CIO of the Year

Herman De Prins (UCB) is CIO of the Year 2016

On Wednesday, November 16th Data News organized the 24th edition of CIO of the Year. With this award, Data News awards a Belgian CIO for his or her achievements. The elements involved in the choice are his or her vision, strategic insights, leadership qualities and personality.

The winner was determined by the readers of Data News and a professional jury consisting of academics, former winners and IT Personalities.

After voting and judging Herman De Prins (UCB) was named the best CIO of the year and is the successor to Peter Bal, CIO Wabco.
Herman De Prins leading IT since 2009 for UCB, a medium biofarmaspeler with 7,500 employees operating in 40 countries. His team provides around 250 projects a year off, with remarkable innovative nature of digitization.

The other nominees to the award of CIO of the Year 2016 were Peter Billiau, CIO EDF Luminus, Werner De Wever, Group CIO Bosal, Joël Van Hoolandt, CIO KPMG and Geert Van Hove, CIO Belfius.

The selected CIO’s are active in our country and have proven that the job of CIO is one of the most exciting, challenging and important functions in the business world today. Thanks to their visionary approach, they have been successful at using ICT tools for the benefit of operational management. The CIO’s have, in the course of their careers, demonstrated strategic vision, leadership, personality and the capacity to contribute to an organisation’s business strategy.

Hereby we would like to thank them very much for their participation.


ICT Project of the Year – SMB & Large Organisations

IT Project of the Year goes to bpost and Belfius

The CIO of the year 2016-contest wants to reward ICT Projects which have been successfully completed and which are innovative.

The emphasis is on ‘innovation’; projects that have achieved real added value for a company thanks to clever use of a certain modernising technology. As well as the technological innovation, the impact on the business also plays a very important role.

The size of the company or the scope of the project is not important. Clever, innovative, smaller applications have just as much chance of winning as large and expensive projects. You just need to be able to demonstrate that the innovative ICT Project has given the business a real boost!

From the many entries, the Data News editorial makes an initial selection which four projects were retained in both the category 'small and medium business' as 'large organizations'. For eight projects, the participants had themselves come to defend their case.

In the segment of corporate companies Belfius wins with the project Mobile Digital First Bank. The other nominees were Accenture, the Water Group and the Federal Pension Service & RSVZ. The Belfius project deals with the transformation of the traditional bank to a modern, digital and 'mobile first' bank. A major project, both in terms of budget (EUR 70 million), man-years (350) and in terms of technological scope.

In small businesses, the award goes to the project bringr from bpost. The competitors of bpost project were other strong projects by Mensura, Renta Solutions and VAB Fleet Services. The strength of Bringr resides in the fact that it originated in the lap of bpost, but has the potential to grow into a spin-off. Bringr is an innovative service that allows people to itself to indicate to a driver for the retrieval of a specific shipment, and to transport them to a point A to a point B, without that it is necessarily bound to a particular size or time pressure.

We thank all ICT managers and project managers for submitting their innovative projects.