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Meet Patrick Van Renterghem: Engineer-by-training, Researcher-at-heart, Innovation-seeker and a Result-oriented Problem-solver, with a clear focus on getting things done and making the world a smarter place


I love to challenge, mentor and coach people to get the best out of them and out of their work

I have 30+ years of experience in sharing knowledge, brainstorming about business cha(lle)nges and organising events.

I am available for all knowledge-related challenges: Trend-watching and Trend-translation, Training and knowledge transfer, Organisation, Market research that leads to new Products, Proof-of-Concepts, Reports, Guidance, Investments, Events, ...

I love to dig deeper than most people into information about new technology, companies, trends, etc to understand what is coming. Looking back at my 33-year old career in IT, I love change and innovation, and I have always been interested in the day after tomorrow.


30+ Years of Experience in Sharing Knowledge about IT

Worked at the University of Ghent (Belgium) for 8 years. Started IT Works in 1992, organising seminars and workshops for technical and business IT professionals.

Co-organised my first seminars as a volunteer for the BIRA/DTCS department of the Royal Engineering Society (1984-1992) on e.g. the X-Window System, Unix and other OS internals, Microcomputing, Embedded Systems, Parallel processing, Fuzzy Logic, Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Expert Systems, ... Wrote for all the major IT magazines in Belgium. Never lost my interest in IT Development, both hardware but mainly software.

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We ain't see nothing yet about AI, automation, cloud and digital transformation

These days, I am extremely interested in everything that is AI-related (automation, machine and deep learning, smart chatbots, RPA, ...), as well as Blockchain, Digital Currencies, Internet of Everything, Self-Driving Cars, Big Data, Advanced Business Intelligence, ... and other signs of the Digital Transformation that is happening everywhere. However, I also believe that we are still at the very beginning of the age of artificial intelligence. AI, digITal and advanced automation are a challenge for privacy and data protection, so I am also interested in GDPR and e-privacy legislation. 

In the past, I offered no-nonsense and beyond-the-hype advice on brandnew, breakthrough and often disruptive topics, such as OO (object orientation) in the 80s, Client/Server in the 90s, and E-Commerce, Intranets, Portals, XML, Open Source, SOA (Service-Oriented Architectures) in the early days of the Business Internet.


Let's have a cup of coffee to see how we can make your company smarter !