I have always have been, and I'm still, a person who's always open to helping somebody and give advice. In business, you benefit from a give and take scenario. When you give something to somebody, you can get something back. That something for instance was the number of nominations I got from persons who believe in me and wanted to grant me something.
The thing I'm most excited about now that I'm an IBM Champion is the recognition and the way other IBM Champions help you out and introduce you to others. Within the group of IBM Champions you feel a lot of give and take spirit and that is the ocean where I'm feeling happy like a fish.
2) What led you to the work you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I've always been attracted to computers and the way software helps people. Being a consultant for years now allows me to be aware of the latest technologies and evolutions in the world of IT, so that I can bring the message to the customers and advise them to be ready for those new evolutions like I do now when I speak about the new way to work.
3) What accomplishments are you most proud of in your work with IBM Technology?
I was the first consultant in Belgium with the most IBM Sametime 8 knowledge. Something I've worked hard for it, but the recognition afterwards was amazing.
I also did a lot of IBM TDI (Tivoli Directory Integrator) work and created a solution to synchronize Active Directory with Domino Directory.
4) What is one thing everyone should start learning now? (doesn't need to be IBM-related or even tech related)
When I speak about the new way to work, I speak about the impact of social media on our day to day life and the way it influences the young potentials who enter your company as well as the employees in your company. What I notice during my speeches is that a lot of small and mid-size companies don't realize that IBM is more than hardware/mainframe, and that they have affordable software. Even cheaper than elsewhere. I think that more people need to become aware of this and the former myths around IBM need to be dissolved.
5) What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an IBM Champion?
If you want to become an IBM Champion, you need to be open and willing to share your knowledge. Be aware of a give and take culture and participate in both directions. An IBM Champion is somebody who's present in social media and has his own opinion on several topics.
We need people with these characteristics to help spread the word about IBM.
6) Star Trek or Star Wars? Why?
Neither of the two. I'm not really attracted by those type of movies. I prefer action or comedy.
7) What do you like to do in your free time?
When I'm not using my smartphone, MacBook or iPad, you can find me in the sports center playing badminton.
8) What's your favorite city in the world and why?
A few years ago, I've visited New York and I'm still impressed about the multi-cultural ambiance present in the city and of course, the presence of the huge skyscrapers.
9) What one gadget can you not live without?
For those who know me better, it shall be rather funny but I cannot live without my iPhone. I can do a lot with it and I like it to be able to follow stuff and look up information through my fingertips. A few years ago, I was the first to put my phone aside but now I can't miss it anymore.
10a) If you had to pick ONE song as your theme song, what would it be and why?
That's a tough one because I'm a fan of music, all day long I want to hear music and I'm always open to dance. If there's one song I need to pick then it is Kryptonite from 3 Doors Down. That's a song where I can give a lot of energy on the dance floor because I like to do crazy stuff without wondering what others think. One of the lines in the song say, " If I go crazy, will you still call me Superman?"
10b) If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you want with you and why?
That's a simple one, if I were stranded on a desert island I would want to have my best friend with me, my iPhone, and a cellular charger.
Why my best friend? If we were on a desert island with nobody around us, we would have lots of time to spend together and talk about stuff. More time to do stuff etc.
10c) If you could have lunch with anybody in the world, live or dead, real, or imaginary, who would it be and why?
If I could have the opportunity to have lunch with somebody, I would pick my grandparents so that I can tell them about my achievements in my live until now. I'm sure they would be proud about what I achieved until now but being able to tell them and invite them around the table would give me lots of satisfaction.