Beltug Winter Bar

Location:Salons Waerboom, Groot-Bijgaarden



Join us for our Beltug Winter Bar: the perfect mix of an enjoyable location, inspiring speakers and plenty of time to network!


What are the GAFAM, and how do they impact our daily world? We’ll hear from Pieterjan Van Leemputten, technology journalist at Data News, about the Web Giants and the disruption they bring. Next, we’ll look at Big Data: as an engine of our economy, it’s unavoidable. So how can we manage and analyse it?  Prof. Dr. Jan Vanthienen of KU Leuven will take us through the countless decisions to be made, and explain Decision Modelling. Then, we will update you on Beltug's latest lobbying efforts, as well as on our on-topic initiatives in GDPR, indoor coverage, software asset management, and much more!


Finally, take the opportunity to socialise and network informally with plenty of your peers.





16:00 - 20:00


Salons Waerboom, Jozef Mertensstraat 140, 1702 Groot-Bijgaarden



16:00 Welcome coffee


16:30 The other side of disruption


Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft –‘GAFAM’ - determine a major part of our digital life.  And new giants continue to arise, including Netflix, Airbnb, Tesla and Uber.  We hand them our data, and finetune our world on their ‘next big thing’.  They provide us with comfort, but there is a downside. The call for a greater sense of responsibility is louder than ever - is it loud enough to reach California?

Pieterjan Van Leemputten takes on the tough questions:

  • How great is the influence of the GAFAM and other Web Giants (e.g. when developing websites, apps, blogposts; communicating your product, etc)?
  • How do they automate their revenue?
  • Should we call them tech companies, data companies or advertising agencies?
  • How do they behave in terms of EU/US regulations and governments?
  • How do they disrupt the business models of media and smaller tech companies?
  • How do they  disrupt the labour markets?
  • How does their culture become our culture – without us requesting this?

Pieterjan Van Leemputten, Technology journalist, Data News (English)


17:00 Big Data and small decisions


The abundance of data and the rise of new data science techniques have made data analytics a promising field, with new and innovative forms of data-driven decision making. The applications are already infiltrating numerous business domains, including marketing, finance, human resources, operations and quality assurance.

Even more important than the data is the automation of the numerous small decisions the business has to take every day. Decision Modelling enables this decision transformation in the digital world, in a way that ensures correctness and consistency from the start.  This presentation will take us from the secrets behind decision modelling to productive decision management in real business situations and processes.


Prof. Dr. Jan Vanthienen, Professor information management, Department of Decision Sciences and Information Management, KU Leuven (English)


17:40 Update on Beltug's Positions and initiatives


The world of digital technology is in a constant evolution, so Beltug continues to work at the barriers in ICT, companies bump into. We'll briefly update you on what we have achieved over the past months, and what we are working on now, including:

  • General Data Protection Regulation - our newest tools!
  • The new benefits-in-kind regime for smartphones and internet
  • e-Archiving (eIDAS)
  • Towards better indoor coverage
  • Software licensing

Danielle Jacobs, General Manager, Beltug (English)


17:50 Wrap up & Winter Bar


19:15 End