Born in 1978, as the first of 2 boys born from the same mother on the same day and almost the same time, I started my younger years living in both Belgium and the US.
After a wonderful youth studying and getting to know the world I graduated with an IT degree and started my fist job as an IT-technician at a small local company gradually building up my skills and certifying myself on a number of platforms (MCSE – CCNA – ITIL). My main focus is anything and everything around security where I try to not limit my knowledge to products but study technologies in depth. My motto: “there’s no use in knowing the interface if you don’t know how the technology behind it works.”
As of today I’m working as a network and systems manager for an international footwear retail group based in Belgium. Apart from my day to day job I founded the IT-Talks community. Our community in contrast to others doesn’t focus on one single product, we focus on the concept of hands on community learning and sharing. On a regular basis (4 to 5 times a year) we organize Talk events where everybody brings over their laptop and like at a lan party we plug-in to a co-shared network and boot up virtual labs.
A technology expert then guides us through the product using slides and hands on labs giving a wealth of information and experience. Our events are also a great opportunity to try something out or to share experiences and problems with your pears.