Below is an overview of projects in which I've participated. For each project, I've added a few links which provide more info.
The EIT - European Institute of Innovation & Technology - is an independent body of the European Union which brings together leading higher education institutions, research labs and companies to boost innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe. Together with multiple European companies, Colruyt Group participates in one of the innovation projects to stimulate the reduction of the environmental footprint of products.
The goal of this project is to create an online application which supports companies in achieving an environmental foodprint reduction. To do this, the application allows different companies in the product life cyle to add their data and to calculate the environmental footprint of a product as well as to simulate the impact when introducing certain changes in their organization.
Due to the innovative character of this project, the focus is on getting a minimum viable product ready in a short period of time. To achieve this, we use an agile / scrum project approach in which my tasks as a product owner and analyst are to:
As Colruyt Group, the largest retail group in Belgium, offers hundreds of thousands different products to consumers spread across different store concepts, they want to manage all product master data in an efficient way, especially in a fast changing environment with ever increasing legislation and consumer requirements. Therefore the PIM - Product Information Management - programme was created in order to be able to provide reliable product information to the different business operating units within Colruyt Group.
The programme consists out of the following tracks:
As a functional analyst within this programme, I mainly participated in the tools and services tracks in which my main tasks were to:
Fine Food Meat, the largest meat-processing company in Belgium and a member of Colruyt Group, cuts, processes and packages poultry, beef, veal and pork and also takes care of salads and vegetarian products. Previously, Fine Food Meat used a number of custom built applications to support their business needs.
However, as the company has a steady grow, these applications became insufficient to fulfill the requirements in terms of traceability, procurement, warehouse management, costing & invoicing, ... That's why Fine Food Meat decided to make the transition to an industry specific MES - Manufacturing Exection System - for both its existing plant as well as a newly constructed plant. As this application had to be configured from scratch, multiple analysts participated in the implementation project. My focus was on costing, production workflows, master data and business intelligence. This included:
Before implementing a new software solution, you want to make sure the application is configured or developed as expected. As a functional analyst in various projects and as a member of the Center of Excellence for Testing in Colruyt Group, I participated in structured testing & quality assurance activities in which we followed the V-model as a methodology and used HP ALM as a test management tool. These activities included:
Customer Communication & Experiences, the largest communication agency in Belgium and a member of Colruyt Group, relies on its ERP system to support the business processes, for example for the creation of sales orders, procurement of outside services, time registration on the shop floor, invoicing, ... For this company, the management of the application lifecycle was crucial. CCX could rely on me to:
When implementing a new application, most of the time an integration with one or several systems is required. This certainly was the case in most projects in which I've participated in the past. Some examples:
Setting up these integrations involved a number of steps such as:
Symeta is a state of the art printing company which specializes in digital and variable data printing as well as mailing. As a member of Colruyt Group, they provide direct mailing solutions for all operating units within this group. When creating direct mailing campaigns on a regular base, Belgian postal service Bpost offers the possibility to reduce costs when complying to their sorting system. By introducing Bpost MailID v2, Symeta was able to adapt to the sorting requirements for direct mailing drops. This comes in two variations:
As Colruyt Group is sending out tens of millions of letters each year, being able to make use of the cost reduction which Bpost offers meant the ROI of this project was quite huge.
As a functional analyst within this project, my main task was to:
During several projects in industries such as printing & mailing, design & marketing, application development, meat processing, ... I was occupied with the requirements analysis, design & testing of reporting about indicators for operations, quality management, costing, ... By setting up the necessary reports, the company was able to monitor the performance of the processes. Below are some examples of reports I've created in the past for various industries:
The key aspect in generating these reports was determining the indicators which actually mattered and for which data was easily available. Next to that, I also made sure the data was graspable by representing the data in a visual way and comparing it to predefined targets. Finally, these reports offered the possibility to drill down on data so more details could be obtained.