Welcome at ihop bvba

Welcome at ihop.be.

The aim of ihop, is to assist companies (small and large) with the implementation of collaborative technology. ihop will follow a path, together with the client, towards a more powerful collaboration, not only in the teams of the organisation, but also across the entire company (cross department), and even with their customers and suppliers. All these people can work together in a more efficient way than today. And that is the “extra” that ihop will provide. This extra is required for companies to allow “the new way of working”, to be competitive in the digital age, and to be attractive for the employees of today.

This means that “together” is a crucial word for this new company. That is why we choose ihop as a name for our company. ihop means together in Swedish. We also love the sound of the word. It active, positive, ambitious, fun. And so are we. :-)

So my name is Bart Van Roey, and I am the founder and manager of ihop. Have a look at the About page if you like to know a bit more about me.

I look forward meeting you, and find out how we can work together to create something beautiful. Please do write a short mail to info at ihop dot be. By the way, you can also find me on Twitter: @bartvanroey is my personal (English) account. I also tweet in Dutch in the name of the company at @ihop_be.


Two great conferences on digital collaboration, one you can still attend…

Conferences are such a great opportunity. An opportunity to focus on one topic an entire day. To learn from people preaching what they have learned on that topic. To meet people who have similar challenges as you, and may even have solved some of them…

On the topic of digital transformation and intranets, there are two conferences I try to attend each year.

The first is Congres Intranet in Utrecht that I have attended since 2015. Each year a new focus, new companies, new topics, always at the forefront of the evolution in the field.
This time I was for instance impressed by the talk of James Robertson about How to deliver simplicity in the digital workplace, and I agree with his statement on the importance of understanding the needs of the workforce. You can find his presentation on SharePoint.

But … this conference was in March and it is over in the Netherlands… so you’ll have to wait til next year and drive (take the train) all the way to Utrecht?

No, there is good news… we have a Belgian counterpart for this event, and that is taking place later this month: the 2nd Brussels Intranet & Digital Workplace Conference on May 23rd… and you are more than welcome to join! I even have a discount code for you… :-)

But first let me give you 7 reasons why I believe it’s a good idea to join us in Brussels.

  1. Both the topic and the format are spot on. Keynote presentations, interactive workshops and opportunities to network and meet great new contacts.
  2. Speakers selected this year are even better (if possible) then last year. I can tell you this because (A) I know about half the listed speakers personally and (B) I am one of them. I’m very honored to have the opportunity to talk about the roots of the digital workplace. Because as in many disciplines: in digital transformation we need to look towards the future, but we also need to have enough understanding of the past to apply lessons learned…
    To name the other speakers I know best: I have worked with Oscar Berg in the past and I appreciate his books, so I look forward to his opening keynote. The first case study is also promising: I know Inge Van Wegens very well and I’m interested to listen to her case on the shift to a digital strategy. I also look forward to Geert Nijs talking about aligning learning with the new digital workplace. In the afternoon I will have a hard time choosing between two great workshops: Oscar Berg on Employee Experience (#DEX) and Isabel De Clercq on Social collaboration.. Not yet sure which one I will pick… and then there will be Hans Vandenberghe‘s talk about his work at Mediahuis…
  3. The organizer, Guy Van Leemput is a very open and cool person to meet. You could also ask him about his Belgian Intranet groups: they are an interesting source of inspiration for all people working on their own intranets and digital workplaces in Belgium.
  4. The venue is ideally located: centre of Brussels, close to the Brussel North train station.
  5. The price is right, but I will come back to that at the end.
  6. You’ll get to meet me
    I hope that could also be a motivator for you… :-)
    Maybe we have met in the past, then I look forward meeting you again.
    If not, then I look forward to meet you for the first time…

So, check out the full list of speaker and the entire program at the site of ValueIntranet.

In case you are interested to learn new insights on digital workplace and intranet implementation approaches, do use this link to order at Eventbrite since it uses the  “ihop” discount code. That will entitle you to a 10% discount, value of 49 euro… (which brings the price to 441 euro VAT included instead of 490 euro).

See you there?

We’ve updated our services page…

I have to admit: It was a bit overdue… The previous update on our “Services offered” page was done in … 2015…
ihop has evolved since then, and now this page reflects that.

The core business, and sole focus of ihop is sustainable digital collaboration, and the services we provide are consulting, training and coaching. Such a strong combination. I enjoy it every day.

Could this be of interest to you? Then check out the services page, or contact me right away. It will be the first step in an interesting conversation…

In the meantime, I wish you all the best in tackling the opportunities and challenges the world puts on your path!
We can walk part of it together!

Belgisch Congres Digitale Werkplek: #valueconf18

Dit is een bericht over de conferentie van 2018. Voor alle info van 2019 editie zie  “Two great conferences”


Op donderdag 24 mei is er nog eens een Belgisch event over de digitale werkplek, en dat is fijn, want zo zijn er niet zo veel. In 2015 hadden we het congres Digitale Werkplek georganiseerd door Isabel De Clercq (toen nog bij Kluwer), met oa Dion Hinchcliffe, maar sinds? Misschien heb ik er in België gemist , maar ik ging de afgelopen jaren vooral naar Nederland: Congres Intranet in Utrecht. Daar kon ik luisteren naar Oscar Berg, Sam Marshall en James Robertson bvb, en geïnspireerd te worden door Nederlandse cases. 

En nu kan het nog eens in België. Guy Van Leemput van ValueIntranet organiseert voor het eerst een conferentie, en hij heeft meteen een hele reeks boeiende sprekers kunnen verzamelen, zoals Sam Marshall uit de UK, en als Belgische sprekers onder andere Filip Callewaert (POA) en Els Overbergh (Microsoft). Donderdag 24 mei belooft een mooie dag te worden voor iedereen die interesse heeft in digitaal samenwerken, en dit zowel vanuit een HR standpunt, als vanuit interne communicatie of IT. En ook consultants in dit domein kunnen er nog wat leren denk ik. Ik ga in elk geval :-)

Meer info natuurlijk op de site van ValueIntranet, maar belangrijk: inschrijven doe je best via deze link (en niet via de link op de site van ValueIntranet) want met deze link krijg je bijna 50 euro korting! Dit is een kortingscode voor ihop-contacten zoals jullie…
Misschien tot in Brussel?

PS Ken jij nog goede events over digitaal samenwerken, dan mag je me dat altijd doorgeven. Ik vermeld ze dan hier op mijn blog.
Ik bedoel hiermee geen “vendor-events” die allemaal rond één leverancier draaien he.


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