Changes MPN competencies for App development and ALM

Partner-Program-logo.jpgIn November we had some changes to the competencies of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) program that are particularly interesting for Microsoft Partners that are doing Application (or App) development on the Microsoft platform. Equally interesting for companies that just start on the platform triggered by the release of Windows 8.
The Application platform competencies are now:

The “old”  Web Development, Software Development, and ISV competencies have merged to become the new Application Development competency. If you want to get started with that you can take the HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript Jump Start – get a free exam voucher!  You can get a voucher for Exam 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 when you take the Developing Windows 8 Apps Jump Start online training. Get details (Partner log-in required).

More news for the ALM competencie:

  • Visual Studio 2012 and ALM competency readiness. First, review the learning path to discover the latest sales, licensing, and technical training.
  • How sell Visual Studio 2012 and attach other products: partner materials, reseller kit (Partner log-in required)
  • Host customer events using launch-in-a-box kits Part 1 and Part 2. Host ALM customer events with the ‘Rise to the New Normal’ IT decision maker event-in-a-box kit  (Partner log-in required)
  • Sales Specialist competency assessment (Partner log-in required) this 200-level, 45 minute sales assessment covering Visual studio 2012 can help you prepare to meet ALM competency requirements.

This is why these 3 young Belgians need your Imagine Cup Vote!!!

imagine-cup-2012The Microsoft Imagine Cup brings together students from all over the world and asks them to use their creativity and passion for technology to help solve the world’s toughest problems. Back in May you could read that 2 of our Belgian teams made it to the finals in Sydney.

One of the teams “Make a Sign” created this amazing project that uses Kinect in combination with Azure to recognize sign language used by deaf people and learn people how to use it. Earlier this week the 3 students from HEPL in Liege met with minister-president Rudy Demotte of the Walloon region.
Press: On RTL TV news. In La Derniere Heure. In Le VIF.

So before you read/watch any further do this:  go to the People’s Choice Award site and vote – and then ask your friends, family and network to vote too. Then read the rest of this post and you’ll know why you did the right thing Smile.

Congratulations to:

Julien Rousselle

Antoine Trippaers

Nicolas Bertrand

This is where you can find the full project video:

Imagine Cup 2012 – Make A Sign (Project Presentation)

2 Belgian student teams will join the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Sydney!!!


Imagine Cup is a Big Deal!! Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition in witch 350.000 students from 183 countries compete for international recognition and cash prizes. In July, 106 student teams from 75 countries will celebrate Imagine Cup’s 10th Anniversary by competing in the Worldwide Finals in Sydney, Australia. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Imagine Cup with 1.65 million students from 190 countries participating in the competition during the past decade.

They did it again! 2 Belgian teams  “Make a Sign” & “Hotfix_windows” will represent Belgium on the Worldwide Finals in Sydney. After 4 months of hard work and dedication, these 2 Belgian teams can be proud on their performance – making us now amongst the best performing countries in Imagine Cup 2012 : there are only 9 West-European teams and 104 teams worldwide still in running. And again not a coincidence that the teams come from 2 of our best schools in the country HOWEST/DAE in Kortrijk and HEPL in Liege that both have a long Imagine Cup participation track including some finals positions.

These are the 2 Belgian entries making it to the finals:

Team Hotfix_Windows – We influence the world we live in. Learn via a game how you can create a positive impact on world. Developed by 4 students of Hogeschool West Vlaanderen (Howest) in the digital arts & entertainment faculty.

Team: Make A Sign – Imagine you could not hear or speak? Social interaction would all of a sudden become much more complex. 3 students from Haute Ecole Provinciale Liege (HEPL) have developed an application based on Kinect technology to construct a sign database for all languages, and learn in a very convenient and fun way how to communicate correctly.

More information about Imagine Cup is available at the Imagine Cup Virtual Pressroom and on the Imagine Cup blog.

2012 Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) for Belgium announced (full list attached)

Each quarter Microsoft awards passionate technical community leaders with the Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award recognizing they are top-tier technology influencers and outstanding community contributors. In Belgium most of them are full time professionals doing IT for a living, with some exceptions that are teachers or just passionate users.
Microsoft began the MVP Awards many years ago as a way to recognize members of the general public who devoted their time and technical expertise to helping users in various online technical forums. Over time, the program evolved, and awards are given to members of technical communities worldwide for their contributions to communities including third-party Web sites, user groups, blogs and wikis. MVP Awards are given directly by Microsoft Corp and not by the local BeLux subsidiary.

Below is the list of all 46 new and existing MVP’s for Belgium cross a wealth of technologies from Dynamics CRM and ERP, over Exchange, SQL and Azure, and consumer security and Xbox. Congratulations to all of you especially the new ones on the list !!!  I’ve added the Twitter address for most of them so feel free to start following those in your domain of technology.

MVP Technical Expertise
Claude  Leloup Access
Kris  van der Mast ASP.NET/IIS
Simone  Chiaretta ASP.NET/IIS
Didier  Stevens Consumer Security
Marc  Van Nooten Consumer Security
Mieke  Verburgh Consumer Security
Wim  Coorevits Dynamics CRM
Eric  Wauters Dynamics NAV
Luc  Van Dyck Dynamics NAV
Wim  Gielis Excel
Tom  Decaluwe Forefront
Paul  Loonen Forefront Identity Manager
Thomas  Vuylsteke Forefront Identity Manager
Hans  Le Roy Internet Explorer
Johan  Delimon Lync
Kurt  Roggen Management Infrastructure
Jethro  Seghers Office365
Luc  Sanders PowerPoint
Hans  Hoet Project
Jan  De Messemaeker Project
Joris  Poelmans SharePoint Server
Karine  Bosch SharePoint Server
Ludovic  Lefort SharePoint Server
Sébastien  Sougnez SharePoint Server
Serge  Luca SharePoint Server
Stéphane  Eyskens SharePoint Server
Gill  Cleeren Silverlight
Frederik  Vandeputte SQL Server
Isabelle  Van Campenhoudt SQL Server
Alexandre  Verkinderen System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
Christopher  Keyaert System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
Mike  Resseler System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
Kenny  Buntinx System Center Configuration Manager
Kim  Oppalfens System Center Configuration Manager
Didier  van Hoye Virtual Machine
Jérôme  Lambert Visual C#
Olivier  Matis Visual C#
Marc  Gregoire Visual C++
Pieter  Gheysens Visual Studio ALM
Maarten  Balliauw Windows Azure
Panagiotis  Kefalidis Windows Azure
Yves  Goeleven Windows Azure
Nick  Asseloos Windows Home Server
Olivier  Lebeau Word
Frederik  De Breuck Xbox
Brecht  Kets XNA/DirectX

To become an MVP, candidates are nominated by other community individuals, Microsoft,  or in some cases themselves. Candidates are rigorously evaluated for their technical expertise, community leadership, and voluntary community contributions for the previous year.
Are you interested in hearing more about the MVP Award from some of our leadership team? Check out this video created by Visual C# MVP David Giard about what the MVP Award means to the technical community, what it means to Microsoft, and how MVPs are selected. Please visit the nomination page to nominate a community leader to be considered for an MVP Award.

Microsoft certification reinvented for the cloud + "Two for One" exam offer

MCSE: Lead your organization to the cloudLast week Microsoft Learning announced that it has reinvented its certification program to directly address technology’s evolution to the cloud.

Why is Microsoft changing the Microsoft Certification program?

  • Microsoft’s new certifications help bridge the IT skills gap as new jobs are created by the cloud demand deeper understanding and more rigorous trainings.
  • As Microsoft technology moves to the cloud, so does its certification program.

What key changes is Microsoft making to the program?

  • Microsoft Certification Program is raising the bar, evolving with the cloud to ensure relevance and competitive advantage in the industry.
  • Microsoft Certifications now validate a broader and deeper set of skills to build Microsoft technology solutions in the cloud or on-premise, a more comprehensive approach than certifications about individual components or aspects of a single Microsoft technology.


What do the new certification acronyms MCSA, MCSE or MCSM stand for?

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate(MCSA)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer(MCSD)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM).

What do the new skill levels and certifications encompass?

  • The Associate Level comprises the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification, which provides a clear starting point for job seekers early in their technology career. It represents a foundation and is the prerequisite certification necessary to earn an MCSE.
  • The Expert Level comprises the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) or its developer equivalent, Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and is Microsoft’s flagship certification for individuals who want to lead their organization’s transition to the cloud. These certifications recognize IT professionals and developers with broad and deep skill sets across Microsoft solutions.
  • The Master Level is the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) certification that differentiates the select few from their peers and represents the highest bar of knowledge and skills validation.

2 for 1 exams! Get current and get to the cloud

The best path to cloud certifications is to complete your Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) – or Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification and upgrade to the equivalent MCSE certifications when they become available with the “Two for One” exam offer.

More information : When you are a Microsoft partner you can visit the Microsoft Learning Campaign Factory otherwise this is the public site.

Naturally: real NUI in a real banking environment using SUR40/Surface

picture from iNUI blogThe “Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat” (BCEE) is a full service bank in Luxembourg. They are not only held in high esteem by the rating agencies, but are also pretty innovative in their customer approach. With the Samsung SUR40/Microsoft Surface v2 only recently released on the market BCEE has opened the first Natural User Interface driven branch office.

iNUI Studio, the Luxembourgish startup of the year in 2011, has developed an innovative sales support banking solution based on the brand new Samsung SUR40/Microsoft Surface 2.0. The solution allows the sales agent to place their clients in the middle of the decision making process through manipulation of all documents in a very intuitive natural user interface. The project uses both formats, a “TouchTable” and “TouchWall”.

2 nice articles explaining the details (in French) published earlier this week:
IT Nation. LU  and iNUI Studio Blog .

Oproep tot structurele partners Microsoft Innovation Center Vlaanderen

Op 20 december 2011 werd de vzw Microsoft Innovation Center Vlaanderen opgericht.

Deze vzw stelt zich tot doel om de ontwikkeling van de regio Vlaanderen te stimuleren op het vlak van informatie- en communicatietechnologie (ICT) bij prioriteit in het domein van de welzijns- en zorgsector door middel van:

  • sensibilisering, informatie en vorming op het vlak van ICT
  • het verstrekken van adviezen en begeleiding aan bedrijven die actief zijn in de ontwikkeling van informaticatoepassingen met sterk ontwikkelingspotentieel
  • de begeleiding van startende ICT-ondernemingen die prioritair activiteiten ontwikkelen op het vlak van e-health

De vzw beschikt over twee operationele locaties in de steden Kortrijk en Genk. De activiteiten hebben een focus op e-health, gezien de belangrijke rol van deze sector binnen het ViA maar ook als sector met economische en sociale toegevoegde waarde voor Vlaanderen.
Het Microsoft Innovation Centrum Vlaanderen, hierna afgekort als ‘MIC Vlaanderen’, kan een belangrijke rol spelen in het verder ontwikkelen van een toonaangevende industrie in de gezondheidszorg en dit door middel van speciale ondersteuning voor het lokale ecosysteem van IT bedrijven, innovatoren, start-ups en spin-offs, overheid en instellingen.
Het MIC Vlaanderen zal deze doelstellingen realiseren door het organiseren van activiteiten die gericht zijn op:“Netwerking” : De creatie van een positief kader voor IT innovatie door een centrale netwerking hub functie voor opportuniteiten en professionals binnen de regionale IT sector.

  • “Ontdek & Leer” : Stimuleren van kennis over nieuwe opkomende technologieën aan de hand van organisatie van conferenties, seminars en workshops.
  • “Innoveren” : Stimuleren van toegepaste innovatie rond deze technologieën door het organiseren van ‘Call for projects’ gekoppeld aan zakelijke opportuniteiten.
  • “Ondernemen” : Ondersteunen van IT start-ups door het organiseren van doelgerichte bootcamps gericht op de IT sector

De vzw staat open voor alle overheden en bedrijven organisaties die een wezenlijke bijdrage kunnen leveren tot het bereiken van het maatschappelijke doel van de vereniging en een toegevoegde waarde hebben voor de vereniging.

Het Microsoft Innovation Center Vlaanderen is opgezet op basis van een publiek-private samenwerking. De publieke zijde wordt ingevuld door de steden Genk en Kortrijk en werkt met financiële steun van de Vlaamse Overheid. Aan de private zijde is op dit moment enkel Microsoft een partner.
De Raad van Bestuur bestaat momenteel uit telkens twee bestuurders vanuit Genk, Kortrijk en Microsoft. Het IBBT werd gevraagd toe te treden tot de Raad van Bestuur.

De vzw MIC Vlaanderen zoekt nog een aantal structurele partners. Deze partners gaan een engagement aan met het MIC Vlaanderen in lijn met de stichtende partners (Stad Genk, Stad Kortrijk en Microsoft). De structurele partner verbindt zich tot het leveren van een bijdrage aan het behalen van de doelstellingen van het MIC Vlaanderen niet alleen in de vorm van financiële middelen maar ook door de enthousiaste inbreng van expertise. Dit type partner ziet ‘market intelligence’, toegang tot de MIC Vlaanderen ‘community’ van gespecialiseerde ontwikkelaars en entrepreneurs, valorisatie van onderzoek en zichtbaarheid binnen de zorgsector als belangrijkste waarden van een partnership. Een structurele partner gaat een engagement aan van 3 jaar met mogelijke verlenging. De jaarlijkse bijdrage bedraagt minimum 75.000 Euro.

In ruil voor zijn engagement krijgt de structurele partner een pakket aan voordelen op maat samengesteld uit: visibiliteit, activiteiten, call for projects, faciliteiten en lidmaatschap in de Raad van Bestuur van de vzw.

Visibiliteit: de structurele partner heeft een zichtbare band met MIC Vlaanderen. Het aanbrengen van logo’s via website, nieuwsbrieven, banners, …; het afficheren van bedrijfs logo in het MIC Vlaanderen; aanwezigheid tijdens publieke activiteiten…
Activiteiten: de vzw organiseert tal van activiteiten. In het pakket worden een aantal lidmaatschappen van de vzw MIC Vlaanderen voorzien. Deze leden krijgen toegang aan de activiteiten van het MIC Vlaanderen.
‘Call for Project’: de structurele partners maakt gebruik van het MIC Vlaanderen platform voor het uitschrijven en de organisatie van ‘call for project’.
Faciliteiten: structurele partners kunnen gebruik maken van de specifieke infrastructuur in het MIC Vlaanderen zoals meeting rooms, seminarie ruimte, demoroom,…
Raad van Bestuur: de structurele partner heeft recht op een zetel in de Raad van Bestuur van de vzw MIC Vlaanderen.

Kandidatuur richten aan (burgemeester stad Kortrijk) of (Burgemeester stad Kortrijk) of (Luc Van de Velde, Directeur Developer&Platform Group Microsoft). De kandidatuur moet binnen zijn voor 30 april 2012.
De kandidatuur is enkel geldig als minstens de volgende informatie aanwezig is:
– naam van bedrijf en activiteit
– gegevens van contact persoon (email, gsm)
– korte beschrijving van de motivatie
– korte overzicht van mogelijke projecten die in aanmerking komen voor een ‘call for project’

De integrale statuten van de vzw MIC Vlaanderen zijn gepubliceerd in het Belgisch staatsblad en vindt u alvast hier terug:

Met het oog op een zo ruim mogelijke verspreiding van het aanbod om een partnerschap aan te gaan met de vzw, mag u onderhavig schrijven doormailen/doorsturen naar andere potentieel geïnteresseerde actoren.

Wij hopen op een grote belangstelling voor dit unieke project en kijken dan ook graag uit naar uw deelname.

Met vriendelijke groeten

Stefaan De Clerck
voorzitter vzw MIC Vlaanderen

Lancering Microsoft Innovation Center Vlaanderen op 19 maart 2012


Negen maanden na de intentieverklaring om samen een Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) Vlaanderen op te richten zijn de verschillende actoren klaar voor een officieel lanceringsevent. Deze lancering vindt op 19 maart simultaan plaats in Genk en Kortrijk, niet toevallig de twee innovatieve en ondernemende steden waar MIC Vlaanderen zal beschikken over een operationele locatie.
Via videoverbinding zullen speeches en debatten door Ministers Kris Peeters, Jo Vandeurzen, General Manager Philippe Rogge van Microsoft België, en andere gastsprekers op beide locaties te volgen zijn.

18:30 Introductie met verschillende sprekers
19:00 Keynote door General Manager Microsoft België Philippe Rogge over MIC Vlaanderen vzw gevolgd door een debat met Vlaams minister van Welzijn, Volksgezondheid en Gezin Jo Vandeurzen (Flanders’Care) en andere betrokkenen.
19:50 Startschot door Vlaams minister-president Kris Peeters.
20:00 Receptie en netwerking in Genk en in Kortrijk.

Stuur even een mailtje naar indien je een uitnodiging voor dit event wenst te ontvangen. Volg ons op: #micvlaanderen .

Microsoft Innovation Center Vlaanderen vzw
MIC Vlaanderen heeft als doel de ontwikkeling van de regio Vlaanderen te stimuleren op het vlak van informatie en communicatietechnologie door middel van:

  • Het stimuleren van innovatie gedreven ondernemerschap en tewerkstelling
  • Ontwikkeling van expertise
  • Het verstrekken van adviezen en begeleiding aan bedrijven die actief zijn in de ontwikkeling van informatietoepassingen met sterk ontwikkelingspotentieel
  • De begeleiding van startende ICT-ondernemingen die prioritair activiteiten ontwikkelen op het vlak van e-health

Creatie van een positief kader voor IT innovatie en netwerking

Ontdek & Leer:
Stimuleren van kennisoverdracht rond nieuwe ideeën en aanzetten om ze door middel van ICT te realiseren

Aanmoedigen van nieuwe ideeën en aanzetten om ze door middel van ICT te realiseren

Ondersteunen van start ups en stimuleren van ondernemerschap

Not sure whether you should believe the Patriot act cloud FUD or not?

CloudIf you’re still not sure whether you should believe the FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) that some are spreading to scare companies away from cloud computing you should certainly read these 2 papers and form your own opinion.

  • Law Enforcement and Cloud Computing is an article from Linklaters a Belgian Law firm in which they discuss these 2 perspectives:
    “From an EU perspective, concerns have recently been voiced about the access to data by US law enforcement agencies under the so-called USA PATRIOT Act. However, EU law enforcement agencies also have broad powers to access information placed in the cloud.
    From a cloud user’s perspective, this essentially means that sound information management practice, not the USA Patriot Act or similar laws in other countries, should govern decisions regarding what data is appropriate for what range of storage sites, including use of cloud services.
    To view more of Law Enforcement and Cloud Computing piece click here
  • UK Cloud Computing Interception – nothing new in this article from Olswang they discuss the UK situation but that is the same for the rest of Europe.
    “Some UK cloud-computing customers are concerned that they should
    not entrust US cloud-providers
    with their data for fear of US law
    enforcement interception. If interception is so much of a concern they should not only avoid US cloud providers but also should avoid using the UK’s telephone, the Internet, and the postal system. The interception of communications, whether stored in the 21st Century cloud or sealed in 16th Century scrolls, and whether here in the UK or in the US, is nothing new. All communications data, where justified, may be intercepted by the State’s watchful and proportional eye.”

From Card to NUI in 30 years

Those who’ve seen me speaking last 18 months know that NUI (Natural User Interface) is one of those trends I strongly believe in. There is no doubt in my mind that in 5 years from now it will be hard to buy a PC screen without touch. And stronger a lot of flat (or not so flat) surfaces will get touch enabled. Add the Kinect technology and you have the next paradigm shift.
If you have the same passion or your still not convinced yet watch this new Future Vision Video.

2011 edition of Productivity Future Vision video

Steve Clayton one of our chief storytellers looked back at the 2009 version of this video and the predictions it made to check ho much of it is starting to become reality.

Innov@MIC mini conference 26/10: the Key to success

Entreprendre ? Se lancer ?
Quels sont les secrets de ceux qui réussissent ?

clip_image002Les patrons qui réussissent ont-ils juste eu de la chance ? LA bonne idée suffirait-elle ?
Découvrez les secrets du succès de patrons belges grâce à Innov@MIC mini qui se déroulera le 26 octobre prochain, à 17h00 à Louvain-La-Neuve.

  • Bruno Segers, CEO de RealDolmen et patron de start-ups nous livrera ses conseils.
  • Olivier de Wasseige, CEO de Défimedia, nous relatera son parcours depuis 1999 et partagera également son expérience en tant que capital risqueur auprès de jeunes entreprises.
  • Raphaël Gazon, psychothérapeute, nous expliquera l’importance de l’intelligence émotionnelle dans la réussite. En conclusion, les 5 clés de la réussite.
  • L’événement sera suivi d’un networking drink.

Inscription indispensable via ce formulaire

A propos des orateurs…

clip_image003Bruno Segers, CEO de Real Dolmen et ex-patron de Microsoft mais également à la tête d’une start-up, viendra nous livrer ses conseils..avec une “vue de Flandres”. Bruno Segers est à l’heure actuelle également associé chez All Together, une plateforme jouant le rôle de catalyseur entre les différentes entreprises et initiatives relatives à l’entrepreneuriat, l’innovation et la création d’une réelle société du savoir. Il siège également au conseil d’administration de l’IBBT, le centre de recherches du gouvernement flamand, ainsi que dans d’autres entreprises dont City Live.

clip_image007Olivier de Wasseige, fondateur de DefinITion en 1999, il est désormais CEO de Defimedia SA , né de la fusion entre DefinITion et IMedia. Hyper-actif, Olivier de Wasseige a récemment lancé Internet Attitude; une coopérative d’investissement afin de soutenir le développement de jeunes entreprises spécialisées dans le web et les nouvelles technologies. Il est également  administrateur de l’Union Wallonne des Entreprises et de l’Infopôle (Cluster TIC).

clip_image008Raphaël Gazon est psychologue et psychothérapeute cognitivo-comportementaliste. Il est actif dans le développement de traitements psychothérapeutiques innovants et anime régulièrement des conférences sur l’intelligence émotionnelle, la gestion du stress…
Raphaël Gazon présentera comment certains processus émotionnels peuvent interférer avec la réussite d’un projet professionnel. Il développera ensuite la notion d’intelligence émotionnelle comme facteur de succès dans la vie.

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Next Brussels MIC’s ThursDay on October the 20th

Registrations for Brussels MIC’s ThursDay on 20th of October are open.

MIC’s ThursDay’s are opportunity for you to meet your peers and discuss about best practices in the IT industry in Brussels ! You are also welcome to reach out to the MIC Brussels team members during the event, who will help you find which part of the MIC Brussels program would fit best for you.

Agenda (from 15:00 to 17:30)

  • Welcome by the MIC Brussels team
  • How to innovate and how to sell in the Public Sector, by Baudouin Urbain, Public Sector Director at Microsoft Belux
  • How the Cloud answers SMEs IT needs, by David Hernie, IT Evangelist and Architect at Microsoft Belux
  • Best Practice sharing from Getyoo, the startup that will connect you to anything !
    New: Getyoo is now investing the tourism sector and will allow tourist to interact with monuments, shops, expositions… The new project, “Brussels experience”, is an interactive city-tour like no other. Be among the first to hear about this project on MIC’s thursDay!
  • Wrap up & closing drinks

We are looking forward to seeing you on October the 20th at MIC’s thursDay, :-)

Don’t forget places are limited.  Registration link.

ISVtalk, the Newsletter for App Partners, September edition

Learn from the best
Register now for Microsoft Connect on October 11th! Connect is the yearly gathering for the Microsoft partner community where Microsoft introduces you to its roadmap for the upcoming year. During the ISV morning breakout you’ll have the opportunity to learn how 3 of your colleague ISV’s (Quesd, Rhea, Winbooks) successfully made the move to Azure. On top of that we’ll provide an ISV update on where you can find more information about the upcoming Windows 8.
Luc Van de Velde, Director Developer & Platform group
Register for Connect
Windows 8 changes everything
Be amongst the first to build applications for the next version of Windows. Send your developers over to the Windows Developer Center to download the Windows Developer Preview and get them prepared for the future! Nick Trogh, Developer Evangelist
Get your application into the spotlight and sell them online
Microsoft just announced the upcoming availability of the Windows Azure Marketplace in 25 new markets, including Belgium! So learn how to get started here and make sure to submit your application by next month! Christophe Van Mollekot, Partner Account Manager ISV
Get inspired: grow your business through adopting the SaaS model
Read how Credenza Software managed to expand its market base from 30 to 600 customers in only one year by redesigning its business model thanks to Windows Azure! Discover how Credenza leveraged the cloud to grow its business. Hermien Heveraet, Telepartner Account Manager
Don’t miss this crucial Sales Academy: Successfully sell BI solutions
Get your knowledge into shape! During this highly informative event you’ll learn about the new sales and services opportunities which you can develop with the various Microsoft Solutions. Stefanie Steenbrugge, Partner Skills Development Manager

Students in the Family? Student Ambassador Program: Now Recruiting!

Before summer we ran a successful pilot project for Student Ambassadors and as such we’ve decided to roll out the to as many campuses in Belgium and Luxembourg as possible. So if you are a student or have one in the family we’d love to get in touch and get them to joining us in this great initiative.

Through this program, we want to empower the Student Ambassadors so that they’re able to help their peers and, with the support of Microsoft, make sure students all around Belgium and Luxembourg get the best tools + the knowledge to use them to save time and have more fun. Students will get the opportunity and materials to give trainings and seminars to your classmates and friends and help them with their IT related questions. Doing so will help you earn points which you can exchange afterwards for nice stuff like an XBOX + Kinect, a Windows Phone, laptops, and other great goodies.

Who are we looking for? If you’re an outgoing, chatty and proactive individual who’s well networked on campus, then you’re exactly what we’re looking for! It’s about who you know rather than what you know. A desire to get your teeth into a fun, exciting and rewarding role throughout the academic year is equally important. Having an interest in technology and marketing would be great as well, though don’t worry if you don’t.

Wanna join the Crew? Send a mail for more info to these 2 colleagues Vincent Joris ( ) and Yorick Van Alphen (  We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Microsoft Innovation Center Mons: Calendrier des activités octobre


03/10 < BUSINESS > Conférence: Windows Azure – Quels avantages pour mon entreprise ?
03/10 < BUSINESS > Atelier: Office 365 – Découvrez une nouvelle manière de travailler
03/10 < TECHNIQUE > Windows Azure : Session découverte pour les professionels de l’IT
04/10 < TECHNIQUE > Windows Phone: Développez votre 1e application sur Mango
25/10 < TECHNIQUE > Appel à projets sous Windows Phone Mango
26/10 < BUSINESS > Conférence : INNOV@MIC – Les clés de la réussite
28/10 < TECHNIQUE > Atelier: Devenir certifié Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization
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First networking event @ the Brussels Microsoft Innovation Center

Book your agenda and join us for the launch of the first MIC’s thursDay on September the 15th !

As you might heave read on this blog or heard through the press, the Brussels Region and Microsoft have taken the initiative to open a new Microsoft Innovation Center (or MIC) in Brussels with a focus on Cloud technologies. The goal of the MICs (there are about 110 in the world) is to sustain IT innovation and local IT startups projects at a regional level.

You are wondering what the new MIC Brussels can bring to you? You are an IT company, a startup or a student in IT and you are passionate about new business and technological opportunities?

We would like to invite you to join us on Thursday the 15th of September, to discover our MIC Brussels project, our 2011 activities agenda and to have the opportunity to hear about YOUR projects.

During a breath taking afternoon from 15:00 to 19:00:

  • Welcome introduction
    by Benoit Cerexhe, Minister of economy,
    and Philippe Rogge, General Manager of Microsoft Belux
  • What is the MIC?
    a great tool to support Local Software economy,
    by Ben Piquard, director of the MICs in Belgium
  • Presentation of the MIC Brussels activities and fall 2011 agenda,
    by Pénélope Roux, project manager
  • First MIC’s thursDay: monthly think-tank about technological and business best practices in the IT industry for the local Brussels IT sector.
  • Informal discussion and closing drinks

Register here!

We’re looking forward to meeting you @ MIC’s thursDay ! :)

The MIC Brussels Management Team
Bruno Wattenbergh, Ben Piquard, Jean-Pierre Rucci and Penelope Roux.

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DATE : September 15th
from 3PM-7PMVENUE :
MIC Brussels
Avenue des Nerviens 85
1040 Brussels



New Job opening for Technical Audience Marketing Manager @ Microsoft

Explore career possibilities with us.Join us if you are inspired by driving change with Technical Audiences!

We are looking for an experienced Marketing professional with a strong background in marketing analysis, search and social media marketing to improve the company’s reach and relevance with the 150.000 IT professionals in Belgium & Luxembourg.
As an Technical Audience Marketing Manager (AMM) you will shape and drive the local engagement strategy, communication plan and execution framework for how Microsoft builds sustainable relationships and meaningful conversations with our technical audiences at scale. The role focuses is on these audiences: Software Developers, Infrastructure Professionals, Designers, Architects and Students and works hand in glove with a team of Technology Evangelists and subject matter experts.

Read full posting here and don’t hesitate to forward to a friend if you think you know someone who could be the perfect candidate.

New Job opening for Platform Strategy Advisor – Windows Azure @ Microsoft

windows-azure4The Windows Azure Platform is one of Microsoft’s strategic focus areas in cloud computing. This core service offering is delivering Platform-As-A-Service to support our partners and customers looking to transform their businesses through cloud computing. Join the Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) organization where you will support Cloud Service Vendors develop commercially available applications on the Windows Azure Platform.
The DPE team is looking for a Platform Strategy Advisor (PSA) who demonstrates 50% business development backed with 50% technical expertise and experience. As a member of the Azure ISV team, you will be responsible for identifying, driving, and closing Azure ISV opportunities in your region. You will help these partners bring their cloud applications to market by providing business model and architectural guidance and supporting them through their development and go-to-market activities. This position entails evangelizing the Windows Azure Platform to ISV partners, removing roadblocks to their deployment, and driving partner satisfaction.

Read full posting here and don’t hesitate to forward to a friend if you think you know someone who could be the perfect candidate.

New Job opening for Academic Program Manager Belgium & Luxembourg @ Microsoft

Microsoft Student ExperienceAcademic Program Manager:
Technologist, marketer, spokesperson, collaborator, enabler, mentor.

Students are the next generation of technologists and will shape the future of technology as we know it. That’s why Microsoft wants to inspire young talent to develop their technical skills on all the latest platforms and cutting edge technologies from Microsoft. This exciting and inspiring mission will be your role as a member of our Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) team. The overall mission of the DPE organization is to secure platform adoption and revenue growth through evangelism, community engagement, relationship marketing and a vibrant partner and solutions ecosystem.

As an Academic Program Manager, you are Microsoft’s representative to higher education with a mission to win the hearts and minds of students and their educators by giving them a compelling reason to use Microsoft technologies. This position is a great opportunity to help increase student usage of Microsoft’s technologies through marketing programs and digital engines as well as depth engagement with key institutions.

Read full posting here and don’t hesitate to forward to a friend if you think you know someone who could be the perfect candidate.

Imagine Cup 2011: Vote for the Belgian Teams


The Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals are taking place in New York next week, and the Belgian teams have got some intense competition. But our teams have been putting the finishing touches on their applications, practicing hard, so I’m confident we’ll be prepared!

YOU CAN SUPPORT THE BELGAN TEAMS by giving them your vote for the People’s Choice Award. The Worldwide Finalist team with the most “likes” by July 12, 2011 at 21:00 GMT wins the People’s Choice Award and $10,000 USD.

Team Project

VOTE! Team Digitron

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VOTE! Team Crash Games

Global Green is a fun and easy to play cartoon styled arcade game. In this game  players learn about many global problems while having a lot of fun trying to achieve the highest score for saving the world!

Get the Vote Out!
Once you’ve voted, please share the People’s Choice Award link with your friends, family, school and… the world! Everyone can then learn more about the inspiring solutions Worldwide Finalists created to solve the world’s toughest problems. Use social media to share your favorite videos and make sure you give a shout out on Facebook or Twitter (use the #ImagineCup hashtag).

Stay Connected
Follow along on the Imagine Cup blog as the 2011 Worldwide Finals gets underway in New York City, USA from July 8-13, 2011. And make sure to check out the Imagine Cup website on July 14, 2011 for the exciting information on Imagine Cup 2012!