Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The ultimate goal of enterprise architecture

In the Vlerick Corporate Partnership Magazine of September 11' I was
surprised to read the following :

"The ultimate goal of Enterprise Architecture is to implement a
business strategy with an IT roadmap" Joachim Vanden Brande, Loqutus.

With all respect I have to Joachim (I know him a little bit) I
disagree with that statement : Entreprise Architecture is about the
Entreprise, not about IT. Otherwise it's called IT architecture.

To me EA is also applicable to companies which have no IT. All
enterprises have an architecture regardless of the use of IT.
Enterprises of the middle ages had an enterprise architecture.

The mix between IT and Enterprise Architecture has 2 main causes:
- IT has methods and techniques that strongly connect with the
enterprise. IT has user repositories, IT knows about all locations to
protect them with access control (badges), IT knows about the customers
via CRM, IT knows about suppliers via EDI...

- IT has become an important and sometimes central element of the
enterprise architecture. For example, there are few banks who could
operate without computers (but banks existed before computers, right...)

The ultimate goal of Entreprise Architecture is to help the enterprise
to better know itself in order to define the right strategy to achieve
its goals.

Jean-Francois Declercq
+32 486 744 520

Thursday, November 10, 2011

ING change ses services à la baisse et ça m'énerve

Tout fout le camp. J'ai l'impression qu'il y en a pas mal qui sont en train de revoir leurs niveaux de service pour faire face à la crise et conserver leur rentabilité. Du style "pot de Yaourt plus petits au même prix". Le meilleur exemple que j'ai pour l'instant est ING.

Je viens de recevoir coup sur coup plusieurs changements inattendus et embêtants de leur part.

Tout d'abord depuis plusieurs années j'étais content de ma VISA et de mon compte Flexis associé qui me permettait de rembourser mes frais VISA quand je le voulais. En un coup, la collaboration avec VISA s'est arrêtée et j'ai dû prendre une nouvelle... Mastercard avec de nouvelles conditions.

Récement, un premier email nous annonce des changements importants sur les comptes en banque. Il y a toute une série de frais qui se rajoutent. Par exemple, si je vais maintenant retirer de l'argent dans un "self" KBC, je vais payer 50 cents.

Un deuxième email, m'annonce que vu les "problèmes de sécurité sur Internet", les cartes de crédit ne permettront plus de faire des transactions de plus de 650€ par jour. Si l'ont veut plus, on doit prendre rendez-vous à l'agence ! Cela me cause directement un problème par rapport à un cas d'utilisation très important pour moi  : acheter des voyages Last Minute sur Internet. Pour deux personnes, même un city-trip ca peux dépasser 650€. Autant payer avec Home-Bank alors... Je supprime ma Mastercard ?

Je peux aussi rajoute que sur un compte Lion "Professionnel" on ne peux pas obtenir d'extraits de comptes ni au self Bank, ni via la poste...

Ça fait de plus en plus de petites contrariétés et, ca n'arrive pas souvent,  ça m'énerve.

Je commence à me demander si devrais-je aller visiter une autre Banque ? Ou est-ce une tendance générale du secteur Bancaire ?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

7 years to achieve my goal

After 7 years of playing Water-Polo, the game had no secrets anymore for me. I could organize the team when it was disorganized. I could tell the other players what to do. I could influence the team by putting the fastest in the attack and place the others in order to slow down the other team. I had a complete vision on the game: players, rules, tactics, tricks. The only things that I could improve was swimming (more training and less beers) and technique. Look at me scoring a goal on Youtube...
After more than 7 years working on "Middelware" (Portals, ECM, SOA, BPM), I feel I "master" those topics. I know ho to setup a team, how to start, how to make all kind of specifications, scope and estimate the hardware, the software, the project. I know most of the solutions, the competition and the prices. I have a feeling on how much the solution is worth in function of the Business Value...
In 2010 I started new activities in the field of "Digital Reading". I learned about eBooks, eBookStores, newsstands, digital magazines, epub, epaper, the kindle format, Library Systems, iPad Apps, Android... In 2011 I won my first projets and I feel like it's when I was a new Water-Polo player. I enjoy the game but I have not yet all elements in hands. I still need to meet important players, integrate some complex rules, play more matches...
I believe it will take me 7 years to achieve my goal: become a WorldWide expert in the field of Digital Reading (eReading).

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Note: People in the metro are so closed

People in the metro are so closed.  100 people in a wagon and nobody interacts.  Am I the only one who looks around and sees the others ?
Aren't we all loosing something by remaining silent ?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Top Down / Bottom Up

If you want to define great winning projects, you need to be able to reconcile a top-down and a bottom-up analysis.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Occam's razor

Occam's razor (or Ockham's razor)often expressed in Latin as the lex parsimoniae, translating to law of parsimony, law of economy or law of succinctness, is a principle that generally recommends, when faced with competing hypotheses that are equal in other respects, selecting the one that makes the fewest new assumptions.

The principle is often inaccurately summarized as "the simplest explanation is most likely the correct one." This summary is misleading since in practice the principle is actually focused on shifting the burden of proof in discussions. That is, the razor is a principle that suggests we should tend towards simpler theories (see justifications section below) until we can trade some simplicity for increased explanatory power. Contrary to the popular summary, the simplest available theory is sometimes a less accurate explanation. Philosophers also add that the exact meaning of "simplest" can be nuanced in the first place.'s_razor

Quote about C on HPC Wire. RIP Dennis Ritchie

While many criticized the admittedly dangerous features of C (dangling pointers, unbounded array copies, promiscuous data type casting, and so on), it became popular in part because it was a no-holds-barred type of language, and allowed the programmer free reign to pursue all sorts of mischief -- both good and bad. That reflected the US software culture of the times.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bookmarlet for the new delicious on ipad

Delicious has changed a lot last week. Too much...

If you are looking for a bookmarklet for delicious on your ipad, here
is what I use:


Monday, September 26, 2011

Job lottery

I had received an offer for a job I really wanted to do.  Unfortunately the salary was way to low for me to support my charges.  I was about to decline when I had an idea.  I went to buy a lottery ticket.  If I could make more than 1 or 2 years of salary difference with the Lotto, I would take the job.
I didn't win.  I declined.
A few weeks later I found another job.  Better paid. It had to be that way,  I suppose.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


"Je passe ma vie à faire attention

Au lieu de faire

Attention à la vie"

Anne Roumanoff

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Entreprise Architecture : A definition

"We define enterprise architecture as the organizing logic for data, technology, and business process capabilities, captured in a set of policies and choices to achieve desired business standardization and integration."

Source :

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Note: Twitter better than MBA alumni

I just received an email from Vlerick management school proposing me to renew my alumni  membership before sept 23rd so I could get the alumni directory. Well last year I used my alumni directory in order to discuss my new business competences on the Media sector.  I got few responses. The MBA network is not so strong for me.  Twitter and linkedin have worked better for me...

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tablet advice for Sean

Yes, facebook posts as soon as you hit return. Such a good system...easier to post on my blog...
I have a ipad1 and Mireille loves her Samsung Galaxy Tab (10 inches). Both are great !
I manage to do most business stuff on my ipad, even if sometimes I have to email myself my own documents. You ll need a few cheap apps like goodreader to exploit the potential. The ipad is simple to use and configure. You need itunes sometimes but it gives also an automatic backup, to be replaced by icloud in the future.
Since we have the galaxy, i could compare. As a geek I prefer the galaxy (android gives me a better control on whats happening and usb connectivity is better). Also I found a lot of free games for the kids making that they prefer the galaxy (paid games on ipad are free on android, ex : angry birds)
Also i use google a lot so android is better integrated with your google account. Problem with the galaxy 10 inch is that apple coul stopnthe galaxy sales in europe except NL, I think...
There are other tablets out there a good site to compare is They have a shop in Antwerp that you can visit.
If you want cheaper, i would have a look at the chinese huawei but its a 7 inch.

The other things to consider:
- do you want something easy to carry ? Than 7 inches
- want to read a4 documents ? Than 10 inches
- I recommend you to take 3g and Mobile vikings (12 eur/month)
- wifi only and 10 inches, android, look at archos
If you are not sure, you will never be disappointed by a ipad.
The galaxy is very very close but different.
Hope it helps...

Envoyé de mon iPad

Friday, September 9, 2011


Vaut mieux être "proefkonijn" que "poepkonijn" !?

Ascenseur 3

Un matin on s'étonne que  l'ordinateur portable d'un collègue est resté toute la nuit à sa place.  Ça n'est pas son habitude d'arriver si tôt.

Un autre collègue arrive et lance :
- l'ascenseur 3 est en panne depuis hier. 

On se regarde.  Tout le monde pense : "serait-il bloqué dans l'ascenseur 3 depuis hier ?"

Finalement ça nétait pas la raison.

Réflexe d'assureur...

Du neuvième étage chez un assureur on aperçoit un accident en bas dans la rue. 
Les pompiers ont répandu du sable devant une voiture sur un passage clouté. On espère que ce n'était pas un piéton qui s'est fait écraser.

Et l'assureur d'ajouter :
- est-ce qu'il est assuré chez nous ?

Dans le bus, on entend un clac

Dans le bus, on entend un clac. Une fille crie son étonnement. Une bouteille de vin rosé est sur le sol, le vin à coulé de la moitié du bus jusqu'à l'avant.

Le chauffeur s'arrête et demande :
- à qui est cette bouteille ?

Tout le bus empeste le vin rosé bon marché.

Un homme n'a pas l'air net.  Il regarde le sol.  Il peine à se tenir droit sur son siège. Le chauffeur l'interpelle en Néerlandais :
- dat zijt ge niet zeker, de enige hier zat als een patat.

(- c'est pas toi sûrement, le seul ici qui est bourré comme la Pologne )

L'homme ne bronche pas.  Je pense qu'il ne comprend pas. 

L'arrêt suivant,  il descend en titubant; il à trop honte pour rester là.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dans le bus, la sonnette retentit...

Dans le bus, la sonnette de demande d'arrêt retentit.  Le bus stoppe comme demandé. Mais personne ne descend.  La conductrice râle en Néerlandais puis en Français.
- on à sonné ! Si quelqu'un s'est trompé, c'est pas grave.  Il s'excuse et on continue.  Maintenant j'attend que quelqu'un s'excuse avant de répartir.

Personne ne répond. 30 secondes passent. Un jeune s'écrie en Néerlandais.
- allez, celui qui a sonné, dis le ! Je veux arriver à l'heure à mon travail !


Encore quelques secondes à l'arrêt. 

Finalement le bus continue car sinon il sera aussi en retard.  La conductrice grommelle en flamand.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Quote from Steve Jobs


“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

“Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have. [Wired, February 1996]

(Thanks to François)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

5 benefits of living without a car

It's now more than 6 months that I don't have a car.  For nearly 20 years I always had a car at my disposal. Since I started as self-employed I don't have a car anymore. Is it a problem ? Mostly not. There are even advantages.

5 good reasons to become a "BMW"  (Bus-Metro-Walk):
  1. It's good for the health. You walk much more (in the station, between the stop and the office)
  2. It's good for the stress. In the public transport, you have the time to read or to relax your brain.
  3. It's a good social experience. If you want, you can talk to the people. People sometimes ask for help because they are lost. When the train gets stuck, people share their emotions.
  4. It's cheaper than having a car.
  5. It makes you smarter. Finding the best public transport route challenges your mind.

Work is following me on vacation...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

The 4 fondamentals of Entrepreneurs

"Executives who struggle spend too much time focused on things that don’t really matter. If it doesn’t fit into one of the Four Fundamentals: growing revenue, getting new customers, keeping the customers they already have, or eliminating costs, they should rethink what they are doing."

Source : Nine Bad Behaviors of Struggling Startup Founders


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Travail en équipe

Five Basic Ways to Organize Information

Jeffrey Blake - The Brand Hammer - Personal Branding, Web Strategy, Enterprise Architecture, Business Development: "In his book Information Anxiety, Richard Saul Wurman notes that there are five basic ways to organize information:

  • Alphabet: The organizing principle used by dictionaries and telephone books.
  • Category: The segmentation of things by attribute or functionality, such as color (shirts) or capabilities (product line).
  • Continuum: Similar to category, but rather than using discrete buckets, this uses a range of values that are expressed in numbers or units. Examples of these magnitude measures include from small to large or from light to heavy. A list of products ordered by price would be a continuum; at the same time, the products could be categorized as inexpensive, moderate, or expensive.
  • Location: Physical location — in geography, points on a map; in anatomy, muscle groups; in an equipment manual, an exploded drawing.
  • Time: A timeline or a set of eras, useful when describing product or organizational history."

Saturday, May 14, 2011

How much time do we spend working on our computer's configuration and updates ?

I have just re-logged on an old(er) Ubuntu today to perform 'With linux only possible tasks'.
I had been using that machine for more than a year. After that I had a new one so I don't use it so much now.
What strikes me : the desktop is not optimized to my work anymore.
With time we switch tools, we visit other websites... So if I wanted to use again that machine and be productive I should spend half a day upgrading applications here and there, getting new bookmarks...
Even if you do a lot in the cloud, you want to manipulate your cloud services with toolbars and other small clients.
I realize how much time I spend in keeping our laptops up to date... It's much more than we think.

Facebook Statuses Categories

I don't remember the source, so if you know tell me so we can give credit to the author of this.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Writing in English : The Chicago Manual of Style

What has been your experience with self-publishing a book and can you recommend a good company to work with on a project? | LinkedIn: "Did you know there is a manual called 'The Chicago Manual of Style?' This 921 pg (including index) manual is used for book publishing. She showed me that in reference books, lists of three or more items must have a comma before the 'and.' This ommission will trigger a book rejection from a publisher and makes a self published book look unprofessional. Magazines require the 'AP Style Guide' that eliminates the comma before the 'and.' (Bill Pirtle)"


Archimate Meta-Model

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bruxelles dans les travaux...

Comment voulez vous que nos enfants nous écoutent...

Waarom onze kinderen soms niet luisteren.....:

"Comment voulez vous que nos enfants nous écoutent...

Tarzan vit à moitié à poil...

Cendrillon rentre à minuit...

Pinocchio passe son temps à mentir...

Aladin est le roi des voleurs...

Batman conduit à 320km/h...

La Belle au bois dormant est une flemmarde...

Blanche Neige vit avec 7 mecs...

Le petit Chaperon rouge n'écoute pas sa mère...

Faut donc pas s'étonner après si les gosses font des conneries !!!!!"

Why Nobody is Doing Enterprise Architecture | ZapThink


Why Nobody is Doing Enterprise Architecture | ZapThink: "There once were two watchmakers, named Hora and Tempus, who made very fine watches. The phones in their workshops rang frequently; new customers were constantly calling them. However, Hora prospered while Tempus became poorer and poorer. In the end, Tempus lost his shop. What was the reason behind this?

The watches consisted of about 1000 parts each. The watches that Tempus made were designed such that, when he had to put down a partly assembled watch (for instance, to answer the phone), it immediately fell into pieces and had to be reassembled from the basic elements.

Hora had designed his watches so that he could put together subassemblies of about ten components each. Ten of these subassemblies could be put together to make a larger sub- assembly. Finally, ten of the larger subassemblies constituted the whole watch. Each subassembly could be put down without falling apart."

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Tout enfant est en quelque façon un génie....

J'aime les textes de Christian Godefroid même s'il a un côté gourou qui m'inquiète...

Cette histoire est jolie..

Quand elle avait 9 ans,
 Jessica m'a offert un cadeau pour le
 moins original.

   Je déchirais le papier avec
 précaution, parce qu'il était évident
 qu'elle avait mis tout son coeur à faire
 le paquet sur lequel elle avait écrit
 son nom en couleur.

   Alors que j'étais sur le point
 d'ouvrir enfin la boîte, le sourire de
 Jessica s'agrandit. Ses petites joues
 étaient rose de bonheur !

   Mais... il n'y avait rien dans la

   - Jessica ? Mais la boite est vide!
 Qu'est ce que ça veut dire ?

   - Si, elle est pleine ! répliqua ma
 petite fille. C'est une boite à bisous
 que j'ai remplie moi toute seule. Quand
   en voudras un, tu l'ouvriras et tu
 auras un bisou.

   J'avais les larmes aux yeux.

   Si ma fille m'avait offert un dessin
 ou une cravate, je les aurais sans doute
 vite oubliés.

   Mais sa boîte renferme un étrange
 pouvoir : quand je la regarde, elle fait
 remonter des souvenirs, des images
 douces et joyeuses comme des films de

   « Tout enfant est en quelque façon un
 génie, et tout génie un enfant. »
   Arthur Schopenhauer

©2011 Christian Godefroy, Chesières
Reproduction autorisée sans aucune modification du texte
et avec la mention de l'origine:

Friday, January 21, 2011

It's easier to work with people who use the same tools

Some people just think like you some others don't. There is not much to do about it.

Being self-employed obliges me to be much closer to my customers. I notice now the difference between people I'm involved with.  I find that it's much easier for me to do business with people who use the same tools than me. So here are the tools :
  • A lot of Emails
  • Instant Messaging
  • Twitter
  • A good website or blog that you keep up to date
  • Facebook, which takes more an more 'professional space'
I find it more difficult to stay in touch and make good agreements with the people who don't use those tools.

Note that sometimes I have requests to adopt tools. So that's why after one year of OpenOffice, I had to go back to MS Office because the majority still uses it and want to continue to do so.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

J'adore François Damiens (François l'Embrouille)

'"J'ai voulu tout vendre et puis foutre le camp (sur un bateau), puis je me suis rendu compte que j'avais rien à vendre..."

François Damiens, vu sur France 5.

Friday, January 7, 2011

2010 : 4545 km of Cycling

Last year I did 4545 km on my bike. About 12 Km a day, 87 a week.

There were 2600 km on my mountain bike, 1384 km on my road bike ("course") and 563 km on my "normal" bike 

The greatest moments were
  • 2 times climbing the Mont Ventoux in the same week
  • One week in the Luberon region in Provence
  • 2 days in Bourgogne
  • Our prefered transport mean during our mobilhome trip and at the sea side
  • De Gordel
  • Last but not least, a lot of Mountain Bike with Eric around many circuits like Houffalize

Indonesian comment today

On my poll : who will win the Ballon d'Or I had a comment in Indonesian today !
"karena messi lebih banyak mencetak gol, dan penentu kemenangan. memiliki skill dan kemampuan diatas kedua kandidat lainnya."
Which Google translates as
"because messi scored more, and decisive victory. have the skill and ability over the two other candidates."

Thank you Lius Pongoh for teaching me Indonesian...