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Michael was disturbed. An end customer in his birth region was complaining about the quality of the finished cloth rolls delivered. Annoying visible color difference! Complaints are always terrible for a quality manager and especially if they come from beloved ones in your neighborhood. He was determined to investigate all: which supplier delivered the rough cloth, who produced this bad quality in his company, which other important customers could be affected? Immediately he was confronted with a basic rule: if you don’t register all, you cannot trace and report afterwards. Rolls which are correctly batch-managed are traceable afterwards. But the more detail you put into the software system, the more administration you have. Let’s find the good equilibrium together. Roll into the trace of the batch: it means a lot!

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Since 2015, the Erasmushogeschool Brussel (EhB) and Delaware Consulting have actively been collaborating to build bridges between the professional and educational world.

We firmly believe in the educational quality provided by the EhB. Did you know that EhB actually included some in-depth SAP training in the curriculum? That’s quite unique in the Belgian educational system.

We asked a number of questions to Steve Weemaels, lecturer, and one of our points of contact at the EhB.

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So, I decided to take the plunge. I was going to leave Belgium for an American adventure. There are many things involved with moving to another country. One of the most intriguing parts is changing payroll. Delaware Consulting does not offer a classic expat package. If you want to change offices, you must change payroll.

Comparing payrolls

In my case, this means I get paid in the USA, get US holidays, and US healthcare. No more Belgian company car, weeks of holidays and no more Belgian taxes (hooray!). I very quickly discovered that comparing compensation and benefits is not as easy as it seems.

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My story begins the very first week I joined Delaware Consulting in the Kortrijk offices (Belgium). Just like everyone starting his first job right out of college, I had no idea what to expect. Other than a few weeks working as an intern at an accounting firm, filing VAT returns and booking invoices, I had no real-world experience. When you are in such a position, you make crazy decisions without realizing it. Decisions which may impact the next years, and perhaps even the remainder of your career and life. This is one of those stories. The story of a Belgian somehow ending up far away from home, in the United States of America.

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