Microservices, APIs and versatile cloud architecture - 4 real life cases (N-sight)

Location:Business Faculty, Brussels



In the ever-louder and more pervasive call for cloudification, a multi-cloud architecture is often the best strategy for our journey.  Microservices and APIs are vital to guarantee smooth operation and efficient communication between platforms.


But while it sounds straightforward, real challenges arise when talking about APIs: how to organise governance, where to start, what to do about the on-premise part of the architecture, which technology to choose, and so on.


In this N-sight, we’re bringing together four organisations to share their real-life yet very different cases, so we can learn from how they rethought their architecture and successfully worked with microservices and APIs.






Business Faculty,

Sint-Lendriksborre 6,

1120 Brussel (Neder-Over-Heembeek)


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13:00 Welcome coffee


13:30 Introduction


Ann Guinée, Communication Manager, Beltug (English)


13:45 Case: The journey from customer expectations to an API-first platform


During this talk, you’ll hear about how plastic solutions company Vink began its journey with customer expectations about services, aiming to design an enterprise architecture that responds to these expectations.  This led to the creation of an API-first platform.  You'll also learn from Vink's decision process regarding scalability and performance, and the governance of the microservices architecture (including regarding CI/CD, etc.).


Yves Heylen, Head of Digital, Vink (Dutch)


14:15 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


14:30 Case: Microservices in a governmental context


Within the 'Process Oriented Application' domain of the Directorate-General Digital Transformation (BOSA), several solutions are being developed to facilitate online interaction with end users.  This domain has several services in its portfolio, such as the eBox (for secured communication between government and citizen), intelligent web forms (with pre-filled data coming from authentic sources), the eCounter (eLoket/eGuichet) and eBirth.  Find out how microservices fit in this story.


Davy Toch, Senior Architect, FPS Policy and Support (BOSA) (Dutch/French)


15:00 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


15:15 Coffee break


15:45 Case: Straightening the tower of Pisa


Market dynamics and the unprecedented acceleration of digitalisation require IT organisations to make step changes in the way digitalisation enables the business.  IT organisations need to shift gears to integrate with the business and continuously deliver high quality solutions, while becoming much more cost-effective.


To achieve this, not only the ways of working but also the foundations of IT architecture must be re-imagined. The key question to address is how to perform such structural transformation in-flight.  Have a look at how Proximus addresses these challenges with its internal IT organisation.


Geert Goethals, CIO, Proximus (English)


16:15 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


16:30 Case: API Management and microservices at FEDNOT


In this case, you’ll hear how FEDNOT, the federation of Belgian notaries, takes on the challenges of:


  • Defining an API strategy: A strategy is more than just the choice of a tool. It is a deliberate choice in a process of digital transformation. A change of culture and way of working is needed in order to realise the possibilities.
  • Integration architecture: dream or nightmare? What impact do microservices have on the evolution of service and application development? The distributed nature of microservices brings new opportunities, but also fresh challenges.

Jolien Jans, API Platform manager, FEDNOT (Dutch)


17:00 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


17:15 Wrap up & Closing drink


18:00 End