COMPANY BLOG: Delaware Consulting

It’s spring, the sun is shining and you are full of energy. It’s time to sport again, and get yourself fit. You set ambitious goals and start training. But having a good condition isn’t enough. It’s also important to have the right equipment.

This summer, you would like to cycle in the French Pyrenees. And so you decide to invest in a new bike that fits you best.  

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For a recently graduated university student and junior consultant, nothing is more exciting (and scarier) than being introduced to a new technology. A few months ago, I was introduced to the Hybris Commerce world.

What is this thing called Hybris?

E-commerce is growing exponentially, both in a B2C and a B2B context. This is where Hybris Commerce makes its debut as a broad multi-channel e-commerce platform with ready-to-use website templates and functionalities.

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When the end of February is approaching, you know it’s time to visit the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. This grand event attracts more than 100 000 visitors every year! This is definitely the place to be if you want to know all about the new cool stuff that is available. When you attend this kind of conference, you exactly feel where the world will go to in the coming months. Yes. Months! In the world of IT months is equal to years if you talk about changes.

Here are some remarkable facts that caught my attention during the 4 days I spent at the congress:

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Do you get overwhelmed with information? This information overload is made even worse by the growth of low-quality information because of easy publication. While I was talking to a customer about it, I was looking for one word that describes a way to address the issue. One word that explains to have technology in place allowing you to do more with less. Could it be ephemeralization? I had to look up the word myself as ephemeralization is not the most commonly used word in the world. It is actually a term by R. Buckminster Fuller, meaning the ability of technological advancement to do ‘more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing’1.

5 benefits of having technology to do more with less

It got my attention. We should focus on ephemeralization! After practicing how to pronounce the word ephemeralization at least 5 times without mistakes, it got me thinking about 5 benefits of having technology to do more with less:

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Let’s imagine the following headlines:

“Data leak probing company XYZ due to stolen computers.”

“Third-party company relying on company XYZ has lost personal details of around five thousand individuals due to an act negligence.”

“Fast growing service provider fails to secure its own organization in a proper manner.“

“Company XYZ employee found a second exciting source of wealth: selling valuable client information to competitors.”

The fast and the furious

In today’s society people are encouraged to act in a ‘fast and furious’ way. But let’s all prevent fatal car crashes since we sometimes tend to lose an oversight of some basic principles and hygiene that need to become part of ourselves and our company culture.

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An important step when you’re moved to another country, is when you start calling your new home, ‘home’. Home is Atlanta. I love visiting my friends and family in Belgium, but it is not home anymore. You get used to guns and ammo in the aisle next to the children’s toys, you think it is perfectly OK to drive 5 hours to go to the beach for a Saturday out, you find it incomprehensible that stores are closing before 3 a.m. in the morning, you do not look weird when shops refuse to sell you a bottle of wine before 12.30 on Sunday, you will start drinking sweet ice tea voluntarily, and you actually believe chicken and waffles is a good idea for breakfast. Chances are you will still look for a choice of chocolate and you will dream of having frietjes met stoofvleessaus. But you will accept that those things will need to wait for your next trip abroad, to that far away country named Belgium.

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Let’s start off this story with a joke:

 “80 percent of time spent by data scientists is related to data preparation. The other 20 percent of the time, they complain about having to do so much data preparation”.

I have been working in data warehousing and analytics for almost 10 years now. 10 years ago, I indeed spent most of my time fetching data from different data sources, combining and transforming it to get it into the required format.

Is data integration still relevant?

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All paperwork is done and all necessary arrangements are made. I can finally start this new chapter in my life as a Belgian in America. At first, my job description did not change moving offices. However, there are some remarkable differences.

Are you hesitating to become an expat as well? Here is my top 5 list of items you should take into consideration before taking the plunge.

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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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