Presentation of the VEP-IA Modules at the Boekenbeurs 2012

During the “day of the book sector” (“Dag van de boekenvak”), the 3 innovative modules of the VEP (Vlaams eBoek Platfrom) will be explained at the Boekenbeurs 2012.

“Presentatie drie projecten Innovatief Aanbesteden
In het kader van het Innovatief Aanbesteden heeft IWT 3 projecten geselecteerd en gesubsidieerd die interessant zijn voor de boekensector. In deze workshop presenteren we deze drie projecten”


Those modules have been briefly presented earlier this  year by Johan Delauré at the eReading Event in Gent. You can find the slides here :

In this project, my role is to design the integration of the 3 IA modules with the common e-book repository.…

Slides of the Vep Information Session on Dec 1st 2011

This Dec 1st, 2011, there was an information session about the VeP (Vlaams eBoek Platform = Flemish eBook Platform) for the call to tenders for innovation.

During the session Johan Delauré of Bibnet presented a nice overview and summary the VeP.

See the slides here :


Projects and References

  • Tribe Enterprise Architect @ BNP Paribas Fortis -via XPlus (2018-2022).
    • Transversal Digital Capabilities (TDC) tribe
      • Business Process Management (BPM)
      • Business Rules Management (BRMS)
    • Transversal Channel Capabilities (TCC) tribe
      • Records Management
    • Global Security
      • Real-time anti-fraud using AI
    • Client Servicing and Robotics (CS-Robotics) tribe
      • Client Service Center (new contact center)
      • Robotics (RPA and IPA, Robots using AI)
  • ING via XPlus (2019): Co-creation of a Business Architecture course.
  • PVGroup – Jan-Sept 2017 – IT Demand Excellence Manager
  • ORES – (Gas & Electricity) 2016: – Enterprise Architect for the connection of ORES to ATRIAS. Via Aprico.
  • Colruyt Group (Retail) June 2014 – December 2015 :  IT Solution Architect for
    • Product Information Management (PIM),
    • Information Management and Governance : Business Intelligence (BI), Data Governance, Master Data Management (MDM), DMBok, Metadata, Business Glossary…
    • In Store Mobile applications
    • SOA Governance and coaching
  • “Anonymous Startup” – Prototype (based on wordpress) for the generation of personalized e-books
  • Invensol (Retail) 2014:  Development of a new “web-catalogue” using prestashop
  • La barrique (Retail) 2014:  Analyse des besoins social média et e-commerce et proposition d’un plan d’action
  • Bibnet (Public Libraries)
  • Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles (Public Libraries), in direct and via W3Line
    • Etude sur la situation actuelle et les perspectives des livres électroniques dans les bibliothèques publiques et les librairies de la Communauté Française Wallonie-Bruxelles (cfr blog Lettres Numériques).
    • Consulting ICT Architecture et documentation de l’architecture de Samarcande, Lirtuel et du futur entrepôt numérique des bibliothèques publiques
  •, Meta4Books, Knooppunt (Publishing): Performance Audit of, Functional analysis of
  • Delta Lloyd Life (Insurance), via People&Technology: Redaction of RFP for the acquisition of a SOA Suite and Project management and support for getting started with the product :setup of an SOA Governance and guidelines on the basis of Oracle best practices, the Open Group SGRM and Thomas Erl’s book (see more details here).
  • VOO (Telecom), via CSBConsulting (BULL), Redaction of RFP for the acquisition of a SOA Suite
  • Notubiz (Digital Reading)- Business development, positioning of Notubiz eReading solutions in BE-FR
  • eLinea (Digital Publishing) – Business development, , positioning of eLinea’s eReading solutions in BE-FR

And many many more projects will follow…  Let’s work together ! Contact me.

Own projects

  • Stopped projects:
    • – a website about my Digital Reading projects
    • Kaipromo is a new service that aims at helping retailers to publish their promotions on Internet and Social Media in a SoLoMo fashion
    • #THMTAG is a social media platfom that helps people to get more out of social networks by using #themes and #tags. Read more on the thmtag site

Larger list of Projects

For additional  projects, see my CV.…


Digital Reading

The evolution of reading is digital reading, or eReading.

Libraries, Bookstores, Publishers, Book Authors and Distributors have to evolve and change their business processes to surf the digital wave.

Entreprise Architecture can help ! Here are some examples :

Visit to see how EA is applied in the context of Digital Reading or eReading.…


The Flemish eBook Platform (Vlaams eBoek Platform) RFPs are OUT

Yesterday (Nov 10th, 2011), there was great news : the VEP RFPs have been issued !

The specifications were finished in March, so it was about time that the RFP gets out.

One year ago, the specifications looked like that:

Now they look like that:

You can find the ful description of the target architecture on Bibnet’s website:

They should also land on IWT’s Innovation Platform’s website :

IWT, and Bibnet finally got a GO to issue 2 RFPs :

1. VEP Basisinfrastructuur

The Basic infrastructure to import store, describe and index eBooks.

2.  Pre-commerciële aanbesteding voor de realisatie van prototypes voor het Vlaamse e-boekplatform

This is rather a call for innovation from the IWT for specific modules : Digital Reading, “Discovering+Browsing+Searching+Finding+Serendipty” (Grasduinen), Social DRM, Search and Marketing services.

Grand Opening of the Boekenbeurs 2011

Last week (Oct 30, 2011) I had the chance to be invited for the opening of the Boekenbeurs in Antwerp.

We were first invited to listen to the speeches of a.o. Geert Joris and Minister van cultuur Joke Schauvliege.  I was a bit dispappointed that no word was said about the Vlaams eBoek Platform (VEP), let’s hope it will be the case next year. I believe that the VEP is a major strategic initiative for the book sector in Flanders and that it needs to be supported by the top of the book sector.

After the speeches, I was mainly interested by the e-Paviljoen which nicely shows how digital reading (or e-reading) can be done in many ways: on e-readers, on tablets, on mobile phones, on computers….

For example, you could read a story on a wide touch screen.

After that we visited the fair. Here are some more pictures.

Two University Press Ebook Initiatives Merge

I wish I could have a look at the architecture of this project. It would probably help me improve the Flemish eBook Platform architecture…

Two University Press Ebook Initiatives Merge: “Project MUSE Editions (PME) and the University Press ebook Consortium (UPeC) have formed a new partnership called the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC), which will launch January 1, 2012.

The new nonprofit venture will offer an integrated environment where users will be able to discover and search ebook content from a projected 60-70 university presses and nonprofit scholarly presses (the Association of American University Presses has 125 members). The collection will offer as many as 30,000 frontlist and backlist titles alongside nearly 500 journals from Project MUSE.

Une meilleure expérience de découverte

Voici un problème que les développeurs Android on détecté : le classement des applications n’est pas “juste”.

Les développeurs Android s’unissent contre la politique de Google sur le Market « FrAndroid Communauté Android: “- Avoir un classement plus juste des applications

La navigation sur l’Android Market se fait soit grâce aux nouvelles applications, soit aux classements (top gratuit, payant…). La liste des applications récentes est constamment mise à jour, vu que la plateforme est populaire. Par conséquent, lors d’un nouvel ajout, l’application est seulement visible quelques minutes. Pour les tops, seuls les gros succès sont référencés et plus particulièrement ceux présents depuis la création de la plateforme. Il n’y a quasiment aucun espace pour les nouveautés.
L’union souhaite que Google implémente une autre manière pour naviguer dans les applications populaires, avec différentes fenêtres de temps et pour différentes régions (pays).

Il en est de même pour les eBooks. Quels eBooks doivent se retrouver en première page d’un eBookstore ? Comment donner une chance égale à tous les eBooks qui se valent ? C’est l’un des buts du composant appellé “Grasduinen” dans l’Architecture du VeP.…