As a digital management trainee at ORMIT, I work on digital projects at BNP Paribas Fortis, Belgium’s biggest bank. This bank realises the world is changing fast and the digital revolution is a fact. As such, BNP Paribas Fortis uses the scrum framework instead of waterfall in order to quickly develop new applications. While I have not yet worked in an agile team, I did receive the chance to take the Professional Scrum Master I assessment from scrum.org. Here are my experiences while preparing for the test and some tips that may help you pass this test successfully. Continue reading Experiences and tips: Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) Assessement

Belgium recently faced terrorist attacks in Brussels; the Brussels bombings received international media coverage and greatly impacted our society. However, it is not only our physical security we should be worried about. Online security threats, from any source, can be just as harming or arguably even worse. Continue reading Belgian administrations and SSL – 2016

I thought it would be fun to think back and list all of the smartphones I had in the past. Well… my first mobile phones can rather be categorised as ‘dumb’ phones (officially, they are called feature phones). Smartphones are part of everyday life now for most of us now and that’s largely due to the price-performance improvements of these devices. We are connected all the time and it’s the smartphone that is the enabler.

Continue reading My (dumb and) smartphone history

Just like last year, I present a list of the very best Android apps for the coming year – 2016. With currently almost 1,5 billion users, Android is the most used mobile operating system. It’s an incredible platform with lots of possibilities in terms of customisation and connectivity, making it an operating system that is running on thousands of smartphones all over the world. Companies such as Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola and Huawei all use this OS.

Continue reading The Very Best (Top 10) Android Apps of 2016

De afgelopen maanden lees je het regelmatig op verschillende tech websites en blogs: adblock software kent een stijgende populariteit. In die mate zelfs dat websites die afhankelijk zijn van advertentie inkomsten, genoodzaakt zijn om hun business model radicaal om te gooien.

Continue reading Google Contributor: wat, en waarom ik het omarm

Most people set goals for a new year and… that’s it. It is just a resolution but reaching their goal seems optional. I like setting goals, but I also like to reach these goals. I was inspired by Mark Zuckerberg, who challenged himself to read a book every week of 2015.

I’m excited for my reading challenge. I’ve found reading books very intellectually fulfilling. Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today. I’m looking forward to shifting more of my media diet towards reading books.

Continue reading Personal one-month challenge: reading a book per week

You have worked many months to complete your thesis or academic paper and you have relied on existing knowledge to finalize your research. Now you want to make your work available to the public. Here is how to properly include your academic research (journal article, thesis, book, ) in the Google Scholar search engine. Continue reading Submit academic research paper to Google Scholar

Belgian citizens often use websites of the Belgian administration, such as Tax-on-web to complete their tax form (about 2,4 million users did so last year (Belga, 2014)) or open a case with the Belgian Privacy Commission through e-loket. People appear to be using these services increasingly (Belga, 2014; European Commission, 2013), and personally I certainly applaud this increased popularity of e-government. Continue reading Belgian administrations and SSL

bPost biedt een tracking systeem om nationale en internationale pakketjes te volgen via bpost.be/track

Ik heb echter een probleem met deze e-tracker, en meer dan eentje eigenlijk. Ten eerste is deze tracker niet geoptimaliseerd voor kleine schermen, zoals een smartphone of tablet. Met het stijgend aantal pakketjes jaar op jaar dankzij de stijgende populariteit van e-commerce, zou bPost toch wat meer aandacht aan dit stuk van hun website kunnen geven. Pakketten, dát is de toekomst voor bPost en De Standaard meldde dit ook in zijn berichtgeving eind 2014: “De verwachte daling van het brievenvolume werd meer dan gecompenseerd door een toename bij de verdeling van pakketten“. Continue reading De problemen van de bPost E-Tracker

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