A sustainable architecture strategy: fitting the pieces into the puzzle (X-change)

Location:Business Faculty, Brussels



How can we underpin our IT architecture with a solid strategy?  This topic was at the very top of our members’ priorities in our annual survey, in mid-2018. In today’s world, there are so many, diverse elements that come together into the IT architecture: legacy systems, cloud services, on-premise infrastructure, apps, and more.


Putting the pieces together to complete the puzzle is not always an easy task. So in this session, we look into some of the questions:


  • How can a company build a solid (yet versatile) IT architecture strategy?
  • Is cloud-only the best choice, or not?
  • And what to do about security?

Our speakers will share their insights and best practices, and we will also learn from the real-life experience of KBC, Nokia and Kinepolis.


Please note that in order to guarantee an interactive discussion, we are keeping the number of attendees limited, so be sure to book your spot in time.


  Business Faculty
Sint-Lendriksborre 6
1120 Brussel (Neder-Over-Heembeek)



12:30 Welcome coffee


13:00 Introduction: Participants’ expectations around the table


Ann Guinée, Project Manager, Beltug (English)


13:15 The role of the Enterprise Architecture in scaling agile


Organizational structures are altered to be congruent with the design of the software systems they produce. Reconfiguring teams to reflect the modularity essential for rapid evolvability, is quite challenging. This presentation discusses the required balance between autonomy and alignment at both the system and organization level, and reflects on how architecture can support such a balance.  It thus highlights the apparent contradiction between the architecture (as a solid pillar), and the versatility and agile environment it needs to support.


Bart Du Bois, Partner, & Stéphane Campo, Partner, XPLUS Consulting (English)


13:45 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


14:00 Case: Building an evolving IT strategy in a legacy world


Several years ago, the evolving needs of customers required KBC to rethink its strategy.  Together with cloud and other technology developments, this necessitated changes to the IT strategy, as well. To succeed, IT had to confront some challenging questions:


  • How do we adopt new customer needs based on existing third-party services, with legacy platforms such as mainframe?
  • What do we do about security?
  • What challenges have we confronted, and which will we continue to encounter within our strategy?
  • Etc.

Walter Adriaens, Department head, Lead Infrastructure Architects, KBC (English)


14:30 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


14:45 Coffee break


15:15 The human factor in the cloudification journey


Cloudification, as an essential ingredient of every digital transformation journey, should be viewed as more than just a technology project. It represents a powerful tool to prepare businesses for current and future markets. It is therefore essential that companies involve their CIOs, as well as all business management, in the design of their transformation strategies.


Cloudification journeys are unique: each company has its own priorities and strategic focus, and must adapt its technology roadmap accordingly. There is no ‘one size fits all’. When looking for a strategic partner, the company must bear in mind that the partner will require both comprehensive technical expertise and a strong understanding of the business.


But don’t be intimidated by the scale of your cloudification and digital transformation projects. Instead, focus on taking the first step: making your entire infrastructure cloud-ready. Only then can you overcome potential technical limitations and make the best strategic choices for your business.


Antoine Kerrinckx, Group Senior Vice President, CEO Belgium & Luxembourg, Atos (English)


15:45 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


16:00 Case: How to position, optimise and unlock new capabilities via the cloud


Today, the use of cloud services is expected to be an integral part of the daily IT and business ways of working.  Alain will open up some value-added IT scenarios on how to position the use of clouds, and how this translates into the IT operating mode.  Then he will share some lessons learned including pitfalls on the path to a public cloud.


Alain Wauters, Head of IT Infrastructure and Digital Workplace, Nokia (English)


16:30 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


16:45 Case: Strategic IT architecture – the foundation of a digital cinema experience


Even in the world of cinema, digitisation is running at full throttle.  Kinepolis’ strategy for a reliable architecture, with balanced choices for cloud or on-premise solutions and with well-thought-out security measures, underpins that digitisation. During this presentation, we’ll learn how Kinepolis built that strategy and how it evolves, and discover their best practices.


Bjorn Van Reet, CIO, Kinepolis (English)


17:15 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


17:30 Wrap up & Closing drink


18:30 End