What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite


Started reading this book. Interesting, however bit ‘holistic’ for my brain.. Will finish it eventually…

This book reveals a remarkable paradox: what your brain wants is frequently not what your brain needs. In fact, much of what makes our brains “happy” leads to errors, biases, and distortions, which make getting out of our own way extremely difficult. Author David DiSalvo presents evidence from evolutionary and social psychology, cognitive science, neurology, and even marketing and economics. And he interviews many of the top thinkers in psychology and neuroscience today. From this research-based platform, DiSalvo draws out insights that we can use to identify our brains’ foibles and turn our awareness into edifying action. Ultimately, he argues, the research does not serve up ready-made answers, but provides us with actionable clues for overcoming the plight of our advanced brains and, consequently, living more fulfilled lives.

Rolling out an A.I. algorithm in an organization

What is the main issue when you come up with a great A.I. case and try to implement it in the organization ? It’s getting buy in from the business and aleviating concerns and possible fear from the work force.

It even gets worse when decisions are taken by a machine and the algorithm dynamically assigns tasks to people. I’m experiencing this first hand, right now. Preparing the business is as hard as devising the deep learning algorithm and even more time consuming.

This is an interesting article:


(here is a copy)

Are People in Your Organization Ready for AI

“I see the movement towards AI and robotics as evolutionary, in large part because it is such a sociological leap. The technology may be ready, but we are not – at least, not yet.”

– Geoff Livingstone, President of Tenacity5 Media

As we adopt Artificial Intelligence (AI) and prepare for extensive automation of our industries, organizations and jobs for better revenue and efficiency, business leaders not only need to comprehend the intricacies of the technology but more importantly prepare well to answer questions around governance, employee engagement and people reskilling in an AI-enabled organization.

In a market research commissioned by Infosys, 64% respondents stated that their organization’s future growth is dependent on large-scale AI adoption, however, only 10% of them believed that their organization was currently maximizing the benefits of AI.

Source: AI Maturity Index study polling 1600 IT and Business Decision Makers across seven countries (USA, France, Australia, India, UK, Germany, and China) in November 2016.

Based on our experience with clients and a study of the pioneers, we believe a well-defined AI strategy must include organization change management as an important mechanism to prepare managers and employees both at the project level as well as at the organizational level to unlearn old ways of working and adopt to a more flexible, collaborative work environment through reskilling and upskilling.

The three key elements to consider in an organization change management strategy are:

Augment Leadership to Prepare for Tomorrow’s Management Practices

At the organization level: Every enterprise must develop an AI vision that its employees and leaders believe in. Leaders will play an important role in creating the right perception amongst employees about AI. Rather than view it as a threat, it must be seen as a tool that can amplify human potential. They also need to relook and redefine corporate ethics and code of conduct in view of the impact AI has on the various dimensions of an organization that include process, tools, culture and more. The four key management practices that the future managers need to adopt are:

  • Rely on AI as their source of truth for insights
  • Focus on problem solving using critical thinking
  • Collaborate across diverse networks
  • Think like designers to bring forth workable solutions

At the project level: Design thinking will play a very important role in bringing experimentation, empathy and in building models in a collaborative manner, enabling managers to dirty their hands by prototyping solutions that are built iteratively to discover failures faster in the lifecycle and achieve success with greater speed.

Empower Employees to Build Confidence in an AI-powered Enterprise

At the organization level: Employee orientation towards AI initiatives needs to begin at the ground level. While everyone realizes going the AI way is the way forward to growth in a digital world, the why and how of an AI strategy needs to be explicitly explained to everyone in the organization in order to align their individual activities with the bigger organizational AI aspirations. This will make employees see value in the work they do in the digital context. Employees should be encouraged to reflect on, define and build their future jobs in an AI-enabled organization by choreographing their own reskilling paths.

At the project level: Adopting a scenario-based approach can build employee confidence and ease interactions between machines/systems and human beings besides enabling testing and learning through pilot projects and proof of concepts.

Redefine Jobs & Enterprise Architecture to Enable New Forms of Collaboration

At the organization level: AI will flatten the organization and encourage seamless collaboration across functions where members from different business units will come together to solve new customer challenges in a flexible and fluid non-hierarchical set up.

At the project level: New roles that can build, train and interact with intelligent systems need to be defined. Training employees to take up these new roles will become an organizational imperative.

The Next Steps

If you are working on AI projects or considering implementing AI in your organization, prepare yourself well with the following key steps:

  • Define your AI vision and governance that everyone in the organization believes in
  • Revisit the operating models
  • Take ethical considerations prior to starting any AI initiative
  • Draw your HR/recruitment strategy to bring the talent you need for your new AI environment

The Hundred-Page Machine Learning Book


A must read for ICT Managers to keep up with the latest trends. Even though you might have studied it at University. For me it has been a while…

Today’s top companies undergo the most significant transformation since industrialization. Artificial Intelligence disrupts industries, the way we work, think, interact. Gartner predicts that by 2020 AI will create 2.3 million jobs, while eliminating 1.8 million. Machine Learning is what drives AI. Experts in this domain are rare, employers fight for the ML-skilled talent. With this book, you will learn how Machine Learning works. A hundred pages from now, you will be ready to build complex AI systems, pass an interview or start your own business.

All you need to know about Machine Learning in a hundred pages

Supervised and unsupervised learning, support vector machines, neural networks, ensemble methods, gradient descent, cluster analysis and dimensionality reduction, autoencoders and transfer learning, feature engineering and hyperparameter tuning! Math, intuition, illustrations, all in just a hundred pages!

FlowForma helps us towards a paperless office



FlowForma®, the leading provider of Process Automation tools for Microsoft Office 365®, today announced IMES DEXIS, is using its award winning FlowForma Process Automation tool to replace paper-based business processes and drive process efficiency.

Located in Hasselt, Belgium, the IMES DEXIS Group are a leading provider of industrial factory products in Belgium. Having recently acquired new cloud architecture in Microsoft Office 365® and Azure®, they looked to leverage a process automation solution to drive their digital transformation project throughout the entire organization.

As the business continued to expand, they knew it was time to bring its internal business processes online, to replace several previously paper-based processes. Through automating its workflows, employees will save time and benefit from greater visibility throughout the entirety of a process.

Upon seeing a demonstration of the FlowForma Process Automation tool, with its capability to allow external users and suppliers to input into its processes, the management team at IMES DEXIS knew it had the “wow factor” and were highly impressed.

“By utilizing the FlowForma Process Automation tool, IMES DEXIS will have end-to-end visibility of where its key processes lie. Ultimately this will result in increased transparency and data accuracy throughout the organization, not to mention a vast increase in productivity and efficiency levels for its employees,” said Keith Lally, Sales Director – Benelux Region, FlowForma.

Power of Vulnerability


Have read the book. Very interesting to read and learned new ways to do stakeholder management, knowing what is the ‘normal’, understanding ‘fault & shame’..

This is really a ‘must read’

Is vulnerability the same as weakness? ”In our culture,” teaches Dr. Brené Brown, ”we associate vulnerability with emotions we want to avoid such as fear, shame, and uncertainty. Yet we too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity, authenticity, and love.” On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise-that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. 

IMES DEXIS celebrating 50 years

IMES DEXIS celebrated their 50 years of business and asked for some testimonials.

Why it’s so nice to work here

Please don’t mind the strange face I’m making. This is only the way I look for half of the day, the other part I’m sleeping…

ELK Stack & Business Architecture Performance Metrics


My teams just finished up a proof of concept using ELK stack, proving trends and safeguarding business by exposing inefficiencies in mission critical environment and fixing it.

There is now pro active alerting when systems tend to fall or go in a diminished performance state before they actually do. Better alerting than standard server/services monitoring !

Big data analyses at its’ best.

Next step is creating a cluster for robust and intense computations…

If you’re working in a DevOps env. focus on business metrics is key. However, you want to derive those metrics and the data to support your meeting those key performance indicators using tools that support effective collaboration with a minimum of misery.


Full blown ELK stack cluster implementation ready and in production

If you want to read more: https://www.elastic.co/what-is/elk-stack

How to win friends and influence them


This book really helped me in my current function/job. A great tool to understand people, what drives them, and how to interact with those that don’t see your point of view immediately

The most famous confidence-boosting book ever published; with sales of over 16 million copies worldwide!

Millions of people around the world have improved their lives based on the teachings of Dale Carnegie. In How to Win Friends and Influence People, he offers practical advice and techniques, in his exuberant and conversational style, for how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding. 

His advice has stood the test of time and will teach you how to: 
– Make friends quickly and easily
– Increase your popularity
– Persuade people to follow your way of thinking
– Enable you to win new clients and customers
– Become a better speaker 
– Boost enthusiasm among your colleagues

This classic book will turn your relationships around and improve your interactions with everyone in your life.

Hybrid active/active VMWare data center with Huawei Network Systems


Back in 2013, Huawei was not as well known in the SMB business as it is today. They really needed to get a foothold in the Benelux on that level. I was in need of a new local, small sized but performing data center. Huawei delivered a ‘no cure, no pay’ solution to handle traffic between the data nodes and the edge switches and the clients

Here is the case study:

An excerpt:

Brute Force Attack demonstrated

When I worked at a hospital, back in 2009 , I had trouble to introduce a basic security mindset with co-workers throughout the organization. The term ‘think before you click’ and ‘safeguard your passwords’ was introduced, together with this video. Here I devised a simple (single threaded) program on how to beat the Facebooks app Word Challenge. When people looked at it, and when I showed them the firewall logs on how much we were targetted for hacking, an awareness was born.