In 2019, the Haute École Robert Schuman (HERS) decided to upgrade its networking equipment, typically a huge investment. Fortunately, the circumstances were favourable: after all, Belnet had just started negotiating a framework agreement for networking equipment for its entire community. This agreement, which was recently awarded to the integrators Infradata and Dynniq after a European tendering procedure, gives all Belnet members access to the best possible conditions in terms of maintenance costs, purchase discounts – with reductions of up to 70 percent – and service quality.
In a context of increasing digitalisation, the teams of Philippe Hennebert (IT Director - Institut Jules Bordet) and David Lerens (IT Support Manager for the Clinical Trials Support Unit) play a key role within the Institut Jules Bordet. On the eve of a landmark move, they talk about the role of IT in research, the various challenges linked to the crisis and their long-standing collaboration with Belnet.
The Hospital Network Antwerp (ZNA) is the biggest health organisation in Belgium. In addition to providing care at ten different sites, the ZNA also carries out research. Belnet spoke with Alix Devroye, Network and Security System Administrator, about the challenges which the COVID-19 crisis has brought in terms of ICT and about the increasing importance of security.
Belnet has 85 enthusiastic colleagues with a wide range of expertise and backgrounds. Some have just joined us, while others have a whole career behind them. For Incident Manager Fernando De Acetis and ICT System Manager Gerd Nicasie, the adventure at Belnet is gradually drawing to a close. Before they retire, we'll take a look back at their careers with them.
Coronavirus has radically changed the way we work and collaborate with colleagues. As the year draws to a close and teleworking has become a fact of life, we would like to show you how Belnet has been able to adapt over the last few months to meet its many challenges and guarantee maximum service continuity despite the pandemic and the many safety measures.
The TRAIL Institute was created to support researchers working in AI and boost companies in this sector within the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. One of the organisations involved, the CENAERO research centre based in Gosselies, reveals their AI-related activities and their involvement in initiatives beyond our borders.
Last September, several employees crossed the 10-year career milestone at Belnet. Among them, Erik and Fernand have agreed to answer a few questions to shed light on their career and this path they have chosen.
The Belnet Project Management Office is responsible for the smooth running of all internal and client-related projects. Thanks to a structured and uniform way of working, you can be assured of proper monitoring of your project, transparent communication and an optimum result. Our colleague and Project Manager Elke Dierckens explains how project management works at Belnet.