, I consider myself an experienced Scriptura Engage consultant with a focus on providing the best solution for the customer and integrating the software in existing environments and training employees in working with Scriptura Engage.
In my spare time I practice field hockey and like traveling the globe, especially (South) East Asia.
Product Consultant *
Lead Product Consultant
Driven to help you with your CCM-needs and motivated by happy customers.
Already at a very young age, I was fascinated by computers. I still have very fond memories of tinkering with my Commodore 64 and Amiga as a kid in the 80’s. Loading games from tape, program the machine in BASIC, … It felt like magic!
The decision to go further with IT after college was an easy one. I graduated as a bachelor in Informatics in 2001 and I quickly submerged in the world of Java. My role changed over the years from developer to instructor, technical architect and project lead.
What gives me a lot of satisfaction, is to present and teach technical-trainings. For a couple of years, I travelled the world to teach CCM-topics to companies and class groups. I also enjoy to meet customers and to assist them in every step of the implementation process as a consultant.
I already knew Inventive Designers for a long time, and followed the company with a lot of interest from a distance. I’m very happy to join the services team as a lead product consultant in 2015!
Today, I’m the proud father of two kids. In my free time, I enjoy to go running. Gadgets like my FitBit health tracker help me to keep me motivated! I also like to go GeoCaching, a GPS treasure-hunt game and a great opportunity to discover new places outdoors.
Lead Product Consultant
Template Designer Coach
Eager to help people explore Scriptura’s myriad of possibilities, and share tips to best implement them.
I’ve always had an interest in computers and technology in general. During my studies, I took a little detour through journalism, where I learned how to write about my tech passions in a more accessible manner. This also reaffirmed my creative side, I loved every minute of web design, DTP, photography, filming, and editing that interspersed the more content-oriented classes.
After graduation, I more or less stumbled into a job as a document designer at Acerta. At first, I had a very limited understanding of what the job actually entailed. I learned Scriptura on the job, asking questions when I got myself stuck.
It was (and still is!) very satisfying to know that my work ends up in the hands of customers physically, documents being a very visible “face” for any company.
Eventually, I ended up with Inventive Designers, where I hope to be able to help people optimize their document design. Efficiently implementing the varied requirements of the many users of Scriptura is a huge challenge and an equally large source of motivation for me.
Outside of work, I love to spend time on two wheels, touring or commuting on my motorcycle. I’m also a big fan of pop culture, a dabbling chef, casual gym goer and an avid reader.
Template Designer Coach
Lead Product Consultant
I like to help customers improving their communication process by using our outstanding products.
My first touch with a computer was when I was about 8 years old. Initially, I only played some games, especially strategic games. That changed soon, as I started to figure out how these games were developed, which technologies were used, how hackers could cheat in games… Day after day, month after month my interests in computer technology were increasing. I’m still impressed by what you can do with our technology. It keeps me motivated every day.
I went to De Nayer in Sint-Katelijne-Waver following Electronics-ICT and finished my course in 3 years. 3 months after graduating, I started as a consultant at Planet Talent. They introduced me to Inventive Designers. After my first meeting I was really impressed how the company has grown. They have great products and I am convinced they will grow even more. I believe in Inventive Designers and I have no doubts that this is the perfect place to start my career.
They use interesting technologies, which I want to learn and use, so that I can contribute with improving their products. I started as a member of the Services team.
In my spare time I always try to improve my skills trough self-study. I also try to go 2-3 times a week to the gym with the thoughts: Mens sana in corpore sano.
Lead Product Consultant
Christoph De Decker
Lead Product Consultant
My goal is to tailor Scriptura Engage to every customer’s need to create their perfect output generation platform.
I did not develop the fascination for IT and all that it entails until my final years of high school. Just in time to decide this was the path I wished to walk upon for my higher education and professional carrier. This is why I started studying computer science at the University of Antwerp. After a fair amount of challenges and the right amount of problem solving, I graduated as a master in computer science.
After graduating, I started at Inventive Designers as a professional services consultant where I learned to put the theory into practice. Here I help customers find and implement the perfect (Scriptura) solution for any given problem concerning document generation and integration into existing systems. Although the quest for knowledge is everlasting, working with new and/or innovating technologies occasionally appeases the hunger. Because I meet many different customers to work on many different projects, there is a lot of variety in my work. This makes working as a service consultant interesting and keeps the motivation high.
Apart from my work as a service consultant, I love playing any kind of team sport. I spend most of my childhood playing football and volleyball. Both in hobbies and at work I continuously aim to perfect my skills and pick up new ones on the way.
Christoph De Decker
Lead Product Consultant
Helping our customers in achieving their customer communication goals, by implementing our Scriptura Engage solution.
A long time ago and after graduating as a bachelor in informatics, I was “allowed” to serve as ‘medic helper’ almost a year in our Belgium army. After a training of only 1 month, I didn’t had to ‘reanimate’ or help someone during that year.
After serving my country, I worked at several companies. As such, I was able to experience different company cultures. For the majority and certainly for those where I worked for many years, I really liked their culture, team spirit, and enthusiasm. I’ll only write about those ones, as I’m limited to the number of experiences I can write here.
In 1990, I started as a developer/analyst in a company providing insurance software solutions for bank and insurance companies and stayed for almost 10 years. One of my major assignments was supporting a bank and insurance company in Paris. This also helped me to better speak and write in French.
For the last 18 years, I was able to implement electronic document exchange and integration solutions in B2B.
First at Aditel, where I started in 1999 as a media consultant. Aditel, who was located in Ghent, was a pioneer in Electronic Data Interchange solutions at that time.
Within my period at Aditel (later became Certipost), I was outsourced during 7 years to Agfa-Gevaert in Mortsel, to help them expand their e-commerce business and platform. The kind of electronic documents exchanged with its partners were mainly e-supply and e-invoicing documents. Integration of document data within the Agfa-Gevaert back-office systems (like SAP), was part of my assignment.
After 10 years at Aditel/Certipost, and a short assignment at Barry Callebaut, I started in 2011 as a consultant / technical project manager at F4F Europe (part of Proagrica now).
They are specialized in the exchange of electronic data between companies in the agricultural sector. As a member of an Integrations team, I was responsible for connecting systems, software and data formats between the customer and its partners. For Belgium, the Netherlands, England and the France region.
I learned to know Inventive Designers via Jim Verbist, who was a colleague during a short period at Certipost. But ever since, we kept contact.
In my free time, I love to bike (both mountain bike or cyclo). During summer, and when the weather and wind are favorable, you can find me in Zeeland on a catamaran.
Eager to help our customers in enhancing their communication strategy using Scriptura.
From my childhood, I was attracted by computers. At my age of 8, we got our first pc at home. That was a life changing moment. A whole new world opened up for me. Since then I was always busy with my mechanical friend. Even though I did not always know what I was doing.
Thanks to my brother, who is a driven by IT, I learned step by step how to work with a computer and all the amazing stuff you can do with it. All this inspired me to follow “Applied Computer Science” at Karel de Grote High School in Antwerp. By God’s grace and the ultimate support of my parents, family and friends, I graduated in 2014.
Within a month I started as junior consultant at Talent Planet, who introduced me to Inventive Designers. At my first meeting with David & Nick, I saw this was great a place to start my career. The various large projects with great customers and the stunning technologies used to fulfill these projects were crucial triggers for me, to choose for Inventive Designers.
Now I am contributing in the Services Team with the development/maintenance of customized Scriptura products for customers. Every day I am learning new things and I love doing this!!!.
In my spare time, I listen to music, try to play drums, eat a lot, enjoy with family & friends and of course, busy with the pc (or laptop, or tablet, or smartphone…)!
A humble consultant helping you with your customer communication needs using Scriptura.
As a kid I was always fascinated by technology. Always experimenting and playing with it I soon realized that I “had a knack” for using technology. That realization only grew when we had our first PC when I was twelve years old. After high school I decided to finally put that fascination for technology to the test. I started studying Multimedia and Communications Technology at KdG Antwerp. Although MCT was a great experience I still wanted to learn more and go further. That’s when I started Electronics ICT with the specialization ICT at the University of Antwerp. It was quite the challenge but I succeeded.
Having graduated twice it was time to move on and use that experience in the real world. I started as a junior consultant with Talent Planet and was assigned to work at Inventive Designers as a part of the Services team.
My hobbies includes all kinds of sports, watching movies and going out with friends. It’s not in my nature to not do anything so I try to keep as busy as possible.
Jan Van den Driessche
With an eye for detail and broad knowledge of Scriptura I help your business with your customer communication requirements.
Ever since I was young I loved to tinker. It didn’t matter what it was, I opened everything around me and tried to figure out how they worked. Putting it back together again was always the hard part, to the great dismay of my parents.
There was always something I couldn’t figure out by tinkering with it, electronics. Eventually this hunger for knowledge gave me a reason to pursue an education in electronics and ICT. After a while I earned my bachelors degree in Electronics – ICT at De Nayer in Sint-Katelijne-Waver.
Soon after gaining my degree I started as a junior consultant at Planet Talent, where they ultimately introduced me to Inventive Designers. This is where I meet the team and the products they make. It peaked my interests and soon I wanted to learn more. I believe that here at Inventive Designers I would have the perfect starting point for my career. In February 2015, I started here as a member of the Services team.
I have many interests but of course there are not enough hours in a day to actually follow up on these interests. For now I try to focus on a couple of my passions: movies, series, drawing and gaming. Obviously that doesn’t mean I don’t find the time to hang out with my friends. Usually we to go out to eat; which we try to out compensate by going to the gym.
Jan Van den Driessche
As a product consultant, I help our customers setup, implement and use Scriptura to fulfill their communication needs.
Since I was a teenager, I was always interested in technology and my interest in computers only grew after I built my own computer. So at the end of my secondary school I decided to do a professional bachelor’s degree in applied informatics at the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussels (HUB, but now known as Odisee). This degree broadened my knowledge in IT technologies and programming languages. And the IT challenges that I encountered during assignments always kept things interesting. After I graduated from my bachelor I decided to continue studying and did a MBA in Business Information Management at the KULeuven.
After I graduated from my MBA I decided it was time to get work experience in IT. I got that chance with Planet Talent where I started as a junior IT consultant. They eventually introduced me to Inventive Designers and in February 2016, I started working as a member of their professional services team.
In my spare time, I like to do photography, photo editing, traveling, gaming, going out with friends to events and various other things.
Wesley De Cock
Helping businesses improve customer satisfaction through personalized communication.
In my childhood, a computer solely had the purpose of letting me play games. And I played quite some… However, this only served as the basis for the series of events that developed and enhanced my interest in programming and software design. The interest has always been there and after a few years of working at a chocolate factory (yummy), I decided to put these interests to good use and started a professional bachelor education at Karel de Grote-Hogeschool. It was only during this education that I understood the value of IT in a company and that technologies are advancing faster than they can be implemented everywhere.
3 years later I graduated. A few months after graduating, I joined the Inventive Designers team through Planet Talent. Up to this day, I am still baffled by the range of uses, applications that can be implemented with Scriptura. I am thrilled to contribute to not only creating a product for companies but ultimately for their clients by providing a chance for companies to personalize their communications.
When I’m not working I sometimes can be found playing soccer, both outdoors as indoors. I like the fact that it’s a team sport, which in my team means a game has an additional half. I also enjoy playing card and board games with friends or just having a drink with them.
Wesley De Cock
Product Consultant *
Improving the customers’ communication process by implementing our ever-improving solution
Ever since I was a kid, problem-solving exercises were my favorite in school, so a career in IT consulting wasn’t a surprise for any of my friends and family.
After obtaining a bachelor degree in Computer Science at the Antwerp University, I started my career as a developer in a company that provides IT solutions in the utility industry. After a while, I realized that professional services are more my thing, so I switched to a consulting role within that same company. After gaining a couple of years of experience, I decided to go for a change of scenery. Luckily Inventive Designers were happy to make me part of the family and offered me a role in their professional services team.
Since I joined Inventive Designers, I have been impressed by the team’s drive for success, and a no-nonsense approach. Needless to say that I’m very happy and proud to have become part of this amazing team, which stimulates me, even more, to do my best in helping to achieve our goals.
In my free time, I can often be found on the football field or enjoying a football game on tv. Every winter I drive to the mountains to showcase my (mediocre) snowboarding skills. In summer you can usually find me near a swimming pool, with a cocktail in my hand.
Nathalie De Blieck
Finance & Admin Officer
Recording all financial transactions in to an analytic and accurate accounting and keep them up to date
As a child it was already striking that I liked working with numbers. So I kept as a 10 year old girl the income and expenditure of my little savings.
That passion has prompted me to choose pretty quickly for Accountancy-Information Technology as an academic and later to graduate in Accountancy-taxation.
I started as junior accountant and the Assistant of a company auditor to ending up as a file as administrator in an Accountancy Office where I did the accounts of several small businesses/sole traders such as a fruit and vegetable shop, a Hairdresser’s salon, a clothes shop, a bookshop, ….
Soon grew the intention to keeping the full accounts from A to Z for a mid-sized company where I am employed as sole bookkeeper and can continue to grow. So I started in 2007 as bookkeeper at Inventive Designers.
The job, the responsibility and the trust in people, brings me to the person I am: helpful, good fun, optimistic and punctual. Every day I try to enjoy my family, friends and colleagues, my job and life!
My motto is: “Accept what you cannot change, but change that what you cannot accept”
Nathalie De Blieck
Finance & Admin Officer
May Ling Sung
Legal & Finance Assistant
Everybody needs a sidekick, you name it and we roll at Scriptura Engage.
Growing up in my parents own restaurant I was eager to learn more about business in general at a young age.
From the basic microeconomics – such as demand vs supply – to employment and environmental factors that stimulate business – such as technology and innovation.
After high school I was soon convinced that studying Applied Economics was the right thing to do. With my Master’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Antwerp I was all set to start my first job as an Auditor where I learned a lot about in- and outside operations of different enterprises. It was a great experience to learn firsthand about their business cycles, risks and responsibilities, internal controls and so much more. After years of performing financial controls over companies it was time for a change.
Today my focus is on Contracts & Finance and I love how my job consists of different types of work and how they are all connected. I’m accountable for maintaining all standard company contracts (from SLA to quotes), in close cooperation with our CEO and our company lawyer – the legal part of my job. Consequently I’m also involved in negotiating agreements with our customers, business partners and other third parties. Even though parties often tend to have different opinions during negotiation, in the long haul the reward is major when you see the signature on the dotted line at the end.
On the financial side of the job, I’m the Head Purchaser for the company and I help amongst other things to set up the yearly financial budget as well.
Last but not least, being the Fleet manager of the company cars also has it perks as I get the chance to test-drive all the cars in advance.
Off the clock, I love to relax and spend time with family and friends. I like to be creative and as well love to cook, travel and sport. I have a passion for the Chinese culture and gastronomy and as a true “Asian” I always have my camera with me. Also, humor is very important for me as a day without laughter is like a day without sunshine.
Joining the Inventive Designers team is a decision I will not regret. 2007 was the year I first got in touch with the company and where I got the opportunity to work as an Administrative Assistant during a summer job. Ever since I always knew that Inventive Designers was the kind of company I wanted to work for. When the opportunity arose I did not hesitate at all. After all… home is where the heart is.
May Ling Sung
Legal & Finance Assistant
Senior Product Developer
Multi-area specialist and general tinkerer.
I’ve always been interested in technical stuff, scrounging bits and pieces from discarded computers to build my own systems. In high school I switched from hardware to software and I became a Turbo Pascal wizard almost overnight after my father taught me the basics. By the time the ‘computer course’ switched from Word and Excel to actual programming, I blew everyone away with my first game (a Tetris clone) and high-resolution fractal renderings drawn via VESA BIOS extension calls. I’m still thankful to my teacher who allowed me to spend class time on my own projects.
After high school I went to university (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) to study computer science, an obvious choice for me by that time. From very early on I was confronted with advanced concepts such as abstraction, different programming paradigms (including functional and declarative programming), programming language design and artificial intelligence. I did my elective courses mostly in the area of hardware theory: networks, (distributed) computer systems, and electronics. For my master’s thesis I researched aspects of data reconciliation in distributed systems using the Actor model.
When I graduated as MSc in Applied Computer Science, I started at Inventive Designers. During my first years I worked predominantly on the Scriptura output formatter and individual output formats, with occasional skirmishes into the UI. Later I started working in a more researchy capacity on what would ultimately grow into IntelliStamp*. Somewhere along I also took over maintenance of the DTM for iSeries product, pulling it kicking and screaming into the 21st century by rewriting the VB6 part in C#.NET. Nowadays I mostly work on features to enable and improve cloud integration of the Scriptura product suite. As a member of the Devops team I also work on keeping our cloud services up and running.
My thirst for technical expertise proved unquenched by my professional work, so I enrolled in evening classes woodworking, welding, digital photography and milling and turning. My other hobbies include driving my motorcycle, digital photography (especially in combination with urban exploring) and trying to keep my twenty-year-old car from collapsing in a pile of rust.
*Intellistamp was sold in 2015
Senior Product Developer
Scrum Master & Team Lead
Facilitate making software that works, and that is fun to use.
In high school, I began to develop a strong interest in computer science. I started off with a ditched IBM PC/XT, which an aunt dug up from here office’s basement. I began coding in Turbo Pascal on a monochrome display. After a year we got a basic programming training in school, where I got bad grades because I didn’t stick to the assignments.
Growing up in a family of musicians, I always thought I’d go to the conservatory and become a professional musician. I didn’t and instead I got a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Antwerp. I was glad that I finally got some answers. All along, I kept studying music and it’s another real passion. I’m playing the drums for as long as I can remember and I still perform with several bands. In 2005, I started at Inventive Designers as a developer, and since 2008, I’m managing several development teams. It’s great to work in a company with a lot of expertise and a common sense of doing things right.
Working with new technologies every day keeps us from seeking comfort in what we already know.
Scrum Master & Team Lead
To build software, it is not enough to simply write code.
I still remember clearly, I got my first PC in 1994. It was a Cyrix based 486 running at 40Mhz and it had 4MB RAM and a 170MB hard drive, but no modem, no CD-ROM drive and no sound card.
Yup, thrilled by technology and especially computers from early age, I enrolled in Computer Science studies. At the University of Antwerp Software Engineering quickly became my thing. I became part of the development team at Inventive Designers in December 2005.
Software is a fascinating thing to build. To build software, it is not enough to simply write code. It’s a complex and challenging creative process that involves peers, customers and other stake holders; it involves communication, brain storming, testing ideas, fostering innovation.
It often seem to to me that industry sees software development teams as a bunch of code monkeys. In my opinion, software engineers create, in cooperation with many stakeholders, concepts all the way to true solutions, and should be involved in the whole process.
At Inventive Designers we work together closely with customers and partners. Members of the development team are involved from the early ideas to design and implementation, and back again after feedback. Here a member of the development team is not a minor cog in a major machine, but an important and involved part of the software development process in a very broad manner, with a variety of responsibilities. There are no walls. Something I loudly applaud.
Good skilled people and fluent, natural communication are key. This team has both.
Although I have been working mostly with Java professionally (and gathered a lot of expertise in it), I see myself detached from a specific technology or framework. Instead I put emphasis on concepts, architecture, methodology and paradigms. I easily find my way in different environments. I have a broad interest ranging from programming languages to best code practices, from architecture and software design to User Interface and User Experience design. All in all, everything is connected.
Some call me crazy.
I’m also Batman. Sssht.
Senior Product Developer
Creating innovative and customer friendly Scriptura and Scriptura cloud components.
As most kids in the early nineties I grew up in a world where the PC was becoming a commodity. As a kid I mostly used our PC to play computer games. As I grew older my interest moved from the games itself to what is behind the game. It must have been around the age of 15 that I put my first steps in this context. Although I spend most of my time working on the 3d models and 3d world used in the games, it also introduced me to all kinds of programming languages and the tools required to develop an application in c/c++ on windows and linux. It also greatly affected my choice to go to the University of Antwerp to graduate as Master in Computer Science. During my studies there I discovered and used all kinds of technologies (eclipse, virtual machines, java and build mechanism, xml, …) that now form the basis of my current job.
In September 2010 I started working as a programmer for Inventive Designers. My job mostly focusses on Scriptura and includes: fixing bugs, implementing new features and maintaining our internal test infrastructure. I’m also responsible for creating the monthly release builds for all our products.
I like thinking about software design. Although it is impossible to find the perfect design my goal will always be to improve our software in such a way that it benefits most people.
If I’m not working you might find me doing one of the following things, playing volleyball, enjoying a drink with my friends or reading a sci-fi fantasy book.
IT and Product Operations
Making sure our internal and cloud services runs better and better every single day.
Flash back to the year 1997, after moaning to my parents for several months, I finally got my first PC. It was an Intel 386 PC (the ones with the turbo boost button). In my eyes it was a beast of a computer. Some weeks later that same PC was lying in my room completely thorn apart trying to learn about the internals of such a device. In those days, my parents moved every single piece of electronics as highly up the closet as possible because I kept pushing every button I saw. (Yes, I’m one of those kids who managed to dial 911) Today, I haven’t lost a bit of the interest I had then for computers and everything surrounding it.
To expand my knowledge about computer science I decided to study Information Technology at the University of Ghent where I graduated in 2010 as Master in Industrial Science Informatics. Two months later I started working at Inventive Designers as a System Programmer and Designer. My main job description was assisting writing code for Scriptura.
Today, it’s my responsibility to manage dozen of physical, hundreds of virtual servers and the network infrastructure they need trying to create a highly available platform for our development team and customers using a wide variety of technologies such as VMware and Amazon AWS.
Working at Inventive Designers ensures me I can research, work and play with the latest technology on the market. Is there a better way than working with dozens of highly motivated and interested colleagues who have the same passion about technology to learn every little aspect? Personally, I don’t think so and I enjoy every single bit of it!
In my spare time, apart from playing with technology at home, I love sports especially volleyball. As a team player and coach I try to motivate everyone around me to enjoy the game as much as I do.
IT and Product Operations
A small dwarf digging through the tunnels of Moria to find out what customers really need…
Back in the old days of the Internet, when altavista was still the de-facto search engine and the fanciness of a homepage was measured by counting the number of blinking words on it, there was this website drawing my attention over and over again: www.howstuffworks.com. From items we use on a daily base through rocket engines, from the reason why a 33-ton weighing airplane actually flies and a sailboat actually sails and floats… I wanted to understand it all. And although I didn’t really play computer games, I took some long flights in Microsoft’s flight simulator.
And then I started programming… started exploring other operating systems… and it really felt comfortable.
After I got my master degree in Industrial Sciences, I started working at de Karel de Grote-Hogeschool (a technical university) as a teacher and researcher and later at the University of Antwerp as a researcher. Those positions allowed me to dive deeper in that complex but beautiful world of ones and zeros…
Looking for a new opportunity, I joined Inventive Designers. During my academic career I had the opportunity to work with a lot of companies, but I can honestly say, only a few of them are up to the talent housed at Inventive Designers.
Product Developer creating everything faster and better.
Going back to when I was about 7 years old I first came into contact with computer technology. Around that time I got my first game console, a Nintendo 64, as well as our family’s first personal computer. My passion for computers was launched.
This passion continued to grow which made the choice to start studying Applied Informatics at the Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven come natural.
During this period it became clear that developing software was going to be my thing above all else, so I chose Software Development as my specialization.
My first professional experience was at the address of Inventive Designers during an internship. During those couple of months I really got the taste of developing in a business environment so I followed my time at Inventive up with another 2 months as a job student where I got even more involved with the development of the products Inventive Designers.
A short time later I couldn’t resist sending in my application and becoming a proud developer of Inventive Designers.
I see myself as someone that wants to know everything about everything and is eager to learn those things as well. I’m not afraid of new experiences or new technologies. I like to keep myself constantly updated on the fascinating world of computers and computer technology.
Working on a project and seeing it grow and develop overtime is one of the most wonderful things about my line of work. Experiencing the fact that customers use the software that you developed just makes me even more motivated to keep working on said project and keep on improving it.
In my spare time I enjoy myself by being an active member of the e-sports community and a competitive gamer. Some of my other hobbies are running, going to the gym, kickboxing, playing the drums and building fancy high-end game computers.
Senior Product Developer
First solve the problem, then write the code.
I have always been interested in computers since I was a child and started writing my first programs in C when I was in high school. The choice for studying computer science at the University of Antwerp was therefore pretty obvious. I started working at Inventive Designers literally one week after getting my masters degree in 2011, first as an external consultant and later as a full blown member of the team. What excites me most about the field of software development is that its constantly moving, allowing me to learn new techniques and practices every day.
At Inventive Designers I am responsible for the development of the Scriptura Mobile framework, the reference applications built on top of this framework, and the backend Document Flow Steps used to integrate Scriptura Mobile with the rest of the Scriptura solution suite. Obviously, mobile is an exciting field of development with increasing demand, as many people tend to want to move away from desktop computers and use their tablets or smartphones instead. Even though Scriptura Mobile is still only a relatively new component of the entire Scriptura suite, I strongly believe that this product will prove to be a great success in the future.
Aside from the mobile development, I also assist in the research and development of new features for Scriptura Engage, maintaining the existing software and performing QA tests.
Aside from software development, I have also been playing the guitar since high school and just like many other people I also enjoy a good movie.
Senior Product Developer
Chief Architect and Agile Product Owner enabling creation of beautiful, usable, reliable, scalable and fast products.
I’ve always been a tinkerer, fascinated from an early age by a wide range of engineering disciplines and everything I could either build or tear apart. At the dawning of the home computer age, this had moved into electronics, eventually ending up in hardware and software. At age 10 I took my first programming class and never stopped, already dividing my time between a Commodore 64, Intel’s 8086 and several different languages.
During my studies as a Master of Computer Science at the University Of Antwerp, I expanded my broad interests into every OS and language I could get my hands on, being especially fascinated by low-level design, performance, concurrency and distributed systems and high-level operational architecture.
While I started out my career as a Systems Designer and Programmer at Inventive Designers in 2001 working on the very first lines of Scriptura code, I love diversity and usually took on additional roles within my field of interest such as release engineering, system administration, performance tuning and implementation architecture design. As I stepped up the ladder in 2005 I did not forget my deep technical background while managing teams.
Today as Product Delivery Manager I still leverage all of these skills on a daily basis, ensuring our customers receive cross-platform, high quality, well tested and fast software that fits in very different architectures and solutions. Successfully combining roles, often filled in by entirely different people in many larger organizations, such as Technical Product Manager, Release and QA Engineering Manager, Technical Team Leader and IT manager keeps me not only very busy but satisfies a broad hunger for knowledge and variation.
Although obviously diminished I still make time to write and tune software; keep up to date with all the different wheels that make a up a large scale IT infrastructure, listen to our customers and partners technical requirements and even administrate our own infrastructure (both in internal data centers as in the cloud) ensuring we make the right decisions for our customers.
Over the years we have built an amazing team and even more stunning products at Inventive Designers, driven by passion and a never ending energy, permeated by knowledge and expertise. This not only creates an agile, lively and driven atmosphere but ensures even our lunch conversations are never boring for the little geeks in all of us.
Research & Security Manager
Keeping your data safe and the service up
With a natural attraction to the sciences and computers in particular, you could say I am one of those lucky people who get to earn their living with the thing they love doing.
Fresh from university the first encounter with actual customers and being part of a team dealing with support tickets was quite a shock. The importance of a customer getting stuck by a bug or the occasional production issue is something I learned quickly. Even if the problem wasn’t my fault this often made me feel bad, but the reward of fixing something, helping a customer and the satisfaction of a job well done made everything worthwhile.
Not all development is fixing bugs however, and soon I got the opportunity to work on new architecture and innovative ways to solve customers’ problems. Need a way to extract certain fields from text files? Sure, there are lots of programs that read text at certain positions. Those fields are repeating and laid out over different pages? Now it’s getting interesting. You’d like an easy and graphical way to configure such extraction pattern? Now that’s a challenge. This was one of the first challenging use cases I tackled, and I’m still proud of the solution we came up with. Afterwards many more followed leading to a more efficient XSL-FO formatter, ways to compare a document or document flow to name just a few.
Recently my focus has shifted to research. In this role I get to learn about a lot of different subjects ranging from European directives covering digital signatures over image processing and GPU optimizations to the most recent anti-spam techniques. For someone who likes to know how things work and likes to play around with new technologies this is as good as it gets. I also get to represent Inventive Designers in the AFP consortium where we try to standardize a print format. Interacting with some really bright people and discussing both the overarching design as well as the nitty gritty details of a byte stream is a very satisfying thing to do. Not to mention that you get to see part of the world when meeting somewhere abroad.
And that’s where you’ll find me now: pushing the frontier to make interesting use cases possible, often by doing things no one has ever done before. It’s a great job.
Research & Security Manager
Nick Van den Bleeken
How could we improve the strength of our open platform even more?
After receiving my masters degree in Computer Science at the University of Antwerp I joined Inventive Designers in 2001. Initially as a System Programmer & Designer I started working at DTM the predecessor of Scriptura. Today as R&D manager I’m responsible for new product design and development related to Scriptura focussing on mobile, web and XML related technologies. This matches perfectly with my need to talk about and use emerging technologies.
I strongly believe in using and developing open standards. Since 2005 I’m a member of the XForms Working Group at W3C. I became an editor of the XForms specification in 2010. And recently joined both the Web Cryptography and CSS Working Groups at W3C. I like doing standardisation work and like talking about standards and technology in general with other people. To reach even more people I started speaking about open standards and how they are used by Inventive Designers at conferences like XML Prague and XML London.
Working for Inventive Designers as a researcher ensures that I can work together with people that love to innovate and like talking/working with the latest technologies in a vibrant atmosphere. That’s why I enjoy going to work every day!
Nick Van den Bleeken
Product Developer & Network Administrator
Implementing new features and fixing bugs to contribute to a highly performing, stable, and versatile software.
My name is Stefaan Truijen. Ever since I could read and write, I have been fascinated by computers and everything related to them. With a very wide range of interest, I want to learn as much as I can about as many domains as possible – not limited to computer science. When I was young, I would fall asleep to my dad typing away at his IBM Berkeley spring keyboard. I soon became curious as to what he was doing. It turned out he was programming, and once I learned what that meant, I was hooked. If I remember correctly, I wrote my first computer program when I was 7 or 8 years old. It was a simple program that would just ask the user an open question and store the user’s answer in a char array, never to be used again. Happily, since then, I have learned to more efficiently manage memory :-) Like I mentioned before, I am interested in a various – often very distinct – domains and disciplines.
In high school, I was torn between choosing to focus on languages, sciences or mathematics. I ended up going with a combination where I could learn about two out of three domains: Latin and mathematics. Given my passion for IT, computer science was an obvious choice after high school. I was still motivated me to take on other – perhaps seemingly random – courses such as ‘intellectual property management’ and ‘science of the Earth’. However, software design and computer security will always be my two favorite branches of computer science — or actually… my two favorite branches of every thing! Because computers are the most fascinating machines in this world, I spend most of my free time expanding my knowledge on various topics within computer science.
And of course, much like any one with my level of passion for computers, I do love playing video games both online and IRL. I’m no stranger to impromptu LAN parties! Oh, and I love chess as well!
Junior Product Developer
Domain Driven Design enthusiast living in a responsive, resilient, elastic and message driven Akka world
Back in the begin years of the 2000’s when I graduated from university, I was lucky enough to end up in a java development team that was using a very peculiar way of working. We sat at the same pc with two people, working constantly as a pair on a particular feature. We did not only write production code, but also code that would test our production code. We focused on design and architecture, but without relying on the big upfront uml centric analysis techniques that I learned at school. Every day, we stood in a circle and explained to the other members of the team what we had done the previous day, what we would do today and whether there were so called impediments blocking our progress. This weird way of working was called eXtreme Programming. And it changed my way of thinking about software development in a fundamental way.
During the first few months, I was under the impression that I learned more than during all the years at school but even more important: It was fun and creative work. We worked together as a team and the whole team made an extra effort take the new young meat along on their journey. There was room for failure and constant learning. I learned there, before agile methodologies became hot in the IT business, that these methodologies and their accompanying practices are worth almost nothing, without the beliefs in the underlying values such as communication, short feedback loops, courage, respect for each other and craftsmanship.
And so my career as a java developer started.
The moment I joined inventive designers I can present 10 years of developing and designing enterprise java applications in an agile setting, mostly in the role of agile team leader and java architect. I even picked up some experience as Product Owner and Scrum master. I strongly believe in an empirical and iterative approach toward software development and most of the agile practices like Continuous integration, Continuous delivery, Continuous learning, Pair programming, Stand-up, Planning poker and Retrospectives are well known to me, although I am aware of the fact that the path to mastery is never complete.
Methodologies for software development however also need a set of sound development practices. I strive to deliver code on which I can be proud, clean code, that is easy to read and maintain. Refactoring, test driven development and Object oriented techniques help me on the road to become a true craftsman.
The more I got involved with software design and system architecture, the more I learned to appreciate the patterns and techniques described by Domain Driven Design and CQRS. I applied this know-how in the past on large projects, both in a government setting as in the rigid world of banking. I was active on both the tactical as the strategical level (architecture and team collaboration)
If I am not sitting behind my pc, trying to keep up to speed with the new advancements in software development land, these are the places where you could search for me:
· On the road, doing something fun with my two young daughters
· Playing a mind bending board game with my friends (mostly losing…)
· Dangling on the wall, trying to solve the next wall climbing problem (and tumbling down more often than I want…)
· Hiking and camping with my best friends in the woods and mountains of Scandinavia or Scotland, enjoying the peace and silence (mostly soaked to the bone and shivering…).
· Visiting a historical site or museum from the first or second world war.
Besides all that brain activity, I love to work with my hands. As A result, I am currently finishing the third phase of our home renovation project. Most things we did ourselves, so if you have questions on pouring concrete, masonry, tiling or placing a prefab wall, just come by and ask.
Agile developer using the latest proven technologies to create durable, maintainable and high performing software.
I grew up surrounded by computers and various electronics. Ever since playing tetris and pacman for the first time on a green screen as a small child I’ve wanted to know everything about what makes these things tick and how to create them myself. With a little help from the internet I taught myself how to program in basic and C by the age of 13.
I first obtained a degree in applied computer science from the Karel de Grote academy in Antwerp. After obtaining this degree I had my first professional experience at Inventive Designers as a developer. However, after two years I felt a renewed curiosity for the academic and went back to studying applied computer science at the Catholic University of Leuven to obtain my master’s degree. I was welcomed back into the fold at Inventive Designers after two years of absence.
I like the challenge of coming up with the best all-round solution to complex problems. I’ve learned that there is often a balance to be achieved between abstraction and practical application. I also like to be creative in coming up with new approaches to old problems.
I love to test my own limits and see whether I can rise above them. I like to dream big and believe that individuals can change the world.
I see myself as very self aware. I constantly try to improve myself in small ways on every front. I believe people working together in teams can achieve great things.