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Chimay : the social beer
Belgium is a beer country. One of my favorite beers is the Chimay.






I was really delighted when I read the "Authentic trapist product" text at the back of the bottle of Chimay Bleu:


An Authentic Trappist product follows the following criteria:
  • The beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, by or under control of Trappist monks.
  • The brewery, the choices of brewing, and the commercial orientations must obviously depend on the monastic community.
  • The economic purpose of the brewery must be directed toward assistance and not toward financial profit.
So the good news is that each time I drink a chimay I make a good action ! That's what I call win-win! :-)

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Fun jfdeclercq Philosophie

Last edited on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 23:11:32 pm.

Date: 2003-01-18 21:53:54

Voici quelques sites de cartes du monde que j'aime consulter.
- Le monde diplomatique - cartographie : Ce site reprend les cartes de l'eau, du p?trole,
de la d?forestation, de la pauvret?, les in?galit?s,...

- WorldAtlas.com, Maps.Com - World Maps, Cartes du monde : Quelques cartes
g?ographiques.

Si vous connaissez d'autres sites de cartes, dites le moi via un commentaire !

Last edited on Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 13:32:23 pm.

Date: 2005-03-14 12:14:24

My reference for SOAs is currently :

Entreprise SOAs : Service-Oriented Architecture Best Practices - D.Krafzig, Karl Banke, Dirk Slama.

I'm a bit surprised : although those 3 guys are German they didn't realise that Software AG is a highly qualitative player in supplying tools for an SOA. EntireX and Tamino have won awards at the Web Services Journal as best platform for web services (see here Software AG sweeps the board for Web services at the ?Oscars of the Software Industry )...

I understand that US books don't speack about German software, but what about the German ones ?




SOA

Last edited on Tuesday, January 09, 2007 at 19:39:49 pm.

Date: 2002-10-06 14:17:24

Last week I was invited to a meeting organised by CompTIA in Brussels.
I was there as a "representant" of Software AG. Among other invited companies were Microsoft, IBM, Unysis, Siemens, SAS.
The purpose of the meeting :
"How to take actions in order to avoid that governments or public administrations impose arbitrary rules for software procurement.
An example of arbitrary rule is California's DSSA (Digital Software Security Act).
SoftwareChoice is an organisation aiming at opposing Governement policies that restrict Software Choice
The DSSA requires that all software developed for use or used by California or its agencies "shall have:
(a) Unrestricted use of the program for any purpose;
(b) Unrestricted access to the respective source code;
(c) Exhaustive inspection of the working mechanisms of the program;
(d) Use of the internal mechanisms and arbitrary portions of the software, to adapt them to the needs of the user;
(e) Freedom to make and distribute copies of the software; and
(f) Modification of the software and freedom to distribute said modifications of the new resulting software, under the same license of the original software."
The DSSA has been announced but not yet introduced as of mid-August 2002.

Such rules will are discriminatory and cause a big problem to commercial companies and Governemental organisations. Opening the sources can further lead to dis-investment of these companies as you are nearly obliged to deliver -undirectly- your latest algorithms to your competitors if you want to sell software in those administrations. eGovernement is more and more predicted to be the next big opportunity for eBusiness Software since the explosion of the Internet Bubble...

Softwarechoice.org was launched by CompTIA to establish an organisation that would watch for and act against these discriminatory rules. Software should be chosen for its its merits, not through categorical preferences. (See the other principles here)

The Policy Tracker establishes a list of such arbitrary software choice bills.

For the people who love open source, this could look like a couter-attack against open source software by the ugly big monopolistic American IT companies. But it is not !

These days, there is a big campain for opensource or free software that let people think that free software is less expensive, much more reliable and of better quality than commercial software.
An open source lobby is these days very active to convince the politics about those statements.
Our Belgian example is the recent debate on opensource at the Brussels Region (crf DataNews : D?bat sur le logiciel Libre a la r?gion Bruxelloise"). Someone must have launched the idea.

I think it is not true : Opensource software will not be better or worse than commercial software for the public sector. One of the relevant criteria to decide on the use of opensource is the Total Cost of Ownership. It is not yet proven that 1. Solutions can be 100% built with open source and 2. that the building and maintenance costs are far lower than with Commercial Software.

At the European level, such rulings are unlikely to stay in the member states. The European Commsion takes care to establish a fair competition in all the member states. However before a wrong law would be reversed by the National Courts or by the pressure of the European Commission on the member state, a lot of harm coul be caused to commercial companies that would have heavily invested in eGovernement solutions. (Imagine that the Belgian Postbox project would not be chosen because it's not built with opensource security software !)

Finally, who can predict that open software is here to stay ?

Have a look at the point of view of an open source author...


Jef.

Last edited on Friday, January 05, 2007 at 11:26:04 am.

GROW is an acronym standing for Goal - Current Reality - Options - Will.

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_89.htm

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Date: 2001-07-19 17:38:57

What's the programme of an MBA ?

What would I learn there ?


I'm currently reading "Le Nouveau MBA : Synthese des meilleurs cours des grandes Business Schools am?ricaines".

The original title is : "The New Portable MBA".


The table of contents gives you an overview of the things you learn...


PART 1. THE FOUNDATIONS OF MANAGEMENT.

I. What Is Business About?.

II. How to Think Like an Executive: The Art of Managing for the Long Run.

III. Managing People: The R Factor.

IV. Quantitative Tools: Numbers as the Fundamental Language of Business.

V. Managerial Economics: Guidelines for Choices and Decisions.



PART 2. THE FUNCTIONS OF A BUSINESS.

VI. Marketing Management: Providing Value to Customers.

VII.Information Technology: The Challenge of Strategic Transformation.

VIII. Human Resource Management: Competitive Advantage Through People.

IX. Operations Management: Productivity and Quality Performance.

X. Accounting and Management Decision Making.

XI. Financial Management: Optimizing the Value of the Firm.

XII. Strategic Management: The Challenge and the Opportunity.



PART 3 : MANAGING CHANGE.

XIII. Organizations for the Year 2000: The Transition from Hierarchy to Enterprise.

XIV. Leadership for the Year 2000.



The description of the book at amazon

Last edited on Friday, December 30, 2005 at 23:27:59 pm.

Help me complete my JoHari test
I was today in a "Personal Improvement" course. During the course we learned about the JoHari window. It's a model that allows you to become more open by better stating your expectations towards someone else (openess) and by requesting feedback (self-knowledge).

See here : http://kevan.org/johari

A test is available, but for this test, you need to compare what you think of yourself with what I think of myself.

If you want to help me do the test, just drop me an email and I'll give your the link to my own JoHari window.

In return, I will do the test for you, if you wish.

jfdeclercq Management Philosophie

Last edited on Monday, April 14, 2008 at 19:48:36 pm.

Date: 2004-03-21 17:23:33

"For me, the idea is to shun the incremental and go for the leap..."' (Jack Welsh)

Last edited on Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 13:52:19 pm.

This website is a Wiki Web... Wiki means fast in Hawaian. So a Wiki web is just a fast way to make a website.

Now you can go back to the main page :-)

Last edited on Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 12:02:27 pm.

Cher Monsieur,

Je vous ?cris pour vous remercier d'avoir refus? le ch?que qui m'aurait permis de payer le plombier le mois dernier.

Selon mes calculs, trois nanosecondes se sont ?coul?es entre la pr?sentation du ch?que et l'arriv?e sur mon compte des fonds n?cessaires ? son paiement.

Je fais r?f?rence, ?videmment, au d?p?t mensuel automatique de ma pension, une proc?dure qui, je dois l'admettre, n'a cours que depuis huit ans. Il faut d'ailleurs vous f?liciter d'avoir saisi cette fugace occasion et d?bit? mon compte des 30$ de frais pour le d?sagr?ment caus? ? votre banque. Ma gratitude est d'autant plus grande que cet incident m'a incit? ? revoir la gestion de mes finances.

J'ai remarqu? qu'alors que je r?ponds personnellement ? vos appels t?l?phoniques et vos lettres, je suis en retour confront?e ? l'entit? impersonnelle, exigeante, programm?e, qu'est devenue votre banque. A partir d'aujourd'hui, je d?cide de ne n?gocier qu'avec une personne de chair et d os.

Les mensualit?s du pr?t hypoth?caire ne seront dor?navant plus automatiques mais arriveront ? votre banque par ch?ques adress?s personnellement et confidentiellement ? un(e) employ?(e) de votre banque que je devrai donc s?lectionner.

Soyez averti que toute autre personne ouvrant un tel pli consiste en une infraction au r?glement postal.

Vous trouverez ci-joint un formulaire de candidature que je demanderai ? l employ?(e) d?sign?(e) de remplir. Il comporte huit pages, j'en suis d?sol?e, mais pour que j'en sache autant sur cet employ?(e) que votre banque en sait sur moi, il n'y a pas d'alternative. Veuillez noter que toutes les pages de son dossier m?dical doivent ?tre contresign?es par un notaire, et que les d?tails obligatoires sur sa situation financi?re (revenus, dettes, capitaux, obligations) doivent s'accompagner des documents concern?s. Ensuite, ? MA convenance, je fournirai ? votre employ?(e) un code PIN qu'il/elle devra r?v?ler ? chaque rendez- vous. Il est regrettable que ce code ne puisse comporter moins de 28 chiffres mais, encore une fois, j'ai pris exemple sur le nombre de touches que je dois presser pour avoir acc?s aux services t?l?phoniques de votre banque. Comme on dit : l'imitation est une flatterie des plus sinc?res.

Laissez-moi d?velopper cette proc?dure. Lorsque vous me t?l?phonez, pressez les touches comme suit :

Imm?diatement apr?s avoir compos? le num?ro, veuillez presser l'?toile (*) pour s?lectionner votre langue

Ensuite le 1 pour prendre rendez-vous avec moi

Le 2 pour toute question concernant un retard de paiement

Le 3 pour transf?rer l'appel au salon au cas o? j'y serais

Le 4 pour transf?rer l'appel ? la chambre ? coucher au cas o? je dormirais

Le 5 pour transf?rer l'appel aux toilettes au cas o? je coulerais un bronze

Le 6 pour transf?rer l'appel ? mon GSM si je ne suis pas ? la maison

Le 7 pour laisser un message sur mon PC. Un mot de passe est n?cessaire.

Ce mot de passe sera communiqu? ? une date ult?rieure ? la personne de contact autoris?e mentionn?e plus t?t.

Le 8 pour retourner au menu principal et ?couter ? nouveau les options de 1 ? 7

Le 9 pour toute question ou plainte d'aspect g?n?ral. Le contact sera alors mis en attente, au bon soin de mon r?pondeur automatique.

Le 10, ? nouveau pour s?lectionner la langue. Ceci peut augmenter l'attente mais une musique inspirante sera jou?e durant ce laps de temps.

Malheureusement, mais toujours suivant votre exemple, je devrai infliger le pr?l?vement de frais pour couvrir l'installation du mat?riel utile ? ce nouvel arrangement.

Puis-je n?anmoins vous souhaiter une heureuse, bien que tr?s l?g?rement moins prosp?re, nouvelle ann?e ?

Respectueusement,

Votre humble cliente.

Last edited on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 20:51:08 pm.

TOGAF Certification Course Completed this week
This week I completed a TOGAF 8.1 Certifcation course. This means that I should be TOGAF Certified in the coming days. This is the second Certification I pass this year after the ITIL Certification (Thank you IBM!). TOGAF is about Entreprise Architecture and it's a fascinating topic. I'll blog about the highlights of this TOGAF course soon.

TOGAF Certification Course Completed this week
This week I completed a TOGAF 8.1 Certifcation course. This means that I should be TOGAF Certified in the coming days. This is the second Certification I pass this year after the ITIL Certification (Thank you IBM!). TOGAF is about Entreprise Architecture and it's a fascinating topic. I'll blog about the highlights of this TOGAF course soon.

TOGAF Certification Course Completed this week
This week I completed a TOGAF 8.1 Certifcation course. This means that I should be TOGAF Certified in the coming days. This is the second Certification I pass this year after the ITIL Certification (Thank you IBM!). TOGAF is about Entreprise Architecture and it's a fascinating topic. I'll blog about the highlights of this TOGAF course soon.

Foot sur la plage de De Haan, ce 28 septembre 2008
J'ai upload? sur Youtube une vid?o d'une partie de foot film?e sur la plage de De Haan ce 28 septembre 2008. Je joue avec avec Thomas et Jonas (rencontr? sur place).


Fortis...
J'essaye de ne pas dire de b?tises sur le cas Fortis mais je n'ai pas su me retenir de commenter le post suivant sur le blog "Je suis Belge mais je me soigne":

http://francoisquinqua.blog.lemonde.fr/2008/09/29/fortis-et-puis-maintenant-dexia/
Reading Playmobil books on the Web with the FSI-Viewevr
I just received an Information Letter from PlayMobil where they propose me to have a look at a book about Egypt : "D?couvre l'Egypte".

This book is rendered using a technology that I have seen for the second time and that I find very interesting : FSI-Viewer.

Those guys found a way to put flyers in a browser. It's much better than the traditional pdf (which is never in Landscape and always in Portrait, obliging you to scroll).

Have a look here : http://download.playmobil.com/public/eCS/Store/befr/egypt_booklet/index.html

I like it !
Portal or RIAs ?
Two days ago, with a colleague, we had an interesting discussion around the future of Entreprise Portals.

Today in a SOA, Services are consumed by consumers like Fat Clients (Lotus Notes for instance) or Thin Clients (via a Portal).

The arrival of Web2.0 technologies like Rich Internet Applications (RIA) like Google Calendar, Google Docs ect will puzzle this architecture.

At IBM we already have two examples with Project Zero and Websphere Business Spaces. A Portal product is than no more necessary for consuming and exposing services in a browser.

What becomes than the role of a Portal in the SOA ? Probably it becomes a provisionning and security platform for RIAs and Mashups. At the security level, it means offering an Identity and Access Management platform. At the provisionning level it becomes a place where you can search for a mashup, configure it and use it immediately.

To show you an example of what a website/portal can become with RIAs, you can compare my server side "Portal" http://www.jfdeclercq.com/ with a "RIA Portal" version of it : http://www.netvibes.com/jfdeclercq

If you start using Netvibes you will understand how you can mix content on your own page using Widgets. Those widgets contain their own application logic (Gmail, Google Notes, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook....). Netvibes doesn't own the widget's code like a traditional Websphere Portal would.

Therefore the future of Traditional Portals like Websphere Portal is to provision those kind of Widgets in a secure way.
Chuck Norris, c'est plus fort que toi
Vous savez pas tout ce que Chuck Norris sait faire ?

Allez voir ici : http://www.lowas.be/index.php?pagename=ChuckNorris
Vlerick Event : How Social are you ?
Last week we (Mireille and I) went to the Vlerick Marketing Alumni Event : How Social are you ?

The evening was about a marketing approach on the Social Networks and Online Communities.

Robin Wauters started with an Introduction on Social Networks. I didn't learn much on that introduction (maybe I know already too much) except that the groups that exist on different networks like Facebook are a target for Marketeers.

So creating or using social networks is now the objective of good marketeers. Pieter Goiris (CEO Boondoggle) showed us how the Heineken Music site to illustrate how brands try to engage in a give & take relationship with online communities. By the way this website is a wonderful Mashup (Stoemp) ! Web2.0 is also about involving the users to make the content. It's the case of Sensoa, a Flemish website where people can ask all questions about Sex.

Luc Colson of 4C Consulting explained us that in a Social Network, three kind of people are very interesting for the Marketeer : the people with most connections within a group (Let's call them "Leaders"), the people linking independant groups to each other ("Connectors") and people on the path between the two profiles ("Relays"). The "Leaders" would allow to influence the group. If the Leader has an excellent experience with your brand, others will know it. "Connectors" allow to transfer the brand experience from communities to communities. "Relays" are a way to accelerate the transfer from Community to Community (they connect the Leaders to the Connectors). Those concepts are for instance exploited in the Telecom sector to enforce operator loyalty and reduce the risk of churn.

Steven Van Belleghem (Insites Consulting) gave me the best impression. He explained that Marketeers have to understand how the new technologies can impact the way branding works. Marketeers have an important challenge to learn surfing on the web2.0 advertsing wave led by FaceBook, Google... There is a change of paradigm going on. Before the Marketing equation was the following :

Advertising ... Brand ... Sales

Today the chain is the following :

Brand ... Advertising ... Conversations.


The goal of the marketeer is to land in the conversation zone. Consumers need to talk about the product, advertsing is not enough anymore...This session gave me a better idea on how marketeers think about Web2.0. I see it as a great way to discuss with people and a great technology at the same time. I see the promise of the semantic web. They see segments, focus groups, communities, conversations, advertising...

Note 1 : For the Vlerick Alumni people, that kind of event is the best rather than just have a beer, let's also have some content.

Note 2 : From web experts websites, I'm not always impressed : 1) I hate the Boondoggle's website (try searching Heineken in it...), and 2) how is it possible to have an URL like http://www.4cconsulting.com/Templates/home.aspx?id=32&langType=1033 when you know the following principle : "Good URLs never Change"
Photos of the Pecha Kucha Brussels Vol 5
The quality of my pictures isn't good but it's just to remind some of the bla bla...

The Picasa Album is here : Pecha Kucha Brussels Vol 5


Listening to The Lounge Box
If you like the Lounge music that you hear in the Fashion Stores of Brussels or Antwerp (joke), why not give it a try with this CD : The Lounge Box



It's a very nice box. You have 5 CDs of relaxing music. Very Nice.
I want the new IRex DR1000
When I posted "Will I buy an ePaper reader or not yet ?", I commented I didn't want because there was no A4 and search function.

But recently IRex has released the DR1000SW. I think I'm going to buy it !

Have a look here:
Samsung Omnia Night
On Sept 11th 2008, we attended the Samsung Omnia night.

The party was not as good as the last one but there was more content : the presentation of the new Samsung Omnia.

The Samsung Omnia is a great MulltiMedia device (Music, Video, 5 MegaPixel Camera, GPS, MS Office Integration, Push Email...).

It also has a touchscreen like the iPhone. If I had to choose between the iPhone and the Omnia, I think I would choose the Omnia because it's more compact and Windows Mobile 6 would allow me to install more custom applications.

However I still have a phone with a keyboard (Samsung SGH I600) and I'm not convinced about the Touch screen yet.

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A terrace in Belgium


Do you guess where it was ?
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Watching the Champion's League tonight
Yesterday when watching the Champion's league, I found very funny that when eventually the best french players are performant, they score against a French club. Malouda and Anelka have killed... Bordeaux.
I have seen Elephants in Antwerp
This is the Elephant Parade. There must be a pink one somewhere but I haven't seen it (yet).




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Cher Guevara



You can see Cher Guevara if you drink a coffee at CaffeNation in Antwerp.
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De Gordel
This weekend we did De Gordel, a bicycle tour around Brussels.

Our goal wasn't political but rather sportive. We did 120 Km. The tour of 100 Km makes in reality 106Km. As we left and went home by bike we did another 7Km. Also, I had a flat tire in Meise and the assistance truck brought us back to Wemmel, it added 7Km to the trip.

The organization of the Gordel is excellent. If you have a mechanical problem, a truck brings you to a repair centre. The people of VAB repaired my bike, I had nothing to do do except pay the inner tube.

The weather was horrible in the morning : rain, rain and rain. Only in the afternoon after more than 60 Km it stopped and we could enjoy the tour a bit more.

The parcours is not very difficult. I expected more climbs. In fact, the most difficult part is between Zaventem and Overijse (Vossem, Duisburg) and that was the last part for us. Or was it the most difficult because it was the last ? Perception is reality...

De Gordel was our main bicycle objective this year and we are quiet happy we did it ! We will do it again.




PS : Is it politically correct to blog about De Gordel in English when you are a native Walloon and and live in Flanders ?
De Gordel
This weekend we did De Gordel, a bicycle tour around Brussels.

Our goal wasn't political but rather sportive. We did 120 Km. The tour of 100 Km makes in reality 106Km. As we left and went home by bike we did another 7Km. Also, I had a flat tire in Meise and the assistance truck brought us back to Wemmel, it added 7Km to the trip.

The organization of the Gordel is excellent. If you have a mechanical problem, a truck brings you to a repair centre. The people of VAB repaired my bike, I had nothing to do do except pay the inner tube.

The weather was horrible in the morning : rain, rain and rain. Only in the afternoon after more than 60 Km it stopped and we could enjoy the tour a bit more.

The parcours is not very difficult. I expected more climbs. In fact, the most difficult part is between Zaventem and Overijse (Vossem, Duisburg) and that was the last part for us. Or was it the most difficult because it was the last ? Perception is reality...

De Gordel was our main bicycle objective this year and we are quiet happy we did it ! We will do it again.




PS : Is it politically correct to blog about De Gordel in English when you are a native Walloon and and live in Flanders ?
According to all known laws of aviation...
According to all known laws of aviation there is no way a bee should be able to fly: A bees' wings are too short and their bodies too fat.

Bees, of course, fly anyway,

because bees don't care what humans think is impossible...


(Bee Movie)
Obama : How to seduce America using sales techniques ?

How to seduce people so they vote for you : address their concerns.

Obama addresses several key concerns of 2008 :
"I do want three things," "I want to end
the war. I want to get everybody a health care system that is sensible
and common sense and saves money. And the energy policy. But, if I had
to just choose one thing, that would be it."?



And I believe indeed Americans are concerned by those
  • war
  • health
  • energy
If you add that he wants to decrease taxes for the middle class, I believe you have enough broad subjects that can gather many votes.


So to be successful, just address your client's pain points. A well known sales technique applied at a large scale.

Good job, Mr Obama...

ScribeFire
If you blog often I recommend you to have a look at ScribeFire. It's an excellent FireFox Plugin which helps to write or edit your posts. It allows to include Videos, Links, images in a easy way. It also supports multi-blogs.
Druivenfeesten in Overijse
This week is the week of the DruivenFeetsen in Overijse.

Up to now we mainly took the opportunity to go to 2 concerts:

See you soon there maybe ?
Insignifiant

Comment peux-t'on ?tre ambitieux si on compend que ? l'?chelle de l'Univers, l'Humanit? est insignifiante ?

Comment peux-t'on penser que le bien ou le mal que l'on fait a du sens ?

Comment peux-t'on penser que notre travail m?rite autant d'importance ?

Pourquoi doit on conserver notre planete alors qu'elle disparaitra avec le soleil dans quelques milliards d'ann?es ?

Pourquoi ?crire ces lignes qui sont destin?es ? dispara?tre de toutes facons.

L'?nergie de cet Univers doit vraiment avoir envie d'exister...

Internet Radio
Lately I have hesitated to buy a new kind of device : an Internet Radio. It connects on your WiFi router and plays thousands of radios streams that you can catch on the web.

Today I just plug my portable PC into my HiFi system using a mini-jack, but I find the quality is not so good. Therefore I have been looking for better options. Here are some products I find interesting :

I have visited several shops (Padeg, TDH... ) in Brussels, LLN and Overijse to try to see those products in real but they have not yet arrived in the shops. So for now, the only option seems to be to buy online. We probably need to wait until Christmass.


For the moment, my favorite Internet Radios are :
For a list of more than 1000 free radios on the web, you can have alook at Shoutcast (http://www.shoutcast.com/).
Quick CV
I don't know if you have ever had a look at my long CV but it's quiet a long one. I have read in a article (in Bizz I believe) that a good CV should be at the most 3 pages. Therefore I have tried to rewrite my CV in a much shorter format . I have organized it along 5 aspects of my work that I like and that I want to continue to develop during my career:
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Management & Team Work
  • Creative Solution Design
  • Marketing & Sales
The result is here : Quick CV and I have published in PDF and MS Word formats also here
I have been Itilized
I have successfully passed my ITIL V3 Foundations Certification !

ITIL is a framework which allows IT Managers to standardize the IT processes which aim at satisfying the demand of their system's customers and/or end-users.

In order to meet customer's needs, ITIL organises the lifecycle of IT Services which are delivered by IT.

The IT department can supply several types of "services", for instance :
  • Applications (SAP, CRM, Document Management)
  • Purchasing of IT material (PCs, printers...)
  • Help Desk, Call Center
  • Internet Services (Home Banking system for a bank for instance)
  • Hardware Installation
  • Printing
  • ...
ITIL gives guidelines on how to organize the professional delivery of those "IT services".

ITIL V3' service life cycle defines 5 "steps":
  • Service Strategy : it defines which services the IT department should provide
  • Service Design : it defines what the delivered services are and how they are realized
  • Service Transition : it determines how a designed service is put into production
  • Service Operation : it describes how services have to be run in production (according to their specifications and their Service Level Agreements)
  • Continual Improvement : a set of processes to improve the life cycle realization

Cycling in Limburg and Kempen Last Weekend
Last Weekend we did quiet some cycling in Flanders.

On saturday we did the "Limburgse Rivierenland" tour in Halen. It was supposed to be 52 Km. We did 63 and we even did a shortcut at the end.

On sunday we went to Herentals and we followed what is called the "EcoCyclo". There the KM were correct and it was 46 Km. We started from Herenthout and we used the following "KnoopPunten " :

Herenthout - 45 - 46 - 47 - 9 - 10 - 8 - 15 (Let op: we rijden niet volledig tot aan 15. Neem een kijkje aan de watermolen. Het is een waardevol monument. Daarna keer je terug naar 8.) - 19 - 18 - 14 - Hidrodoe - Van Hidrodoe rijd je terug naar de knooppuntenroute. Sla echter niet af naar links richting knooppunt 14, maar blijf rechtdoor rijden. Volg de pijltjes richting Centrum. - 12 - 60 - 62 - 65 - 66 - 43 - 44 - 45
If you search Biking Roads in Belgium I stongly recommend you this website http://www.fietsroute.org/.


Mise ? jour du site de Paul Leroy
Le site Internet pour Paul Leroy se trouve sous mon nom de domaine. Nous y travaillons de temps en temps en buvant un bonne bi?re. Nous l'avons mis ? jour cette semaine:
  • Il y a un nouveau menu pour faciliter la navigation.
  • Paul a ?galement mis des nouveaux tableaux en ligne sur PicasaWeb.
Allez jetter un coup d'oeil : http://pleroy.lowas.be/


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Quel est le con qui a chang? skynet ?
Moi j'aimais bien skynet pour la m?t?o facile a trouver et facile a lire pour les pr?visions ? dix jours. Il y avait une colonne bleue ? gauche avec toutes les possibilit?s skynet dont la m?t?o. C'?tait facile et efficace.

Evidement il y a quelqu'un qui a trouv? que c'?tait mieux de changer. Essayez maintenant d'aller sur http://www.skynet.be/ et trouvez-moi la m?t?o. Bonne chance !

Comme dirait l'autre : "Si je connaissais le con qu'a fait sauter le pont..."
Thinking : Am I a Rain Maker ?

Merriam Webster's dictionary defines rainmaker as "a person (such as a partner in a law firm) who brings in new business or whose influence can initiate progress or ensure success." In short, a rainmaker is someone that makes things happen, someone who initiates action that ultimately brings in new business and revenue.

Rainmakers take a 'big picture' view of their customers business. Rather than focus on specific IT projects, they look at the overall state of the client's industry, company and LOB. Some characteristics of a rainmaker include the following: pro-active, results-oriented, patient, driven, conscientious, good listener, active listener, empathetic, sympathetic, curious, knowledgeable, engaged, confident, incisive, inquiring, flexible, visionary, creative, positive, optimistic, and collaborative.

4 Recent Music CDs
If you want the artists you like to continue to produce, you have to support them. Here are the 4 latest CDs I have bought :
  • Mix Mania 2008 Vol 3
  • Milk Inc - Forever
  • Tiesto - In search of sunrise 7 (Asia)
  • Dany Brillant - Best Of

Make Clouds with Wordle
Something I found by accident yesterday : Wordle.

Wordle draws a tag cloud for you from a text or rss feed.

I let it run on my CV and here is the result :



Than I run it on my delicious tags :



I like it.
Francois L embrouille en parent d eleve
Dans cette camera cachee, Francois L embrouille se fait passer pour un parent d eleve et piege un professeur d'histoire geographie. Il raconte qu il est a fond dans les jeux video et que lui et son fils jouent des heures et des heures...
Fran?ois L?embrouille en parent d??l?ve
Dans cette cam?ra cach?e, Fran?ois L?embrouille se fait passer pour un parent d??l?ve et pi?ge un professeur d?histoire g?ographie. Il raconte qu?il est ? fond dans les jeux vid?o et que lui et son fils jouent des heures et des heures san
Fran?ois L?embrouille en parent d??l?ve
Dans cette cam?ra cach?e, Fran?ois L?embrouille se fait passer pour un parent d??l?ve et pi?ge un professeur d?histoire g?ographie. Il raconte qu?il est ? fond dans les jeux vid?o et que lui et son fils jouent des heures et des heures san
Fran?ois L'embrouille en parent d'?l?ve
Dans cette cam?ra cach?e, Fran?ois L'embrouille se fait passer pour un parent d'?l?ve et pi?ge un professeur d'histoire g?ographie. Il raconte qu'il est...
Fran?ois L'embrouille en parent d'?l?ve
Dans cette cam?ra cach?e, Fran?ois L'embrouille se fait passer pour un parent d'?l?ve et pi?ge un professeur d'histoire g?ographie. Il raconte qu'il est...
Fran?ois L'embrouille en parent d'?l?ve
Dans cette cam?ra cach?e, Fran?ois L'embrouille se fait passer pour un parent d'?l?ve et pi?ge un professeur d'histoire g?ographie. Il raconte qu'il est...
Fran?ois L'embrouille en parent d'?l?ve
Dans cette cam?ra cach?e, Fran?ois L'embrouille se fait passer pour un parent d'?l?ve et pi?ge un professeur d'histoire g?ographie. Il raconte qu'il est...
Fran?ois L'embrouille en parent d'?l?ve
Dans cette cam?ra cach?e, Fran?ois L'embrouille se fait passer pour un parent d'?l?ve et pi?ge un professeur d'histoire g?ographie. Il raconte qu'il est...
Party @ the Pool
Yesterday we had fun at the Party @ the pool.

Party @ the Pool
Yesterday we had fun at the Party @ the pool.

Party @ the Pool
Yesterday we had fun at the Party @ the pool.

Party @ the Pool
Yesterday we had fun at the Party @ the pool.

Party @ the Pool
Yesterday we had fun at the Party @ the pool.

Using Google Maps to prepare my bike tours
I use Google Maps to prepare my biking tours.

You start by adding your starting-point than you plan your itineray by clicking on "Add destination".

See an example here of the bike tour I just did tonight.
I like the Yahoo! Widgets
You have different Widgets systems that you can use on your desktop : Vista Gadgets, Google Deskbar... My preferred one is the Yahoo! Widgets.

Have a look here (or click on the image):



The widgets I use are ImageView, Yahoo! Weather, Yahoo! Mail Checker, Gmail Monitor, Digital Clock and Calendar.
I can be a blonde too
Today I took pictures without the SD card in my Camera...

Result : no picture taken.
Je ne suis pas ? l'Euro
Et Trezeguet et Cisse non plus...

Voir ici sur dailymotion


Euro 2008 : What is your favorite team ?
As for the last World Cup, Mireille and I make our best guesses for the Euro 2008.

We both selected 3 teams that we think can win :

  • Mireille : Italy, Spain, Portugal
  • J-F : France, Germany, Turkey
List of all mountain bike routes in Belgium
Maybe it can sound weird to you but it has been a long time I have been searching for that information and now I eventually find it : a good list of existing mountain bike routes in Belgium.

You can find it here :
http://www.mountainbike.be/algemeen/routes.php
StumbleUpon : Sorry to all my contacts
Yesterday I sent an invitation to join StumbleUpon to all my Yahoo! contacts. It was not my intention, it was a mistake from me.

I want to apologize for having spammed you !

Nevertheless some of you (about 10) have joined StumbleUpon, I'm very grateful for the trust.

StumbleUpon is really a cool system and if you actually use it we can exchange what we find cool or interestig on the web.

So, once again sorry for the spam...
Why are we here ? What matters in life ?
On the right colomn of my "In JF mind today" blog, You'll find a question I want you to respond in a poll :

What matters in life ?

Why are we here ?

Take 20 seconds to answer. Closing of the poll at the end of the year...
Will I buy one ePaper reader or not yet ?
What do you think if you have a look at this video of the ePaper version of Les Echos ?

I think it's just great. If you add that you can use the Iliad as a Notepad (you can write also!), that you can upload PDF documents like reports, Presentations... It makes of it a great business tool.

I'm really hesitating : Should I buy it ? There is an interesting package with l'Equipe for this summer.
SOA stays a top business priority in 2008
According to an IBM survey SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) is still in the radar of the majority of customers:

  • 73 percent of customers indicated their CEO understands the business value of SOA; more than half say their IT staff is meeting once per month or more with business managers they support.
  • 45 percent of customers indicated they spent between 10 percent and 29 percent of their 2007 IT budgets on SOA.
Read the complete article on CNN Money's website
Vibstars - le Web2.0 Belge
Hier je suis tomb? sur le blog de Christophe Lefevre. Il s'y trouve un article sur le m?tier de blogueur. Mon regard s'est port? sur la colonne de droite (toujours la colonne de droite) et j'y ai trouv? un badge qui m'?tait inconnu. C'est un badge de vibstars.

Vibstars

Vibstars se d?finit comme une plateforme de SocialBuzzing. Ma perception est que Vibstars prend le m

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Date: 2001-11-09 13:25:13

In typical client/server computing, servers control the flow of data and information into and out of client computers. Essentially, the server runs the show. With peer-to-peer (P2P) computing, the server is removed from the equation, allowing computers -- and more specifically, their users -- to share files and other data directly, without going through a central server.






Is it like Napster ?






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See a picture here. - (2007-04-10 12:16:00)

Mal de t?te avec bluetooth ? Moi aussi. - (2007-01-30 16:20:12)

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Yesterday (Friday Nov 30th 2007), went to Antwerp at Noxx (http://www.noxxantwerp.be) for a DJ Tiesto (http://www.tiesto.com) concert.

Cons

I think I will NEVER go to a Tiesto concert again : It was way too expensive (35?/pers) for the experience that we had. The place was too much overcrowded and it was impossible to move or to find a confortable place where you could just stand to listen to the excellent music.

With our managerial point of view, we found that Noxx could be much better managed on the operational side. A lot of machines slow down the process at the bar, at the locker room... We also had to queue 25 minutes in the rain and cold before we could get in.

Pro

On the positive side, Tiesto's music is really GREAT. We had to wait until 02:30 for Tiesto to start the concert. Even if the other DJ before Tiesto was very good, once Tiesto started we could feel that the music had jumped into a higher level, a master level.

You have to check Tiesto's music on this Podcast : http://www.radio538.nl/clublife/podcast.xml

Also as it was overcrowded in the main room, we moved away and we enjoyed dancing in the 2 other rooms where other DJs were mixing. They were excellent as well.

So we had fun but it was not optimal for enjoying Tiesto's music and therefore we have the feeling that the value for money was too low.


Comments here : http://jfdeclercq.blogspot.com/2007/12/tiesto-concert-at-noxx-antwerp.html


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Brussels

  • Ristorante da Beni - Pizzeria - St Amandsplein 27, 1853 Strombeek bever. Tel 02/267.27.59
  • Pee Clack - IN DE PATATTEZAK - Oude Mechelsestraat 48 - 1853 STROMBEEK-BEVER - Tel. : 02.267.52.52 (For a good Belgian Spagetti Bolognaise)
  • BELGA QUEEN - Tel. : 02.217.21.87 - Rue Foss? aux Loups 32 Wolvengracht 32 - 1000 BRUSSEL ( STAD )
  • Le jardin de Nicolas - Av de Tervueren 137 (Montgommery), 1150 Bruxelles. Tel 02 732 24 49
  • The Open - 17 Boulevard Saint Michel - 1040 Bruxelles http://www.theopen.be/
  • Caf? de l'Op?ra - Place de la monnaie, 1000 Bruxelles - http://www.cafedelopera.be/
  • La serenata - Heldenplein, 10 - 1930 Zaventem - Tel : 02 725 49 29- http://www.serenata.be/

Overijse

  • TOKYO Tel. : 02.657.77.79 - Brusselsesteenweg 416 - 3090 OVERIJSE
  • FILOSOFIA ITALIANA - Tel. : 02.767.93.00 - Chauss?e de Wavre 52 - 3090 OVERIJSE
  • RESTAURANT DE LA FORET - Tel. : 02.657.06.36 - Brusselsesteenweg 650 - 3090 OVERIJSE
  • Coyote - Tel. : 02.688.49.07 - Brusselsesteenweg 315, 3090 OVERIJSE

Brabant Wallon

Antwerp

  • Pizzeria Da Vinci II, Kasteelstraat
  • allDente Trattoria, Vlaamse Kaai 52, 2000 Antwerpen. Tel. 03 237 09 90

Amsterdam

Paris

  • Le Bar ? Huitres - Rue St-Jacques
  • La Fontaine - Rue Mouffetard
  • Garnier - 111 Rue St Lazare - 01 43 87 50 40

Montpellier

  • La Diligence

Marrakech

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Linked In Question : Does Capitalism work for the majority of the people?

http://www.linkedin.com/answers/personal-finance/wealth-management/PFI_WMG/115441-1903201

The accumulation and control of capital by individuals and corporations is the dominant economic system. But the majority of people don't own capital, only debt.

We all know capitalism works for the wealthier minority, but does it work for the majority?

My Answer

If you read the book of Josef E. Stiglitz, The Roaring Nineties, you will understand that Capitalism will work only with the right regulations.

Regulations by the governement must allow the re-distribution of richness. If you don't tax the capital, than it tends to accumulate. If you let the situation evolve like this all the capital can go to the same people and those people will eventually become the new kings of the world. They will own everything, and everybody who has debt will be a their service. Without regulations the winner takes it all.

Too much regulation is not good as well : It's called Communism.

After you have understood this you agree to pay up to 55% taxes as I do in Belgium because you understand that it's the price to your freedom. You also understand that we should reduce debt because its the a kind of new form of slavery... Between getting all your salary free of taxes and have everything taken by the government, the Belgian Solution is the compromise...

The only problem is that only labour is taxed like this, not capital.... With the Gloabilization of the economy we run a high risk because no government has the sovereignty over the whole world to regulate the capital flows.

So capitalism works ! With right regulations !

At the university I had an Political-Economy course and the teacher told us the following story.

During WW2, a man comes in a village with a big case full of cash. He asks the owner of a restaurant to keep the money until the end of the war. After the war, the mysterious man doesn't come to get the money. After several years the owner of the restaurant decides to borrow a part of the money to extend his restaurant. By doing so he pays some people of the village for the construction, then he can attract more customers and can reimburse the borrowed money. The people in the construction sector can buy new tools and make bigger constructions, so they can go more often to the restaurant.

Eventually the mysterious man comes back to the restaurant and doesn't ask for his money. The owner tells him he still has the case but the stranger doesn't mind : "This money is false" !!

The conclusion is : money is good when it changes hands !

So go and spend all your money : you will enjoy life and do a good action.

(But don't give it to the bank !)

Philosophie News

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Date: 2004-12-04 14:34:41

Le site de Michel Volle contient des articles de fond int?ressants.

www.volle.com

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Why eBooks and ePaper ?

I have a special interest in eBooks and ePaper Technology.

I believe sooner or later the eBook and ePaper technology will eventually emerge allowing to distribute content in a much wider way. It will be the same revolution as with MP3 for Music.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_paper

Solutions

Hardware

Blogs

Bookmarks

Other Web Sites


eReadWrite

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Describe JackWelsh4TypesOfManagers here.

  • Type 1 : delivers commitment and shares values --> Reward
  • Type 2 : doesn't deliver commitments and doesn't share values --> Throw away
  • Type 3 : doesn't deliver commitments and doesn't share values --> Second chance
  • Type 4 : delivers commitment and deosn't shares values --> WEED OUT !!

"People are removed for having the wrong values, we don't even talk about the numbers..."

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Build Schools, Not Prisons

A principle with which I completely agreee : It's better to teach people how they should behave rather than punish them after the facts.

Source : IBM Training on Governance.


Management | ManagementPatterns

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According to WikiPedia, "A mashup is a website or web application that seamlessly combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashup_%28web_application_hybrid%29.

This website (http://www.internetactu.net/?p=6458) has listed some of the most popular mashups. Making Information reusable with web services or RSS finally allows making innovative Composite applications.


Internet SOA

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jfdeclercq on Faves

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Marrakech
Marrakech, malgr? la pollution, est une ville o? il fait bon vivre. Nous avons profit? de ses belles couleurs amplifi?es par le soleil : le jaune des b?timents, le vert des palmiers (c'est une oasis), les couleurs des souks, le jaune du jus d'orange, le bleu du ciel, le blanc de la neige au sommet des montagens de l'atlas...



Marrakesh c'est aussi un spectacle permanent. Notre attention est sollicit?e par le grouillement de mobylettes, de vendeurs dans les souks, d' ouvriers sur les chantiers , de cireurs de chaussures, de personnes qui demandent ce que nous cherchons dans l'espoir d'obtenir un bakchich sur une vente improbable, de taxis et de cal?ches qui veulent nous ballader, de vendeurs de cigarettes ou de cacahou?tes, de policiers qui surveillent chaque carrefour, des petites charrettes tir?es par des ?nes au milieu des bus et de gros 4x4...



L'album photo est ici:
Marrakech


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Date: 2001-07-13 14:37:49

Today, the web is still a human communication media.
In the future, the web will be more and more used by machines (for example : web robots that look for the best prices on the market, fridges that help you to compose your virtual shopping basket at your preferred shopping mall,...).

XML is said to be the technology that will help machines to talk with each other on the web. However this is not enough.


For a machine, Information 1 and 2 are equivalent. While for you Information 2 is more relevant to your business.
Information 1 (HTML) <BODY><H1>Jean</H1></H2>Francois</H2></BODY>
Information 2 (XML): <PERSON>
<FIRSTNAME>Jean</FIRSTNAME>
<LASTNAME>Francois></LASTNAME>
</PERSON>

This means that we need a technique to tell the machines that the tag corresponds to a Person entity in their programs.

This is about developping ontologies. (What is an ontology ?)

Want to know more about the semantic Web ?
http://www.semanticweb.org/introduction.html
http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/Activity

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JavaPolis 2007 - a good start

Yesterday I attended some sessions at Javapolis 2007.

The session Introduction to JRuby really gave me a good feeling.


Eventually an IT session - in addition to IBM's Proof Of Technology - where people are not afraid of showing the bits and bytes of IT. They are even proud of it.


For many years now, I have been told to "Talk Business", ROI, "Business Value", "Business Drivers", "talk the language of the business"... IT Bullshit level > 50%.

If the business wants to do IT without bits/bytes, I wish them good luck.

Yesterday I was very happy to see 400 people listening carefully to a Netbeans/Ruby/Rails demo! I was fascinating for me to see someone doing something real. THE REAL STUFF...

IT Bullshit level = 0%.

And once again I'll refer to this article : Why Decision Makers Need to Understand the Technology.

Yes, there is a T in IT ! Na !

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About the Lowas.be Domain Name

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Date: 2002-03-11 13:18:58

Here is another URL on Open Source by Michael Kay :
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Mother's Milk

Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term exam. The last question was, "Name seven advantages of Mothers Milk," worth 70 points or none at all.

One student who had also partied the night before, was hard put to think of seven advantages.

He wrote

1. It is perfect formula for the child.

2. It provides immunity against several diseases.

3. It is always the right temperature.

4. It is inexpensive.

5. It bonds the child to mother, and vice versa.

6. It is always available as needed.

And then, the student was stuck.

Finally, in desperation, just before the bell indicating the end of the test rang, he wrote
7. It comes in such cute containers.

He got an A!


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Date: 2001-10-25 23:33:37

Software AG has established partnerships to have Tamino XML Server
working with the main J2EE Application Servers : IBM Webspere, HP Bluestone,
BEA Weblogic and Sun iPlanet.
In this article I put some considerations
about those appservers complexity.
I once got the question from a friend:

"Why is it so complex ? Is it needed ?"
Is it the price to pay
for robustness and scalability of applications ?

Battling Complexity

This week I have been testing Tamino
with one of these products (Websphere).
You can not imagine how I found it
hard to have some Tamino EJB up and running.
I'm not an EJB specialist but
I have been reading about EJB infrastructures for a long time. Also I have been
busy with Java for more than four years since I left the University. I worked
on JavaBeans, OrbixWeb, Visigenic, JBuilder, Visual Café, Silverstream,
TogetherJ, Bolero,... I never had such a feeling of complexity.
You need to
go back to your "Java Enterprise in a Nutshell" to understand your first "Hello
World" Deployment Descriptor.

It eventually worked very well but I
wonder how people that don't know XML, Java, IIOP and the rest will ever cope
with those infrastructures... I can tell you I meet a lot of people that can't
write a XSL stylesheet and that are very good in IT.

I have met
colleagues at Software AG that don't like OTMs as Corba or EJB. They prefer to
perform stateless Synchonous calls through a series of Message brokers that
integrate complex applications. Why would we duplicate the complexity of
applications into statefull objects ?

Yesterday, in a presentation in
La Hulpe, Arthur Andersen explained how they implemented a WebSphere
infrastructure with Delta Loyds. At the end of the presentation they outlined
that concern : the productivity of the EJB Developments !! They hope that
better development environments will support the infrastructure they adopted.


Scalability ?
On a an other side, I have also been chatting
with some J2EE application server freacks. They claim that appservers are very
scalable, you can implement clusters, components are reusable,... They don't
see the problem in implementing EJBs, "that's easy, after a good training"
(pre-requesites: HTTP, Java, CORBA, RMI, JNDI, JMS, JTA, JSPs,...).
The
message is the following : You will have your business runnning on the internet
24/24 and 7/7, so you will have a lot of connections, a lot more of data. You
need fail-over and load-balancing.
So, you need an Application Server.



Complexity Vs Scalability, Security, High
availability


Again, that is the question about the J2EE appservers
story:
Are we obliged to use complex Distributed Component Models to
have reliable software ?


I would not be surprised if someone
would propose an open source infrastructure that would allow to code regular
Perl, PHP or Java code on top of any database and then deploy the applications
on some Scalable, Reliable, Sercure, Highly Available, Managable Linux Cluster.


But will it be really simpler than J2EE ?

Flag for follow up
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What is an MBA ? www.mba.org.nz

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a professional graduate degree programme. It's purpose is to provide theoretical and practical training in general or senior functional management.

The content of MBA courses is wide-ranging and is focused at the knowledge and skills that are essential for managers in today's global marketplace. They provide an understanding of the operation of businesses, including the use of people and capital, effective internal processes, the impact of external forces and, very recently for an increasing number of courses, the role of the Internet and electronic commerce.

MBA degrees are either awarded by universities or by specialised business schools. There are a growing number of business schools that developed as a result of business initiatives. Several groups of companies in Europe have founded excellent schools at which MBA education is specially designed to their own specifications.

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This is where I record my grades. It's not intended to be published, it's for personal use.

 Course  Score  Weight  Remarks 
 ManagerialAspectsOfEuropeanIntegration  14/20  20  Two cases (AVG=16) 
 IntroductionToBusinessStatistics  17/20  30  Exam (AVG=10,6) 
 ComputerSkills  16/20  20  Exam (AVG=15,68) 
 CommunicationAndInteractionSkills      Paper 

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Citation : "Tout ce qui est excessif est insignifiant" - Talleyrand

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Date: 2005-11-15 07:06:44

1: Tu es ? une soir?e et tu vois une nana tr?s attirante.
Tu t'approches d'elle et tu lui dis : "Je suis un tr?s bon coup".

=> Ca c'est du Marketing Direct.

2: Tu es ? une soir?e avec un groupe de copains et vous voyez une nana tr?s
attirante.
Un de tes amis s'approche d'elle et lui dit : "Tu vois ce gar?on l?-bas,
c'est un tr?s bon coup".

=> Ca c'est de la Publicit?.

3: Tu es ? une soir?e et tu vois une nana tr?s attirante.
Tu lui demandes son num?ro de t?l?phone. Le lendemain, tu l'appelles et tu
lui dis : "Je suis un tr?s bon coup".

=> Ca c'est du T?l?marketing.

4: Tu es ? une soir?e et tu vois une nana tr?s attirante.
Tu la reconnais. Tut'approches d'elle, tu lui rafra?chis la m?moire et tu
lui dis : "Tu te souviens que je suis un tr?s bon coup."

=> Ca c'est du Customer Relationship Management.

5: Tu es ? une soir?e et tu vois une nana tr?s attirante.
Tu te l?ves, tu arranges un peu tes v?tements, tu t'approches d'elle et tu
lui sers un verre. Tu lui ouvres la porte lorsqu'elle part, tu ramasses son
sac lorsqu'il tombe. Tu lui offres une cigarette et tu lui dis : "Je suis un
tr?s bon coup".

=> Ca c'est des Relations Publiques.

6: Tu es ? une soir?e et tu vois une nana tr?s attirante.
Elle s'approche de toi et te dit: "J'ai entendu dire que tu es un tr?s bon
coup".

=> Ca c'est du Branding, le pouvoir de la marque.

7: Tu es ? une soir?e et tu vois une super belle nana.
Tu la mates avec des potes, tu fais des r?flexions tr?s fines, tu te bourres
la gueule, tu ne fais rien du tout et tu rentres bredouille.

=> Ca, c'est la r?alit? du march?.


Fun | Management

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Date: 2001-08-31 14:15:43

"Apr?s coup, tout le monde a eu l'id?e"



Peut-etre avez-vous d?j? eu une id?e en r?union.



Imm?diatement, votre chef, un collegue, un rabat-joie s'est mis a rire. Votre id?e est selon eux completement impossible.



J'aime alors r?pliquer par la phrase de Mark Twain: "Ils ne savaient pas que c'?tait impossible, alors ils l'ont fait".



Dans Intermediar de ce mois, on explique une technique dite "Technique des 6 chapeaux". Cette technique a pour but de
ne pas tuer la cr?ativit? et/ou les id?es avec des r?ponses pseudo/logique du style : "Quel manque de r?alisme"...



No pain, no gain. Si une id?e est bonne ne l'?cartons pas parceque elle sera difficile a r?aliser a priori.

Quel est l'effort ? quel est le gain ? Quels sont les riques ? Quels sont les avantages ?



C'est ce que la technique des 6 chapeux de Edward Bono vous aidera a d?terminer.



Face a une id?e, coiffez-vous de ces 6 chapeaux
:



  1. chapeau blanc : l'information. Quelles informations sont disponibles, lesquelles
    sont n?cessaires et lesquelles font d?faut? Comment combler
    les lacunes?



  2. chapeau rouge : les sentiments et l'intuition



  3. chapeau noir : la prudence et la circonspection, l'esprit critique



  4. chapeau jaune : la facette logique et positive, les avantages et la valeur



  5. chapeau vert :? la cr?ativit?



  6. chapeau bleu : la m?taconnaissance, l'organisation de la pens?e
    et de contr?le des processus




"La v?ritable cr?ativit? commence lorsqu'on parvient ? briser les cases"

La pens?e occidentale fut longtemps ax?e sur l'analyse. La pens?e cr?ative, qui s'exprime de mani?re fort chaotique par nature, s'en est trouv?e n?glig?e. Edward de Bono cherche ? structurer ce processus par le biais de sa m?thode des Six Chapeaux. Il nous propose ?galement une s?rie de techniques permettant d'atteindre en principe la v?ritable cr?ativit?.


Lisez l'article sur le site de IMEDIAIR.BE

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Balloon Trip we did this summer
Here are some pictures of the Balloon trip we did in August this summer above the "Vlaamse Ardennen".

It was our first time in an Air Balloon.

After helping to fill the balloon with ambient air, warm air was blown for take off.

Take off is quiet quick and at that moment you think "My god, what am I doing here ?". But after 2 minutes you figure out it's perfectly working and also very quiet : there is no apparent wind. You can than start to enjoy.

The pilot of Balloon Heli did - I think -a very good landing, we had only two chocs to stop.

Once again Thank You to Maggie, Dimi and Julie who offered us this trip as a wedding gift.

Click on the photo below to see the Album on Picasaweb.

20090816BallonVaart



Fun jfdeclercqPhotos Travel

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Google doesn't find himself
There is something I find weird on Google's site.

I often use Google Maps. If I type http://www.google.be/maps/, than Google returns a 404 error page because the page doesn't exist. The correct page is http://www.google.be/maps without the '/'.

But wait a minute, if I search for anything in Google, it seems to know what I mean : "Did you mean ?" But apparently not in the case of an hazardeous Google Maps URL on their own site...

They could maybe reroute the 404 page to "I'm feeling lucky" with the url as parameter ?

Internet

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Date: 2001-10-05 11:09:43

What does it mean ??

Answer HERE

By the way I found the expression in this interesting article about Web Services (SOAP, WSDL, UDDI).
Stephen Hawking in A Brief History Of Time starts with the anecdote.
A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the centre of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy.

At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise."

The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, "What is the tortoise standing on?"

"You're very clever, young man, very clever," said the old lady. "But it's turtles all the way down."

----

Well, it isn't turtles all the way down.

In a phrase, "A people acquire and retain well being in proportion to the knowledge they possess ? and the use to which they put it."

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Architectural Thinkings
I just completed a IBM course on Architectural Thinking. Here are the best quotes :

"Every Solution to a problem introduces new problems"

"At IBM, Architects must have a T-Shape"

"IT Architecture is a set of decisions that you take which will cost you a lot of money if you change them afterwards" (Robin Mulkers)

(In architecture,) "Good is good enough"

IT SOA

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One day I decided to quit...

I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality. .. I wanted to quit my life.

I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

'God', I said. 'Can you give me one good reason not to quit?'

His answer surprised me...

'Look around', He said. 'Do you see the fern and the bamboo?'

'Yes', I replied.

When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth.. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. He said.

'In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed.. 'I would not quit.' He said.

'Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant. .. But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.'

He said to me. 'Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots.'

'I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you. 'Don't compare yourself to others..' He said. ?The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern ... Yet, they both make the forest beautiful.'


Philosophie

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What is an MBA? newmonday.co.uk

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a post-graduate and post-experience qualification designed for people with work experience, looking to develop as professional managers or progress in their management roles. It is also a considered a 'must have' among ambitious business consultants and investment bankers.

MBA students are often looking to acquire the relevant skills, and broaden their business and commercial knowledge. Some are sponsored by their companies, others prefer to do the course independently, affording them more freedom to increase their salary afterward. Many go on to launch their own business or run successful companies, but in all cases the earning potential of graduates leaps up significantly.

People study MBAs for a variety of reasons and the difference between a top-ranking business school, and a non-accredited programme can be vast. The name that comes after the title is almost more important than the MBA itself, but MBA students unanimously agree that whichever course you eventually chose it widens horizons and delivers an understanding of all the major functions of a business. The networking opportunities gained from working with other professionals on your course is also considered to be a huge advantage.

Not everyone automatically qualifies to study an MBA. In Europe, especially, a tertiary education and a significant amount of work experience are a pre-requisite. You can study part-time, by correspondence, over the Internet, or full time over one or two years, but not all schools are accredited by the Association of MBAs. The length and quality of your experience, together with your personal motivation are extremely relevant in securing admission to a good business school.

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Samsung Omnia Night
On Sept 11th 2008, we attended the Samsung Omnia night.

The party was not as good as the last one but there was more content : the presentation of the new Samsung Omnia.

The Samsung Omnia is a great MulltiMedia device (Music, Video, 5 MegaPixel Camera, GPS, MS Office Integration, Push Email...).

It also has a touchscreen like the iPhone. If I had to choose between the iPhone and the Omnia, I think I would choose the Omnia because it's more compact and Windows Mobile 6 would allow me to install more custom applications.

However I still have a phone with a keyboard (Samsung SGH I600) and I'm not convinced about the Touch screen yet.

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Fun IT NewsPhotos

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Business Architecture
Last week I had a course on Business Architecture and it was fascinating.

As IT Architect, it's quiet easy to jump from IT Architecture to Business Architecture. The Service Oriented Entreprise (SOE) concepts are very close to the SOA concepts, except that instead of organizing systems and functions, it's about organizing businesses (services, products, people, processes and technology). The methodology proposed by Niels Klinkenberg results in Business Architectures which look like those of IBM's Component Business Modeling (CBM).

During the course, I liked how the Growth Phases Model of Larry Greiner was used to explain that the agile business architectures of tomorrow are a network of highly entrepreneurial Business Units (called Domains) which are specialized, higly efficient (benchmarked), have to obey the corporate "Playing Rules" and have to add value to the company. This makes of Governance (Corporate, IT, HR, Financial...) a central success factor. How to govern a large company that needs to be agile ? To answer this question, you'd better first have a good idea of its Business Architecture...

IT Management SOA Work

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Welcome to Lowas.be and www.jfdeclercq.com

Web sites on Lowas.be

About the Lowas.be Domain Name

http://www.lowas.be/photos/100/RueDesLowas.jpg

See also


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I have worked as developer, pre-sales, business developer, solution architect and client principal. I now work as Software IT Architect at IBM.

My ideal job would look like this:

  • Management of a team/business unit of 3-10 people
  • Responsible for defining solution sales and execution strategy (go to market) of this business unit in collaboration with sales, marketing, HR
  • Responsible for the financial performance (revenue and margin) of the business unit
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of corporate organization, culture, policies, products, markets and processes :
    • project/program planning
    • assessment and management
    • sales
    • financial/forecasting methods
    • skills inventory tools and capability planning
    • corporate standards of excellence in customer service
    • performance appraisal techniques
    • demonstrate state-of-the-art technical, functional and business knowledge

There are 5 elements that interest me in a job :

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Management & Team Work
  • Creative Solution Design
  • Marketing & Sales

CV Quick Version ("Management" Version) - 1 page

CV Long Version (More IT Oriented) - several pages

You can also check my Linked In Profile : View Jean-Francois Declercq's profile on LinkedIn

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ReadySET is an open source project to produce and maintain a library of reusable software engineering document templates. These templates provide a ready starting point for the documents used in software development projects. Using good templates can help developers work more quickly, but they also help to prompt discussion and avoid oversights.

http://readyset.tigris.org/

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I'm currently building a database of key slides and illustrations I have used during my carreer.

Here is a mindmap I did for XML Days in 2002.

http://jfdeclercq.blogspot.com/2007/01/xml-mind-map-dating-2002.html

The purpose of this mindmap was to explain the explosion of technologies around XML and why people could think that XML is simple but in fact it is not.

From this spaghetti, I made a kind of lasagne, that I called XEE (XML Entreprise Edition, like J2EE is Java Entreprise Edition).

Here was my picth in 2002:

Software AG's XEE: XML Enterprise Edition

XML has now clearly evolved to the enterprise standard for application integration. If the principles of using XML are simple, its integration in a company's infrastructure can become a real software challenge. In this presentation we will present our vision of the XML software infrastructure that can solve a lot of these challenges. This infrastructure allows to:

  • adapt old applications to XML
  • create new XML compliant applications
  • build the required XML services (directories like UDDI, security, transactionality, routing, transformations, storage, synchronization, querying, web services...)
  • plug in new kind of XML applications (BPM, Content Management, Portals, XForms, Mobile Applications,...)

The solution was an XML Enabled Service Oriented Infrastructure... which I believe is still the best integration pattern today.

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NewPageCreation

To add a new page to Wiki, all you have to do is come up with a meaningful title, capitalize all the words and ?StringThemTogetherLikeThis. Wiki automagically recognizes it as a hyperlink. Alternatively, you can put anything into ?square brackets.

Then you can go ahead and ?ClickTheQuestionMark at the end of your new hyperlink, and the Wiki will give you a window for making the new page.

If you wish to add documents with complex markup to the Wiki, you might be better off providing a URL to it than trying to add the text of the document here, like so:

PhpWiki project homepage: http://phpwiki.sourceforge.net/

The Wiki does not support HTML tags (see TextFormattingRules). <tags>They will just render like text.</tags> Wiki is meant to be as simple as possible to encourage use.

Note that there is a feature that your system administrator can enable to allow embedded HTML, but there are security risks involved.


PhpWikiDocumentation

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About phpwiki: URLs

A special type of URL is available for making links to perform administrative and other special functions in PhpWiki. Here is a brief description of how they work.

The basic syntax of a phpwiki: URL is

  phpwiki:pagename?query-args

If pagename is omitted it defaults to the current page.

Query-args should be a set of parameters in standard HTTP GET format.

The "action=x" parameter should almost always be given. It can be one of browse, info, diff, search, edit, zip, dumpserial, loadserial, remove, lock, unlock, login, logout, setprefs or save. The default action is browse.

Some of the actions accept other parameters.

info
Accepts showpagesource.
search
Accepts searchterm, and searchtype.
edit
Accepts version.
remove
Accepts verify.
save
Accepts editversion, minor_edit, and content.
setprefs
Accepts edit_area_width, edit_area_height.

Writing Magic Links in Wiki Pages

A magic link looks like:

  [ text | phpwiki-url ]

The "text |" is optional but usually recommended. If given it will provide the label for the link.

The phpwiki-url is a phpwiki: URL as described above.

Some examples

  [ Edit the SandBox | phpwiki:SandBox?action=edit ]

will generate a link which will take you directly to editing the SandBox, like so: Edit the SandBox.

Other possibilites:

Writing Magic Forms in Wiki Pages

Magic forms are no longer supported. They have been superceded by <?plugin-form?>s (for text searches) and by the ?WikiFormPlugin (for files uploads, etc.)


PhpWikiDocumentation

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PageHistory for PageHistory RSS

All edits are listed below.

Friday, September 06, 2002 at

  • Version 1 17:58:33 pm . . . New page. . . . The PhpWiki programming team

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July 2009

This summer we already visited 3 museum

First, in Vienna we visited The Belvedere where there was a special exposition of Klimt.

In Paris, this weekend we visited an exposition of Kandinsky at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Mus?e d'Orsay.


A picture I took yesterday Rue de Rivoli.



And an other one is 700m before the arrival, during the last round, place de la concorde.


Today I have to read a lot of documents (RFPs, white papers), therefore it would be more comfortable to print them.

But I feel ashamed to print documents just to read them and than throw them away. 75% of the people feel the same way (see the article from DataNews : "Vous imprimez et vous en avez honte").

Last year already I wanted to buy the iRex DR 1000s and as one can see the price has been the same for more than 6 months now. It is still 699 Euros.

I'm an enthusiast about ePaper but with this level of price I doubt it will become mainstream soon.

Often I say that one of my dreams is to cross a continent (like America, Central Europe or around the Mediterranean sea) by bicycle for several months.

I always speak about Bastien Demange who did it last year. You'll find a summary of his journey here : http://bastiendemange.com/2009/06/08/video-cycling-siberia-in-winter-solo/

I like the Tour de France a lot. Every night I enjoy the resume on een : Tour2009.

The main question this year is of course "Armstrong or Contador ?"

One can think that this competition within a single team is very unhealthy.

I don't think so.

First, it's excellent for the team because it's excellent for the sponsors: Astana. Every day that question comes back again and again.

Second, it's an excellent strategy for winning. If the Astana team mates can bring the 2 leaders safely at the top of the race when the real battle can begin, than you can let Armstrong and Contador challenge each other and let the fastest win... Plus : if one of the two leaders has a big problem, chances of winning are not lost for the team.

Now I'm curious to see if what I predict will become true : will Armstrong and Contador have a big fight "? la p?dale" in the mountain ? I hope so.

Ce weekend je racontais l'histore de l'Homme est Egaux de Coluche ? mon fils Thomas.

Je termine l'histoire en disant :

"l'Homme est Egaux"

Thomas me r?pond alors

'Et la femme est iste"

Ca m'a bien fait rire...

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Date: 2003-01-12 18:23:06

Using XML and WebServices, Software AG delivers best of breed SOA (Service Oriented Architectures).

Gartner says that Web services are also the most likely to have a major impact on IT through 2007

We are on the right Track...

SOA

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Date: 2002-12-27 16:10:30

I wish you all the best for 2003.

http://www.lowas.be/photos/100/Sapin2002_100.jpg

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Date: 2001-09-09 16:24:22

I was in Luxembourg to give an XML course to one of our best customers (Big bank in Luxembourg).

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Date: 2002-04-02 15:25:49

Maintenant on est plus "Software Architect" mais "Software Urbanist" Cfr Le Club des Urbanistes et Architectes des Syst?mes d'Information.

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Google Calendar

I started to use Google Calendar yesterday.

What is cool ?

  • I can share my calendar with my partner so we can both add events to each other
  • I can send invites which will appear in my Lotus Notes Calendar at IBM
  • My agenda appears in my iGoogle (http://www.google.com/ig)

News

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Date: 2001-11-12 17:35:08


  1. If anything can go wrong, it will.
  2. If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the first one to go wrong.
  3. If anything just cannot go wrong, it will anyway.
  4. If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which something can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.
  5. Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
  6. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
  7. Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.
  8. Mother nature is a *****.

Others rules and laws here.



Fun

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Here is a list of books I've read recently and some comments about them...

Check also my virtual bookshelf on Facebook http://apps.facebook.com/facebookshelf/people/773563635/home

Herman Van den Broeck - Le coaching, ?a marque (Lannoo Campus)

Ben Margolis - SOA for the Business Developer (MC Press)

Patrick Roegiers - La spectaculaire histoire des rois des Belges (Broch?) (Auteur)

J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter et les reliques de la mort

See my review

Vincent Thibaut - Oser Entreprendre

Comments over here : OserEntreprendre

Axel Khan - L'homme, ce roseau pensant

See RoseauPensant

Paul Bradley & Melanie Kim - Using Prince2 - the project manager's guide

Erwann Menth?our - Renaissance

J'ai achet? ce livre apr?s avoir entendu Erwann Menth?our sur Europe1. Ce type est sp?cial : il a couru le tour de France, il est devenu Artiste. A la radio, il ne parlait pas comme un cycliste mais comme un intellectuel (je trouve!!).

Comme il a mon age, j'ai voulu savoir ce qu'il avait ?crit et comment il l'avait ?crit. J'ai pas encore fini le livre mais je suis d?j? convaincu : c'est un bon livre.

Un mec ? suivre a la loupe : http://www.erwannmentheour.com/

The Open Group : TOGAF - The Open Group Architecture Framework - 2006 Edition (Incorporating 8.1.1)

See http://www.opengroup.org

Paul Bradley & Melanie Franklin - Using Prince2 : The project manager's guide

Ken Blanchard & Mark Miller - Comment d?velopper son leadership

See TwoReadingsOnLeadership

Nathalie lenoir, Jean Canourel - Comment devenir chef et le rester en 10 lecons : Guide du cynisme en entreprise.

See TwoReadingsOnLeadership

Christophe Andr? - De l'art du BONHEUR

Jacques Attali - Une br?ve histoire de l'avenir

Stephen Frost - The Bank Analyst's Handbook : Money, Risk and Conjuring Tricks

Christian Dumont - ITIL pour un service informatique optimal - Eyrolles

Eric Orsenna - Voyage aux pays du coton, petit pr?cis de mondialisation - Fayard

Andr? Weber - L'arbre des possibles ArbreDesPossibles

Daniel Prevost - Les pens?es

Josef E. Stiglitz - Quand le capitalisme perd la t?te

Albert Jacquard - J'accuse l'?conomie triomphante

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Jacquard

Thomas Gunzic - Kuru

Un livre compl?tement d?jant? dans un style qui colle aux personnes qui ont 30 ans. L'histoire ne rime ? rien. Elle est m?me un peu absurde.

le livre tente de d?crire un combat in?gal entre les id?alistes (ong, ?cologistes, greenpeace...) contre les puissants (chefs politiques, chefs d'entreprises, police) de ce monde. Derri?re l'histoire des personnages se cache l'hypoth?se d'un combat entre les capitalistes au pouvoir et les "autres"...

Thomas Gunzic

Harry Potter et le prince de Sang M?l?

Je vous laisse le lire... Tres bon...

How to Start, Run & Stay in Business

The Nuts-and-Bolts Guide to Turning Your Business Dream Into a Reality, 4th Edition Gregory F. Kishel, Patricia Gunter Kishel ISBN: 0-471-67184-3 Paperback 288 pages June 2005

Ken Follet - Les pilliers de la terre

LesPilliersDeLaTerre

http://www.amazon.fr/exec/obidos/ASIN/2253059536/402-3435864-3358527

Paulo Coehlo - L'Alchimiste

LAlchimiste

M. C. Daconta, Leo J. Orbst, Kevin T. Smith - The Semantic Web : A guide to the future of XML, Web Services and Knowledge Management

See http://www.jfdeclercq.com/index.php?auto_redirect=1&pagename=TitleSearch&s=semantic

Dirk Krafzig, Karl Banke, Dirk Slama - Entreprise SOA : Service Oriented Architecture Best Practices

See Entreprise SOA

See also my MBA ReferenceBooks


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Mintzberg on Management

There is a few interesting information on the internet about Mintzberg's organisational theories. For me the most interesting are the following :
http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~fmb/articles/mintzberg/
The description is very simple.
In french, there are two very good summaries of the book "Mintzberg on Management".
http://www.cnam.fr/depts/te/dso/lecture/mintzberg2.htm
http://www.cnam.fr/depts/te/dso/lecture/mintzberg.htm
It can be helpful because the book "Mintzberg on Management" is quite extensive (more than hundred pages) and difficult to read.

Biases in Decision Making

Misc

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Will I buy one ePaper reader or not yet ?
What do you think if you have a look at this video of the ePaper version of Les Echos ?

I think it's just great. If you add that you can use the Iliad as a Notepad (you can write also!), that you can upload PDF documents like reports, Presentations... It makes of it a great business tool.

I'm really hesitating : Should I buy it ? There is an interesting package with l'Equipe for this summer.

IT jfdeclercq News Philosophie

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Date: 2003-01-07 12:26:15

Lu sur le site de la RTBF :
"La couche d'ozone qui prot?ge la terre des rayons ultra-violets est en train de se reconstituer. C?est ce qu?annoncent des scientifiques dans un rapport publi? par l?ONU. "

La couche d'ozone se reconstitue


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My Response to LinkedIn question "Enterprise 2.0 ? Show me the ROI"

http://www.linkedin.com/answers/technology/enterprise-software/TCH_ENT/109784-642674


I have been used to tackle the ROI question a lot during my career and in fact while reading your question, suddenly, I see the light.

A technology or a system doesn't have a ROI : It always costs. What matters is what you are going to do with this technology : your project.

When Bernard tapie presented the first Cofidis team for the Tour de France, the best champions were in front of the press. A journalist asked : "How much does such a team cost with all these champions ?"

Bernard Tapie said : "It's not how much it costs that is important. It's how much it will return to cofidis, (and believe me it's much more !)"

(I'm not so sure about the wording but it's the idea... :-) )

What do you want to do with this technology ?

There are 2 main cases: Case 1. The technology/system is a key enabler of your project : you can't do without it. In that case the expected revenue of your entire project should exceed the technology acquisition cost which in fact is only a portion of your entire project. So the question is how much can the project cost ?


IT, Work

Case 2. The technology/system is a nice to have. The question is than, by adopting this technology, will the bottom line bring me more than the technological costs ?

So a technology/system doesn't have an ROI by itself, it will depend on what you will do with it.

Google used Web2.0 to create Gmail, a very different way to use email by searching rather than having traditional folders. The search engine was the key enabler while the Web2.0 technology was an enabler but not really a must have. But thanks to web2.0 user-friendlyness they maybe increased their number of users by let's say 5%. Those 5% represent 5% more advertising revenue. In that case, we can guess there is good ROI.

Enteprise 2.0 will most probably achieve a good ROI for companies where communication boundaries should not be an obstacle to people's creativity and expression. At IBM it allows to enable "innovation that matters"...

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Today (20070123) I release a prototype of a SOA Repository I have designed and implemented myself.

By my experience in SOA projects and being frustrated by documentig and communicating around serive design and information, I have created a small php object database prototype (see Entrypot). The purpose of this php system is to be able to enter information in a collaborative mode.

My first preview is here http://soarepository.ifrance.com/setContext.php?ID=44

Some objects of the following type have been created :

  • SOA Repository
  • SOA Service

The SOA Repository links to the SOA services and the SOA services are described using interfaces and methods for the moment.

By doing this I have built an extensible SOA Repository that could be used a central documentation place for developers and business analysts.

As a test case, I will soon publish a complete service : the COBRA naming service. Such that we can see what it gives with a real service specification. The CORBA meta-models is composed of

  • Modules
  • Interfaces
  • Exceptions
  • Methods

See BusinessServicesRepository for examples.

and other struct and naming contexts.

I intend to develop a xml export feature that would make it possible to generate the service XML version and afterwards to transform it to COBRA IDL using a stylesheet.

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January 2009

What we see today is a lot of Relaunch Plans.

Everybody thinks : "We need a relaunch plan for the economy".

But I think :

"Why do we want to relaunch something that is going straight into the wall ?"
"Isn't it a good time to change direction ?"

So, let's relaunch the competitive machine until we crash in the same wall again. Or should I say until we blow the next bubble.

In 2009, IBM's innovation will focus on a Smarter Planet.

The world needs to be smarter. There are challenges : food, energy, carbon footprints, climate, economy...

Some solutions will come from innovation and IT :
  • Today's transistors/human ratio has never been so high
  • Those "computers" are now interconnected in a huge network
  • They also are more clever, they can report intelligent things.
By using this power we can make better informed decisions and bring a smarter planet.

See here IBM : A Smarter Planet .


The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions


One day I decided to quit...

But God said : 'Look around : Do you see the fern and the bamboo?'

Read the story
.

Il y a toujours dans la vie des convergences qu'on ne s'explique pas. Par exemple on recoit plusieurs offres d'emploi dans la m?me semaine. Cette fois ci, j'ai cr?e un miniblogue hier soir. Sur mon blogue, hier midi, sans relation de cause ? effet que je puisse m'expliquer SouCaline a post? un commentaire sur un de mes blogs. Son URL est celui de ... miniblogue. Son commentaire est don ant?rieur ? mon inscription ? miniblogue. Moi j'ai d?couvert miniblogue via Wikipedia...


He is playing violin in the street. Nobody is listening to him. Who is he ?

Read a nice story here : The street musician.

-----------------------------------

Il joue du violon dans la rue. Personne ne l'?coute. Qui est-il ?

Voyez ici : Le musicien de Rue

Ce que j'aime dans le miniblogue c'est qu'il faut m?me pas chercher un titre. On dumpe directement ce qu'on pense et c'est un peu plus long qu'un Twit.

Je recherche un peu le bon mix pour le futur de mes sites internet. Mon laboratoire c'est ma page publique de Netvibes.


This week, I followed a Twitt Post that made me dicover Issuu.

I'm impressed. It's the Web2.0 version of a FSI like application (cfr Playmobil on the Web with FSI).

Eventually some Landscape Layout that fit my screen. This really allows to read magazines on a PC. If you want an example, have a look here :

http://issuu.com/truflava06/docs/feb_2009_issue

I'll try miniblogue just for the fun (http://jfdeclercq.miniblogue.fr/)
It will appearFor the moment the content will only appear on Netvibes (http://www.netvibes.com/jfdeclercq#My_Content)

I'm thinking about a review of the way I create content because with Blogger, Twitter, Delicious it becomes a mess...

In twitter I have followers who follow thousands of people. See for example http://twitter.com/chrisblake. I wonder how it's possible to do that. Why do they do that ?

Maybe you have already seen my picture on SOA and the Value Chain.



Here is an excellent IBM article that explains it all...

http://www.research.ibm.com/journal/sj/444/cherbakov.html

Je suis en train de r?-?couter une ?mission de Europe1 intitul?e: "Internet et la culture : le meilleur ou le pire"

On y parle de Blogs mais ?galement de ePaper et de eBooks.

Don't tell my manager Dieter that today I stopped working for an hour to go sledding...

Have a look here (better with sound):


J'ai post? le commentaire suivant sur le site de Fran?ois Colette, ? propos de Facebook.

cfr http://francoisquinqua.blog.lemonde.fr/2008/12/27/farce-book/


"Moi j?aime bien les r?seaux sociaux. Facebook est celui que j?aime le moins. Je n?aime pas devoir ?installer des applications?, c?est pour moi contraire aux principes m?me du web.

Ce qui me fait peur avec Facebook c?est l?utilisation qui pourrait en ?tre faite : si on pense ? comment les juifs ont ?t? pourchass?s avec des registres papier pendant la seconde guerre mondiale, on se rend compte il serait aujourd?hui tres facile de cibler un groupe particulier via un syst?me comme facebook. Et je ne parle pas encore d?une ?ventuelle application de d?nonciation (anonyme) qui serait install?e sur Facebook.

En cas de troisi?me guerre mondiale, la premi?re cible ? d?truire serait peut-?tre facebook."

As usual, to send you my Best Wishes for the coming year, I send you my best shots of the year before. Here are my best shots of 2008.
From Best Shots 2008

HAPPY 2009 !!!

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Abstract:

Problem:

Context:

Forces:

Solution:

Examples:

Discussion:

Related Patterns:

Known Uses:

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Bravo to the Netherlands
I have been involved in several activities with professionals from the Netherlands those last 3 months.
  1. I was recently working with a great IBM colleague - a IBM Websphere Portlet Factory specialist- in a POC. And I have worked with other excellent Dutch during my carreer. Dutch colleagues tend to ask a lot of annoying questions but if you are honnest, you know they are the right questions.
  2. The majority of my IT Architect Master Programme courses (Operational Modeling, Philips Design, Personal Improvement, Business Architecture, Creative Thinking...) were given by Ducth professors and thanks to them I have gained a lot of respect for their country. I can feel there is some leadership and vision on business questions.
  3. One of the technologies I'm watching is ePaper. The best eReader is Ducth : the Iliad has been developed by a spin-off of Philips : iRex Technologies.
I also know that the Ducth Economy is a very strong one : At this moment the Netherlands is the 16th largest economy of the world (See Wikipedia).

And finally if I add today's EURO2008's match against against Italy (3-0) ! I'm very close to dress in Orange. But not yet, don't worry.

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Who is Jean-Fran?ois Declercq ?

http://www.lowas.be/photos/Misc/jf_s.jpg Social Networks ? See here : http://www.netvibes.com/jfdeclercq#My_Social_Networks

I'm the webmaster of www.lowas.be and www.jfdeclercq.com.

You can have a look at my CV here : My CV

I'm a Civil Engineer in Computer Sciences and an MBA.

I'm currently working in the software industry : entreprise information systems, databases, internet.

I'm Software IT Architect (SWITA) at IBM Belgium since March 15th 2007.

In 2010 I have taken 1 year sabbatical leave in order to start new activities in the field of ePaper and eReading (electronic Reading). I have launched a new website : http://www.appepaper.com/

Before I joined IBM I worked at HP as a Client Principal for the Consulting & Integration department of HP Services. We delivered Entreprise Applications Services, Microsoft Services and Entreprise Infrastructure Services. I was also Solution Driver for Portals and Entreprise Content Management in the Entreprise Applications Practice.

Before HP I have been a pre-sales engineer at Software AG for about 5 years and Software Engineer for 1.5 years at Cediti : an UCL spin-off.

I like sports. I have been doing football, water-polo, horseriding and tennis in the past, but today I focus on cycling (montain bike, road bike, spinning). You can see me playing water-polo here : MyFirstYouTubeVideo.

You can learn more about me by reading my personal website and/or my CV. You can also check the SiteMap. You can also check my Photos here : http://photos.lowas.be/

Contact me

Go to Contact Information

Locate me

See BlogMap

http://www.lowas.be/photos/Misc/JFpapa.gif

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For English speaking people, the original Story is here : http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html


Le musicien de rue ?tait debout dans l'entr?e de la station L'Enfant Plaza
du m?tro de Washington DC. Il a commenc? ? jouer du violon. C'?tait un matin
froid, en janvier dernier. Il a jou? durant quarante-cinq minutes. Pour
commencer, la chaconne de la 2?me partita de Bach, puis l'Ave Maria de
Schubert, du Manuel Ponce, du Massenet et de nouveau Bach. A cette heure de
pointe, vers 8h du matin, quelque mille personnes ont travers? ce couloir,
pour la plupart en route vers leur boulot.

Apr?s trois minutes, un homme d'?ge m?r a remarqu? qu'un musicien jouait. Il
a ralenti son pas, s'est arr?t? quelques secondes puis a d?marr? en
acc?l?rant. Une minute plus tard, le violoniste a re?u son premier dollar :
en continuant droit devant, une femme lui a jet? l'argent dans son petit
pot. Quelques minutes ensuite, un quidam s'est appuy? sur le mur d'en face
pour l'?couter mais il a regard? sa montre et a recommenc? ? marcher. Il
?tait clairement en retard.

Celui qui a marqu? le plus d'attention fut un petit gar?on qui devait avoir
trois ans. Sa m?re l'a tir?, press? mais l'enfant s'est arr?t? pour regarder
le violoniste. Finalement sa m?re l'a secou? et agripp? brutalement afin que
l'enfant reprenne le pas. Toutefois, en marchant, il a gard? sa t?te tourn?e
vers le musicien. Cette sc?ne s'est r?p?t?e plusieurs fois avec d'autres
enfants. Et les parents, sans exception, les ont forc?s ? bouger.

Durant les trois quarts d'heure de jeu du musicien, seules sept personnes se
sont vraiment arr?t?es pour l'?couter un temps. Une vingtaine environ lui a
donn? de l'argent tout en en continuant leur marche. Il a r?colt? 32
dollars. Quand il a eu fini de jouer, personne ne l'a remarqu?. Personne n'a
applaudi. Seule une personne l'a reconnu sur plus de mille personnes.

Personne ne savait pas ce violoniste ?tait Joshua Bell, un des meilleurs
musiciens sur terre. Il a jou? dans ce hall les partitions les plus
difficiles jamais ?crites avec un Stradivarius de 1713 valant 3,5 millions
de dollars. Deux jours avant de jouer dans le m?tro, sa prestation au
th??tre de Boston ?tait "sold out" avec des prix avoisinant les 100 dollars
la place.

C'est une histoire vraie. Joshua Bell jouant incognito dans une station de
m?tro a ?t? organis? par le ? Washington Post ? dans le cadre d'une enqu?te
sur la perception, les go?ts et les priorit?s d'action des gens. Les
questions ?taient : dans un environnement commun, ? une heure inappropri?e,
pouvons-nous percevoir la beaut? ? Nous arr?tons-nous pour l'appr?cier ?
Reconnaissons-nous le talent dans un contexte inattendu ?

Une des possibles conclusions de cette exp?rience pourrait ?tre : si nous
n'avons pas le temps pour nous arr?ter et ?couter un des meilleurs musiciens
au monde jouant quelques-unes des plus belles partitions jamais compos?es, ?
c?t? de combien d'autres choses passons-nous ?


Philosophie

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Today I assisted at the IBM Virtual Summit and I was quiet impressed by the Virtual Booths. In addition to the normal product presentations, a part of the site proposes you to hang around a product booth, read product information and see demos. On top of this, a booth guest invites you for a chat and you can start to talk to this person and ask the question that you have !!

This experience made me think for more than 10 minutes :

  • Did I like it ? yes
  • Do I want more ? yes
  • Which are the companies that allow you to chat with them for finding a solution to your problem, when you have the time and in a non-intrusive manner (If you think the phone is intrusive...) I than see that HP has such a service, you can chat with all kind of sales. See http://www.hp.com/sbso/assist/chat.html.

Some companies seem to be specialized in that kind of business, see for instance http://www.eliveservice.com/

My conclusions so far are :

  • There is a real business to develop here around chatting with clients over the Internet and drive sales by being present. How often do you need a small informationd and you need to wait a long time to get the answer ?
  • If I have a business one day I will allow potential customers to chat with my sales force

Work MBA

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Date: 2005-10-27 08:54:07

Yesterday I went to the cinema :

Wallace and Grommit

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My SOA repository prototype is an open structured database. One can also document the business processes which make use of the services or alternatively document the services which are required for a business process.

I have documented a "Business Process" in Entrypot, just to show how a structured repository can be used to represent business information.

See the Issue Credit Card Business Process

Each of the process steps could be "Manual" or "Automated".

If they are automated, they could make use of a Service.... For instance the Validate Business Card Request could use the Postal Address Check Service in order to enable some fraud detection...


Entrypot SOA

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L'arme de communication d'aujourd'hui : le story telling
Vous savez peut-?tre que j'aime pr?parer des pr?sentations convainquantes. Souvent je les construit bottom-up car je veux que mon argumentation soit sans failles. Cependant le storytelling me montre que c'est peut-?tre une erreur de vouloir trop d?montrer. Il serait plus ad?quat de raconter une histoire. Tout comme les publicit?s ne montrent plus les produits, ils ?voquent plut?t le succ?s, l'image ou le bonheur de celui qui les utilise.

C'est notament pour cela que je m'int?resse aujourd'hui au Pecha Kucha. Ces pr?sentations de 6minutes40 sont ?videment des histoires qui collent au concept de Storytelling.

Quelques liens pour mieux comprendre le storytelling:

NineElementsOfGoodStory


MBA Work Philosophie Management

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Date: 2001-09-04 12:16:33

Mozquito uses ECMASCRIPT to send XML over the web with web forms (forms with a SUBMIT button).

This allows to implement thin xml smart clients for webservices of for Tamino....

Mozquito is also one of the first companies that followed W3C XForms Specification.





Software AG and Mozquito Technologies AG Announce Strategic XML Partnership



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  • 1160 Auderghem
  • 3080 Tervueren
  • 3090 Overijse

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Date: 2005-01-18 11:16:13

"Le pire des risques c'est de ne pas prendre de risques"

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Date: 2004-12-27 12:03:33

Pierre-Mic a mis plein de photos de l'?quipe de UCL Water-Polo Team en ligne : http://www.uclwpteam.be.tf/.

Merci PicMic

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Will Web2.0 change our society ?

The beginning or the end ?

I read in Data News tha Andreas Kluth, from the economist, said to the Trends magazine that "Web2.0, after the inevitables ups and downs, will change the society". See One of the best analysis of Social Web.

On the other end, according to Gartner, Blogs will start to decline in 2007 See here

So what will happen ?

What is Web2.0 ?

Web2.0 has two aspects :

  • the web2.0 technology : the technology which allows to easilly create and consume content (Ajax, RSS, Podcasts, Youtube).
  • the web2.0 philosophy : the principle that content is no more controlled by centralized multi-media companies (newspaper, television) or government but that there is now an alternative for getting information right from the source. Content created by the people for the people.

The technological aspect is not a driver for social networking, it's an enabler. As all technologies it will be replaced by an other one. (Which one is an interesting question. Most probably voice and video technologies which would allow to speed up the publishing process).

The web2.0 philosophy is the basis of social networkig and is here to stay.

Why would social networking stay? Why would people continue to blog ?

Blogging is just "one-to-many" communication

In order to know if blogs will decline we should carefully think about the incentives for people to blog.

Why do people blog ? People blog because they want to share things with a wider audience. Blog allow they to do 1:N (one-to-many) communications.

Remember some years ago, our mailboxes were full of jokes, funny images and powerpoint slideshows. A friend of mine even made jokes compilations see here (that he got on newsgroups but re-published as email because we continue to receive them by email).

Distributing multi-media content by email is not convenient. All providers and companies have set limits to email - they are now released thanks to innovations like single attachment storage and the cheaper cost of storage.

Blogging is a much better solution than email for one-to-many communication.

So the question is : will people continue to do one-to-many communication and blog ?

My answer is Yes.

Will blogging change our society ?

Now, if even people continue to blog, does it mean it will change our society ?

I don't think so.

Here are some reasons why :

  • We have had many ways to communicate for a long time: books, phone, postal service, pubs, church, meetings. Did one of these really change the society ?
  • People don't publish their real content : they protect it. How deep is the published content ? Who dares to write on the web what he says to friends ? Or if he publishes it, is it anonymously ?
  • The percentage of the society that reads and/or writes the Internet and that could change the society is still small - my belief. And many of those who actually read and write it - "wealthy people" - don't want it to change. They will only publish content that will re-inforce the current society trends. People who give their content actually want to sell it...

To be continued

This article needs to be refactored and continued.


Internet

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What future for European Manufacturing ?

A shirt sold 100 EU here costs 3 EU to produce in China.

How to compete ?

I believe in the following model In-Ma-Se:

  • Invent things right here
  • Manufacture them over there
  • Sell it everywhere

Being successfull is being able to invent the new concepts that will sell and being able to produce them with the best sourcing. The question is : is it enough to sustain a brand ?

Conclusion : Europe should focus on its invention skills.

  • Unfortunately France's research budget is equal to Harvard's University research budget.
  • There is no incentive for young potentials to become Entrepreneurs.

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Ma?trise de l'art de vivre

"Le ma?tre dans l?art de vivre ne fait pas de distinction fondamentale entre le travail et le jeu, l?effort et le plaisir, le corps et l??me, l??ducation et la r?cr?ation, l?amour et la religion. Il poursuit sa qu?te d?excellence quel que soit ce qu?il fait, laissant aux autres le soin de d?cider s?il travaille ou s?il joue."

Francis BEAU - http://www.agoravox.fr/auteur.php3?id_auteur=4542


Philosophie

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I can now edit my wiki using my phone. Cool.

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Date: 2002-04-12 12:44:58

Do you need secure documents with electronic signatures, timestamps and non-repudiation ? Software AG is partnering with security software companies to provide that.

Trusted Content Alliance
(TCA) offers a secure end-to-end web enablement solution for creating, storing, integrating and sharing auditable, signed digital content. TCA is your ideal choice if you need to securely and efficiently handle electronic business processes and transactions. Better yet,TCA leverages XML standards and an open architecture to provide legal and regulatory compliance and provide tremendous cost reductions.

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Date: 2001-10-01 12:57:46

Last week I was on Honeymoon in Mauritius, You can check the hotel where I was : BEACHCOMBER > LE MAURICIA

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Date: 2003-01-17 13:32:39

If you are looking for a good summary of XML technologies in dutch, go over here
Alec Vuijlsteke XML page

You have an extensive text on the different standards and some examples.

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Date: 2002-02-07 11:35:21

NO MORE VALID

jean-francois.declercq@softwareag.com is not very easy to spell on the phone.

The risk is high that people get it wrong. So, if you send me a mail to jf.d@mail.com, I have setup an auto-reply message that will provide you with my complete contact information...

It's not yet a VCard but I'm looking for that...

You can download my VCard here : http://www.lowas.be/jfd/files/jfdeclercq.vcf

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Describe TourHoeilaart here.

Tombeek, Maleizen, Hoeilaart, Overijse, Nijvelsebaan, Tombeek

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High Design is a philosophy of design, as well as an enriched design approach that integrates established design skills with other disciplines in the areas of human sciences, technology and business.

  • The Philips Design philosophy

The High Design Process is:

People focused - to deliver solutions that are not only technologically possible but preferable, from the social, anthropological and personal point of view

Multi- disciplinary - to guarantee that all points of view (people, technology and business) are taken into account.

  • Multi-disciplinary work

Research based - to ensure that the results obtained are based on actual facts and to continuously expand knowledge

The High Design Process is structured into 5 phases:

  1. Initiation phase - deliverable: shared understanding amongst the project team and the client of the objectives and scope of the project objectives
  2. Analysis phase - research and optimization of the objectives of the project within the marketing, technology and planning constraints
  3. Concept phase - ideas development and delivery of a design proposal
  4. Finalization phase - delivery of design specifications
  5. Evaluation phase - evaluation of the project deliverable, process and communication (carried out with the client) to be used as input for future projects.

See http://www.design.philips.com/about/design/profile/approach/thehighdesignprocess/index.page

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Creating the best context for creativity
After a course I followed given by MoTiv (http://www.motiv.tudelft.nl/) by Ton Meijknecht and Hans van Drongelen for IBM, I would like to share some concepts and reflexions on Creativity.

The creative class
The work of Richard Florida and his book 'The rise of the creative class' (note I haven't read it yet) aimed at demonstrating that a new class has emerged in today's society. "The creative class is a group of people that social scientist Dr. Richard Florida, a professor and head of the Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, believes are a key driving force for economic development of post-industrial cities in the USA." (See Wikipedia)
The people of the creative class have special demands against their work environment : soft control, more independence, personal growth and development, freedom to shape the content of their own work, control of their schedules (flexibility), expression of their identities through work, able to trade job security for own autonomy.
The creative class is also looking for another kind of lifestyle : individuality, self-statement, acceptance of difference, desire for rich multi-dimensional experience, pack every second - at work or leisure- full of creative stimuli and a morphing conception of time - (mixture of work and play).
The creative class asks questions about what really matters in life.

The thesis of Mr Florida is that the creative class is the main driver of economic growth.

Do I belong to the creative class ?
I have the feeling I belong to the creative class : I think I have the above characteristics.
Another argument that makes me think I'm a member of the creative class is that I feel the tension that would exist between members of the creative class and the corporations. A tension starts to emerge between large corporation and the creative class. Their motivations are not compatible anymore. However the corporations need the creative class for their innovations. The result is a war for talent and a lot of talent retention programmes. But it doesn't prevent that creative people step out of the companies and create a new startup or even make management buy-outs.
In one of my previous posts (Allergic to Superficiality ), I was criticized by some anonymous comment and today I understand why. The person who criticized me is certainly not someone of the Creative class. It's someone who is a Coporation's soldier and who has a lot of respect for the traditional way large companies can sometimes operate. He is attracted by the dark side of the organization's power game and has respect for people who are able to climb the matrix to the top by stepping on the other's dead bodies.

Who is creative ?
Everybody can be creative. Being creative requires however some conditions : you need some talent and this talent needs to be put in the right context. Talent has three different levels : skills, mastering and tolerance. We are used to identify our skills and define how well we master them (beginner, advanced, expert, master...).

How to be even more creative ? By knowing why.
In addition to skills and mastering, tolerance is required for the most creative ones.
Firstly, If you are not able to make use of the diversity of our world by being more tolerant, you will be less creative.
Secondly, tolerance also means compassion and the possibility to solve problems for others.
This tolerance aspect also touches the deepest motivations of our creativity. Why do we want to be creative ? What drives us to create solutions ? Why did Einstein want to find out new rules like the relativity rule ?

Creativity and Spirituality
It seems that a fundamental drive (some beliefs, some spirituality) is a necessary condition for superior creativity and innovation, meaning that you will be most creative if you align your entrepreneurship with your own spirituality.
I can link this to one of my previous posts around Happiness defined by Axel Khan : All creatures on this earth will be happy if they can express their true nature. "Connais-toi toi m?me"... You can only be a superior creator in the fields that match your true nature.

Being creative, just as being happy requires freedom. Freedom allows to move in order to be the right man at the right place at the right moment. This is why creative people want to be independent and travel the world : they don't want to be blocked in their vision of how they can improve what matters to them. They don't want to miss the chance to maximize the impact of their creativity.

jfdeclercq Management Philosophie

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Date: 2005-09-27 14:01:59

vacation is over...

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Date: 2004-01-02 19:36:10

I wish you the best for 2004.
Here is my virtual card for you :

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I just registered to the next Pecha Kucha Night
I have just registered to the next Pecha Kucha night (Brussels) on January 20th at 20:20.

In the registration form there was a "do let us know what your area of interest, themes" question. I answered : IT Architecture, Entrepreneurship, Management, Technology, Innovation and Cycling...

http://pechakucha.architempo.net/

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January 2010

Ce matin on regardait un match de foot (h? oui) avec Thomas.
Le commentateur TV parle de "l'attaquant Sud-Cor?en" Park

Thomas (6 ans et demi) me dit: " Ca je connaissais pas encore comme pays : la Sudcorie".

:-)))

The Belgian Minister for Simplification, Vincent Van Quickenborne, wants to eliminate the requirements of drugs to pharmacists, the certificates for mutual care and medical certificates to employers.
For 2011, Minister Van Quickenborne (Open VLD) plans to introduce electronic prescriptions and certificates, to avoid paper documents, says he in De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad.
"The electronification comprehensive health care represents a saving of 1, 5 billion," said the minister.



Why not carrying your prescriptions and cerificates with you on a eReader, within a secured your patient file ?

Source:

I had to laugh when I saw this picture here : http://lifehacker.com/5458690/the-problem-with-the-apple-ipad



And when I compare it with my Appe "logo" I draw just for the fun...


When you search on ePaper, you will find some really outdated websites. Look for example at http://www.epaper.org.uk/. It seems that some people had than jumped on their board to surf an ePaper wave that lasted too long to arrive.

I'm conscious that this market might take years before really taking off, but I'm confident it will eventually fly.

Yesterday, Apple released the iPad but I'm confident that ePaper will provide solutions with much lower energy consumption which will allow a competitive advantage. ePaper should provide a more stable and cheaper technology for long term consultation of eContent.

But it might take time : I'm ready to spend many years doing this on the side even if I'd prefer to have ePaper as primary activity :
  • Design/Architect innovative content production chains with ePaper as Preferred client
  • Develop the best integration software that couples the strongest platforms
  • Design for the best eReaders
  • Re-sell all or part of total ePaper solution (hardware, software, content and services)



Yesterday, Apple announced the iPad and this morning I had a look at the video on ZDNet.

It is a really cool device ! Let's comment on Steve Jobs's demonstration:
  • Graphics : just like on the iPhone/iPod, the system looks really great
  • Pictures : the iPad will become a great way to share photos
  • Internet : It's surely the best experience for browsing the web in your sofa, nevertheless if you want to write long texts (like blogging), I'm not sure yet.
  • Email : I don't believe in it yet. I'd need to test the virtual keyboard to see if it's convenient to write an email like this
  • Reading eBooks : I'd need to compare reading during 1 hour on ePaper and 1 hour on a iPad.
The iPad will probably deeply hurt ePaper manufacturers. Their only chance of survival is a price war against the iPad. Also they will have to innovate aggressively to come nearby the same user experience. See an example here : http://vimeo.com/8217311. (Thanks to Michel Duperrier for sending me this video).



Read books on your PC or Mac with Blio http://bit.ly/7df4ef (from Twitter)
Jean-David d?cu apr?s avoir test? un eReader... Mon commentaire : http://bit.ly/5xNhHb (from Twitter)
Yesterday we went to see avatar. I liked it (7/10) but Mireille not so much... (from Twitter)
Last week, I published the links of 3 lists of eReaders. I took the time to aggregate them in an attempt to compile a complete list of eReaders.

There are more than 50 models of "eReaders". In this list there are ePaper eBook readers, LCD readers, prototypes and Rumors (Apple Tablet).

You can find the list here: List of eReaders.

Cliquez sur l'image pour voir toutes les photos de l'entrainement.

From 20100118 Entra?nement Foot Thomas

Merci aux entra?neurs d'Archennes.

Today, let's have a look at the largest ePaper reader in the world, according to LG. It's a 19 inch flexible display from LG.

Photo Source : tomorrowsbook.com

Summary
  • Name : ? 19 Inch LG Display
  • Manufacturer : LG
  • Size : 19 inch
  • Weight : 13 grams
  • Price : ?
  • Technology : ?
  • Flexible
Links
  • 18 Jan 2010 : LG Display unveils 19-inch-wide epaper
    • From the press release:  "Our development of the world's largest flexible display has opened up a new market in the next-generation display sector of e-paper," said CTO and executive VP of LG Display, In Jae Chung. "As the e-paper market is growing at a rapid pace, LG Display will continue to deliver new value to customers and the market through industry-leading technologies and differentiated products."

You can also find this information on this AppePaper.com Page.

Creation of the ePaper User Group http://bit.ly/5Ariad (from Twitter)
3 lists of ePaper eReaders - http://bit.ly/62uSef (from Twitter)

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Blog activity is high today

It's funny, I watch my Netvibes today and it seems all bloggers I follow have blogged a lot these last days.


On the contrary, the July/August months were very quiet. Only news rss or social bookmarking feeds were going on.

Maybe it's because of the winter coming by, people cocooning more in front of their computers ?

Linked In also hot these days

I also had a lot of Linked In trafic and invitations these last days... So For sure people are walking around the net these days...


News | LatestNews | Internet

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http://www.lowas.be/cms/public/img/ProcessIntelligence640.gif

Regular Business Processes

Those business processes are the automated versions of the good old way. It remains the backbone of the company : 80% of the business follows these rules.

Intelligent Business Processes

Those processes are able to take intelligent decisions by themselves. For doing that they use Business Rules and Intelligence Data.

Dynamic Business Processes

Those processes are able to be automatically generated by Intelligent Agents in real time. Intelligent Data watch online Intelligence Data and generate new business processes in real time. Those new processes are aligned with the Entreprise capabilities and the company business rules.

Entreprise Capabilities

These are all the services that the company offers to

Intelligent Agents

Intelligent Agents propose new business processes by optimizing company goals in real time.

Intelligence Data

The data required to

  • monitor what's happening in the business and trigger business events
  • support decision making for agents and within business processes

(The Semantic Web should play a major role there - see The semantic Web Vision).

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Very sad day
Today my ex-brother in law Olivier Mailleux (38) passed away due the consequences of his cancer.
As a real Engineer, he loved the power of 2. He died on 2008 04 08...

It's a huge loss for all the people who loved him as he was... and I'm one of them. :'-(

jfdeclercq News

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Take the Illusions of Entreprenurship Quiz - published by Yale University Press
Interesting facts about Entrepreneurship in a Quiz.

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This post has been removed as it has been qualified as 'superficial and arrogant'.

I guess I must have hurt someone as I have been insulted in return.

As my intention is not to hurt people, I have removed the article.

If you still want to read the text, read an older version of this page : Allergic.

J-F


Philosophie Work jfdeclercq Management

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START

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(Copied from http://www.mgt.smsu.edu/mgt487/mgtissue/newstrat/metcalfe.htm)

Robert Metcalfe founded 3Com Corporation and designed the Ethernet protocol for computer networks. Metcalfe's Law states that the usefulness, or utility, of a network equals the square of the number of users.

The telephone is of very limited use if only you and your best friend have one. If a whole town is on the system, it becomes much more useful. If the whole world is wired, the utility of the system is phenomenal. But in the predigital age, it could take many years for Metcalfe's Law to bear fruit. It was not until 1931 that telephone companies put a dial on the instrument, finally cutting the tremendous cost of employing switchboard operators and extending the reach of the system. First, telephone use had to reach a critical mass, or number, of users. So it is with any technology.

Until a critical mass of users is reached, a change in technology only affects the technology. But once critical mass is attained, social, political, and economic systems change. This is what authors Downes and Mui call the Law of Disruption. It took about 10 years for radio to reach critical mass in the U.S.; television took longer. Each of these technologies transformed family, economic, and political structures once they reached critical mass.

The same is true of digital technologies. Consider the Internet. It reached critical mass in 1993, when there were roughly 2.5 million host computers on the network. By November 1997 the vast network contained an estimated 25 million host computers. With computing cost continuing to drop rapidly and this dominant computing network growing exponentially, the stage is set for a social, political, and economic revolution. Moore's Law and Metcalfe's Law are in play. To achieve a dramatic effect on commerce, though, one more piece of the puzzle is required. Firms must see a transaction cost advantage that causes them to change their strategic thinking from the models of the past. Read on.

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Episode 1 & 2

It' now 2 times that I watch the Top Manager.

http://breedband.telenet.be/var/telenet/storage/external_content/vt4/

What should I think about it after doing an MBA...

First, I believe the "exercices" do not reflect the real challenges of a Top Manager. I believe a manager must be able to care more for the long term with a lot of intelligence and strategy. The exercices so far are short term (one day) and do not allow to build much experience in the domain in order to take clever decisions. I don't believe you are born "top manager".

How can one judge the quality of someone when it's not in its primary domain and in one day ?

But OK. "Top Manager". What's in a name ?

I'm really upset by the two first decision of Rob Heyvaert to fire Wim and Xavier. For me it was clear that Koen has imposed bad ideas which turned catastrophic for the boys (Orange Juice and this complex statement over Volvo).

In the first episode I was also astonished by the fact that the boys didn't realise the distance between Gent and Waregem ? How is it possible to overlook so simple constraints.

The two first episodes showed how important it it to KEEP IT SIMPLE !!

Something else that I don't understand : if men are eliminated ok, but then I believe the boy's team should be weacker and weaker... So the next out would be, a man again...


Management

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Pendant mes vacances ? Cuba, j'ai pris le temps de lire le livre de Thibaut Vincent : "Oser Entreprendre". Il s'agit d'un receuil dinterviews de personalit?s Belges, sportifs ou hommes d'affaires, qui ont quelquechose ? dire sur leur succ?s. cfr http://www.proexcellentia.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18&Itemid=44

http://www.proexcellentia.org/images/M_images/livre.jpg

Oser ? Entreprendre ?

Le live, m?me s'il est int?ressant sur le fond, ne r?pond pas vraiment ? mes attentes. Vu le titre, je pensais lire un livre du style "Teach Yourself Entrepreneurship in 21 days". Cependant, seulemet un ou deux chapitres discutent vraiment du sujet : oser et entreprendre.

Parmi les personnes interview?es, une minorit? r?pond clairement aux questions suivantes : Qu'avez-vous entrepris ? Quels risques avez-vous encourru ? Comment avez-vous percu ces risques ? Pourquoi avez-vous os? ?

En lieu et place de ces questions, qui me paraissaient ?tre des questions de base, l'auteur nous d?crit et structure plut?t les caract?ristiques de ces personnes qui ont atteint un sommet dans leur activit?.

Peut-?tre l'auteur a-t'il ?t? trop complaisant en supposat que les interview?s ont os? entreprendre quelquechose ? Le live ne donne pas une r?ponse claire. Ceci est ?vident pour les sportifs : ont'ils entrepris ? Ont'ils pris des risques ? Ou ont'ils simplement prest? ? L'example de Fr?d?ric Deburghgraeve est frappant : sans son entourage il aurait arr?t? la natation avant m?me de gagner ses plus beaux titres...

Oser entreprendre : Prendre le temps ?

Il y a tout de m?me suffisament de mat?riel et certains t?moignages - si on sait les d?crypter- r?pondent ? mes questions. Ce que le livre montre, c'est que entreprendre, c'est avant tout un ?tat d'esprit. Aussi, si "oser entreprendre" c'est prendre le temps pour atteindre les objectifs qu'on s'est fix?s, alors le livre atteint son objectif.

A la place de "La vie est Belge", j'attendais peut-?tre un message plus clair, plus ? l'Am?ricaine...

Question de style

Par rapport au style du livre, l'auteur s'est lanc? dans un travail p?rilleux de structuration des interviews qui n'est pa toujours r?ussi. Il manque parfois d'emballage. Les textes sont alors livr?s tr?s "brut de fonderie". Dans d'autres sections, on comprend mieux la logique et ce que l'auteur cherche ? nous d?montrer.

Bien mais "Peut mieux faire"

Ce livre est encore un brut qui doit passer au raffinage. Je serais int?ress? de voir un deuxi?me essai sur le m?me theme. Ce second essai ne devrait pas se contenter de faire une photo de l'arriv?e d'un parcours plus ou moins accompli mais mieux capturer le film du parcours : le projet, la dynamique, le d?part, les motivations (sans tabous), les risques et la strat?gie de chaque parcours. Je pr?ferre aussi les analyses de parcours de personnes qui sont parties de rien ? celles de ceux qui ?taient d?j? arriv?es avant de partir.

R?ponse de Thibaut Vincent :

Cher Monsieur Declercq,

Merci pour votre critique. Je tiens cependant ? apporter quelques ?claircissements.

1.Je peux comprendre que le livre ne r?ponde pas ? vos attentes. Tout point de vue, toute perception est personnel et est ? prendre en consid?ration. Pour moi, c?est tr?s positif dans le sens o? ce livre ne cherche pas ? ?tre politiquement correct ou commercial. Votre r?action est donc une tr?s bonne chose dans le sens o? le livre vous a fait r?agir. A mes yeux, ce qui importe ? travers cet ouvrage, sorte de recueil qui a pris 5 ann?es de travail?, est le mode de fonctionnement commun aux experts. Il vise ? d?montrer que ceux-ci, quel que soit leur domaine d?expertise, fonctionnent d?une mani?re commune sur le plan des attitudes et des comportements. Par ? Oser entreprendre ? il s?agit d?aborder l?esprit entrepreneurial et non les entreprises au sens mat?riel du terme.

Apprendre ce que les experts ont entrepris, quels risques ils ont encouru, comment il les ont per?us, pourquoi ils ont os? sont tout autant de questions qui ne m?int?ressaient pas. Pourquoi ? Tout simplement parce que le fait de r?pondre ? ces questions ne ferait que satisfaire votre curiosit? et non vous rendre plus entrepreneurial. Par contre, d?crire ces experts, qui ont accept? de se ?d?shabiller ?, permet de montrer aux lecteurs leurs comportements et attitudes et, par l?-m?me, de permettre ? ceux-ci de se remettre en question et de mettre en pratique les dires de ces experts pour avancer eux-m?mes sur la voie d?expertise en faisant ?voluer leurs comportements et attitudes. Sachez que l?exp?rience est le fruit des observations tir?es des exp?rimentations.

Que les interview?s aient entrepris quelque chose ou non n?est pas le probl?me du livre. Par contre, toutes ces personnalit?s, parachut?es ou non, ont d?velopp? des comportements et attitudes d?experts sinon elles ne pourraient, ou n?auraient pu se maintenir en place.

2. Concernant votre paragraphe 2, vous avez bien compris la port?e du message. C?est au lecteur ? se faire une id?e et non ? l?auteur ? faire du pr?m?ch?. Vous avez ?galement tr?s bien compris la port?e du message. ? Oser entreprendre ? signifie prendre le temps pour atteindre les objectifs qu?on s?est fix?s ? ? condition de mettre les moyens ? la hauteur de ses ambitions et de ses potentialit?s. Les miracles viennent de votre travail.

3.Concernant la vie est belge, c?est ?vident. L?auteur interviewe des Belges.

4. Le style ? brut de fonderie ? est imp?ratif. Par respect pour les interview?s et par souci d?authenticit?, les propos devaient ?tre les originaux.

5. L?aspect brut est voulu, afin de permettre aux lecteurs de s?ouvrir sur les consid?rations ?mises. Un texte plus raffin? risquerait de faire passer le message d?une mani?re plus fade, insipide et incolore. Le but du livre est de remettre en question, de cr?er une sorte de chaos, richesse indispensable pour encore mieux se restructurer. Cela ne m?int?resse pas que les lecteurs ? entendent ?. Ce que je voulais est qu?ils aient une ?coute active suivie d?une mise en pratique.

Bien ? vous,

Thibaut Vincent

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Date: 2004-12-09 19:19:36

Do you know that Tamino means Transaction Architecture for the Management of INternet Objects ?

Tamino

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An architecture can be defined as the fundamental organization of a system embodied in its components, their inter-relationships, the relations to their environment, and the principles guiding its design and evolution (IEEE, 2000)

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_architect


Work | IT

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August 2009

jfdeclercq: We didn't start the fire ! http://yeli.us/Flash/Fire.html (from Twitter)
Yesterday (Aug 27 2009) we attended the concert of Soulsister at the Druivenfeesten. The show really exceeded my expectations.




People are Philosophers today...

Jurgen De Bleser : 'We zijn hier om te spelen met elkaar. Dat is wat deze planeet nodig heeft: spelende mensen.'

RT @robinwauters: Hadn't heard this quote yet but it's not bad: "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react."


Yesterday I uploaded a picture from my phone (via Twitter/Twitgoo) for the first time. It's a picture of the Druiven Koers.

You can find it here: http://twitgoo.com/2pg6f

Netlash published today "5 tips to a successfull Online Community" (Deutch).

Many times I have tried to set up such communities (Bicycle Club, Work's Intranet, MBA distribution list, family, customers sites). very often those communities have died even before they were born.

There is one principle that I have kept out of all those web experiences : people use the communication tools only when they have a problem and when they are looking for a solution.

This is the "What's in in for me" principle : I have only recorded activities when people get an advantage out of the communication:
  • Forums : people asking questions see their problems solved, get information. Answering people raise their visibility. That's why on Linked In you can be flagged as an expert. Another example I saw was during MBA exams: the Forum was suddenly alive.
  • Distribution Lists are all a sudden used when someone wants to sell his car or quickly organise a barbecue.
  • Social networks are useful when you want to see what the others are doing (a kind of voyeurisme)
  • Viral marketing is like the new way of telling jokes (or stories). Why do people tell stories ?
I guess you can continue the examples by yourself : People communicate when they hope to get something out of it.

If you understand this "What's in it for me" principle, you understand that the web can be a very powerful tool to quickly find a solution to your problem. The range of problems is very wide : finding love, compiling Linux, buying Viagra, finding the perfect vacation, stay informed, find which WII game is cool and which one sucks... Identifying he community of people who have the same kind of problem than you can only bring you closer to the solution. This is for me the true engine of communities.

I use to say to my wife (as a joke ?) "Everything always comes back to 3 letters : SEX".
But in that logic that there are also 3 other letters : "EGO".

And than I guess there are some things like "Right man at the right place" and "Time to Market" also applicable to Online Communities...

This weekend we were in the area and Frankfurt as well as the Rhein valley.

Click on the following picture to go to the album:

From 20090821 Frankfurt & Rhein

Well, we had a very nice week at the Belgian coast on the second week of August (2009). There was a lot of sun. The Belgian coast is really great when the weather is nice.



Mainly, we enjoyed some biking, the swimming pool and the beach. We also enjoyed some drinks on a terrace



(especlially in Blankenberge on the pig pillows)


There was also the traditional mini-golf.

On monday we wanted to see the FireWorks in Ostende but there was nothing : we were told they were cancelled because of the crisis ??? Nothing is more frustrating than a canceled fireworks.


On Tuesday we went for a 30Km bike tour in the country.


On Wednesday we went to De Haan on the beach.




On thursday we went to have a look at the Belgacom Beach Soccer but there wasn't much animation.



On friday we went to Plopsaland. There wasn't too much crowd. We only found that some attractions like the fire extinction were very dirty. We have also seen the "Samson en Gert" show in French for the first time : "Fred and Sanson". It was ok but they should stop translating from Dutch to French because it's a difficult exercise.


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Fun

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Date: 2005-03-14 11:35:13

"You can get only what you measure"

Karl-Heinz Streibich - CEO Software AG

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Merci pour le feedback...
Aujourd'hui je lis mon email, j'ai un nouveau commentaire sur mon site. Chouette !
He ben non. C'est une insulte et ca me fait de la peine... (voir plus loin)

Peut-?tre que avec mon site web je ressemble ? une Castafiore mais c'est un hobby, cela m'amuse et je n'oblige personne ? le lire...

Joyeux Noel et Bonne ann?e quand m?me ? celui qui m'a envoy? ce commentaire:


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Quel connard ce type. IBM emploie vraiment des Castafiore

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The 7W

  • why
  • where
  • when
  • who
  • which
  • what
  • hoW

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Date: 2005-05-23 19:03:05

Since May 2nd I joined HP.

I started as Solution Driver for Portals & Entreprise Content Management. It's in fact a Solution Architect Role.

I'm working in
- TSG (Technology Solutions Group)
- C&I (Consulting & Integration
- EAS (Enterprise Application Services)
- Portal & ECM (Entreprise Content Management)


I'll update my CV later so you can read the job description if you are interested.


Work

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Date: 2001-10-26 16:22:39

I have always liked eXtreme Programming. I never really had the opportunity to test XP in a real project. I did some DSDM wich is very close (see DSDM.ORG)



You have here a Belgian company based in Brugges - JCS International - that claims to do XP Projects :
EXTREME PROGRAMMING > JCS

Extreme Programming Rules :
EXTREME PROGRAMMING > RULES

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Mireille and I are getting married...
And with each other ! It will be on Feb 28th 2009 in Overijse.

Teacher

  • Prof Dr Louis Verbeke (Allen & Overy)

TOPICS

  • The Multinational Legal Environment
  • Corporate decisional structures in the EU; internal and external governance issues
  • M&A
  • Financial Law
  • Technology & the law : IP & the new challenges
  • Law, Ethics and CSR : a short case approach

Misc Links

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Photos du salon de l'auto
Ce dimanche 20 janvier 2008 nous sommes all?s au salon de l'auto avec Thomas.
Quelques photos ici : http://picasaweb.google.be/jfdeclercq/SalonAuto


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The work happy state, which Mr Csikszentmihalyi calls "flow", arises most often in work that stretches a person without defeating him; work that provides :

  • clear goals
  • unambiguous feedback
  • a sense of control

Philosophie Work

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2002-2003 PART TIME MBA LEUVEN CAMPUS Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School

Note : I maintain this to synchronise with my Palm. The real schedule is at http://students.vlerick.be/imbaptl/schedule.html


12/09 School opening
13/09 ManagerialAspectsOfEuropeanIntegration 1
13/09 Exemption test ComputerSkills
19/09 ManagerialAspectsOfEuropeanIntegration 2
20/09 Exemption test IntroductionToBusinessStatistics
20/09 ComputerSkills 1
26/09 ManagerialAspectsOfEuropeanIntegration 3
27/09 IntroductionToBusinessStatistics 1
27/09 ComputerSkills 2
03/10 ManagerialAspectsOfEuropeanIntegration 4
04/10 ManagerialAspectsOfEuropeanIntegration 5
04/10 IntroductionToBusinessStatistics 2
10/10 IntroductionToBusinessStatistics 3
11/10 ComputerSkills 3
11/10 ComputerSkills 4
17/10 IntroductionToBusinessStatistics 4
18/10 ComputerSkills 5a
18/10 ComputerSkills 5b
24/10 ManagerialAspectsOfEuropeanIntegration 6
25/10 IntroductionToBusinessStatistics 5
25/10 IntroductionToBusinessStatistics 6
31/10 All Saints Day
07/11 IntroductionToBusinessStatistics 7
08/11 IntroductionToBusinessStatistics 8
08/11
14/11 Exam ComputerSkills
15/11 Exam IntroductionToBusinessStatistics
15/11
21/11 Interaction and Communication Skills(Residential Seminar)
22/11 Interaction and Communication Skills(Residential Seminar)
Week 48
28/11 MarketingManagement 1
29/11 MarketingManagement 2
29/11 Decision Science 1
Week 49
05/12 OperationsManagement 1
06/12 Information Mgt 1
06/12 ?DecisionSciencesForBusiness 2
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12/12 Information Mgt 2
13/12 MarketingManagement 3
13/12 ?DecisionSciencesForBusiness 3 (Cancelled)
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19/12 Information Mgt 3
20/12 OperationsManagement 2
20/12 MarketingManagement 4
Week 52
23/12 Christmas Break
Week 01
05/01 Christmas Break
Week 02
09/01 OperationsManagement 3
10/01 Information Mgt 4
10/01 ?DecisionSciencesForBusiness 4
Week 03
16/01 Information Mgt 5
17/01 Information Mgt 6
17/01 MarketingManagement 5
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24/01 Information Mgt 7
24/01 ?DecisionSciencesForBusiness 5
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Week 08
Possible TRIP ??
20/02 OperationsManagement 9
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Week 09
27/02 Exam Desiscion Sciences
28/02 MarketingManagement 9
28/02 Purchasing Mgt 1
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thie autolink sag is an autolink ?

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IBM is investing a lot in his SecondLife presence, see http://www.youtube.com/greateribmconnection

Therefore I think I'll have to jump into it one day in the near future.

I have been waiting because I have the feeling that it will consume a lot of my time...

I'll keep you posted


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Divers

A tester

  • L'arri?re Pays - rue des Minimes 60, 1000 Bruxelles - 02/514.77.07

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"SOA is about transforming a spaghetti (the integration spaghetti) into a Lasagne".

SOA Citations

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Since wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic system, it is difficult to explain precisely in western terms. According to Leonard Koren, wabi-sabi is the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of what we think of as traditional Japanese beauty and it "occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the West."

Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.

It is the beauty of things modest and humble.

It is the beauty of things unconventional.

The concepts of wabi-sabi correlate with the concepts of Zen Buddhism, as the first Japanese involved with wabi-sabi were tea masters, priests, and monks who practiced Zen. Zen Buddhism originated in India, traveled to China in the 6th century, and was first introduced in Japan around the 12th century. Zen emphasizes "direct, intuitive insight into transcendental truth beyond all intellectual conception." At the core of wabi- sabi is the importance of transcending ways of looking and thinking about things/existence.

  • All things are impermanent
  • All things are imperfect
  • All things are incomplete

Material characteristics of wabi-sabi:

  • suggestion of natural process
  • irregular
  • intimate
  • unpretentious
  • earthy
  • simple

For more about wabi-sabi, see http://www.art.unt.edu/ntieva/artcurr/japan/wabisabi.htm.


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Date: 2003-01-22 17:03:22

"Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."

"Colin Powels"

www.brainyquote.com

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Ok, this is page one in this page group.

There is a bug. When looping is true (and it is, but only for this first page--another possible flaw) and if the Contents title is not the first item on the Table of Contents page, and if there are other things on the TOC page after the actual list, then things get screwed up. Note that the Previous: link below should point to the last page. Click Next.








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The Power of Now

The purpose of this book is to explain us why we suffer so much. We suffer because our brains, our thoughts, our EGO take control over our body. We constantly search in the past and imagine in the future how we could arrive here and how we will get there. This mental running train is basically preventing us to be present. There is no other moment to live than now. By always thinking about yesterday and tomorrow we forget the most important : to enjoy life right now !!

Eckhart Tolle tries to learn us to "turn off our brains" or to observe our thoughts. ("Heureux les simples d'esprits" takes all its meaning here) We will find out how our thougts are limited, negative and pessimistic. Our brains (or our EGO) are in fact always caring for the worst case. The EGO also has a big difficulty to accept the world as it is. Wanting to change the reality is the aim of the ego in order to show its power.

By being present, you can only accept how the world is as you are part of it and the world is part of you.

The book is here on Amazon


Le Pouvoir du Moment Pr?sent

Source : http://www.naute.com/penserie/moment.phtml

Ce livre nous pr?sente plusieurs d?fis : si nous r?ussissons ? ?tre totalement pr?sent et ? faire un pas ? la fois dans le moment pr?sent, si nous r?ussissons ? vraiment appr?hender les r?alit?s que sont notre corps ?nerg?tique, le l?cher-prise, le pardon et le non-manifeste, c'est que nous saurons nous ouvrir au pouvoir transformateur de l'instant pr?sent.

En tr?s peu de temps, "Le Pouvoir du Moment Pr?sent" a acquis la r?putation d'?tre parmi les plus grands ?crits spirituels des derni?res ann?es. La puissance de cet ouvrage va au-del? des mots. Il nous am?ne directement ? un endroit paisible ? l'int?rieur de nous-m?me hors du contr?le de notre ?go.

Le bouquin est sur Amazon.fr


On peut lire quelques extraits ici : Extraits du bouquin

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This saturday I had a free golf course offered by the Vlerick Alumni.

A big thank you to the alumni because is was very interesting and pleasant.

Links

http://www.lowas.be/photos/Misc/Golf.gif

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Welcome to my MBA knowledge base.

Between Sep 12, 2002 and June 2003 I will be doing an MBA. I intend to collect here, maybe with the help of others, the summary of all the important concepts that you meet when doing an MBA.

This is a modif.

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Date: 2004-11-09 20:50:49

This will be my next news... Come back soon...

You can already see some pictures of Tulum here :

http://www.lowas.be/photos/Mexico/


Travel

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Date: 2003-11-23 11:56:51

La petite id?e du jour...

Quand vous recevez de la publicit? avec votre facture d'?lectricit? ou de t?l?phone, joignez-la avec votre paiement. Laissez ? la compagnie le soin de s'en d?barrasser.
Quand vous recevez dans votre courrier ces lettres de pr?-approbation pour des cartes de cr?dits, pr?ts automobiles ou autres offres du m?me genre, la plupart sont accompagn?es d'enveloppes de retour pr?-affranchies, pas vrai ?
Donc pourquoi ne pas en profiter pour vous d?barrasser d'autres courriers inutiles en les mettant dans ces jolies petites enveloppes ?
Vous pouvez ainsi envoyer l'annonce re?ue de votre d?panneur local ? American Express ou vos coupons rabais ? Citybank qui vous propose sans cesse un pr?t ? un taux incroyable...
Si vous n'avez rien re?u d'autres cette journ?e l?, vous pouvez toujours retourner le formulaire vierge dans l'enveloppe pr?- affranchie !
Si vous voulez demeurer anonyme, pensez juste ? vous assurer que votre nom n'est pas ?crit sur l'un ou l'autre des documents que vous retournez. Vous pouvez aussi renvoyer l'enveloppe vide juste pour laisser la soci?t? se demander si elle a perdu un client potentiel.
Au bout d'un moment, et si nous nous y mettons tous, les banques, compagnies de cr?dits et autres marchands de pizza vont commencer ? recevoir toutes les cochonneries qu'elles ont envoy?es. Laissons les donc appr?cier ce que c'est que de recevoir toutes ces inanit?s. Le meilleur dans tout ?a c'est qu'elles paieront elles-m?mes pour l'enveloppe et le timbre! (et ceci 2 fois : l'envoi et le retour) Pas beau , ?a ?
Aidons ? garder notre service postal occup? puisqu'il pr?tend que le courrier ?lectronique leur pique des clients, et pour cette raison il devra sans doute prochainement augmenter le prix des timbres !
Amusez vous bien

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September 2009

? Il ?tait une fois quatre individus qu'on appelait
Tout le monde - Quelqu'un
- Chacun - et Personne.

Il y avait un important travail ? faire,
Et on a demand? ? Tout le monde de le faire.
Tout le monde
?tait persuad? que Quelqu'un le ferait..
Chacun
pouvait l'avoir fait, mais en r?alit? Personne ne le fit.

Quelqu'un
se f?cha car c'?tait le travail de Tout le monde !
Tout le monde
pensa que Chacun pouvait le faire
Et Personne ne doutait que Quelqu'un le ferait?

En fin de compte, Tout le monde fit des reproches ? Chacun
Parce que Personne n'avait fait ce que Quelqu'un aurait pu faire.


*** MORALIT? ***

Sans vouloir le reprocher ? Tout le monde,
Il serait bon que Chacun
Fasse ce qu'il doit sans nourrir l'espoir
Que Quelqu'un le fera ? sa place?
Car l'exp?rience montre que
L? o? on attend Quelqu'un,
G?n?ralement on ne trouve Personne !

Just created my bit.ly account. http://jfdeclercq.bit.ly/ (from Twitter)
RT @itworks: No.1 reason for failure in an architectural EA effort: having the wrong leader for the project http://bit.ly/1IE87X (from Twitter)
RT @JournalDuGeek: News: Une vid?o de la tablette Courier de Microsoft ! http://bit.ly/IEfxB (from Twitter)
Flash Mob Dance : http://bit.ly/MmxDU (from Twitter)
Title of my thesis : BPMN is not the panacea for Business Process Management. (from Twitter)
Just finished my thesis for my IBM IT Architect Master Programme. Ouf ! (from Twitter)
I eventually took some time today to blog on our Honeymoon we spent in July in Italy.

Here are some images illustrating the cities we visited (I chose 1 photo per city):

Next year I want climb the Mont Ventoux with my bike. http://bit.ly/4rXcJk (from Twitter)
Humans are incapable of securely storing high-quality cryptographic keys, and they have unacceptable speed and
accuracy when performing cryptographic operations.

(They are also large, expensive to maintain, difficult to manage, and they pollute the environment. It is astonishing
that these devices continue to be manufactured and deployed. But they are sufficiently pervasive that we must design our protocols around their limitations.)

Kaufman, Perlman and Speciner


This weekend was Druivenfeesten Hoeilaart and Cycling in Bruxelles (Journ?e sans voitures) (from Twitter)
Shift Happens 4.0 : http://bit.ly/vwVKV (If you have not seen it yet). (from Twitter)
Photos of de Kiwanis Stand in de park aan de Druivenfeesten Hoeilaart. http://url-ok.com/d999e5. Kom vandaag. (from Twitter)
The process Architect : redpaper available : http://bit.ly/6C0DK (from Twitter)
A4 is not adapted to reading on a laptop... The IBM CIO study format is not A4 or Letter. Rather a kind of square. (from Twitter)

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Ce weekend encore une course qui passe pr?s de chez moi : le m?morial Van Coningslo.

J'ai pris 3 photos qu'on peut voir ici : http://photos.lowas.be/20060604MemorialVC/

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Describe HumanRessourceManagement here.

Misc Links :

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The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions

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Date: 2001-07-30 16:07:49

Lisez l'article de Vers-L'avenir Brabant Wallon.

Rem: je joue en reserve a Archennes.



e-sports.be : Archennes mise sur les jeunes

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Date: 2001-10-03 17:53:29

I found an interesting study from Intellor on XML Databases Trends and Influences in the library of dad.be.

DAD.BE > LIBRARY.


There is also an article on XML Adoption: Benefits And Challenges


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Date: 2004-03-21 18:19:09

Based in Amsterdam but always on the move, Dancetrippin produces and distributes dance related media through tv and internet as well as through products like its cd/dvd compilation series.

Have a look here : dancetrippin DJ Mixes

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Date: 2002-09-09 18:36:25

Linux Day is a free expo and conference. It will happen on the 1-3 October 2002 in Luxemburg.

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PageGroupTest is a test of the PageGroup plugin.

Click the first page to start the tour of this experimental plugin.

Table of Contents

PageGroupTestOne PageGroupTestTwo PageGroupTestThree PageGroupTestFour

TODO

Page names currently must be listed one per line. An ordered or unordered list would be better.









For reference, here are all the pages that link to PageGroupTest (note that one is missing):

3 pages link to PageGroupTest:

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February 2009

Pas le temps de blogger. Il y a pourtant plusieurs sujets que je voudrais documenter : ORM, Salon des vacances, ILOG...


Sur 20 services web2.0 que j'utilise, je me demande combien vont survivre...Cfr http://www.jfdeclercq.com/index.php?pagename=SocialNetworks


Last monday I was in Lagaude (near Nice, France) for a visit of the IBM SOA Center of Excellence.

It was very interesting. It's also a very nice environment.

The goal was to brief one of our customers on several SOA and Industry Solutions.

At the end of the day, we also visited the Industry Solution Center which brings deep dive into most relevant business issues through scenario based demonstrations.

For example, solutions in the Consumer Products Center are presented using a scenario which is customised for you. There is a Consumer Home, Retail Store, Manufacturer/ Retail DC and HQ Office so that solutions can be seen in their proper context.




You can have an overview of Lagaude it here :

http://www-05.ibm.com/fr/ibmforum/lagaude/overview.html

And with each other ! It will be on Feb 28th 2009 in Overijse.


Recently I blogged about FeedJournal and Tabloid to make your own newspaper in PDF.

The Printed Blog is the same but with articles selected by the website users. So you can get daily a PDF of the artciles people found the most interesting.

See more here :

I had to re-upload the mp3s of "La l?gende dor?e de St Georges". They had disappeared.

I had the pleasure to see they now have nice widgets like this one :

Powered by eSnips.com

Last week I attended a very interesting BPM seminar provided by Denali, a Belgian BPM software company.

For me it's clear there are interesting possible synergies between the processes that Denali can model and document with FlexoBPM and the processes IBM can run and monitor with Webshpere Process Server.

It's also interesting to see that both Denali and IBM will be at Gartner's Business Process Management Summit , on Feb 23-25, 2009.

The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions

En fait, Google Desktop est un excellent espion. A chaque fois qu'on cherche sur son ordi quelquechose et qu'on clique "Search More" sans faire expr?s, on dit ? Google ce qui nous int?resse. Ca pourrait tres bien ?tre des keywords "company confidential"


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Date: 2002-04-23 21:10:51

Yesterday I received a letter from the Solvay Business School. (Too late, I'll go to Vlerick!!).

If you wish to do an mba in Brussels, Solvay would certainly be a good idea : http://www.solvaymba.edu/parttime/index.htm

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What famous leader are you ?
I took the "which leader are you ?" test recommended in the Bizz Blog,
I was very suprised to be a leader like ... Gandhi.



What Famous Leader Are You?
personality tests by similarminds.com


And you what famous leader are you like ?

Fun Internet jfdeclercq Philosophie MBA

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Date: 2001-08-17 14:43:30

Tamino is Software AG's XML Server.

Want to see it in action ? --->
TAMINO DEMO ZONE

  • Take a look at Tamino in action in an XML application
  • Try querying Tamino with XML queries
  • Find out how to use stylesheets to deliver XML content to various output devices (browser, printer, cell phone etc.)
  • See how to define and invoke Web Services created with Tamino (SOAP, WSDL,...)

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Date: 2003-11-01 13:34:34

Take the MBTI test to find our who you are : www.humanmetrics.com/

Some more here : Industrial And Organisational Psychology Seminar


Management

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In a world without walls and fences,
who needs Windows and Gates?
- Sun Microsystems

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From http://www.vlerick.be/education/mba/introductory.htm#statistics

We live in a probabilistic managerial world. Processes are seldom black or white. They are uncertain, fuzzy, likely. Some basic statistical knowledge and ?feeling? is indispensable for every modern manager. In all kinds of management domains such as financial management, quality control, marketing research and operations management, concepts and techniques with a mathematical and statistical background are used.

This course is not aimed to form specialists in the area but to give you a sufficient background in business statistics, enabling you to start a fruitful dialogue with real statistical experts and to unmask the pseudo-expert "who uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts - for support rather than illumination."-Andrew Lang (1844-1912).


Available Course Notes :

  • Statistics Course Notes
  • My Summary of ?ManagerialStatistics

My notes used to be available on Multimania. But Multimania kicked me out. Too many downloads, not enough browsing !!

So I'm looking for a scalable replacement solution to store the 100MB of PDF for all my notes. If you need these notes just send me an email. We will find a solution.


I found here an excellent tutorial web site with Quizz and so on http://pse.cs.vt.edu/SoSci/converted/index.html

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XeniT maakt documenten slimmer - Data News
'Making documents smarter' is de slogan van de start-up met hoofdkwartier op het Ladeuzeplein in Leuven'

Internet IT News

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Livre ?lectronique, livre num?rique (e-book) : dossier documentaire
Dossier complet sur le eBook
What are your projects ?



Yesterday I heard someone on TV saying :

"A lot of problems in our society come from the absence of projects".

It's true. Nothing is more depressing than not having projects. When you don't have a perspective you don't think about your future, you only think about the past and how it was the good times. Instead, you should always look forward and catch the opportunities that the future brings. Working on projects allow you to have recognition from your peers and/or auto-satisfaction.

This statement nevertheless is maybe a bit too simple :
  • What happens when you have tried many times to contribute to a project and you have failed multiple times ?
  • Why should we always move forward ? Some people need to have projects, maybe other prefer not to have projects ? Where is the freedom ? (See the joke on the Harvard MBA)
  • How can we find projects where everybody gets the "what's in it for me ?" question answered ? What if everybody wants to be the project manager ?
But in general, I agree with the statement. When I list my personal goals in life, I can identify the projects that I need to undertake to reach my goals. (By the way, my goals should be SMART, otherwise I'll never be happy).

So if the statement is true.: as human beings, we need projects.

The next questions are than:
  • what are my personal projects which will make me happy ?
  • what are my family projects ?
  • what are my community/village/team/work projects
  • what are my country's projects ?
  • what the world's project ?
and for all those projects, why do we want to have those projects ? Are they for a good cause ? How do they interact with each other ?

It's up to us all to select the projects which add value, respect the people and the nature. Many projects don't help us and nevertheless we contribute to them... Let's try to step out of these.
Saint-Nicolas at IBM (Nov 25th,2007)
Les imp?ts expliqu?s par un Ph. D. am?ricain?. assez clair?.
Pour ceux qui ont compris, aucune explication n?est n?cessaire. Pour ceux qui n?ont pas compris, aucune explication n?est possible.
Oui mais...
Entendu hier soir sur France4 dans "Oui mais..." avec G?rard Jugnot et Emilie Dequenne.

"C'est pas parcequ'il fait nuit qu'il n'y aura plus jamais de soleil"

En fait ce film raconte comment on peut r??quilibrer sa relation ? l'autre, aimer quelqu'un sans jouer dans ses petits jeux de chantages affectifs et autre gentillesses inconscientes.
JavaPolis 2007 - a good start

Yesterday I attended some sessions at Javapolis 2007.

The session Introduction to JRuby really gave me a good feeling.


Eventually an IT session - in addition to IBM's Proof Of Technology - where people are not afraid of showing the bits and bytes of IT. They are even proud of it.


For many years now, I have been told to "Talk Business", ROI, "Business Value", "Business Drivers", "talk the language of the business"... IT Bullshit level > 50%.

If the business wants to do IT without bits/bytes, I wish them good luck.

Yesterday I was very happy to see 400 people listening carefully to a Netbeans/Ruby/Rails demo! I was fascinating for me to see someone doing something real. THE REAL STUFF...

IT Bullshit level = 0%.

And once again I'll refer to this article : Why Decision Makers Need to Understand the Technology.

Yes, there is a T in IT ! Na !

La Cachette De Brahma
L'homme a fait le tour de la terre, il a explor?, escalad?, plong? et creus?, ? la recherche de quelque chose...
T?l?chargez INFOPRENEUR.
Vendre des Ebooks : T?l?chargez INFOPRENEUR. Le livre gratuit qui l?ve le voile sur les opportunit?s de l'?dition num?rique
Vous ?tes aussi sur Fessebouc ?
Ca m'a bien fait rire...
Le Clip de la Bulle Web 2.0
It's a long time I ask myself the question : Is there a Web2.0 Bubble ?
IBM Lotus vend des stoemps d'affaires !!

Je lis sur le site BrusselsLife.be une explication sur les bootlegs.

"Aujourd'hui des centaines de bootlegs sortent chaque semaine sur internet (ils sont parfois appell?s Mashup: synonyme de notre stoemp national, mais le mot Bootleg est de plus en plus g?n?ralis?)"

Mais oui, mais alors... en IT... les "Business Mashups 2.0" ce sont des stoemps d'affaire !! Mais bien s?r !

Mes coll?ques de IBM Lotus donc sont des vendeurs de stoemp :-D

Question subsidiaire : A quand les SOA Bootlegs ? Ca seraient des processus d'entreprise superpos?s ou quelquechose dans le style...

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It's a long time that SOA has been around. My first atricles are dated jan 2003 but I had already done some work on it in 2002.

Two years ago still, I was trying to convince my colleagues to put SOA on the agenda of one of our Marketing events... They told me nobody was interested in SOA... Look now, all seminars go around SOA.

So for me it's very boring and "old News" to hear about "SOA","SOAP" and "Attention : SOA is not Web Service" (Even if what they actually sell is UDDIv3 and... SOAP).

What's even more boring is that SOA is about Component Based Design and Reuse... It was already the same discussion at the time of CORBA...

The only refreshing item in SOA is its impact on "Governance". That's new and it's a nice topic. So all providers - HP, BEA, Software AG - now have "SOA Assessments" and "SOA Governance" and "SOA Life Cycles".

So today, SOA doesn't interest me anymore...

The question I have is : what's after SOA ?


SOA

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"Young writers often suppose that style is a garnish for the meat of prose, a sauce by which a dull dish is made palatable. Style has no such separate entity; it is nondetachable, unfilterable. The beginner should approach style warily, realizing that it is himself he is approaching, no other; and he should begin by turning resolutely away from all devices that are popularly believed to indicate style--all mannerisms, tricks, adornments. The approach to style is by way of plainness, simplicity, orderliness, sincerity."

--Strunk and White, "The Elements of Style"

And thus an American textbook, typical required reading for 10th-grade English students, unknowingly extols some virtues of WabiSabi

--scummings


PhpWikiDocumentation

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Back to Work

After one week of vacation at the North Sea in Belgium , I'm today back to work...

News

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Date: 2005-04-20 14:24:46

je viens de terminer ce livre : L'Alchimiste de Paulo Coehlo.

Je vous le recommande et je suis pret a en parler avec vous.

L'Alchimiste - Paulo Coehlo

modif

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Date: 2001-08-11 19:51:58

USARCHENNOISE.MULTIMANIA.COM

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Abstract:

Problem:

Context:

Forces:

Solution:

Examples:

Discussion:

Related Patterns:

Known Uses:

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A la piscine de Bredene
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Si le bonheur existait, ? quoi serviraient les petits bonheurs ?

Quel bonheur aujourd'hui que de faire un tour ? v?lo dans la campagne d'overijse.

J'ai chang? ma position sur mon v?lo en achetant une potence plus courte et plus relev?e pour avoir une position plus proche de celle du spinning. Mon v?lo est maintenant un fauteuil de course.

J'?coute la radio : une ?mission de la premi?re (rtbf) sur l' "Homme, ce roseau pensant" : La v?rit?, la Beaut?, la Libert?, le Bonheur, les Croyances et la Mort... Les grandes questions philosophiques ? la lumi?re de la science moderne.

Suivre une rivi?re, faire une mont?e dans les bois, traverser les champs. Les oiseaux chantent. Il fait calme. Le soleil brille.

Si le bonheur existait, ? quoi serviraient les petits bonheurs ?

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Web sites on Lowas.be

About the Lowas.be Domain Name

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Date: 2003-11-15 15:10:57

"Non scholae sed vitae discimus", vieille sentence latine, attribu?e ? S?n?que.

Il faut apprendre non pour l??cole mais pour la vie...



Philosophie

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I was at a training given by PSI recently and the professor, Mr Barry Deutsch, said something simple but so true :

you have to talk about the future to build the future

Also, during a debate on the challenges of the future of the world on Europe1,Albert Jacquard said : "Nous n'avons qu'un seul outil pour influencer le futur de notre planete : la parole". (which I try to translate like this : "we have only one tool to improve the future of our planet: the words")

That's what Jesus tried, is't it ?

See also : Philosophie

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Patrick Le Lay : "Soyons r?alistes : ? la base, le m?tier de TF1, c'est d'aider Coca-Cola, par exemple, ? vendre son produit. (...) Ce que nous vendons ? Coca-Cola, c'est du temps de cerveau disponible."

Source : http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-781732,36-947526,0.html

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Objectiver is a requirements analysis tool (see http://www.objectiver.com/). It allows to capture requirements for any kind of project using the KAOS method.

By linking Operations elements to Projects and assigning a performance relationship to Agents, one can define the Services Containers (agents) as well as their services (operations) with Input and Output parameters represented as Entities.

In the following design the CustomerLookupService performs one operation : searchCustomer having a SearchPattern and SearchString as input and a CustomerList as output.

See an image here http://jfdeclercq.blogspot.com/2006/12/soa-design-with-objectiver.html

The advantage of this method is to be able to derive the SOA out of the Business Requirements.


SOA IT

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Date: 2004-03-25 08:18:19

We don't need the questionners and checkers, the nitpickers who bog down the process...Today each staff person has top ask, ?How do I add value? How do I make people on the line more effective and competitive ?"



Jack Welsh, GE


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Date: 2005-06-22 12:11:41

The first steps to becoming a really great manager are simply common sense; but common sense is not very common. This article suggests some common-sense ideas on the subject of great management.

MbaAssociation.org - What makes a great manager

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I released today a new start page for www.jfdeclercq.com.

You'll find it here : http://www.jfdeclercq.com/start.php

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Date: 2005-10-28 12:08:36

Eventually a free tool to write mindmaps !!!

Freemind







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Saint-Nicolas at IBM (Nov 25th,2007)
Les imp?ts expliqu?s par un Ph. D. am?ricain?. assez clair?.
Pour ceux qui ont compris, aucune explication n?est n?cessaire. Pour ceux qui n?ont pas compris, aucune explication n?est possible.
Oui mais...
Entendu hier soir sur France4 dans "Oui mais..." avec G?rard Jugnot et Emilie Dequenne.

"C'est pas parcequ'il fait nuit qu'il n'y aura plus jamais de soleil"

En fait ce film raconte comment on peut r??quilibrer sa relation ? l'autre, aimer quelqu'un sans jouer dans ses petits jeux de chantages affectifs et autre gentillesses inconscientes.

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Salsa Concert at La Tentation -Bruxelles- every first saturday of the month.

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Sport

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Course Notes

You can download my Operations Mgt course notes here : Operations Mgt Public Downloads

Introduction

(see http://www.vlerick.be/education/mba/main_module.htm#Operations)

Whether an organisation produces goods or services, there is always an operational department, which is responsible for the production of those goods and services. This course deals with the management of this department. There are several decision-making domains that can be divided into two categories: choosing and developing the production systems, and managing the production system.

The purpose of this course is to gain an insight into the principal methods used to analyse and develop production systems, to solve operational management problems and to study the interaction with other functional domains.

Cases

  • Manzana
  • Wotan
  • Benelux Hydraulics

Subjects

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November 2009

Today I'm working on the Integration of IBM's Cryptography solutions for long term archiving in Content Management Solutions like FileNet Image Services.

The idea is to encrypt confidential documents on the desktop using SFED (Secure File Encryption for Desktops) and than post them to the Document Archive.

This design poses many organizational questions :

What if the person who encrypted the file forgot the password ?

In that case, there are two main possibilities:
1. Use a Password Store

or

2. Allow for password recovery. An Administration Interface allows to recover the password. This requires, in addition to the technology, a strong real life procedure such that the password recovery tool isn't misused.

In SFED, the Security Domain of the documents determines if password recovery is possible or not.

What garantees that one can decrypt the document within 10 years from now ?

The combination of the use of encryption standard like Encryption AES, HMAC-SHA-512 or PKCS#12 and IBM's promises to stay in Business...

How to avoid that people use the same password for unrelated files ?

(If this password would be revealed for a file, all the other files would be at risk)

This is an organizational and security governance issue... You need to learn your end users not to put their passwords on a post-it on the workstation's desk. Security is not only technology...

?What will you do next year ?? is the main question I have to answer these days. Last Tuesday (Nov 17th 2009) I got the approval from IBM that my sabbatical leave has been approved. Therefore, in 2010, I will not go to work as usual.

So, this week I met many people who have heard that I'm having a year off. Their main concern is ?What will you do ?? but also ?Will you be back in 2011 ?? .

As the Black Eye Peas would sing, I have a feeling that 2010 is gonna be a good year.

What will I do ?

I will have 3 main objectives in 2010:

1. Business

I will work on the opportunity of starting a business in the field of ePaper. Concretely, there are many activities I want to undertake around ePaper
  • Play with the eReaders technology (the IREX S1000, the Sony eReader or some Hanlin models for example): programming , integrating Content Management platforms like Alfresco, configuring for Personal Productivity, displaying Medical Information, downloading eBanking information or Marketing Material, Testing Notes Taking, Automatically producing content from RSS feeds...
  • Blog on ePaper related technologies. I will launch 2 blogs on ePaper (one in French, the other in English). I already have created 2 associated websites : http://appepaper.com and http://appe.biz/.
  • Determine an ePaper Reference Architecture that will be useful for documenting ePaper applications. Publish white papers on the subject.
  • Gradually participate in ePaper projects, software, hardware and consulting as an independent consultant.
  • Re-Write and start to execute my business plan for ePaper
  • Participate to (or Organize) ePaper events
  • Build a network of ePaper enthousiasts around the world who can achieve together great ePaper projects




2. Sport

Together with my friend Laurent Saublens, we decided to get to the top of the Mont Ventoux by bike. I hope he didn't forget it because I want to take up the challenge.



3. Free Time

For the first time in my life, for one year, I will have no agenda, no obligation. It will be an interesting experience. It might sound crazy but I want to truly understand what I will choose to do of my free time when facing an empty agenda. Here is what I believe I will do:
  • Cleaning ? I have many things to tidy up at home
  • Spend more time with my family, especially Thomas (my son)
  • Painting, Drawing
  • Reading, Writing
  • Gardening (not 100% sure)
  • Local Tourism: watching busy people in the street, drink coffee with my eReader.
  • ...

And I'have just been told there is an additional objective:

4. Spoil my wife who deserves it (which was actually proposed by... my wife who was reading over my shoulder. But ok. Fair enough).

So, Will I come back (to IBM) ?

It will mainly depend on the successful execution of my business plan. If I'm happy being an independent entrepreneur, I will probably not come back to IBM. If on the contrary I'm not happy with the experience, I could come back to work for the Large Company. I don't know yet today.

No rain coming on the Buienradar (http://www.meteox.be/) so let's go for 1H Mountain Bike... (from Twitter)
The good news is that yesterday IBM approved my sabbatical year in 2010. (from Twitter)
Great news for 2010 today ! (from Twitter)
Installing the Devoxx - Conference Guide for Android ? Conference Guide Blog http://bit.ly/nymt0 (from Twitter)
Photos et Vid?os du Weekend familie Declercq http://bit.ly/K6NrZ (from Twitter)
Today most technological companies are faced wihth the same problem : the explosion of technologies.

In the past there were maybe only 2 or 3 possible technologies for solving a specific problem. Today you have 10.

For example, in the 80s most of programmers in large companies would work on the IBM Mainframe. Today, there are several populations : J2EE, Oracle, Microsoft, open source, Web... You only have to look at the agenda of next week's devoxx conference to get an idea of some recent technologies which didn't exist 10 years from now.

As a result of this explosion, IT skills have to evolve. IT people have to deal with going out of their comfort zone. Here is what I identify as key skills for the future IT professionals:

  • Capable of Abstraction : You should be able to design a solution even if you don't know about all the details. For example, If you don't exactly how does the Spring Framework works you still know what it does and where it fits because it's a "Model View Controller" System.
  • Fast Learner - If you don't know at all what it is, than Google and Wikipedia are your friends. You can find out, learn, use new things very fast.
  • Critic : a technology might be the best on the short term but never become a market standard on the mid to long term. Learn to find out what will stay and what will disappear. It's not about technology... IT Profiles must now be aware of the pro and cons of the new technology that is constantly proposed.
  • Strong Communicator : Solutions become complex and being paid for implementing them requires to give trust to your customer that it will indeed work as designed. To receive and give trust, communication skills are essential.
  • Customer Orientation : Don't use technology because it is cool (or just do it for yourself like me ;-)), use technology because it solves your customer's pain.
  • Can Do Attitude : Finally, to get competitive advantage, you'll need to dare to innovate, to make new assemblies, to make new combination of the technology. The specialization of businesses makes that the designing a new solution or the winning of a new customer is a matter of pushing the limits further. Too often I see IT Professionals going back to their comfort zone and saying 'This is not a problem for me'. I believe they are wrong because IT comfort zones will tend to disappear : they can be automated (ex: DB Administration) or outsourced at a lower cost (ex: Off Shore Software Factories).

RT @numerikbook: Une image prise sur le vif, en fin de journ?e, dans le m?tro, vaut mille mots num?riques ! http://bit.ly/3QmxKJ (from Twitter)
LOL ! Lawyer: "Have you lived in this town all your life?" Witness: "Not yet." http://bit.ly/2vr9h1 (from Twitter)
Pas mal... mais un peu trop soft ? mon go?t. RT @mulkers: super morceau http://bit.ly/3PtOoP (from Twitter)
Les cons, ?a ose tout. C'est m?me ? ?a qu'on les reconna?t. http://bit.ly/LckfH (from Twitter)
http://twitdraw.com/orbv12 Le ciel (par Thomas) #twitdraw (from Twitter)
"Le Digital Native d?borde d'id?es, il est ambitieux, imaginatif et multit?ches. Il aime travailler en ?quipe, tout en ressentant un fort besoin d'autonomie et d'ind?pendance. Il a tendance ? rejeter l'autorit?, mais accepte la comp?tition."

Ouille, ca me fait penser a quelqu'un...

Source : Brainsfeed : (r?flexion) > Les Digital natives: une nouvelle g?n?ration d'employ?s

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Date: 2001-11-06 23:53:46

Go to mind.sourceforge.net and you will have the opprtunity to "speak" with a machine.
Read the tutorial first...


IT

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I was today at a big Microsoft event where we could have a keynote by Bill Gates himself.

After Bill Gate's keynote, an interesting debate was planned with Innovative Project or IT Managers who had innovated in their companies (Belgacom, Fortis, Borealis, FEDICT, De Lijn, Banque De Luxembourg) by applying to a Microsoft Early Adopter program.

I was shocked to see ? of the attendance (about 2000 people among which a lot of IT Professionals) leaving the room as the debate was just starting.

I consider this as an enormous lack or respect from those people against the top Belgian IT professionals who were present and who had a concrete and sound business case to defend.

Also the Microsoft organization was really great. Respecting the speakers would have been a great return to Microsoft from those who profited from the free lunch?

http://www.readyforanewday.be/

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Axel Kahn - L'homme ce roseau pensant.

Dans ce livre, Axel Kahn explique ce que l'homme ? de sp?cifique par rapport aux animaux et philosophe sur les diff?rences entre l'animal et l'humain dans les domaines suivants :

  • la relation ? l'autre
  • la passion de la v?rit?
  • le sentiment esth?tique
  • l'int?r?t ?conomique
  • la libert?
  • le sens du sacr?
  • le bonheur

Le bonheur

J'ai particuli?rement appr?ci? le chapitre sur le bonheur, qu?te constante chez moi.

"La vision Spinozienne selon laquelle la joie et le bonheur exigent la libre possibilit? de pers?verer dans son ?tre, d'exprimer pleinement sa nature, peut s'appliquer au monde animal dans son ensemble, l'homme constituant un cas particulier d'une singuli?re complexit? en rapport avec la richesse de l'?tre en question et son potentiel d'auto?dification."

...
"Homo Sapiens a la capacit? ?l?ctive d'?chafauder mille sortes de projets d?sirables, d'avoir l'ambition de les r?aliser, d'?tre frustr? - et donc malheureux - de ne pas y parvenir, et de toute fa?on, de n'?tre en pratique jamais combl?. "

...
"La question est bien s?r celle du niveau de la barre d'acc?s au bonheur. La placer trop haut interdit sans doute de la franchir, mais manifeste aussi la puissance de l'esprit humain. La baisser semble peu digne de ce dernier. Que faire alors ?

Etre homme, conscient ? la fois de notre animalit? et de ses trais sp?cifiques fondant notre humanit?, oser vouloir en r?aliser pleinement les potentialit?s en communion avec autrui, s'en donner les moyens. Puis, parfois se retourner sur son chemin et pouvoir se dire que, si'l n'est pas parfait, il n'est pourtant pas insignifiant. En ressentir quelque satisfaction, tenter d'?tre heureux, en somme..."


Philosophie

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Date: 2001-11-06 23:36:26

"Personal Home page"





or





"PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor"





Maybe you could find the answer here...

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I was on vacation in the Dominican Republic this week and last week.

Photos and details to be published soon...

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D?finition

"La philosophie, entendue au sens de philosophie occidentale, du grec "philos" aimer et "sophia" sagesse, le savoir, c'est-?-dire litt?ralement ? l'amour de la sagesse ?) est une discipline intellectuelle, pouvoir avoir ou non lieu dans un cadre acad?mique et n'ayant pas de domaines propres ? la diff?rence des sciences humaines, sciences naturelles ou des sciences formelles auxquelles elle est ou a ?t? intimement li?e. Sa d?finition est assez ardue, on peut la d?finir comme un savoir totalisant, une r?flexion visant une interpr?tation globale du monde et de l'existence humaine aussi bien que comme un questionnement. "

(http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophie)

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Response to LinkedIn question - Does somebody have the new best practices for IT organizational design?

http://www.linkedin.com/answers/management/organizational-development/MGM_ODV/109785-611175

Yesterday I saw a movie where the conclusion was : "the best recipes are the ones that you invent yourself".

I guess a lot of theory like ITSM or ITIL will help you to shape your organization. Today the most critical question for an IT organization is "what do I want to keep internal and what do I want to outsource ?"

To answer that question, there is no standard recipe. You'll need to align your IT Plan to your Business Plan. The strategic pieces have to be remain under control.

If I were an IT manager I would build a Diamond Structure. I would focus my IT on 3 layers : 1/4 management (Project managers, Support managers...), 1/2 Architects and Analysts (the gatekeepers of your IT) and 1/4 some developers. The developers allowing to control the work that is produced by sub-contractors. (They would not be the rowers of the rowing boat race story ;-)) It would be a diamond because it's a hierarchical pyramid without a bottom base.

This structure is very agile because you can source the bottom of the pyramid while keeping your managers and architects (they are not bound to a specific technology). Only the developers need to be recycled. I have seen that organization is new entrants companies in Telco (not the incumbants).

I see you are a SAP manager so I guess you don't want big changes in your architecture. SAP should cover as much as possible of your IT... But even than, you're maybe not obliged to have the army of Netweaver or ABAP guys. It depends on what's around your SAP and how does SAP will support your business in the future...


IT Work

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Le Capitalisme est en train de s'auto d?truire

Le titre du livre de Patrick Artus - le capitalisme est en train de s'auto d?truire - me plait ?nom?ment.

J'ai le sentiment que quelquechose ne va pas dans le mod?le capitalistique am?ricain mondial d'aujourd'hui.

Les entreprises doivent montrer une croissance de 15% par an.

Comment est-il possible de toujours cro?tre ?

Croissance continue

Pour moi, Ing?nieur, le "bilan mati?re" me semble bien diffcile. D'ou viennent ces 15% ?

Ils ne peuvent venir de la croissance... Le march?s ?tant de plus en plus comp?titifs, les prix baissent et les marges s'?rodent (en Telecom par exemple, la comp?tition fait rage obligeant Belgacom ? faire... de la t?l?vision).

Mon sentiment est que ces 15% viennet de l'exploitation d'autres resources : les salari?s moins productifs sont licenci?s et ceux qui restent press?s et stress?s, les co?ts sont "cutt?s", toutes les activit?s sont outsourc?es vers les "low costs". M?me la nature n'est pas respect?e; la Syllicon Valley est l'endroit le plus pollu? du monde.

Pendant que les resources sont exploit?es, les investisseurs en profitent. Jamais les entreprises n'ont montr? une telle efficacit?. Comment expliquer les licenciements alors que l'entreprise accro?t ses b?n?fices ? Certains investisseurs misent m?me sur la guerre pour augmenter leur return... Quelle bonne id?e d'investir sur les producteurs de p?troles au d?but de la guerre en Iraq...

Dans le monde actuel de l'information et de la m?diatisation, la conscientisation de l'exploitation des riches par les pauvres (ou des resources par les puissants) est croissante...

R?volution ?

Combien de temps cela va-t'il durer ? Combien de temps les riches vont-ils pouvoir exploiter les pauvres dans ce mod?le capitalistique ?

Je n'en sais rien. Mais je pense qu'un jour il y aura une (r)?volution et que ce monde permettra de revenir a une vie plus simple ou d'autres valeurs pourront s'imposer.

Et la politique ?

Est-ce que les partis socialistes sont les visionnaires de demain. Peut-?tre oui. En tout cas j'esp?re que l'europe sera toujours plus humaniste que les autres continents. Ceci permettra aux Europ?ens d'?tre plus heureux. Et oui : aggandissons l'europe...

Quel dommage que la constitution europ?enne ne soit pas encore une r?alit?...

Le livre de Patrick Artus

Apparement, le livre de Patrik Artus si j'en crois la description trouv?e ici dans un extrait de lib?ration

" Le festival des profits continue. Apr?s Total, BNP Paribas, Soci?t? g?n?rale, L'Or?al, qui ont atteint des sommets, Bouygues a annonc? hier un b?n?fice plus que confortable... Cette vague de profits sans pr?c?dent provoque un d?bat sur leur utilisation, les entreprises favorisant les actionnaires au d?triment de l'investissement ou des salari?s. La mondialisation g?n?re ?a, avec les d?localisations, la mont?e du ch?mage industriel. Elle affaiblit le pouvoir de n?gociation des salari?s et fait dispara?tre les besoins d'investissement. Les entreprises n'ont pas besoin de capacit?s suppl?mentaires sur leur territoire, elles pr?f?rent les transf?rer dans les pays ? bas salaires, o? le co?t des investissements est plus faible. Le fond du probl?me, c'est le niveau de rendement, au moins 15 %, demand? aux entreprises par les actionnaires. Avec de telles exigences, les grands groupes cot?s n'ont plus la possibilit? de faire des investissements normaux. C'est l'arr?t de la recherche, la renonciation ? des projets ? horizon long. La mondialisation fait croire un temps que ce type de rendement peut ?tre obtenu. C'est un leurre.

"

r?f?rences :


Philosophie

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Date: 2001-09-09 16:06:40








Welcome to my web page. Here are the events of
this season







































Nov
22&23, 2000
I'm at eBusiness Solutions, Components and
Services
.
Nov
10, 2000
New Bike !!
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC
Nov
6, 2000
Hello, Pour la 2i?me ann?e,
nous ne participeront pas ? la finale du championnat InterUnif de
Belgique.
Les Li?geois, nous accompagnent ?galement. Courage
les gars, la guerre n'est pas finie... Ce n'est pas tr?s grave car on va
s'organiser quelques matchs amicaux, le prochain est pr?vu pour le lundi
4 d?cembre ? Li?ge (19h30 - 21h30). Equipe fille et
?quipe gar?on joueront.
R?sultats du Championnat
InterUnif de ce Lundi 6 Novembre 2000

1/2 finale :
ULg -
H.E. L?onardo de Vinci (Parnasse) : 6 - 3
H.E.C.F. Hainaut - UCL : 8
- 2
Petite finale :
UCL - ULg : 3 - 1
Finale :

H.E.C.F. Hainaut - H.E. L?onardo de Vinci(Parnasse) : 8 - 7

(Pierre-Mic)
Nov
1,2, 2000
I'm in Germany -Darmstadt- for a
Tamino Internals Workshop
Oct
29, 2000?
Accro
Bike
.
Oct
26, 2000
Water-Polo match against Li?ge.

Oct 25-26, 2000
I'm at Software Internet Expo (SIEXPO).

Oct 17, 2000
I'm speaker at XML
Days Europe
.
?Oct 8, 2000 I'm candidate for the elections in my
Village... Int?r?ts
Communaux.

AUTUMN 2000

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Date: 2001-12-30 22:03:21

I have developped a small Hello World application for phpGroupWare.
You can read the doc here:
http://www.jfdeclercq.com/html/2001/12/HellophpGroupware.html
And download it here
http://www.jfdeclercq.com/html/2001/12/Hello.zip


Jef.

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Date: 2004-11-18 19:19:34

Encore plus de blagues sur :
http://www.europanto.be/


Fun

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Druivenfeesten in Overijse
This week is the week of the DruivenFeetsen in Overijse.

Up to now we mainly took the opportunity to go to 2 concerts:

See you soon there maybe ?

Fun

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First you need to have a look at the MTB downhill here :

http://www.jeanbamin.com/article-5285966.html

Here are the lessons for life that I take out of this video :

  1. You should not be scared : those guys manage to do it because they are not scared. They have trust they can do it.
  2. Don't exagerate your effort : if you look at the guy at the front, what I notice is that he doesn't need to do much to go down the road. The jumps do not require special impulse. He doesn't brake too hard and doesn't have to accelerate especially. The normal speed is always the correct speed.
  3. Know where you are going : those guys make it only because they drive well. They know where to place their wheels. If you have no idea where you are going, it's much more risky to start. (Of course some people love risk but that's another story...)

Sport | Fun | Philosophie

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Globally 2006 has been a good year for me, both professionally and in my private life. I highlight here the major topics.

Work

As Solution Architect at HP Consulting & Integration, I continued to develop the architecture of one of our largest project at an Insurance Company. I did that in collaboration with senior architect colleagues and it has been very interesting for me. However, working on the same design for one year was a bit difficult for me. I need much more scope and context changes than that. In the mean time, we also won and delivered interesting missions in the SOA space where I believe I have continued to progress. Good thing: I received an award (a bottle of Champaign) for ?Excellence in Business Development?.

Gradually, around July, I was getting bored with my job function. Also I had had phone calls from other companies wanting to know if I would be interested by some other opportunities. I started to think about it and I talked about it with my manager at HP. He proposed me another challenge. (I have to say that this manager, Herman Van Beirendonck is the best manager I have ever had until now).

In November I became Client Principal for Fortis. My responsibility is to develop HP?s Consulting & Integration Business at Fortis.

This change is a big change for me: I?m moving from the technical field to the sales field. I feel this is important because one day I wish to be more in control of some business - as a manager, or as owner ? and businesses have revenues and have costs. It?s probably more difficult to drive revenue than to make costs, so I believe in developing my selling skills, even if it?s not always where my heart is. I keep on reading the article ?Why decision-makers need to understand the technology? because it hurts my Engineer?s heart to see how people don?t care about how it (IT) works. It?s my MBA which tells me to look at the money side of things if I want to get where I want to get (higher). Only the future will tell me if this move was good for me or not. In anyway, it?s important to me to ?walk the talk?. I?ll be able to make a point on this career move at the end of 2007. (See also ?What?s Next?)

Today, my priority is to be integrated into the Fortis/HP business and move from a backoffice function to a leading commercial position.

Travel

Discovering the world is and will stay important to me. Of all the 5 senses, the vision is the best to me. I don?t need to talk or listen. It?s important to me to see.

So we took the time and money to travel and see the world.

We started with some very relaxing holidays in the Caribbean: the Dominican Republic. It?s all about Rest, Sun, Beach, Catamaran, Blue Ocean and all the other Rhum Coktails, Swimming Pool? All Inclusive.

During the summer, we went to the sea side in Belgium. This is an excellent place for Thomas and he keeps asking when we will go back. 2006 was very warm year, so we had excellent weather conditions (even too hot some days).

In September, we visited Rome. It was a very romantic trip and we had a good overview of the city in 3 days. I believe we will have to go back to complete the visit and, of course, for the shopping.

In November, we had a small weekend in the north of France in Montreuil-sur-mer. We had a walk on the beach of Le Touquet and the weather was great: a good and relaxing moment also.

In December, we had booked a Travel to Egypt (Cruise on the Nile) but we had to cancel it. It will be for next year?

Leisure

I have decided that Cycling is my primary sport (because I always want to try something else) and even if I?m not able to do as much as I would like, I think we didn?t do too bad.

  • Montain Bike : 580 Km
  • Road : 740 Km
  • Spinning : 40 RPM Sessions

We also had a Salsa course on Thursday evening for several weeks (10, I believe). It?s not so easy to learn Salsa after work because you need some concentration. But we could learn some nice combinations : Dile Que No, Enchufla, Enchufla double, Carnavale?

Maybe it?s less than before but I still spend time watching TV and ? Belgacom TV has arrived to us! I?m very happy about that because I can learn with the new channels on History, Travel and Science and Thomas is quiet with Baby TV.

All the year, I listened to Europe1. I love Europe1.

Internet

As you may know, Internet is an important thing to me. I spend many hours writing my website and reading what?s on the web.

2006 was for me the year of RSS. I started to use RSS aggregators like RSS Bandit or Netvibes.com to make my own selection of the web. I have selected some blogs I like to read and I monitor them. These are mainly general, local and IT news sites. I complemented by some google Alerts on companies I watch like HP, Belgacom, Fortis, BEA, Microsoft, Documentum. I also have alerts on my favourite buzzwords like ECM, SOA, Int?lligence Economique (Competitive Intelligence) and MBA.

At the beginning of the year I stopped using my PostNuke because I had been hacked (I had pornographic comments on my posts?). But I recently complemented by a Picture Blog and the use of Del.icio.us to build a personalize RSS stream. My favourite site is for the moment scoopeo.be.

As a ?webmaster? I continued the development of Paul Leroy?s website. This year was the year of the L?gende Dor?e de St Geroges. So we advertised on the home page and than published pictures and even mp3 on eSnips.com.

My feeling is that the Internet has found a second life these last months, with Web2.0. The Times magazine has elected YOU (the million of people who contribute to the WWW) as the Person of the year. So to some extend I must be 1/1000.000 of a person of the year. My main question about the coming back of the web, is that it?s maybe a second bubble. Free services are popping up again : for some time I could not find a place to upload files but now YouTube even encourages to post videos. Who pays for this ?

I believe, this is only payable if Television over the Internet becomes a reality (think about France24), otherwise it might well be a second bubble. Let?s hope not because I like the web when it?s like that. Missing on the web2.0 : Big Companies. Most large companies don?t push content to the web (IBM is an exception). Even a good description of their products is often missing. Would more information and transparency kill their business model? Maybe, but consumers are now directly blogging on their products in real time so they?d better inform well using the same kind of communication means. Competitive Intelligence using the web is all about that.

Conclusion

To summarize here is the 2006 score:

 Work  6/10 
 Travel  8/10 
 Leisures  9/10 
 Internet  9/10 

With a mean of 8/10, we can say it has been a good year, can?t we?

Want to know what?s next? What's Next : 2007 and After


jfdeclercq

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Date: 2001-07-13 14:17:04

In a world without walls and fences,
who needs Windows and Gates?
- Sun Microsystems

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Examen terminal ? l?universit? Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Sujet : ? Faites une dissertation, la plus courte possible des 3 sujets suivants :

  1. Religion
  2. Sexualit?
  3. Myst?re

Une ?tudiante a re?u 20/20

Sa r?ponse ?tait :

? Mon Dieu ! Je suis enceinte ! Mais de qui ? ?


Fun

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1. Probl?matique (introduction)

Mise en sc?ne du sujet Pr?sentation g?n?rale du sujet

Question Pr?sentation de la question controvers?e dont le texte va traiter.

Division Annonce de la structure (diff?rentes parties) du texte.

2. Prise de position (premi?re partie du d?veloppement)

Pr?cision de vocabulaire D?finitions des termes les plus importants du texte.

?nonc? de la position Pr?sentation claire de la r?ponse ? la question pos?e dans la probl?matique.

Explication ?laboration sur le sens de la position (implications, exemples, nuances).

3. Justification (deuxi?me partie du d?veloppement)

Arguments Pr?sentation des raisons (pr?misses) qui soutiennent la position d?fendue.

Objections et r?ponses Pr?sentation de contre-arguments ? votre position et r?ponses ou r?futations ? ces objections.

4. Synth?se (conclusion)

R?sum? Pr?sentation de fa?on abr?g?e de la probl?matique, de la position d?fendue, des arguments utilis?s et objections envisag?es.

?largissement Pr?sentation des limites de l'expos? qui ouvre sur une perspective plus vaste ou rattache la question trait?e ? un nouveau probl?me.

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Date: 2002-11-16 18:09:07

Go back to www.lowas.be

The name of the website comes from the name of the hill where I'm living.  I'll tell you more about "La colline des Lowas" accross ages later.

Le nom de domaine de mon site Internet a pour origine le nom de la colline ou j'habite : la colline des lowas.

Sur la colline des Lowas il y a la rue des lowas.


Vue de la colline vers le village


Go back to www.lowas.be

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Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is the technologies used to capture, manage, store, preserve, and deliver content and documents related to organizational processes. ECM tools and strategies allow the management of an organization's unstructured information, wherever that information exists.

http://www.aiim.org/article-aiim.asp?ID=31521

Download the AIIM poster here:

http://www.aiim.org/viewpdfc.asp?ID=29914


IT

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Date: 2001-07-14 11:30:40

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Date: 2003-09-21 10:19:38

Last weekend I tried to surf for the first time at the SurfHouse (Bredene - Belgium).

"The best surfer in the world is the one that comes out of the water with the biggest smile" (Kelly Slater)

Also tried some Kite (but without the board).
http://www.kiteboard.be/

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The KAOS ((Knowledge Acquisition in autOmated Specification) approach consists of a formal framework based on temporal logic and AI refinement techniques where all terms such as goal and state are consistently and rigorously defined. The main emphasis of KAOS is on the formal proof that the requirements match the goals that were defined for the envisioned system.

KAOS is a way to implement "Goal Oriented Requirements Engineering". In that kind of software engineering, the desing is derived from the end user goals for using the software.

This allows to make high quality design for which we are sure that they match the end user requirements "by construction".

Objectiver represents the very first of a brand new type of requirements engineering tools. Based on a goal-oriented methodology, it aims at building high-grade requirement specifications

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IT

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Date: 2002-08-23 17:46:45

me and Olivier (My brother in Law) started this week a new opensource project : OPENVET.

You can read more on sourceforge :
http://sourceforge.net/projects/openvet

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In Bizz Magazine this month, there is an article on Micro Management (see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micromanagement).

I have met this kind of management in the past and I have really suffered from it.

According to Bizz, Micro management can be caused by :

  1. lack of self-confidence resulting in lack of confidence in others ( = do you know what you are doing ?)
  2. under-estimation of the other capabilities (do you know what others know ? (= do you know your team ? If 1 is not there, than 2 can't be there as you will never be able to evaluate others)
  3. Excessive control and pressure from top management cascading down to the bottom levels of the hierarchy (do you have guts ? Probably if you don't have self-confidence you will not have the guts to say NO to the top management)

What can we deduce from this on the competences that do you need to be the manager ?

My belief is that a company's added value is related to its technology. By technology I mean the foundations of the business: know-how, products, knowledge, technology, experience... A manager that doesn't master that "technology" (and works in a vertical business unit) is in a bad position: he doesn't know what needs to be done, where, how and why. In order to control the activities that he doesn't understand he needs more and more reporting and explanations. Its management style will probably become a micro management style.

Of course a manager must be able to delegate and is not supposed to know all details on HOW tasks will be done. But in order to delegate you first need to know WHAT you delegate. This is where some basic techical competences are required.

Therefore, from the micro-management definition, I can push my idea that a good manager must first of all be competent in the "technicality of the business". Micro-Managers are gangsters who managed to reach high positions by being political, opportunistic or by seducing the top management with buzzwords (ROI, Capitalize, Alignement, BLA BLA BLA with a nice smile).

What about the so-called non-techical competences ? (By the way, is there any comptence that is not "technical" ?)

  • Sales Management ? if your engineer can show your customer the company is very good for what they want to buy, they will buy. Communication and negociation skills are "technical" competences of the sales rep, not of the manager.
  • People Management ? I believe many people manage their personal relationships much better than a lot of top managers.

My belief is that the best managers know their industry and their technologies very well. Some examples ? Bill Gates (Microsoft), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Hasso Plattner (SAP). If you know counter examples send them to me by email (See Contact Information ). Send along a proof that they are successfull and why it's non-technical, of course. I'll put them on this page.

There is only one clever way for a non-technical manager to be a good manager : empower his team and drive competences forward. Put the right people at the right place to drive revenue. This is what good CEOs do. They have the luxury that they don't need any business specific technical competences. It's a nice to have. Their only required technical competence is Business Portfolio Management (Show me the money!). They have to grow what's good for the company and cut what's dead. For the rest, they need a big EGO, a lot of political support and to negociate a golden parachute...

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Natalia Meets En Vogue Shaggy Sportpaleis Antwerpen
We have seen the show this Saturday. Last time I was not convinced by Natalia but this time she managed to provide a great show by wearing nice blue and brown dresses and by sharing the scene with En Vogue and Shaggy.

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Date: 2005-09-28 09:22:15

DILBERT'S GUIDE TO STRESS : An alternative guide to stress in the workplace from Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip.


I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow is not looking good either.

I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.

Tell me what you need, and I'll tell you how to get along without it.

Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue.

Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If they aren't there the first time, chances are you won't be needing them again.

I don't have an attitude problem, you have a perception problem.

Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky, and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

My reality check bounced.

On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.

I don't suffer from stress. I am a carrier.

You are slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, because you are crunchy and
taste good with ketchup.

Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.

A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.

Don't be irreplaceable - if you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.

The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get.

You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry clipboard.

Eat one live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.

People who go to conferences are the ones who shouldn't.

If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done.

When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.
Following the rules will not get the job done.

When confronted by a difficult problem, you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, "How would the Lone Ranger handle this?

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Date: 2002-05-28 14:20:03

Moi j'ai pas honte de le dire, je regarde tr?s souvent le Loft (Loft Story 2).

Sur le site de la derni?re heure il y a une section "Potins du Loft" vraiment sympa.

Par exemple, entendu dans le loft :
"On est comme dans un huis clos mais ? 12".

Par ici :
Les Potins du Loft (www.dhnet.be)

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Date: 2001-09-09 16:50:18

Toujours autant marre du HTML...

Apres avoir evalue Attila-PHP, je migre vers PHP-NUKE.

Cfr http://www.jfdeclercq.com/

A+

JF

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L'arbre des possibles de Bernard Werber (http://arbredespossibles2.free.fr/), c'est le rêve que fait tout informaticien qui a un jour étudié l'Intelligence Artificielle : représenter sa connaissance sur le monde, en faire un modèle et en tirer des conclusions.

Je me souviens que lorsque j'étais étudiant, avec quelques amis, nous avions entamé de représenter le monde sous forme de règles Prolog. Ce que nous avions fait était plutôt humoristique.

(Je vais les retrouver et en copier quelque unes ici. A suivre...)

Cependant, assez rapidement, on se rend compte des limites d'un modèle dont l'objectif est finalement assez flou. Que veux-ton savoir avec ce modèle ?

Le problème du monde qui nous entoure est qu'il est tellement complexe que des règles simples ne permettent pas de le représenter. Il suffit de voir comment les lois et les régulations se complexifient au cours des années. Il y a toujours une parade à la parade... Chaque règle a son contre exemple.

L'approche de Bertrand Weber semble plus intéressante. Elle propose de générer toutes les possibilités au lieu de les contraindre. Mais que veux-t'on savoir ?

Déterminer nos possible futurs nécéssite de privilégier des branches de l'arbre, soit le contraindre, l'élaguer. Et quelles sont les règles qui permettent de dire qu'une branche est plus probable qu'une autre ?

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Date: 2005-07-29 22:46:12

IDEF? is a method designed to model the decisions, actions, and activities of an organization or system.

http://www.idef.com/IDEF0.html

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March 2010

Thank you Jakajima (@ereadingevent) for the great eReading event yesterday #eenl10 (from Twitter)
#eenl10 Hans Brons, CEO iRex : epaper payback is 5 months, eco payback is 6 months (from Twitter)
Le prochain rendez-vous [SparklingPoint] du mardi 30 mars 2010 de 18h45 ? 20h30 accueillera, pour sa quarante-neuvi?me ?dition, Jean-Fran?ois Declercq, AppePaper.com, autour du th?me :

"Quel avenir pour l'ePaper ?" 

Cette ann?e (2010) le march? des eReaders conna?t une ?volution importante :
  • On voit les premiers lecteurs ePaper en vente ? la FNAC
  • Le Kindle d'Amazon atteint une certaine vitesse (3 millions d'exemplaires)
  • l'iPad pourra ?tre pr?-command? le 3 avril
  • Google s'appr?te ? lancer Google Editions
  • Les solutions de lecture sur t?l?phone se d?veloppent ? toute vitesse (ex: Issuu.com sur Android)
Ceci cr?e un march? technologique complexe pour les lecteurs, les ?diteurs, les ?crivains.

Dans cette jungle, on peut se poser deux questions :

1. Y a-t-il encore un avenir pour le papier ?lectronique ?

En effet, la plupart des liseuses utilisent des technologies ?crans plats (LED, OLED) combin?es ? un ?cran "touch" (iPad, Google Tablet, t?l?phones...), ce qui permet une meilleure ergonomie gr?ce ? une meilleure r?activit? de l'?cran et le support de la couleur. Cependant, l'encre ?lectronique ?volue et a quelques atouts. Quelques cas d'utilisation seront d?crits. (plus de 30 cas d'utilisation du papier ?lectronique identifi?s).

2. Quel livre ?lectronique choisir ?

Que je sois lecteur, ?crivain, ?diteur, face aux poids lourds que sont Apple, Google, Amazon, lequel choisir ? iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, Bookeen ? Existe-t-il une alternative ? Comment faire du livre "durable" ?
Une approche "architecturale" permet de d?couper le probl?me et faire des choix strat?giques. Quelques sc?narios seront pr?sent?s pour illustrer :
  • Pourquoi Amazon ?crit des applications pour l'iPad ?
  • Quelle est l'importance des standards comme ePUB ?
  • Quelle est l'importance des DRM ?

prochain rendez-vous sparklingPoint

mardi 30 mars 2010

18h45 , Paris Centre
th?me :

Quel avenir pour l'ePaper ?

invit? : Jean-Fran?ois Declercq


    Back from Egypt yesterday was tiring : sand storm in the morning, long flight because of opposite wind and lost luggage (from Twitter)
    Le truc de fous : Match de Foot ? 100 contre 11 http://bit.ly/d7SJNC (via Scoopeo) (from Twitter)
    Texte de pr?sentation AppePaper publi?e avec Isuu. http://www.appepaper.com/Home/bienvenue (from Twitter)
    It has been more than 2 months now that I'have been looking at eReaders. After the iPad, it's now the turn of Microsoft to show off a model called the Courier.
    if we want to maximize the usefulness of an eReader like a Tablet, it needs to support the largest number of applications. Let's have a look at the major options :
    • The iPAD can reuse all the iPhone/iPod applications. If there are a lot of those applications, let's note that they need to be developer specifically to run on Apple's products.
    • The Google Tablet will support any web development (web sites) thanks to ChromeOS which has a strong web focus. If one wants to work offline, those web applications will probably have to be ported to ChromeOS, for using its asynchronous services. There is also the possibility for Google to leverage the Android market and allow those (Java) applications to run on ChromeOS.
    • The Kindle has its own (Java based) Software Development Kit (SDK). Again, one needs to develop specifically for the Kindle.
    • Some Other readers, mainly those with ePaper screens, use Linux as Operating System. You than need to make sure your application will run with the distribution and ePaper screen (GTK+?) constraints.
    Now let's look at a "Windows based" eReader as -I suppose- Microsoft Courier. From an application point of view, such a device might well be one of the best platform for the "applications of ePaper":
    • It could run everything that runs under windows, and that's a lot
    • It could than also run a browser (google chrome for instance)
    • It could leverage Microsoft Office, which I believe still has a large market share
    Would a windows based Tablet have the lowest barrier on entry for eReader applications ? Probably yes.
    On the same line, there would be Linux based Tablets, but they don't have so many ready to go applications. For instance OpenOffice is still lagging a bit behind MS Office (personal opinion, of course).

    MS Windows based tablets would nevertheless still to face some challenges:
    • Boot time : You don't want to wait 30 seconds for you ebook to 'boot' before reading
    • Security Management : You don't want your eReader to freeze while working because some Anti-Virus needs to start now...
    Links:



    Suis-je un "Nouveau Riche" ? http://bit.ly/aYidj4 (from Twitter)
    Cool : Papier Electronique: Etiquettes ? base d'encre ?lectronique chez Western Digital http://bit.ly/buNmHo #ePaper (from Twitter)
    Midori works great on the iRex DR1000! Thanks to http://www.twotoasts.de/. #ePaper (from Twitter)
    Izibook : Pour un march? eBook sain, il faut r?sister ? l'assciation avec des liseuses (iPad, Kindle...) http://bit.ly/dpWzCA (from Twitter)
    Applications of an eReader : Cooking Recipes : The Demy : http://bit.ly/c31sqZ (from Twitter)

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    Date: 2001-08-21 10:17:23

    What is JDOM?

    JDOM is, quite simply, a Java representation of an XML document. JDOM
    provides a way to represent that document for easy and efficient reading,
    manipulation, and writing. It has a straightforward API, is a lightweight
    and fast, and is optimized for the Java programmer. It's an alternative
    to DOM and SAX, although it integrates well with both DOM and SAX.
    You will find very good explanations on JDOM on the XML-Journal
    Website.? (If you don't want to register for the archive, try the
    password : "xmlj").



    You can also read more about JDOM on the JDOM.ORG
    Website.

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    Voici une page pour ceux qui on fait la nuit B?douine avec nous.

    Vous trouverez ici les images :

    http://picasaweb.google.com/jfdeclercq/20090306BalladeDromadaire

    Et voici un petit film...

    TODO : add Youtube movie

    PS : Si vous trouvez que ces images sont une atteinte a votre vie priv?e, dites-le moi et je supprimerai les photos correspondantes.

    Last edited on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 22:05:46 pm.

    • Goals
      • Opportunities
        • Execution Strategies
          • Initiatives (Projects)
            • Solutions (People, Processes, Products,Ideas, Means, Budget...)

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    Date: 2002-01-16 11:35:08

    I'm very interested in the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School MBA programmes.? The part-time would allow me to work while doing an MBA.? Also Louvain/Leuven is only at 15Km from my home and is on the way between my home and my work.


    This school has been ranked by the Financial Times:
    "For the first time the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School took part in the the FT ranking survey for executive education, and immediately succeeded in getting in the top 40! The school is obviously in good company: other prominent newcomers in the
    FT ranking are Babson College, Henley Management College and SDA Bocconi."


    There is a high probability that I will?participate at the Vlerick School admission tests in April 2002.


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    December 2008

    Today we went to Aqualibi so we could walk in swimsuit all day even if it's freezing outside !

    Recently I had a problem on my home computers. We couldn't connect to www.google.com anymore. A ping didn't work, a nslookup didn't work, a tracert didn't work. All other sites were ok.

    I searched the Internet (using google.be ;-)) and many people had the same problem. It seems to be a strange DNS problem.

    For those people, here is a temporary solution. Edit your Windows Hosts file (in c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc) and add this line at the end:

    216.239.59.147 www.google.com

    This way you tell your computer directly where to find Google.com. Note this solution will no longer work if Google.com changes its IP Address.

    After that I could again read my gmail, my Google Calendar, my Google Notebook and Blogger.

    Strange problem...

    I would like to know the real issue behind it.

    I could not blog for several days because I couldn't connect to www.google.com due to very stange dns problems. Whatever, I would like to wish you the best for this end of the year.

    I hope your holydays are filled with happiness and good cheer !

    Very soon I will send you my Best Wishes with my Best Shots 2008.

    I have seen that guy (Roxorloops) at Devoxx. What he does is amazing !


    Last week (Dec 8-12 2008),
    there was Devoxx
    (formely known as JavaPolis)
    in the Metropolis in Antwerp.

    The fair usually welcomes 2000
    developers for technical conferences
    on Java, PHP, JavaFX, Scala,
    Ruby on Rails...

    IBM invests on this event
    and this year Robin Mulkers
    proposed to demonstrate IBM's
    technology leadership with a
    real use case of one of the
    hottest technologies: RFID.

    The project was exlained
    in the keynote
    (see some photos here below)

    20081210 Devoxx


    Furthermore, it's a usefull use case for the
    Devoxx Organization : All participants
    receivedan RFID badge. Those badges
    were tracked so that one could
    for example see which
    sessions were the most popular. Or
    participants could leave their name
    at the booths by letting the hostess
    scan their badge to participate
    to games or request for more information.

    At IBM, we call this innovation that matters !



    PS : Devoxx is one of the best
    events that I know. The organization
    is really great. You have free WiFi, you
    can take drinks directly from
    the fridge, speackers are accessible,
    topics are cool...
    Everything is in place to have a great
    Developer experience !

    Dimanche 7 d?cembre,
    nous ?tions invit?s par IBM
    au Cirque Bouglione pour
    la Saint-Nicolas.

    N'h?sitez plus, allez-y.
    Je vous le recommande :
    Le spectacle est vraiment bon.

    In the past I had already
    designed goal trees using UML.

    Today I have developed
    several diagrams for one
    of my customers :
    goal trees, project lists,
    opportunities, initiatives,
    execution strategies....

    I have put it all in one huge diagram,
    that I have called a mind map.

    So I have effectively
    been developing
    a mind map
    using a UML Modeling tool.

    I can't show you because
    it's confidential but
    I find it quiet interesting
    and I will do it more and more.

    You can try it at home...

    This weekend I took some time to have a look at Ubuntu. I find Windows Vista is very slow and I wanted to know how Linux would run on my machine (Acer Aspire 5315, Intel Celeron 1.7 Ghz).

    I downloaded a CDRom from Ubuntu's website. You can boot from that CDRom and run Linux without making any changes to your machine.

    Directly, I was convinced by the performance : Linux is much more reactive. When applications are slow, the OS isn't and that makes all the difference.

    There are however some things that make me realize it would cost me time if I would completely switch to Ubuntu :
    • My wireless didn't work. I should locate the windows driver and install it on Ubuntu.
    • My Graphical palette didn't work. Linux doesn't seem to understand how it works
    • I could not read my MP3 immediately. I should install a special codec over the Internet but as my wireless didn't work...
    • How to synch with Windows based phone like my Samsung SGH I600 ?
    So I guess I will have to go for dual boot. Unfortunately I'm short on disk space... So I'll need to buy some storage first.

    This Sunday (Nov 30, 2008) we were at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp for the last concert of Natalia's Glamorous Tour.

    It's the 4th time I see Natalia in concert. The first time was ok. The second time I was disappointed. The third time was ok but I still found she was shouting instead of singing.

    This time was ... exceptional :

    1. She was singing and not shouting: real emotions could flow instead of a mass of decibels.

    2. There was a real dance floor : Natalia and the dancers provided a superior experience.

    3. There were nice surprises like singing Prince and the appearance of Stam van Samang.


    So it was an excellent concert this time !!


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    Date: 2005-02-24 10:35:55

    www.micheldony.be
    ANCETRES A LOUER POUR TOUTES CEREMONIES

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    Date: 2002-10-26 22:36:35

    In 2000, my employer -Software AG Belgium- was ranked 74 among Belgian IT Services and Software companies in the Trends Top 100.000.
    Software AG Belgium had a turnover of 13.283.000 ?, with a profit of 870.000?.
    Our workforce was 68 people.
    Read the source information here


    Last edited on Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 13:32:26 pm.

    N'essayes pas de faire le bien
    Hemingway a ?crit ? Dos Passos :

    Au nom du ciel, n'essayes pas de faire le bien. Continue ? montrer les choses telles qu'elles sont. Si tu r?ussis ? les montrer telles qu'elles sont r?ellement, tu feras le bien. Si tu essayes de faire du bien, tu ne feras pas le moindre bien, pas plus que tu ne montreras ce qui est bien.

    Extrait de Odeur du temps - Jean d'Ormesson.


    A m?diter pour les experts comme moi... Ou se trouve notre valeur ajout?e en terme de conseils aux clients ?

    Philosophie

    Last edited on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 11:43:40 am.

    Ne pas galvauder son talent
    Ne pas galvauder son talent

    Ce qui fait la valeur d'un ?tre n'est :
    ni son talent,
    ni ses dons naturels,
    ni ses capacit?s, ni sa beaut?...

    Sa valeur se juge
    ? ce qu'il fera de son potentiel;
    aptitudes ou handicaps.

    Il est si triste de vivre
    en dessous de ses possibilit?s !

    Le talent galvaud? ...
    est de l'or jet? par les fen?tres.

    Source : Petite philosophie pour ceux qui veulent atteindre le sommet de la montagne ", ?dition num?ro 1, Catherine Rambert

    Citations Philosophie

    Last edited on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 9:47:37 am.

    Date: 2001-07-08 23:39:28

    Comme le disait si bien Einstein : "Imagination is more important than knowledge"


    La preuve...


    La question suivante a(urait) reellement ete posee en ces termes a l'universite de chimie de Washington :


    L'Enfer est-il exothermique (degage-t-il de la chaleur) ou endothermique (absorbe-t-il de la chaleur) ? Appuyez votre reponse avec une preuve.






    La plupart des etudiants ecrivirent comme preuve de leurs theories la loi de Boyle (Les gaz se rechauffent quand ils sont comprimes et se refroidissent quand ils se decompriment) ou une variante.


    Un etudiant, toutefois, a ecrit ce qui suit :


    Premierement nous avons besoin de savoir comment la masse de l'enfer evolue dans le temps.


    Ce qui signifie aussi que nous avons besoin de connaitre le rythme auquel les ames vont en Enfer et le rythme auquel elles en sortent.


    Je pense que nous pouvons sans crainte affirmer qu'une fois qu'une ame est en Enfer, elle n'en sortira plus. Par consequent, aucune ame ne sort des enfers.


    Pour ce qui est des nombreuses ames qui vont en Enfer, examinons les differentes religions qui existent de par le monde aujourd'hui. Certaines d'entre elles decretent que si vous n'etes pas membre de leur religion, vous irez en Enfer. Depuis qu'il y a plus d'une religion de cette sorte et depuis que les gens ne pratiquent qu'une seule religion, nous pouvons en deduire que tout le monde et toutes les ames vont en Enfer.


    Avec le rythme des naissances et des morts qui sont ce qu'ils sont, nous pouvons nous attendre a ce que le nombre des ames en Enfer augmente de facon exponentielle.


    Maintenant occupons nous du rythme d'evolution du volume de l'Enfer, parce que la loi de Boyle predit que pour que la temperature et la pression restent les memes, le volume de l'Enfer doit s'agrandir proportionnellement aux ames qui s'ajoutent. Ceci nous donne deux possibilites :


    1) Si l'Enfer croit a un rythme plus lent que celui des ames qui arrivent en Enfer, alors la temperature et la pression s'accroissent jusqu'a ce que l'Enfer craque de partout.


    2) Bien sur, si l'Enfer s'agrandit a un rythme plus rapide que le nombre d'ames en Enfer s'accroit, alors la pression et la temperature baissent jusqu'a ce que l'Enfer gele tout entier.


    Alors qu'en est-il ? Si nous acceptons le postulat qui m'a ete donne par Mlle Therese Banyan pendant ma premiere annee d'universite :


    "Il y aura une nuit froide en Enfer avant que je couche avec toi !",


    et prenant en compte le fait que je n'ai toujours pas reussi a avoir des relations sexuelles avec elle, alors, et jusqu'a preuve du contraire, l'Enfer est exothermique.


    Cet etudiant a eu le seul A.


    Fun

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    Last edited on Monday, December 07, 2009 at 11:17:24 am.

    Date: 2002-03-23 10:30:47

    I visited Cebit this week. (Tuesday 19th of March).
    I could see there very impressive demos of MS Visual Stutio .NET for C#.

    Also I visited our partners booth on our stand : Carels, Savvion, Empolis, BEA, Structur AG...
    Damn I didn't visit Tridion...
    www.cebit.de

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    Date: 2001-12-14 22:33:09

    I was just browsing sourceforge.net?tonight. (Because I intend to -maybe if I have the time- launch an opensource project soon.)


    Check these two sourceforge projects :



    • jEdit is a programmer's text editor written in Java?: http://www.jedit.org/. It supports a lot of languages and has plug-ins for code completion, wizzards... Check it your self, the list is too long.
    • phpGroupWare is a multi-user web-based groupware suite written in PHP. It also provides an API for developing additional applications.??- http://www.phpgroupware.org. It's a kind of Office written in PHP. The demo is cool, try it? here.

    For Java projects, there is also NetBeans : http://www.netbeans.org/

    Last edited on Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 13:32:26 pm.

    Date: 2003-01-03 14:33:46

    I would really enjoy having my handwritten notes sorted, printed multiple times, searchable,...

    It is now possible if you are the lucky owner of a tablet PC.

    Just have a look at the Siemens Stylistic 4000.

    There is a also a nice video to download

    Last edited on Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 13:32:26 pm.

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    Cours MBA : Avoir de la chance

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x85s2v_le-facteur-chance-par-philippe-gabi_webcam

    Avoir de la chance = d?clencher des opportunites

    • les bonnes rencontres
    • ?tre sur les bons terrictoires
    • ?tre ? l'?coute des bonnes demandes

    Comment aider cela ?

    1. Etre vigilent - sortir de ses propres routines

    2. La magie du r?seau, devenir celui ou celle qui met les autres en relation

    "La meilleure facon d'atteindre ses objectifs c'est d'aider ceux dont on a besoin ? atteindre les leurs"

    3. Il y a toujours des revers, utiliser les echecs comme une matiere premiere La chance c'est faire qqch avec ce qui nous arrive

    4. L'anticipation : toujours avoir un projet d'avance

    Last edited on Monday, October 12, 2009 at 9:20:55 am.

    Date: 2001-07-06 13:12:47

    Imagine you want to go to the restaurant and then go to the theater.

    But you don't want to go only to the theater or only to the restaurant. You want to do both or nothing.

    What are you going to do ?
    Pick up your phone and call the restaurant, first. You will check that you can reserve one table.

    Call the theater, then. You will check that you can reserve the places.
    If both answers are yes, you will decide to go. You will have to call them to confirm the reservations. Otherwise you forget it.


    Doing this with databases (transactions) is called 2-phase commit.


    Read More about 2-Phase commit here : BEA Tuxedo 2-Phase Commit

    Last edited on Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 13:32:22 pm.

    If you want to assess if a solution to one of your problems is ok for you, you might want to consider the following criteria:

    1. Strategic Alignment : is this solution compatible with all the important choices that you currently made ?
    2. Competitive Advantage : will this solution give you a competitive advantage ? Is it a good solution ?
    3. Leverage Core Competencies : is the solution compatible with your capabilities ? Will you be able to use the solution in a good way ?
    4. Technical Feasability : is the solution robust from a technical point of view ?
    5. Financial Reward : if you adopt the solution, what will be the Return on Investment ?

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    February 2009

    • Added a yellow banner with important messages like this

    October 2008

    • Allowed to browse the start.php page month by month and article by article See BrowseNews

    June 2008

    • Added Yahoo! Pipe for Netvibes Universe on start page
    • Use of ?ScribeFire for Authoring blog entries

    Between January and June 2008

    • added comments
    • Stopped CoComment integration

    January 2008


    December 2007

    • I added a Show/Hide set of buttons to conpact/expand the startpage.

    See 20071213RssArchive


    December 2007

    • I integrated two Blogs into the start page. I can now publish complete stories on the start page instead of just links. The start page is now composed of the two blogs + the delicious links having startpage as tag. I just need to archive the feed in the wiki from time to time to have the full-text search integrated.

    November 2007

    • I added a Chat functionality - (Private use)

    August 2007


    January 2007 - Many things happened...

    • I added comments on the site
    • I changed the magpie system that reads delicious to an xml_parser php script that loads a table. ToDo I should publish it.
    • Postnuke is dead : removed from ftp, removed from mysql

    --- 22 Dec 2006 - The postnuke has been migrated to the wiki beginning of January. End of December I have restructured the HomePage, the jfdeclercq.com page and the SiteMap.

    News are now streamed from http://del.icio.us/jfdeclercq and I use an RSS converter to display them.


    15 Nov 2004

    • There will be a new way to publish pictures. ?PhpGraphy doesn't behave very well anymore so I'll rather generate the thumbnails on my PC before uploading it. To do that I use Galleroo (http://www.xyster.net/galleroo/). I customized the XSL to have my own look and feel. The result can be seen under http://www.lowas.be/photos/Mexico/.

    01 Nov 2004

    • I'm back on my website - after my mba- and I finally could integrate my Wiki with my postnuke. I also did the fusion of the mba and the lowas wiki.

    04 Jan 2003

    • I added all my bookmarks in my website Weblinks section. Therefore I wrote a java class to generate the right SQL statements (see ?IeToNukeBookmarks).

    16 Dec 2002

    • I changed the theme (dark blue, white, black, grey). Same colors as jfdeclercq.com

    30 oct 2002


    19 oct 2002

    • I added the picture of "Rue des Lowas"

    25 Sep 2002

    • I added the lowas picture on www.lowas.be. Thanks to Manu Ferriere for the scan. I intend to put other pictures of the Lowas hill.

    12 Sep 2002


    9 Sep 2002


    6 Sep 2002 : added this wiki as a home page, the lowas Wiki

    • I Had to comment some lines of interwiki in ?PageType.php
    • I created the mba/index.php and /index.php Wiki inexes pointing to the wiki directory
    • TODO : change the theme ?

    30 Aug 2002 : http://jfd.lowas.be working


    25 Aug 2002 : http://www.lowas.be

    Last edited on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 14:37:57 pm.

    Li&Fung is TODAY one of the premier GLOBAL consumer products export trading companies managing the supply chain for high volume, time-sensitive consumer goods.

    Li&Fung mission is to deliver the RIGHT product at the RIGHT time at the RIGHT price.

    Last edited on Saturday, February 08, 2003 at 18:26:21 pm.

    Tu dis que tu aimes les oiseaux

    Et tu les mets en cage.

    Tu dis que tu aimes les poissons

    Et tu fais frire.

    Tu dis que tu aimes les fleurs

    Et tu leur coupes la queue.

    Alors quand tu dis que tu m'aimes

    Je commence ? avoir peur.

    --

    Jacques Prevert

    Last edited on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 14:25:03 pm.

    Il n'y a pas de chemin pour le bonheur. Le chemin EST le bonheur.


    Philosophie

    Last edited on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 10:59:55 am.

    Date: 2002-03-06 15:02:39

    I have been working a bit on Business Process Management these days. I'm working with Savvion Business Manager. SAG and Savvion have recently signed a partnership agreement :
    http://www.softwareag.com/corporat/news/feb2002/Savvion_Partnership.htm

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    You are using PhpWiki at this very moment. Incredible, ain't it?

    Visit our home page at http://phpwiki.sourceforge.net/ and see PhpWiki in action at http://phpwiki.sourceforge.net/phpwiki/ (and of course here too :-)).


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    Critical Thinking
    I was doing my daily blog reading when I landed on Slideshare. On the right column there is a list on the most downloaded slide sets. I was attracted by a presentation on Critical Thinking. This is the conclusion :

    Why bother with Critical Thinking ?
    "We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist, using technologies that haven't yet been invented, in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet"

    Citations Philosophie

    Last edited on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 11:46:18 am.

    Kroll sur le site de Telemoustique
    J'adore Kroll.

    Je viens d'acheter un de ses derniers albums: Au pays des oranges bleues - P. Kroll - Petits dessins


    Sur le site de telemoustique, on peut voir ses dessins qui sont publi?s dans le magazine.
    Google faced to the fishermen's problem
    Google faces a lot of attacks from publishers to pay money for their supposedly non-authorized reuse of information.

    There is a intellectual honesty that needs to be re-established around this "copyright" question.

    When a company publishes something, it's means to give (or sell) it to the public. Can the public reuse that information once they access it ? Yes : they can at least talk about it. Now : what's the difference if Google takes it and talks about it on the web by indexing it and making it searchable ? If this information is not meant to be reused for free than why is it published and exposed without any serious protection ?

    This makes me think about the fishermen's crisis in France. The fishermen's real problem is not the oil price : it's the fact that their real cost of fish is not reflected in their prices. They sell at loss.

    Similarly if publishers have to claim money to Google it's because they just dumped their content on the web instead of finding ways to get something out of it from the start.

    Claiming money to Google shows the weakness of those companies' business models which are outdated.


    Links :


    Coup de Chapeau a Yannick Noah
    Alors l?, Coup de chapeau a Yannick Noah qui n'a m?me pas essay? d'?tre politiquement correct sur RTL alors qu'il ?tait interrog? sur l'arrestation de son fils...


    Br?ves d'Afrique - afrik.com :
    Yannick Noah n?en veut pas ? Joakim
    R?agissant sur RTL ? l?arrestation en Floride (Etats-Unis) de son fils Joakim, qui poss?dait de la drogue et buvait sur la voie publique, Yannick Noah a racont? comment il a rassur? son fils. ? Je lui ai dit que ce n??tait pas grave, a indiqu? l?ancien champion de tennis. De ne rien changer. Juste d?essayer ne pas se faire choper la prochaine fois. Je lui ai dit, regarde moi ch?ri : ?a fait vingt ans que je fais le con mais je reste populaire parce que les gens pensent que je suis un mec bien. Essaie de faire la m?me chose. ? (Mercredi 28 Mai - 11:40)



    Bon, je ne dirais pas la m?me chose ? mon fils, mais au moins il n'a pas cach? ce qu'il pense. J'adore. Chapeau Bas.

    Thomas fait du mini-golf
    Oostende voor Anker
    Oostende voor Anker

    This weekend we went to Oostende for "Oostende voor Anker".

    You can have a look at some pictures here : 20080524TallShipsOstende.
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    IBM : 7 "Stop Talking, Start Doing" Commandments
    IBM has launched a campaign called "Stop Talking, Start Doing" recently and I really like the little movies associated with it.

    1. The first one is really great : EMERGENCY

    I sometimes have the feeling I attend meetings like that...



    IBM TV Commercial on Business Resilience (When it Rains)

    2. The second one is about Social networking...



    IBM TV Commercial on Collaboration/Social Networking (BFF)

    3. The third one... is on FLEXIBILITY



    IBM TV Commercial on Business Flexibilty (Quicksand)

    4. The 4th one : GREEN...



    IBM TV Commercials on Energy Efficiency/Green (Tree Huggers)

    5. The 5th one: GLOBALIZATION...



    IBM TV Commercial on globalization (Tour)

    6. The 6th : GENERATING IDEAS



    IBM: Ideating

    7. The 7th : MANAGING INFORMATION



    IBM TV Commercial on Information Explosion (FYI)


    And there are some more on YouTube...


    Netlog is cool
    Today I test Netlog, after a colleague tells me his son has invited him to join.

    I already use/tested a lot of Social Networks.

    I created a new Netlog profile : http://en.netlog.com/jfdeclercq.

    Netlog is special to me because it has been created in Belgium (Gent). This make me want to use it. My first impression is really good. It could be a good alternative to Facebook if Microsoft buys it because they now support the Open Social standards.

    Mon Commentaire sur "Et si Microsoft devenait le num?ro 1 du Web ?"
    J'ai post? un commentaire sur cet article : Et si Microsoft devenait le num?ro 1 du Web ?

    Pour moi c'est pas ?vident que Microsoft va en en coup devenir quelqu'un sur le web en rachetant Yahoo et Facebook....
    Un Reader OLPC XO 2.0 en 2010
    Le laptop de mes r?ves...
    FriendFeed
    I just created a friendfeed. Long live content aggregation ! Note that I already aggregate on my website. Plaxo also does it verywell...
    Don't assume...
    Assumptions can be the cause of a lot of misunderstandings in everyday life (private and work):


    "With ASSUME we make an ASS of U and ME..."


    Think about it...
    Restaurants
    A list of restaurants I like. I just added La Serenata and Caf? de l'Op?ra.
    Business Architecture
    Last week I had a course on Business Architecture and it was fascinating.

    As IT Architect, it's quiet easy to jump from IT Architecture to Business Architecture. The Service Oriented Entreprise (SOE) concepts are very close to the SOA concepts, except that instead of organizing systems and functions, it's about organizing businesses (services, products, people, processes and technology). The methodology proposed by Niels Klinkenberg results in Business Architectures which look like those of IBM's Component Business Modeling (CBM).

    During the course, I liked how the Growth Phases Model of Larry Greiner was used to explain that the agile business architectures of tomorrow are a network of highly entrepreneurial Business Units (called Domains) which are specialized, higly efficient (benchmarked), have to obey the corporate "Playing Rules" and have to add value to the company. This makes of Governance (Corporate, IT, HR, Financial...) a central success factor. How to govern a large company that needs to be agile ? To answer this question, you'd better first have a good idea of its Business Architecture...
    BicyCity
    This Sunday, we took the chance to ride our bikes on the Highway (E411) and on the largest roads of Brussels (petite ceinture, De Brouck?re...) during the BicyCity. Very pleasant. Good atmosphere. We'll do it again. Note that our target this year is to complete "De Gordel" (100 Km around Brussels).


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    Pride Concert @ Ancienne Belgique
    This Saturday we went to the Belgian Lesbian & Gay Pride and we had a lot of fun. We went to the Pride Party because we tought the music would be good and it was... excellent.



    The DJs were great and there were two concerts : Milk Inc and Kate Ryan. These two top artists are linked to each others with the tunes of DJ Richie 4Fingers (Phenomena, Ap?ro - Leuven; Cockpit XS/XL - Cologne).

    Around 20:00, Milk Inc was super as last time we say them at the DruivenFeesten in Overijse. Unfortunately for them the Ancienne Belgique was not very crowded at that time. Not bad for us : we had a kind of private concert :-)

    Around 22:00, Kate Ryan was good (but not as good as Milk Inc). The tracks of her new album sounded good : promissing ? We will see.
    Visit of Nick Donofrio at IBM Belgium

    Yesterday, Nick Donofrio gave a session on innovation at IBM Belgium.

    I really had the feeling to be in front of a legend. For 44 years he has been working on the most innovative IBM projects : the transition to CMOS, the System/360, the RS6000... He has surfed all the important IT waves with style.



    Mr Donofrio will retire in October this year and he mainly emphasized on what makes IBM a great company :
    • IBM values
    • IBM's strenght : the combination of Systems, Software and Services which allow to create value
    • IBM's strategy
      • Focus on open technologies and high value solutions
      • Deliver innovation and integration to our clients
      • Become the premier globally integrated company

    Being global is an important topic for IBM, according to Nick Donofrio. And indeed IBM has lauched many initiatives around globalization:
    • the global innovation outlook with global topics on the agenda like Water, Security and the society in a global world...
    • the global citizenship portfolio which will provide IBMers with valuable tools to enhance their expertise and careers within a globally integrating economy.

    To start and to finish his speech Mr Donofrio encouraged the IBMers to anticipate change and to use change as an opportunity. Or even better : create the change. He explained how his father created change for his family. He wanted the best for Nick and created the change by setting hard work as a mean to reach a better education level. (Was it a success ? Apparently yes.) The only explanation for this move was : "If nothing changes, nothing changes". Be an actor of change.

    And for IBM one of the current changes is... globalization.


    About Nick Donofrio

    The postings on this site are my own and don?t necessarily represent IBM?s positions, strategies or opinions
    Pour Arnaud Nourry PDG de Hachette Livre : Il faudra au moins deux g?n?rations? | Cluster21 : la communaut? du digital, des m?dias ? la e-d?mocratie...
    J'ai comment? cet article sur le blog de Lorenzo Socclavo.
    What famous leader are you ?
    I took the "which leader are you ?" test recommended in the Bizz Blog,
    I was very suprised to be a leader like ... Gandhi.



    What Famous Leader Are You?
    personality tests by similarminds.com


    And you what famous leader are you like ?
    Photos de notre weekend en famille a La Reid - Ardennes Belges
    Photos de notre weekend en famille a La Reid - Ardennes Belges
    Vive le printemps !
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    Make a Yahoo Pipe and publish it using PHP
    I really enjoy playing with the web and all the social tools. There is something that is quiet well advanced called Yahoo! Pipes. With Yahoo!Pipes you can reuse contents on the web and republish it in another form without programming.

    Look at the following. The following Pipe allows me to collect 4 feeds (different places where you can comment my posts) and republish it as once.

    To do that you drag & drop :
    - 4 "Fetch Feed" Sources : you have to give the URL of the rss feed
    - the "Union" Operator it merges the 4 feeds into 1
    - the "Sort" Operator which allows to sort the new feed - by date descending for instance.

    You can see the result of this Pipe here : Comments

    There are much more drag&drops you can do. Check it out on Yahoo! Pipes by creating a new pipe.

    After that what you want to exploit your new feed, you can burn it or obtain it as a bagde...


    I personnaly use the PHP feature. The result can be streamed as a php array.

    Here is the code I use to exploit my Yahoo! Pipe (download it here):

    1 <!-- get comments via Yahoo Pipes -->

    2

    3 <?php

    4

    5 // Pipes Request

    6 $req = 'http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?_id=YEJ5xyMG3RGadogljknRlg&_render=php';

    7

    8 // Make the request

    9 $phpserialized = file_get_contents($req);

    10

    11 // Parse the serialized response

    12 $phparray = unserialize($phpserialized);

    13

    14

    15 echo "<table width=120 border=1>";

    16 //Loop through all items of the feed

    17 foreach ($phparray['value']['items'] as $item) {

    18 //For all items :

    19

    20 //create a new table row

    21 echo "<tr><td><div style="width:100%; overflow:hidden"><small>";

    22 echo "On ";

    23

    24 //print the day it was published

    25 print_r($item['y:published']['day']);

    26 echo "/";

    27

    28 //print the month it was published

    29 print_r($item['y:published']['month']);

    30 echo "/";

    31

    32 //print the year it was published

    33 print_r($item['y:published']['year']);

    34 echo ", ";

    35

    36 //print who wrote the item (it's a comment in my case

    37 $name = $item['author']['name'];

    38 echo "<b>";

    39 //some more checks because sometimes the author is in its own tag

    40 if (strlen($name)==1) print_r($item['author']);

    41 else print_r($item['author']['name']);

    42

    43 echo "</b>";

    44

    45 echo " commented: ";

    46 //write the description ofthe item within its link

    47 echo "<a href="".$link."">".$item['title']."</a>";

    48 echo ":<br/>";

    49

    50

    51 echo "</small></div></td></tr>";

    52 //end of the row for this item

    53

    54 }//end of for each items

    55

    56 echo "</table>";
    Citation - un peu de psychologie
    "Un psychotique, c'est quelqu'un qui croit dur comme fer que 2 et 2 font 5, et qui en est pleinement satisfait.

    Un n?vros?, c'est quelqu'un qui sait pertinemment que 2 et 2 font 4, et ?a le rend malade !
    "


    Pierre Desproges
    Help me complete my JoHari test
    I was today in a "Personal Improvement" course. During the course we learned about the JoHari window. It's a model that allows you to become more open by better stating your expectations towards someone else (openess) and by requesting feedback (self-knowledge).

    See here : http://kevan.org/johari

    A test is available, but for this test, you need to compare what you think of yourself with what I think of myself.

    If you want to help me do the test, just drop me an email and I'll give your the link to my own JoHari window.

    In return, I will do the test for you, if you wish.
    Lettre d'une vielle dame a sa banque
    Malgr? la mauvaise nouvelle de la semaine pass?e essayons de garder le sourire avec cette blague : Lettre d'une Vieille Dame a sa Banque.
    Very sad day
    Today my ex-brother in law Olivier Mailleux (38) passed away due the consequences of his cancer.
    As a real Engineer, he loved the power of 2. He died on 2008 04 08...

    It's a huge loss for all the people who loved him as he was... and I'm one of them. :'-(
    iNeZha.com(Anothr) : MSN/Skype/Gtalk RSS robot
    Today I tested iNeZha. It allows to receive RSS feed updates in your Instant Messaging Client. In my case it sends to Gtalk.
    Pictures of the Pecha Kucha Brussels Vol3
    Some pictures - taken with my phone - of the last pecha kucha in Brussels (March 20th 2008)
    Well done Coca Cola ! Light Plus Antioxidant
    Yesterday on Europe1 I was listening to Luc Luc Montagnier, Virologue, ancien professeur ? l'institut Pasteur, cod?couvreur du VIH. He was saying that the antioxidants are widely used as ingredients in dietary supplements in the hope of maintaining health and preventing diseases such as cancer and coronary heart disease.

    Today I was at our restaurant and what do I see : Coca Cola Light Plus Antioxidant ! I bought it to try. It seems Coca-Cola has very well understood what drives consumers to buy such a product... Wel done Coca Cola.
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    Ne pas galvauder son talent
    Ne pas galvauder son talent

    Ce qui fait la valeur d'un ?tre n'est :
    ni son talent,
    ni ses dons naturels,
    ni ses capacit?s, ni sa beaut?...

    Sa valeur se juge
    ? ce qu'il fera de son potentiel;
    aptitudes ou handicaps.

    Il est si triste de vivre
    en dessous de ses possibilit?s !

    Le talent galvaud? ...
    est de l'or jet? par les fen?tres.

    Source : Petite philosophie pour ceux qui veulent atteindre le sommet de la montagne ", ?dition num?ro 1, Catherine Rambert
    Netvibes Public Page
    Netvibes now also allows to build a network... As netvibes I than have a public page. I can flag what I like and re-publish it in "My Universe"
    A nice bike
    I think this is a nice bike. Don't you. ? Trek 1 Series 1.5




    Print Media Technology on ePaper
    Last friday (feb 29, 2008), we travelled to Switzerland to
    participate to an event around ePaper organized by a company called iWare and heig-vd (Haute Ecole d'Ing?nierie du Canton de Vaud).

    It was a good opportunity to make a nice mini-trip in Switzerland and have a good overview of the ePaper market.

    All the orators were quiet good. I also wanted to meet Mr Soccavo who is the author of the Nouvolivractu blog that I follow.


    We could have a look at different eBook readers. Here : the Bookeen of Cybook.
    Casse-toi, pauvre con : Sarkozy, on l'aime ou on l'aime pas.

    Sarkozy, on l'aime ou on ne l'aime pas mais il ne laisse pas indiff?rent.
    Moins les Fran?ais l'aiment, plus je l'appr?cie.


    Le Sarkozy que je n'aime pas.

    Quand il ?tait candidat je n'?tais pas en faveur de Sarkozy. Tout simplement car mon coeur est plus ? gauche.

    Face aux nouveaux d?fis ? globalisation, comp?titivit?, ?mergence du BRIC, d?clin des USA, d?fis ?nerg?tiques, il y a clairement deux approches. Jouer la comp?titivit? ? tout prix ou au contraire promouvoir d'autres valeurs.


    Je n'aime pas l'approche de Sarkozy : jouer la comp?titivit?

    La premi?re approche consiste ? surench?rir sur la comp?titivit?. Vendre plus que les autres, ?tre plus comp?titif, rafler les march?s, suivre la loi du plus fort. Ca n'est pas mon approche pr?f?r?e m?me si il ne faut pas ?tre naif par rapport ? la puissance des capitaux et de l'argent dans ce bas monde. Pour moi la comp?tition extr?me c'est la guerre et il n'est pas ?tonnant que le pays qui se veut le plus comp?titif (les US) sont en guerre aujourd'hui.


    L'alternative ? Sarkozy: l'approche Humaniste

    La deuxi?me approche, celle que je pr?ferre est plus humaniste que capitaliste. Elle met l'homme avant le capital, le social avant le lib?ral. Le Sarkozy que je n'aime pas c'est celui qui veut qu'on ? travaille plus pour gagner plus ?. Peut-?tre on gagne un peu plus, mais qui gagne ? le plus ? dans ce jeu : le management, les actionnaires, les employ?s ? Les traders ? Peut-?tre suis-je id?aliste mais je veux suivre ceux qui proposent autre chose que le capitalisme et ? la main invisible ? pour rendre les hommes heureux. ? Et si le luxe c'?tait l'espace ? ? : le temps libre, travailler moins, faire plus de sport, manger sainement, donner du travail et de la dignit? ? tout le monde, profiter d'une nature propre ? Et si ca coutait moins cher au final ? Combien co?te la guerre en Irak ?


    C'est donc dans le domaine politique que je n'aime pas Sarkozy. Mais bon, les Fran?ais ont choisi et maintenant il est l? !


    Le Sarkozy que j'adore

    J'aime vraiment le personnage Sarkozy, celui qui a des probl?mes d'image aujourd'hui.


    J'adore : Sarkozy parle Cash

    Pour moi, l'?pisode r?cent du ? casse-toi, pauvre con ? est avant tout super rigolo. (voir ici http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4hl90_sarkozy-casse-toi-pauvre-con_politics).


    Sarkozy, on ne peut pas l'accuser de ne pas ?tre direct. Il va sur le terrain et quand il n'est pas bien accueilli, il s'explique. Il est ? l'oppos? du Politiquement correct et c'est en fait cela qui me plait. Pourquoi ne pas dire ? Casse-toi ? ? un type quand c'est tellement vrai, tout le monde le pense au moment m?me : pourquoi ce type est justement l? s'il ne veut pas voir Sarkozy ?


    Combien je le comprend ! Je suis si souvent oblig? dans mon travail de ravaler mes pens?es que si un jour je devient aussi bien plac? que Sarkozy, je ne vais pas me priver de dire leurs 4 v?rit?s ? ceux qui n'ont rien ? faire l? o? ils sont. Tout comme j'appr?cierai qu'on me dise clairement quand je d?passe les limites, d'ailleurs. La communication du Futur, ca n'est pas une communication qui contient des tabous. C'est une communication directe et franche qui montre clairement ce qu'on veut. C'est une base saine pour la n?gociation.


    Qu'on le veuille ou non, Sarkozy avec son style direct a su faire ?merger les vrai sujets qui posent probl?me en France: le pouvoir d'achat, l'esprit d'entreprise, la langue de bois... La commission Attali en est un superbe exemple : quel pav? dans la marre Administrative Fran?aise !


    (Il nous faudrait la m?me commission en Belgique mais il y aurait alors 2100 propositions, 300 par gouvernement - F?d?ral, Wallon, Flamand, Bruxellois, Francophone, N??rlandophone, Germanophone)


    J'adore : Sarkozy est sur le terrain


    Il pourrait se cacher dans son agenda mais non. Il va au contact. J'aime bien ca. Parfois ca frotte un peu et il d?rape. Peu importe. Il est la. Il est pr?sent. Il y a un pilote dans l'avion.


    J'adore : Sarkozy vit la vie qui lui plait


    Il ?pouse une top model italienne, il va en vacances en jet priv?, il se bourre la gueule avec Poutine... Il se fout du ? Qu'en dira t'on ?. Quelle libert? ! J'adore. Comment mieux dire ? merde ? ? ceux qui savent mieux comment il faut vivre sa vie ?


    J'adore : Sarkozy a un plan


    Malgr? les hauts et les bas m?diatiques, Sarkozy a un plan. Contrairement ? Chirac, qui dans le film ? Dans la peau de Jacques Chirac ? semble se demander qu'est-ce qu'il va faire ? part gagner les ?lections, Sarkozy poss?de un plan essentiellement ?conomique. Pour ce faire, il est maintenant le plus gros repr?sentant commercial de la France. Il vent des avions (airbus, rafalle), des centrales nucl?aires ou des trains ? grande vitesse. Comme tout excellent commercial il utilise un jet priv?, sors avec une top-model, fait des beaux voyages et a une Rolex. Il ne lui manque que la Ferrari comme dirait l'excellent Nicolas Canteloup sur Europe1. Le plan de Sarkozy c'est de vendre la France pour qu'elle soit plus riche.


    Encore une fois ca n'est pas le plan que j'aurais choisi mais j'aime quand les gens ont un plan. J'admire donc Sarkozy pour cela.


    Le Bilan : Wait and See


    Le jugement se fera donc dans 4 ans, ? la fin de son quinquennat. Je pense que Sarkozy aura un bon bilan. Il aura r?ussi ? fouetter la France et ? la rendre un peu plus comp?titive. Si il n'y a pas de mauvaise nouvelle majeure entre-temps (nouvelle guerre, actions terroristes, crack boursier, famine), il en sortira grandi.


    Malheureusement son succ?s aura cr?? encore plus de tensions sur le plan International car la France sera de plus en plus agressive sur les march?s. Cette approche menant un peu plus vers l' ? Hyper Conflit ? de Jacques Attali (tel que d?crit dans son livre ? Une br?ve histoire de l'avenir ?).

    Chimay : the social beer
    Belgium is a beer country. One of my favorite beers is the Chimay.






    I was really delighted when I read the "Authentic trapist product" text at the back of the bottle of Chimay Bleu:


    An Authentic Trappist product follows the following criteria:
    • The beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, by or under control of Trappist monks.
    • The brewery, the choices of brewing, and the commercial orientations must obviously depend on the monastic community.
    • The economic purpose of the brewery must be directed toward assistance and not toward financial profit.
    So the good news is that each time I drink a chimay I make a good action ! That's what I call win-win! :-)

    Links :
    IBM Solutions Builder
    The IBM Solution builder is a powerful tool to help you design IT Solutions which makes use of IBM Software.
    IBM Solutions Builder Express Session at Logix
    I gave this session on SBE/SCE at Logix today.
    Twitter / Gtalk integration
    I have tested today the GTalk/Twitter integration. By sending an instant message to Twitter you can twitt and receive your friends twitts. It's really great : Twitter becomes a kind of broadcasting chat engine.

    It's a common trend that I have seen at IBM also. You can add a service - called a Bot- as one of your buddiesand ask him questions. It's the computer on the other side who talks to you.

    For example, at IBM we have a number of Instant Messaging bots available on Sametime to employees, including:
    • Calendar, which searches the calendars of specified people to find a mutually available meeting time
    • Dictionary, which looks up requested words in an online dictionary
    • Help, which allows users to search across multiple online help systems
    • RemindMe, which notifies users when a time/calendar event occurs (for example an upcoming meeting or vacation)
    • SkillTap, which finds and connects users with others possessing one or more requested skills
    • Stockquote, which retrieves price data from any online stock market ticker (not that we spend a lot of time doing this during work hours, of course!)
    • WhatIs, which defines IBM acronyms (and is therefore very popular)


    There is a technical article over here : Building your own Sametime bots. If you know some good bots for GTalk, MSN or Yahoo, please let me know.
    Marrakech
    Marrakech, malgr? la pollution, est une ville o? il fait bon vivre. Nous avons profit? de ses belles couleurs amplifi?es par le soleil : le jaune des b?timents, le vert des palmiers (c'est une oasis), les couleurs des souks, le jaune du jus d'orange, le bleu du ciel, le blanc de la neige au sommet des montagens de l'atlas...



    Marrakesh c'est aussi un spectacle permanent. Notre attention est sollicit?e par le grouillement de mobylettes, de vendeurs dans les souks, d' ouvriers sur les chantiers , de cireurs de chaussures, de personnes qui demandent ce que nous cherchons dans l'espoir d'obtenir un bakchich sur une vente improbable, de taxis et de cal?ches qui veulent nous ballader, de vendeurs de cigarettes ou de cacahou?tes, de policiers qui surveillent chaque carrefour, des petites charrettes tir?es par des ?nes au milieu des bus et de gros 4x4...



    L'album photo est ici:
    Marrakech

    Pictures of our trip to Marrakesh
    We went to Marrakesh two weeks ago. You can have a look at the pictures over here :
    Photos Marrakesh on PicasaWeb

    IBM Lotus Symphony
    Symphony is IBM's alternative to Microsoft Office. Lotus Symphony ha been crowned Office Productivity Software Product of the Year by Datamation Magazine for 2008.
    Architectural Thinkings
    I just completed a IBM course on Architectural Thinking. Here are the best quotes :

    "Every Solution to a problem introduces new problems"

    "At IBM, Architects must have a T-Shape"

    "IT Architecture is a set of decisions that you take which will cost you a lot of money if you change them afterwards" (Robin Mulkers)

    (In architecture,) "Good is good enough"
    CoComment test going on
    Still playing with technology. I tested today the integration of CoComment with my website. If you use CoComment, let me know here so maybe I integrate it everywhere in the future.
    Le destin de Hai
    Le destin de Hai : J'ai vu ?a hier soir ? la t?l? et je trouvais ?a beau. Jetez-y un ?il.

    The Programmer Dress Code
    "I really want to know what it is about programming, or computers in general, that makes people want to grow a beard, have long hair, and dress like a slob."
    Europalia - Expositions

    Last weekend was cultural as we visited two Europalia expositions this sunday.

    We first went to the Mus?e d'Ixelles for an exposition called 'All ways lead to Rome" ("Tous les chemins m?nent ? Rome - Voyages d'artistes du XVIe au XIXe si?cles")

    We than went to the BOZAR for a second Europalia exposition called "Encompassing the Globe - Portugal and the World in the 16th and the 17th Centuries" which shows how the Portuguese have travelled the world : Africa, Asia, America.



    Visiting museums like this is also another way to enjoy Brussels.
    Les diff?rents sentiments : pourquoi ?
    Je vois dans mes statistiques web (feedburner) que beaucoup de personnes cherchent et trouvent l'histoire "Les diff?rents sentiments" sur mon site.

    Vous qui cherchiez et avez trouv?, dites-moi : pourquoi cherchez vous "diff?rents sentiments" dans Google ?

    A WikiWikiWeb is a site where everyone can collaborate on the content. The most well-known and widely used Wiki is the Portland Pattern Repository at http://c2.com/cgi-bin/wiki?WikiWikiWeb.

    You and I will find these statements there particularly relevant:

    The point is to make the EditText form simple and the FindPage search fast.

    In addition to being quick, this site also aspires to Zen ideals generally labeled WabiSabi. Zen finds beauty in the imperfect and ephemeral. When it comes down to it, that's all you need.

    The Universe tends toward chaos. The Universe tends toward Wiki.

    You can say hello on RecentVisitors, or read about HowToUseWiki and AddingPages. Currently this Wiki has no theme for discussion, so go ahead and play with it and have fun!!

    --SteveWainstead.


    PhpWikiDocumentation

    Last edited on Friday, September 06, 2002 at 17:58:37 pm.

    You can get a RSS news feed from my website here :

    http://www.lowas.be/index.php?pagename=RecentChanges&days=10&format=rss

    I could add it successfully to my MSN Messenger.

    I could also add it to Klip Folio. Klip Folio is a tool that allows you to show RSS feeds.

    http://www.lowas.be/photos/Misc/ClipFolio.gif

    See http://www.serence.com/site.php


    See also all MyRssFeeds


    jfdeclercq

    Last edited on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 9:56:58 am.

    Date: 2001-09-09 16:33:36


















    Blancs Gilets -
    Freebike









    The
    Online Mountain bike club @ Grez-Doiceau, Brabant-Wallon,
    Belgium
    | Home | CBWVTT |

    Site web mis ? jour pour
    2001

    Chers amis/amies cyclistes,

    De la part du V?lo Club Blancs-Gilets, je vous souha?te une tr?s
    bonne et heureuse ann?e 2001.


    Notre site internet http://web.wanadoo.be/vcbg/
    est d?j? pleins d'informations pour l'ann?e ? venir.?
    Par
    exemple vous pouvez y consulter :
    -? le calendrier de nos
    organisations?
    http://web.wanadoo.be/vcbg/2001/calendrier.html
    ?-?
    le design de nos equipements?
    http://web.wanadoo.be/vcbg/2001/equipements/index.htm
    -
    l'?cole de VTT
    Blancs-Gilets
    http://web.wanadoo.be/vcbg/2001/Ecole.html
    - Le
    Circuit du Brabant Wallon sur
    route
    http://web.wanadoo.be/vcbg/2001/cbw.htm
    - Le Circuit du
    Brabant Wallon VTT
    http://web.wanadoo.be/cbwvtt/


    En esp?rant pouvoir vous?voir bient?t dans le cadre du
    club
    ,
    Salutations Cyclistes


    Jean-Fran?ois Declercq

    ?

    Last edited on Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 13:32:25 pm.

    What it is...

    Already a long time ago I developped a php script to search my own IE favorites. This week, I have improved it with a second script in order to export the search into RSS.

    Download

    You can find the 2 scripts here: PhpFavoritesDownload

    In order to run it you need to have a apache + php configured on your pc. Edit the script and change the path to your favorites folder. Search for this line.

    $favorites_folder="C:/Documents and Settings/declercj/Favorites";

    Why Favorites.php ?

    Because I like to seach into my several hundreds (300 to 700) favorites. See here http://jfdeclercq.blogspot.com/2006/12/php-favorites-screenshot.html

    http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/1178/4016/1024/156693/PhpFavorites.jpg

    Why Favorites2rss.php

    Because I use Netvibes at my web start page. So I can put my own bookmarks into Netvibes as a rss feed. See for instance http://www.lowas.be/Book/Internet.xml See how netvibes looks like : http://jfdeclercq.blogspot.com/2006/12/my-netvibes-home-page.html

    Future

    It's possible I'll use Del.icio.us more and more, which will make the favorite search obsolete. Also the search in favorites should be integrated directly in the brower (like in Mozilla for instance).


    IT Internet

    Last edited on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 23:13:04 pm.

    Welcome to Lowas.be

    For my latest news always start from http://www.jfdeclercq.com. For understanding what's going on on Lowas.be, start here: NewPageCreation

    Please visit the different parts :

    http://www.lowas.be/photos/100/RueDesLowas.jpg


    JeanFrancoisDeclercq jf lowas.be


    MiscLinks - NewsLinks - NewPageCreation

    Last edited on Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 9:57:23 am.

    (Well now I work for IBM, I'll start to feed you with IBM related information. Maybe I should read the blog rules firts but ok... I don't think I'll have problems with what I'm goin to write here...)

    IBM's strategy aims at helping businesses to become "On Demand".

    IBM CEO Sam Palmisano defines an on demand business as:

    An enterprise whose business processes - integrated end-to end across the company and with key partners, suppliers and customers - can respond with speed to any customer demand, market opportunity or external threat.

    The IBM Software and especially IBM's middelware can help companies to become "on demand".

    It's not easy but it's achieveable thanks to SOA and ILM.

    (Before telling more I'll ask how much I can talk about IBM on my website...)


    The postings on this site are my own and don?t necessarily represent IBM?s positions, strategies or opinions

    Last edited on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 16:55:05 pm.

    When the wind blows in your direction
    Yesterday I attended the Vlerick Winter Reunion and we had an excellent presentation by Bertrand Piccard. Bertrand Piccard is one of the two pilots of the first ever non-stop balloon flight around the world.

    It's difficult to summarize all the concepts that were explained yesterday. Here are the topics I have written down. In fact I agree with most of the ideas of Bertrand Piccard and I believe I have already