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Avanade Netherlands now Top ICT Employer 2014

I knew this already for quite some years, but now we are officially recognized as Top Employer! And you have also the possibility to work for this top employer, right now we are looking for a Mobile User Experience Designer. Do you want to design mobile apps for Windows, iOS and Android?

Avanade Top Employer

Avanade Top Employer

Back from Holiday into FY11

Hi there!

I am back from a well deserved vacation to Cyprus. Cyprus is quite nice, also in October. It’s still 25-30degrees. But if you decide to go to Cyprus I would advise to stay on the Greek side of the Island. It’s more fun for tourists there.

The new fiscal year(FY11) already started at Avanade and hopefully it will be such a success as FY10. We are anxiously waiting for our new HTC Trophy Windows Phones 7, but it looks promising.

I’m really looking forward to the game Frogger on my Windows Phone 7:)


Last week we had the PDC(Professional Developer Conference) in the US, meanwhile I watched some interesting videos from PDC. Especially the one about the Biztalk roadmap and Integration as a service(IaaS).You can watch the BizTalk Server 2010 and Roadmap session here.

David Chappell just released an updated version of his whitepapers about the Azure platform “Introducing Windows Azure”  and “Introducing the Windows Azure Platform” with latest feature updates and enhancements as presented at PDC’10

Exciting times are coming up and a lot to learn about!!

If you need a refreshing break from learning or just some music during work, you can always download some new stuff:)

The new record of my friend DJ San can be downloaded from Beatport now, anther dance floor killer is the new record of Sander Van Doorn



A double 4th anniversary and the beginning of a ‘new’ year

It’s the time of the year that everybody gets back from holiday and starts with a fresh spirit. For me personally yesterday was a bit of a special day. I celebrated two 4th anniversaries!

The first one was the anniversary of Amber, the daughter of my girlfriend. It was an exciting day for her, because it also was her first day at school.

The second anniversary I celebrated yesterday was the beginning of my 5th year @ Avanade. It was again a good year at Avanade, our headcount increased by 36%! We started 4 years ago with about 15 people and now we really have a nice footprint in the Dutch market and also globally.

The 1st of September was also the kick-off of the new fiscal year 2009. Which means that a lot of plans are presented for the coming year(3). September and Oktober are always months in which you have a lot of meetings and kick-offs. Everybody has new ideas after the vacation break:)

Two interesting meetings in the month September are the following:

The first one is a meeting on the 4th of September around ‘project Velocity’ presented by Dennis van der Stelt(the owner of Unfortunately I cannot attend this meeting while our general manager for Europe will visit Avanade Netherlands. But you can register here.

The second meeting I want to put your attention on is the BizTalk UserGroup meeting. It’s on the 22nd of September in Utrecht. You can register here.

Coolest company

Avanade Netherlands is in the race to become the coolest company. A competition started by one of the largest radio stations in The Netherlands, radio 3FM.

If we win the contest a radioshow will be recorded at our office and after lunch we receive a dance party:)

Here is the link to the video we supplied for the competition.

Funny part is that my girlfriend is in the video! She’s the girl halfway the video dancing with her sunglasses. Now it will surprise me if we don’t win:)

Avanade Belgium doubles staff in one day.

Last Wednesday Avanade aquired Quadreon, a Belgium company specializing in Microsoft Dynamics AX(not really my type of sport). Due to this aquisition Avanade Belgium is doubled in terms of people! Avanade is well on-track to become the worlds nr 1 Business Solutions Partner.

Funny thing to note is that one of the most important customers of Quadreon is Studio 100. This Belgium Entertainment company creates things like K3 and Kabouter Plop, which are really famous among Dutch children and also their parents(including me….Plopper de Plop haha). So know we @ Avanade are doing K2[Blackpearl] and K3 with Dynamics, what’s next?… 🙂