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  1. Enedis logo

    Enedis – market maker, not market taker

    Enedis, a subsidiary of EDF, is in charge of the last mile in the delivery of electricity to most of France. This case study follows the start and development of Enedis' digital transformation, with the ambition to be at the forefront of the energy sector in the digital age.

  2. UCB

    Pharma and data as gospel

    Developing drugs is a time-consuming process. In order to speed it up, the Belgian biopharmaceuticals producer UCB has decided to switch to a data-driven organisation. It was necessary to ‘convert’ the entire company to achieve this, says CIO Herman De Prins.

  3. Stock forecasting

    Oops, sold out…

    “Buy two, get one free, says your supermarket’s promotional folder. Great news! There’s a promotion on your favourite wine and it starts tomorrow. The following day you head straight for the shop in your lunch break, only to find that the shelves are already empty. Oh well, they must have miscalculated the stock. I bet that feels familiar”, says Shari De Baets with a grin. She is a doctoral research associate who recently obtained her PhD based on research that could help prevent such situations.

  4. What every DSO should know about digital

    Energy sector gearing up for digital transformation

    Distribution system operators are facing a radical digital transformation of their business model. They could go from purely managing the physical infrastructure to acting as data hubs or neutral distributors of energy data as well. Are we on the verge of an ‘Uberisation’ of the energy sector? Stijn Viaene, Professor at Vlerick Business School, believes we are.

  5. Collaborative shipping: cheaper and better for the environment

    ‘We can’t wait any longer’, says Professor Robert Boute. ‘Companies are under pressure to deliver our orders faster than ever before. It’s not hard to guess the consequences: trucks full of air rather than goods. Various studies have shown that one in four trucks are driving around empty, and those that are not empty are only filled by 57%. Things can and should be better. We have developed a tool that will help companies substantially raise the efficiency of their shipping operations.’

  6. Raising the bar for smart city ecosystems

    Smart cities all around the world are reimagining their future with technology as the new normal. At the same time different definitions abound about what being smart actually means. In order to make the distinction between which projects are mere digital “pixie dust” and which ones will truly reshape the urban future, a better framing is necessary. Ecosystems are a key part to frame which elements will be important in realising truly smart cities. A truly smart city will be that city that succeeds in understanding, activating, orchestrating, servicing and reinventing the complex ecosystems it consists of. In the long run the active management of ecosystems will be more decisive for smart city ambition success than vision, political commitment or technological ability.

  7. How can B2B organisations engage consumers through the use of digital technology?

    B2B organizations are increasingly considering the use of digital technology to engage end-consumers. However, capturing value from such engagements requires a different approach than mere interactions with business customers. The Consumer Engagement Framework includes six types of consumer engagement, and provides a useful basis for any B2B organization to assess its current consumer engagement initiatives as well as to identify how these efforts can be reinforced, supplemented or integrated to enhance the scope and impact of the organization’s digital initiatives.

  8. Innovating with career analytics and big data

    The VDAB is the public employment services agency of Flanders. It has profiled itself as a trailblazer in Europe by using the creative power of modern digital technologies. The case outlines the VDAB’s strategy to seize digital opportunities for enabling its ambition to make a transition from being a mere service provider to becoming a conductor of the labour market.

  9. Do online auctions adversely affect quality or not?

    Electronic reverse auctions are becoming increasingly popular. However, the emphasis on price means they could stand in the way of a lasting relationship between the buyer and the supplier, with all the associated consequences. A team which included Professor Steve Muylle and post-doctoral researcher Willem Standaert has examined whether this is the case and if so, how it is possible to guarantee honest communication between buyers and suppliers.

  10. Wanted: opportunity architect

    How do enterprise architects re-invent themselves in the era of digital transformation? Based on 13 case studies of Belgian companies the white paper “From Enterprise Architect to Opportunity Architect”, jointly conducted with Loqutus, suggests there are opportunities for enterprise architects who can get to grips with and understand the customer journey.

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