COMPANY BLOG: Delaware Consulting

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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Why some VIVES students were on the news last week

Did you know that one out of 3 people claim they have a food allergy or modify the family diet because one of the family members is suspected of having a food allergy? Striking numbers! With the help of Delaware Consulting, a number of students developed an app that can make life easier.

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A funny thing happened when I was hosting an HR event a couple of weeks ago. A man came to our booth asking for more information about our services. I told him about our business and explained the benefits and added value of SuccessFactors. SuccessFactors had absolutely no chance within his company, he told me, because they are too big. His organization had defined its own processes which definitely would not comply with a SaaS solution. After lunch, another person joined our booth. This lady was convinced that SuccessFactors was not a valid solution, because her organization was too small. The cost would be too high and she would never have her bosses convinced of the business case.

Now, who is right? Does size matter in this context?  

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A few weeks ago, we had the honor of having Cathy Daum, Senior VP SAP GPO EMEA,  as a speaker on our SAP Innovation Summit. In her keynote she explained SAP’s reasoning behind the aim to simplicity. Where does it come from?

There’s this simple observation that on average 10% of a company’s profit is lost due to complexity. Obviously, regulatory affairs and the business itself are causes of complexity, but technology (or the lack of it) is also an explanation.

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Did you hear the news? Conny will leave the company. A big shock. She knows all the carpet collections inside out. No problem for her to determine which designs are allowed for which carpet qualities. She made the engineering bill-of-materials (BOMs) to instruct subcontractors how to weave each possible, allowed combination. She knows everything. If product configuration would have set up in the software system, Conny could have left the company without bringing problems to the company.

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After almost 5 years of working as an NAV consultant, I sensed routine in everything I did. Steve Jobs once said ‘The only way to do great work is to love what you do’. He hit the nail on the head. I had to retrieve the happiness and challenge in being a passionate consultant.

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Excel sheets everywhere. Various versions of these spreadsheets. A huge amount of information in the heads of your employees. Do you also struggle to find the right information, in a time-efficient way?

Your data is there, but it is missing? Our customers Aveve and Bru Textiles also coped with this issue. With a Single Source of Truth implementation, they became more efficient. In their testimonials, Inge Huypens (Aveve) and Koen Van Mol (Bru Textiles) tell you what their true struggle was, how technology helped them to take a huge next step, and what they still see as opportunities for the future.


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Recombining disciplines, recombining young and old, recombining cultures … at Delaware Consulting we value and resolutely go for diversity. We also believe in an equal career path for men and women. We support them in their ambitions. And this month, we especially support Anneleen Gheysen, who has been nominated for the `Young ICT Lady of the Year’ award, run by Data News. We are counting on you too to vote for her.

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