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  1. 1. Worldwide Partner Conference Washington, D.C. July 11-15/2010 Belux Delegation
  2. 2. Infinite Possibilities Dear Partner, I’m glad ‘you’re in’ for our journey to Washington DC. The Worldwide Partner Conference this year will focus on infinite possibilities, specifically exploring Microsoft Cloud Services. Microsoft is ‘all-in’ with the cloud and we would like to explore together this challenging opportunity. The evolution to the cloud is one of the most dramatic evolutions the IT-industry has ever encountered. This paradigm shift needs all our attention. Finding the balance between taking the necessary steps to prepare for the cloud (r)evolution and staying current on our latest technologies and products is the journey we have ahead of us. At the moment we are preparing this booklet, already 80 people from Belgium have registered, representing more than 60 different partners. I'm grateful that my Belux colleagues and I will be able to spend time with you in Washington DC. The conference will provide you with invaluable resources for adopting our cloud strategy & offerings. You will have the opportunity to acquire Washington Convention Center is technology information and strategic business insights and have the opportunity to forge new located between 7th and 9th Streets collaborative partnerships. Not only from a Microsoft perspective. Leading industry analysts such as Gartner, IDC and Forrester will give you expert advice and provide you with competitive and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place Verizon Center (Vision Keynotes) information that you can use for your business-planning. You will definitely be inspired by the in downtown DC, right across from 601 F Street, NW keynote speech of Bill Clinton, former president of the United States. the new City Museum. Washington, DC 20004 Besides all the interesting keynotes, sessions, hands-on labs, the Worldwide Partner Conference is the opportunity to connect with thousands of partners from all over the globe, Microsoft staff and Microsoft Belux people. Microsoft Belux is sending a delegation of more than 20 people. This Contact details: Joris De Coninck +32 478 30 55 32 group is there for you and to make sure you get the most out of your investment. We will work together on the plans for next year. We will make sure that you feel fully equipped and armed to face the challenges and opportunities ahead of us. Let’s exchange ideas, connect and interact to make sure we have a compelling joined business plan. In this booklet you will find more details on Washington DC, the planned activities and the people joining this year. The Belux program will help you to discover & explore this beautiful city and it will give you the time to get to know colleagues of other partners and the whole Microsoft Belux Delegation. Thanks again for your commitment! I am confident that this journey will be beneficial to your partnership with Microsoft and provide you with useful insights to guarantee the future growth and profitability of your company. You will return home ‘inspired’ and with tons of useful information to play an active part in this paradigm shift. No doubt you will return with good memories on the great experiences and good fun you enjoyed during these days. Enjoy your stay! Phillip Vandervoort General Manager Microsoft Belux 2 3
  3. 3. Infinite Possibilities Washington, DC Article One of the United States Constitution provides for a federal district, distinct from the states, to serve as the permanent national capital. The centers of all three branches of the Washington, DC, formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as federal government of the United States are located in the District, as are many of the nation's Washington, the District, or simply DC, is the capital of the United States, founded on July monuments and museums. Washington, D.C. hosts 174 foreign embassies as well as the 16, 1790. The City of Washington was originally a separate municipality within the Territory headquarters of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of of Columbia until an act of Congress in 1871 effectively merged the City and the Territory American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Pan American Health into a single entity called the District of Columbia. It is for this reason that the city, while Organization (PAHO). The headquarters of other institutions such as trade unions, lobbying legally named the District of Columbia, is known as Washington, D.C. The city shares its groups, and professional associations are also located in the District. name with the U.S. state of Washington, which is located on the country's Pacific coast. The city is governed by a mayor and a 13-member city council. However, the United States Congress has supreme authority over Washington, D.C., and may overturn local laws. Residents of the District therefore have less self-governance than residents of the states. The District has a non-voting, at-large Congressional delegate, but no senators. D.C. residents could not vote in presidential elections until the ratification of the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1961. Geography The District has a total area of 68.3 square miles (177 km2), of which 61.4 square miles (159 km2) is land and 6.9 square miles (18 km2) (10.16%) is water.The District is no longer 100 square miles (260 km2) due to the retrocession of the southern portion of the District back to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1846. The District's current area consists only of territory ceded by the state of Maryland. Washington is therefore surrounded by the states of Maryland to the southeast, northeast, and northwest and Virginia to the southwest. The District has three major natural flowing streams: the Potomac River and its tributaries the Anacostia River and Rock Creek. Tiber Creek, a watercourse that once passed through the National Mall, was fully enclosed underground during the 1870s. Climate Washington is located in the humid subtropical climate zone, exhibiting four distinct seasons. Its climate is typical of Mid-Atlantic U.S. areas removed from bodies of water. Month JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Average high 5.8 8,1 13,2 19,1 24,1 28,8 31,3 30,2 26,3 20 14,1 8,3 (°C) The city is located on the north bank of the Potomac River and is bordered by the states Precipitation 81,5 66,8 91,4 70,4 97 9,5 93 87,4 96,3 81,8 77 77,5 of Virginia to the southwest and Maryland to the other sides. The District has a resident (mm) population of 599,657; because of commuters from the surrounding suburbs, its population Sunshine 145,7 152,6 204,6 228,0 260,4 282,0 279,0 263,5 225,0 204,6 150,0 133,3 rises to over one million during the workweek. The Washington Metropolitan Area, of which hours the District is a part, has a population of 5.3 million, the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the country. The District is located in plant hardiness zone 8a near downtown, and zone 7b elsewhere in the city, indicating a temperate climate. Spring and fall are warm, with low humidity, while winter 4 5
  4. 4. Infinite Possibilities is cool, with annual snowfall averaging 37 cm. Average winter lows tend to be around −1 °C of education, finance, public policy, and scientific research. George Washington University, from mid-December to mid-February. Blizzards affect Washington on average once every four Georgetown University, Washington Hospital Center, Howard University, and Fannie Mae to six years. The most violent storms are called "nor'easters", which typically feature high winds, are the top five non-government-related employers in the city. There are five Fortune 1000 heavy rains, and occasional snow. These storms often affect large sections of the U.S. East companies based in Washington, of which two are also Fortune 500 companies. Coast. Architecture Summers are hot and humid, with the July high and low averaging 31 °C and 21 °C, though The architecture of Washington varies greatly. Six of the top 10 buildings in the American the high will surpass 35 °C, accompanied by high dew points. The combination of heat and Institute of Architects' 2007 ranking of "America's Favorite Architecture" are located in the humidity in the summer brings very frequent thunderstorms, some of which occasionally District of Columbia: the White House; the produce tornadoes in the area. Washington National Cathedral; the Thomas Year Population Change Jefferson Memorial; the United States Capitol; Demographics 1800 8,144 the Lincoln Memorial; and the Vietnam Veterans According to the 2007 American Community Survey 1850 51,687 84,24% Memorial. The neoclassical, Georgian, gothic, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the population 1900 278,718 81,46% and modern architectural styles are all reflected distribution of Washington, D.C. is 55.6% Black or African among those six structures and many other 1910 331,069 15,81% American, 36.3% White, 3.1% Asian, and 0.2% American prominent edifices in Washington. Notable 1920 437,571 24,34% Indian. Individuals from some other race made up 4.8% exceptions include buildings constructed in the of the District's population while individuals from two or 1930 486,869 10,13% French Second Empire style such as the Old more races made up 1.6%. In addition, Hispanics of any 1940 663,091 26,58% Executive Office Building. race made up 8.3% of the District's population. There 1950 802,178 17,34% were also an estimated 74,000 foreign immigrants living 1960 763,956 -5,00% Outside downtown Washington, architectural styles are even more varied. Historic buildings are in Washington, D.C. in 2007. Major sources of immigration 1970 756,510 -0,98% designed primarily in the Queen Anne, Châteauesque, Richardsonian Romanesque, Georgian include individuals from El Salvador, Vietnam, and revival, Beaux-Arts, and a variety of Victorian styles. Rowhouses are especially prominent in 1980 638,333 -18,51% Ethiopia, with some concentration of Salvadorans in the areas developed after the Civil War and typically follow Federalist and late Victorian designs. 1990 606,900 -5,18% Mount Pleasant neighborhood. Since Georgetown was established before the city of Washington, the neighborhood features 2000 572,059 -6,09% the District's oldest architecture. The Ronald Reagan Building is the largest building in the Economy 2009 599,657 4,60% District with a total area of approximately 3.1 million square feet (288,000 m2). Washington has a growing, diversified economy with an increasing percentage of professional Culture and business service jobs. The gross state product of the District in 2008 was $97.2 billion, which would rank it No. 35 compared to the 50 U.S. states. In 2008, the federal government Historic sites and museums accounted for about 27% of the jobs in Washington, D.C. This is thought to immunize The National Mall is a large, open park area in the center of the city. Located in the center of Washington to national economic downturns because the federal government continues the Mall are the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Pier. Also located on the mall are operations even during recessions. However, as of January 2007, federal employees in the Lincoln Memorial, the National World War II Memorial at the east end of the Reflecting the Washington area comprised only 14% of the total U.S. government workforce. Many Pool, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the organizations such as law firms, independent contractors (both defense and civilian), non- Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The National Archives profit organizations, lobbying firms, trade unions, industry trade groups, and professional houses thousands of documents important to associations have their headquarters in or near D.C. to be close to the federal government. American history including the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and As of January 2010, the Washington Metropolitan Area had an unemployment rate of 6.9%; the Bill of Rights. the second-lowest rate among the 49 largest metro areas in the nation. The District of Columbia itself had an unemployment rate of 12% during the same time period. The Smithsonian Institution is an educational The District has growing industries not directly related to government, especially in the areas foundation chartered by Congress in 1846 that 6 7
  5. 5. Infinite Possibilities maintains most of the nation's official museums and Congressional powers over the District to a local government administered by an elected galleries in Washington, D.C. The U.S. government mayor, currently Adrian Fenty, and the thirteen-member Council of the District of Columbia. partially funds the Smithsonian, thus making its However, Congress retains the right to review and overturn laws created by the city council collections open to the public free of charge. The most and intervene in local affairs. Each of the city's eight wards elects a single member of visited of the Smithsonian museums in 2007 was the the council and five members, including the chairman, are elected at large. There are 37 National Museum of Natural History located on the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) elected by small neighborhood districts. ANCs National Mall. Other Smithsonian Institution museums traditionally wield a great deal of influence and the city government routinely takes their and galleries located on the mall are: the National Air suggestions into careful consideration. and Space Museum; the National Museum of African Art; the National Museum of American History; the National Museum of the American Indian; the Sackler and Freer galleries, which both focus on Asian art and culture; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Arts and Industries Building; the S. Dillon Ripley Center; and the Smithsonian Institution Building (also known as "The Castle"), which serves as the institution's headquarters. Performing arts and music Washington, D.C. is a national center for the arts. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Washington Ballet. The Kennedy Center Honors are awarded each year to those in the performing arts who have contributed greatly to the cultural life of the United States. The President and First Lady typically attend the Honors ceremony, as the First Lady is the honorary chair of the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees. Washington also has a local independent Citizens of the District of Columbia have no voting representation in Congress. They are theater tradition. Institutions such as Arena Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the represented in the House of Representatives by a non-voting delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton Studio Theatre feature classic works and new American plays. (D-D.C. At-Large), who may sit on committees, participate in debate, and introduce legislation, but cannot vote on the House floor. D.C. has no representation in the United States Senate. The U Street Corridor in Northwest D.C., known as "Washington's Black Broadway", is home to Unlike residents of U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico or Guam, which also have non-voting institutions like Bohemian Caverns and the Lincoln Theatre, which hosted music legends such delegates, citizens of the District of Columbia are subject to all U.S. federal taxes. In the as Washington-native Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. financial year 2007, D.C. residents and businesses paid $20.4 billion in federal taxes; more than the taxes collected from 19 states and the highest federal taxes per capital. Sports Transportation Washington, D.C. is home to five major professional men's teams. The Washington Wizards (National Basketball Association) and the Washington Capitals (National Hockey League) both The Washington Metropolitan Area is often cited as having some of the nation's worst traffic play at the Verizon Center in Chinatown. Nationals Park, which opened in Southeast D.C. in and congestion. In 2007, Washington commuters spent 60 hours a year in traffic delays, 2008, is home to the Washington Nationals (Major League Baseball). D.C. United (Major League which tied for having the worst traffic in the country after Los Angeles. However, 37.7% of Soccer) plays at RFK Stadium. The Washington Redskins (National Football League) play at Washington commuters take public transportation to work, also the second-highest rate in the nearby FedExField in Landover, Maryland. country. Government The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operates the city's rapid transit system, Metrorail (most often referred to as the Metro), as well as Metrobus. The subway and Article One, Section Eight of the United States Constitution grants the U.S. Congress bus systems serve both the District of Columbia and the immediate Maryland and Virginia ultimate authority over Washington, D.C. The District of Columbia did not have an elected suburbs. Metrorail opened on March 27, 1976 and presently consists of 86 stations and 171.1 city government until the passage of the 1973 Home Rule Act. The Act devolved certain km of track. 8 9
  6. 6. Infinite Possibilities Agenda First Night Casual Dinner Agenda @ Elephant and Castle Saturday, July 10 Monday, July 12 06.30pm Gathering at JW Marriott Belux Activity 07.00pm Casual Dinner 10.00pm It’s Saturday Night… 6:30 am – 7:30 pm Registration Elephant & Castle opened its first North American pub 6:30 am – 8:00 am Breakfast and restaurant in 1977 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. E&C's distinct atmosphere and selection of popular British Classics food made it 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Vision Keynote at Verizon Center 'Featuring Steve Ballmer' an instant success. 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch Agenda 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm WPC Connect Table & Regional Lounge Hours Sunday, July 11 12:30 am – 4:30 pm Expo 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Registration 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm Hands-on Labs 10:00 am - 5:00 pm WPC Connect Table Hours 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Solution Value Keynotes 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Regional Lounge Hours 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Breakout Sessions & Interactive Discussions 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Microsoft Partner MS101 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Breakout Sessions & Interactive Discussions 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Day of Giving Volunteer Activities 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Expo Reception 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm World Cup Final Match Belux Activity Welcome reception @ the Residence of the Belgian Embassador 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm WPC 2010 Welcome Reception & Community Party Make sure to pick up your badge! 05.30pm Gathering in front of the Convention Center 06.00pm Transport to the Embassy 06.30pm Reception Belux Activity World Cup After Party 09.30pm Transport to the City Center 07.30pm Gathering in front of the Convention Center 07.30pm Party Time Tonight’s World Cup After Party will be held in the Sky Box - the roof top deck bar – 3 TVs total - with cabana and high-top seating, and flat screens at the front and back bars. The result is a visually stunning venue that merges the building’s old rustic character with the modern twist. 10 11
  7. 7. Infinite Possibilities Agenda Agenda Tuesday, July 13 Wednesday, July 14 6:30 am – 6:00 pm Registration 7:30 am – 7:30 pm Registration 6:30 am – 8:00 am Breakfast 7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast 8:00 am – 10:00 am Vision Keynote at Verizon Center 9:00 am – 11:30 am Vision Keynote at Verizon Center 'Featuring Bill Clinton' 10:30 am – 6:00 pm WPC Connect Table & Regional Lounge Hours 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Solution Value Keynote Repeats & Interactive Discussions 11:30 am – 6:00 pm WPC Connect Table & Regional Lounge Hours 11:30 am – 6:00 pm Expo 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm Expo 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Hands-on Labs 11:30 pm – 6:00 pm Hands-on Labs 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Segment Value Keynotes 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Business Value Keynotes 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Breakout Sessions & Interactive Discussions 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Breakout Sessions & Interactive Discussions 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Breakout Sessions & Interactive Discussions 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Breakout Sessions & Interactive Discussions 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Interactive Discussions Belux Activity City Tour and Dinner 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm Expo Reception 05.30pm Gathering in front of the Convention Center (L street doors) Belux Activity Georgetown PAM Dinners 06.00pm Depart City Tour 07.30pm Dinner at Old Ebbits 06.30pm Gathering at JW Marriottt 07.00pm Depart One of the city’s finest tour guides will introduce you to the history and 07.30pm PAM Dinners architecture of Washington DC with stories, facts, trivia and perhaps a few old wives tales as you explore monuments, memorials and notable buildings. Get the best dining in Washington DC with this Dine-Around. You have the Enjoy a drink with rooftop view. chance to eat in one of the best restaurants Washington DC has to offer. 12 13
  8. 8. Infinite Possibilities Agenda Thursday, July 15 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration You will always find a 7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast Belux attendee in the WEE Lounge. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm WPC Connect Table Hours In the exhibition area there 8:00 am – 9:00 pm Regional Lounge Hours is a lounge available for all 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Western Europe attendees. This is the place where we 9:00 am – 11:00 am Regional Keynotes will gather during breaks and lunches. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Hands-on Labs So, let’s meet in the WEE lounge. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Expo (Western Europe Regional Lounge) 11:15 am – 12:15 pm Breakout Sessions & Interactive Discussions 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Breakout Sessions & Interactive Discussions 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Breakout Sessions & Interactive Discussions 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Partner Reception Belux Activity Belux afternoon 12.30pm Gathering in front of Convention Center (L street door) 12.45pm Transport to Sequoia Restaurant 01.00pm Barbeque @ the riverside 04.30pm Transport back to the Convention Center 05.00pm Partner Reception @ Convention Center 07.00pm Party Time! Located right on the waterfront on K Street, Northwest D.C., Sequoia is one of the trendiest places for D.C’s hipsters to dine. This will certainly be a Belux meeting to remember. 14 15
  9. 9. Infinite Possibilities Transportation Schedule Transportation Schedule Shuttles between WPC hotels and the conference venues are continuous every 10-15 minutes andevery 5 minutes during peak periods. Sunday, July 11 Convention Center Shuttle Wednesday, July 14 Thursday, July 15 Convention Center Shuttle 5:00pm – 7:45pm Verizon Center Shuttle Convention Center Shuttle Continuous shuttle service between the WCC and 7:30am – 8:15pm WPC hotels 7:00am – 8:45am 6:45am – 9:45am Continuous shuttle service between WPC hotels Continuous shuttle service between WPC hotels 4:00pm – 7:15pm and the Washington Convention Center (WCC) Tuesday, July 13 and the Verizon Center Continuous shuttle service between WPC hotels and the WCC Day of Giving Transfer Verizon Center Shuttle Shuttle service is available between the Verizon 10:00am – 4:00pm Center and the WCC following Vision Keynotes. 6:30am – 8:00am No shuttle service available 12:30pm The WCC is an approximate five block or Transfer service to/from the WCC and the three Continuous shuttle service between WPC hotels 10-minute walk. No service is available to hotels destination schools and the Verizon Center from the Verizon Center Monday, July 12 Shuttle service is available from the Verizon Core Meeting Shuttle Center to the WCC and Grand Hyatt following Verizon Center Shuttle Vision Keynotes. Both the WCC and Grand Hyatt 12:30pm – 5:00pm are five blocks or a 10-minute walk. No service is Continuous shuttle between the WCC and the 6:30am – 8:00am available to other hotels from the Verizon Center. Grand Hyatt, Renaissance Hotel and JW Marriottt Continuous shuttle service between WPC hotels Convention Center Shuttle and the Verizon Center. Core Meeting Shuttle 5:00pm – 7:45pm Shuttle service is available between the Verizon 12:00pm – 5:00pm Continuous shuttle Center and the WCC following Vision Keynotes. Continuous shuttle between the WCC and the service between The WCC is an approximate five block or Grand Hyatt, Renaissance Hotel, and JW Marriottt the WCC and 10-minute walk. No service is available to hotels Convention Center Shuttle WPC hotels from the Verizon Center 5:00pm – 6:15pm Core Meeting Shuttle Continuous shuttle service between the WCC and WPC hotels 12:30pm – 5:00pm Continuous shuttle service between the WCC, Grand Hyatt, Renaissance Hotel and JW Marriottt 16 17
  10. 10. Infinite Possibilities Name: Marc De Swaef Messenger: marcdeswaef@hotmail.com Name: Steven Hermans Stay in Washington: 10-07-2010 / 16-07-2010 Company: Accel Computer Service Stay in Washington: 9-07-2010 / 18-07-2010 Company: Ad Ultima Already attend WPC: 2 Job Title: Managing Director Already attend WPC: 3 Job Title: Product manager Website: www.accel.be Website: www.adultima.be Email: marc@accel.be Email: steven.hermans@adultima.be Mobile: +32 475 790 325 Mobile: +32 476 320 914 Who am I? Who am I? I'm just over 50 years young and I would love to spend some more time on my hobbies ..."ICT", Sailing, Living in the countryside near Oudenaarde with my wife Stephanie and 3 kids: Emma (6), Elena (4) and Diving, Motorcycling, Skiing, Traveling... and of course my wife and three kids. Mathis (1). Hobbies (when I find the time) are all kinds of sports but mainly (beach)volleyball, MTB and running. Next to that, I spend al lot of time in the garden as well. Why do I attend WPC? Why do I attend WPC? - Getting informed about the MS strategy and products ... especially about the cloud 're'volution - Learn how we can adapt our business to that new SW + Services + Solutions model During WPC, I hope to get an update on the Microsoft Strategy for the domains in which Ad Ultima is - Meet colleagues facing the same questions .. active. Next to that, I want to get in contact with Belgian and international MS partners with whom Ad - I hope to get a new PDA based on Windows Phone 7 ! Ultima could collaborate or exchange experiences. Company Description Company Description Managed Service Provider and infrastructure partner for SMB customers. Ad Ultima implements business solutions based on MS Dynamics AX and does this combining product We offer fully managed and co-managed ICT servcies based on state of the art RMM and PSA tools. knowledge and the required experience in the customers' vertical. We specialize in companies in 'Discrete Manufacturing' (IEM, WOOD,...), Construction and Environmental Services. Next to the pure ERP, Ad Ultima has build up competencies in BI, Collaboration and Document Management. Ad Ultima is active for over 10 years and has successfully implemented more than 85 cases. We are not only present in Belgium on two locations but you can find us in France as well. 18 19
  11. 11. Infinite Possibilities Name: Wim Van Heesvelde Mobile: +32 492 272 002 Name: Reinhart De Lille Messenger: redl@adifo.be Company: Ad Ultima Stay in Washington: 10-07-2010 / 16-07-2010 Company: Adifo NV Already attend WPC: 2 Job Title: Sales Manager Renaissance Washington Job Title: R&D Manager Website: www.adultima.be Already attend WPC: 2 Website: www.adifo.com Email: wim.van.heesvelde@ Email: redl@adifo.be adultima.be Mobile: +32 495 36 39 70 Who am I? Who am I? Living in Merelbeke and working in Kortrijk. Aged 45, married and father of four (yes, 4) children. I'm I’m 33. I live in Lembeke (smell of Lotus cookies every morning!) with my wife Lien and daughter Lara. wandering around in the Dynamics world since 1995, and have spent most of that time within the NAV I’m known as an innovative, creative and somewhat crazy and loud person, but it helps doing my job as segment. Since 4 years I've changed camp and am now fully dedicated to AX. an R&D Manager. Helping people in the company working towards innovative, value-added solutions for our customers is my mission in life. My hobbies are collecting SF books, computers and lots and lots My hobby used to be cycling. Cycling around the vineyards in the South of France and Tuscany brought of music. I play bass in a metal band called Makheena and synths/vocals in a Dark Electro band called me to my current hobby: tasting wine, a hobby that is non compatible with cycling. Ono Sendai. Why do I attend WPC? Why do I attend WPC? The partner conference is the place to be for meeting my international contacts and colleagues. The Adifo is constantly looking out for innovations in the IT market. As a Gold Certified Partner, we want to opportunity to have such networking meetings is very important. The key notes and break-out sessions keep up to date with the latest info on product developments. provide an enormous amount of knowledge in a very short period. Company Description Company Description Adifo NV: Since its establishment in 1974, Adifo has specialised in software solutions for the Ad Ultima is committed to get the best results from your organization. These results will be obtained international food, feed and animal production sector. Thanks to our great expertise and our specific thanks to Microsoft Dynamics AX and our experience in your industry. market contacts, Adifo has grown into a world-leader in the supply of advanced automation solutions and services. We mainly focus at manufacturing companies that wish to ensure their growth thanks to a highly reliable, flexible and future proof ERP system. Throughout the entire farm-to-fork chain, Adifo is your partner. Our integrated software solutions cover the entire production flow, including product development, product formulation and optimisation, Ad Ultima has, thanks to the successful delivery of more than 85 projects since 1999, a thorough specification management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Administration and Accounting, Tracking & expertise in optimizing specific business processes. This is the reason why we definitely chose for a Tracing facilities and Customer Relation Management. Our thorough understanding of the supply chain, verticalised market approach. coupled with state-of-the-art solutions, help our customers to boost their businesses. Our flagship products are BESTMIX, a least-cost recipe formulation and management tool that is Number 3 in the world in feed and food, and MILAS, an extensive ERP solution for the Feed and Agribusiness industry. The next version of Milas will be based on Microsoft Dynamics AX. 20 21
  12. 12. Infinite Possibilities Name: Marc Crauwels Mobile: +32 475 70 94 62 Name: Yves Vuurstaek Mobile: +32 473 89 71 48 Company: Admiral Dynamics BVBA Stay in Washington: 11-07-2010 / 16-07-2010 Company: Advantive bvba Stay in Washington: 10-07-2010 / 17-07-2010 Job Title: Managing Partner L'Enfant Hotel Job Title: Managing Director Donovan House Website: www.admiraldynamics.com Already attend WPC: 3 Website: www.advantive.be Email: marc.crauwels@ Email: yves.vuurstaek@ admiraldynamics.com advantive.be Who am I? Who am I? I am 49 years old, happily married, no children and my hobbies are racing, reading, cooking and My name is Yves, I'm 32 years old and I live in the city of Maasmechelen, Limburg. In 2009, together travelling. with my three partners, I founded Advantive Belgium. We're a Gold Certified Partner on the areas of Information Workers Solutions, Networking Infrastructure Solutions, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Why do I attend WPC? ISV/Software Solutions and Security Solutions. Next to my role as managing director of Advantive Belgium, I'm also active as a SharePoint consultant. In the weekends you can find me cycling in the In the first place to enlarge my international contacts for our hosting part of the business. Secondly as a region of Limburg. board member of IAMCP I am intersted in getting partners exited about joining IAMCP. Why do I attend WPC? Company Description I'm attending the Partner Conference for the first time. I hope to get to know new people in the Admiral Dynamics delivers AX and CRM solutions for the fashion world (clothing, shoes and jewellery). Information Worker business and get an insight on the latest wave of products Microsoft has introduced We have strong partner relationships with other Microsoft partners to be able to deliver the full solution this year. from POS to BackOffice and remote administration. Company Description Advantive builds and implements innovative ICT solutions based on Microsoft technology. Our solutions ABOUT WASHINGTON D.C. enable organisations to operate in a more productive and efficient manner, by improving the internal and external communication, by optimising the finding and sharing of information, and by facilitating A 2005 poll found that 78% of Americans did not know that residents of the District of the team effort. And all this in an ICT environment that is manageable, stable, and secure. Columbia have less representation in Congress than residents of the 50 states. Advantive operates as a Gold Certified Partner. The company works on the realisation of solutions in the following areas: • Information Worker Solutions • Networking Infrastructure Solutions • Advanced Infrastructure Solutions • Security Solutions Advantive is located in Maasmechelen, near Genk (Belgium) and in Leende, near Eindhoven (The Netherlands). 22 23
  13. 13. Infinite Possibilities Name: Pieterjan Senaeve Mobile: +32 478 90 77 19 Name: Wim Vandesompele Mobile: +32 477 78 99 75 Company: Astena Stay in Washington: 11-07-2010 / 16-07-2010 Company: Astena Stay in Washington: 11-07-2010 / 16-07-2010 Job Title: Solution Sales JW Mariott Job Title: Solution Sales JW Mariott Website: www.astena.be Website: www.astena.be Already attend WPC: 3 Email: ps@astena.be Email: wv@astena.be Who am I? Who am I? I’m a 27 year-old guy who is most interested in social life: hanging around with my friends, talking I think I'm a cyclist , I read a lot and love to wine and dine ... but honnestly I have no active hobbies about sports and sometimes having a drink. Enjoying a good life isn’t always so healthy, which is why I anymore , thanks to Astena and my lovely wife & 2 boys (2 & 4 years old). try to do sports at least once or twice a week: football, squash, running, cycling,… I like to keep things moving! Why do I attend WPC? Why do I attend WPC? Experiencing the Microsoft roadmap ; networking with Belgian and other partners ; one week away from the job = time to (re)think ; be treated by my PAM. I want to receive some new battle material to beat the “zombies” and the so called “solutions” in the ERP Industry. And of course I’d like to learn everything about NAV 2009 and the value of the Microsoft Company Description Platform in a formal and informal atmosphere. Astena Business Software is a Belgian software company that delivers services to Belgian SMEs. As a Company Description Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Astena offers total software solutions, of which the most important are Microsoft Dynamics NAV and its own add-ons, Astena Project Comfort and Astena Service Comfort. Astena is a Belgian software company that delivers services to Belgian SMEs. As Microsoft Gold Certified With these add-ons, Astena focuses on firms in the field of installation, construction, distribution and Partner, Astena offers total software solutions, of which the most important are Microsoft Dynamics ICT, as well as on companies that offer customer services, maintenance and repairs. NAV and its own add-ons, Astena Project Comfort and Astena Service Comfort. With these add-ons, Astena NV focuses on firms in the field of installation, construction, distribution and ICT, as well as on Apart from the competencies of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Astena also relies on its own considerable companies that offer customer services, maintenance and repairs. experience in Business Intelligence and Information Worker. We have also specialists in Dot.Net applications (such as: Support Portal, Webshop and Mobile Field Service on PDA) all integrated with Apart from the competencies of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Astena also relies on its own considerable NAV. Today, more than 100 companies are using Astena’s software. experience in Business Intelligence and Information Worker. Astena has also specialists in Dot.Net applications (such as: Support Portal, Webshop and Mobile Field Service) all integrated with NAV. Today, more than 100 companies are using Astena NV’s software. 24 25
  14. 14. Infinite Possibilities Name: Arnaud Marlière Mobile: +32 473 25 03 06 Name: Dirk Cipido Messenger: dirkcipido Company: Belgacom Stay in Washington: 11-07-2010 / 17-07-2010 Company: Bell Microproducts BVBA Stay in Washington: 11-07-2010 / 16-07-2010 Job Title: SME IT Solutions & L'Enfant Plaza Job Title: Sales Manager L'Enfant Plaza Strategy Website: www.bellmirco.eu Website: www.belgacom.be Already attend WPC: 1 Email: dcipido@bellmicro.eu Email: arnaud.marliere@ Mobile: +32 472 98 28 01 belgacom.be Who am I? Who am I? Born in Diest on Dec 31st 1980. Studied Applied Economics in Leuven. Age: 44 Living with my wife Isabel in Tielt-Winge (no kids so far...) Hobby: Golf. My passions are electronic music (I attempt some home-made productions when time allows), travelling Maried. (just back from US/Hawaii) and 'social activities'. Father of two adolescents. Not a fanatic sportsman, I try do be active twice a week in the Gym or on my MTB... Why do I attend WPC? Why do I attend WPC? Engage More Effectively with our customers and of course Microsoft :-) Getting updated on Microsoft solutions and partner programs. Get to know the Microsoft Network. Company Description Company Description Bell Micro is an international value-added ICT distributor. An industry-recognised specialist in storage products, we are one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors. We serve a diverse Belgacom is the incumbent Telecom operator in Belgium providing fix & mobile telecom services as well set of customers including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), commercial and value added as ICT (mainly) in Belgium. resellers (VARs) and system builders. 26 27
  15. 15. Infinite Possibilities Name: Bart Reyserhove Messenger: bartreyserhove@hotmail.com Name: Michel Kennis Mobile: +32 497 05 36 68 Company: Capgemini Stay in Washington: 11-07-2010 / 16-07-2010 Company: Capgemini Stay in Washington: 11-07-2010 / 19-07-2010 Job Title: Managing Consultant The Madison Job Title: Microsoft Service Line Westin Washington DC Website: www.capgemini.com Manager City Center Email: bart.reyserhove@ Website www.be.capgemini.com capgemini.com Email: Michel.Kennis@ Mobile: +32 486 53 91 06 capgemini.com Who am I? Who am I? I am 32 years old, married and a father of two boys (4 yr and 1 yr). I am passionate about software 44, married to Beatrijs and father of a son and 2 daughters. Knows everything (or rather used to) about development, so that takes also some of my spare time (reading books, blogs, visiting conferences). The movies and music. remainder of my spare time goes to my family and to food and wine. Why do I attend WPC? Why do I attend WPC? To meet people, learn about the Microsoft future, discover the city. And have some fun! I have two main reasons for attending: 1) learn more about Microsoft products and solution offerings to be able to position them in my day to Company Description day professional life. 2) Network with attendees from Capgemini and Microsoft. Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing services, has a unique way of working with its clients, called the Collaborative Business Experience. Backed Company Description by over three decades of industry and service experience, the Collaborative Business Experience is designed to help our clients achieve better, faster, more sustainable results through seamless access to Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, our network of world-leading technology partners and collaboration-focused methods and tools. enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of Through commitment to mutual success and the achievement of tangible value, we help businesses working, the Collaborative BusinessExperienceTM. implement growth strategies, leverage technology, and thrive through the power of collaboration. Present in more than 30 countries, Capgemini reported 2009 global revenues of EUR 8.4 billion and The Group relies on its global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to get the right balance employs 90,000 people worldwide. of the best talent from multiple locations, working as one team to create and deliver the optimum solution for clients. Present in more than 30 countries, Capgemini reported 2009 global revenues of EUR 8.4 billion and employs 90,000 people worldwide. 28 29
  16. 16. Infinite Possibilities Name: Danny Buysse Messenger: dannybuysse@hotmail.com Company: CODit Stay in Washington: 10-07-2010 / 16-07-2010 Job Title: Partner Manager Website: www.codit.eu Email: danny.buysse@codit.eu Mobile: +32 497 05 31 97 Who am I? I'm a former BizTalk Server MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and part of the Microsoft Virtual Technology Specialists for Microsoft EMEA. I've been working in the .NET area from the very beginning. First as a .NET competence center leader in one of the top 3 service providers in Europe, now as active board member and SOA architect of CODit. I'm involved as SOA Architect for different of our top clients and drive in partnership with key business experts many initiatives in the BPM area. For CODit I'm managing the Product unit and I'm Managing the partnerships. I'm married and proud father of 3 wonderful daughters. I like doing sports and gastronomy. Why do I attend WPC? CODit is are a long time partner of Microsoft. As we are continually looking for new opportunities in our business area the WPC looks a great opportunity both for our relationship with to Microsoft as with other partners. Company Description Since 1999, CODit focuses on integration using the Microsoft technology stack including BizTalk Server, SharePoint, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Work Flow Foundation (WF), SSIS and much more. During the past 10 years we bundled our extensive hands-on experience into the CODit SOA platform and set up the only Dedicated BizTalk Support Center in Europe. Both the CODit SOA Dashboard and the CODit CIP (Collaborative Integration Platform) come with a pragmatic approach and methodology that helps to avoid common integration pitfalls. We reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with efficient operational tools for both functional and technical issues. 30 31
  17. 17. Infinite Possibilities Name: Tom Struye Mobile: +32 498 90 32 50 Name: Raymond Beijen Messenger: raymondbeijen@hotmail.com Company: COMPUTACENTER N.V. Messenger: tstruye@hotmail.com Company: Comsoft Direct Belgium Stay in Washington: 10-07-2010 / 17-07-2010 Job Title: Sales Manager Job Title: Sales Director Renaissance M Street Website: www.computacenter.be Website: www.comsoft-direct.be Already attend WPC: 4 Email: tom_struye@ Email: Raymond.Beijen@ computacenter.com comsoft-direct.be Mobile: +32 491 25 84 31 Who am I? Who am I? Working at Computacenter and reponsible for all sales & marketing related activities within Belgium. 45 Hi, my name is Raymond, 37 years old. Together with Annemarie we (almost) have two kids. years, married and father of two teenagers Gert-Jan & Tineke. Hobbies are good food, MTB and Gospel. Hobbies: golf, squash and skiing. I also sing in a band called SenS. Basically everything which is nice to enjoy in life. Why do I attend WPC? Why do I attend WPC? I am attending WPC to strengthen my relationship with Microsoft and its (Belgian) partners. And I want Network with partners, have fun and build futher upon our Microsoft relations. to learn more about the near and longterm strategy of Microsoft and their solutions. Company Description Company Description Computacenter is a leading independent provider of distributed information technology services. Comsoft direct is an international organization with offices in Switserland (HQ), Austria, France, To help our customers maximise the value of IT to their business, we offer services at every stage The Netherlands and per 1st of March we opened a new office for Belgium and Luxembourg. of IT investment: Computacenter can advise customers on their IT strategy, implement the most We are specialized in: software licensing, Software Asset Management and Online Services. appropriate technology from a wide range of leading vendors and manage elements of their technology infrastructures on their behalf. Computacenter employs 10,000 people in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands. Within Benelux, Computacenter has established offices in Brussels, Luxembourg, and Amsterdam. Drawing on two decades of experience, Computacenter has great depth of knowledge in providing international IT services. Computacenter's coverage extends to 120 countries for both products and services, supported by our direct businesses and partner network (CCI) throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. The Benelux organisation focuses on 3 key domains: Consulting & Integration, Supply Chanin services, and managed services. 32 33
  18. 18. Infinite Possibilities Name: Bert De Craecker Mobile: +32 496 59 21 41 Name: Astrid De Vlam Mobile: +32 498 90 71 77 Company: ContributIT Stay in Washington: 1-07-2010 Company: Copaco Belgium Stay in Washington: 8-07-2010 / 18-07-2010 Job Title: General Manager Hilton Alexandria Mark Job Title: Business Unit Manager Mayflower Center Renaissance Washington Website: www.aXperts.be Website: www.copaco-belgium.be Already attend WPC: 1 Email: bdecraecker@ Email: adevlam@copaco- contributit.be belgium.be Who am I? Who am I? Age 39, male. I'm 35 years old, married and I have a daughter, Laura who's 11 years old. My hobby's are painting, horsebackriding and playing tennis. Why do I attend WPC? Why do I attend WPC? 1) meeting other partners - networking 2) I'm on holiday at the same time and take advantage of the opportunity I believe that the WPC is one of the most important ICT events in the world. By attending this event I hope to receive plenty of new information, meet people from other companies Company Description and also to do even better and more Microsoft business in the future. - Process improvement and guidance in ERP implementations Company Description - Project management - Training Dynamics AX Copaco has a dedicated sales team, all focusing on a specific reseller audience. Since July 2005 Copaco - Dynamcs AX/NAV consulting. expanded its activities to France with the setup of Copaco France SAS. The Copaco distribution group is a founding member of EWG : European Wholesaler Group, active in 15 European Countries. Copaco Has 9 Business Units : System & Peripherals, Printing & Imaging, Server, Storage & Security Solutions, Prof AV solutions, Software, Automotive, Lifestyle, Components and a Telecom business unit. 34 35
  19. 19. Infinite Possibilities Name: David Lauryssen Mobile: +32 477 58 67 18 Name: Raf Maesen Mobile: +32 478 84 33 50 Company: CTG Stay in Washington: 10-07-2010 / 19-07-2010 Company: CTG Stay in Washington: 10-07-2010 / 16-07-2010 Job Title: Pre-sales Application Marriottt at Metro Center Job Title: Partnership Manager Marriottt at Metro Center Solutions Website www.ctg.com Website: www.CTG.com Email: raf.maesen@ctg.com Email: David.Lauryssen@ctg.com Company Description Who am I? CTG is an IT Services & Solutions company, specialized in Applications Solutions, IT Service My name is Raf Maesen, partnership manager at CTG. Management, Testing and Regulatory Compliance. I live together with my wife Lieve in Maaseik Belgium and my favorite hobby is tennis. Why do I attend WPC? ABOUT WASHINGTON D.C. Gain more overview and insight in Microsoft Solutions for CTG Europe. By 1790, the Southern states had largely repaid their overseas debts from the Company Description Revolutionary War. The Northern states had not, and wanted the new federal government to take over their outstanding liabilities. As this would effectively mean that the Southern IT services and solutions company. states would assume a share of the Northern debt, in return, the South lobbied for a federal capital located closer to their own agricultural and slave- holding interests. The terms "territory" and "district" were used interchangeably throughout the 19th century until the territory was officially renamed the District of Columbia in 1871. 36 37
  20. 20. Infinite Possibilities Name: Ann Vansichen Mobile: +32 479 98 40 11 Name: Hans Demeyer Messenger: hans@ct-interactive.net Company: CTG Stay in Washington: 11-07-2010 / 16-07-2010 Company: CT-Interactive Stay in Washington: 8-07-2010 / 18-07-2010 Job Title: Pre-sales ITSM Marriottt at Metro Center Job Title: Supplier of optimism Already attend WPC: 3 Website: www.CTG.com Website: www.clubhans.net Email: ann.vansichen@ctg.com Email: hans@ctinteractive.net Mobile: +32 496 16 33 01 Who am I? Why do I attend WPC? I'm a 33 years old Pre-sales Consultant at CTG. I live in Belgium in the countryside with my husband For the fun and full nonsense part of myself, try me on www.facebook.com/911je and daughter of almost 4. I like to be in the open air: gardening, camping, walking, skiing, organizing For the serious or business related part, join me on http://www.linkedin.com/in/hansdemeyer garden parties,... My business partner Alex Huart and I have been delivering presentations for Microsoft in the Benelux I love to travel and I've lost my hart in southern Africa! and France for over 15 years now . Beginning of 2010 Microsoft Corp asked us to share our expertise and often original approach and style on a worldwide level as Subject Matter Experts. Why do I attend WPC? Reasons enough to join WPC 2010 to connect, meet, greet, learn, assess and of course... have a lot of fun! To be updated on all Microsoft products and approaches. Company Description Company Description We provide business people, consultants and sales with inspiration, information and optimism, so they CTG is a IT Services & Solutions company specialized in IT Service Management, Application Solutions, can perform better and take better informed decisions. Testing and Regulatory compliance. We started in the ICT environment. Word by mouth has brought us in many other sectors which in turn makes us reinvent ourselves every couple of years to stay on top of what happens in society, in the market places and in the heads of people working and living there. 38 39