To many from the Belgian IT community, VDAB has become synonym of both “Paul Danneels” and “Google”. To many veterans in the ICT business, Paul Danneels is guaranteed a place in the history books as one of the very first government cio’s to make use of Google public cloud applications (Google Apps) in his organization. But this wasn’t the first major project he accomplished. Most of his career was spend in the vendor world, at IBM and CSC amongst others. That’s a major asset, he claims, as “if you know each other’s motives, you’ll have a smoother relationship.”
In 2005, he started as cio at the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, but switched in September 2007 to the VDAB, an organization with a staff of 5.000 people. His team comprises 70 internal people, supplemented by 150 external people, with quite a bit of outsourcing with a view to more flexibility. Clearly, Danneels wants the VDAB to be a pioneer in the field of ict. One of his new projects in progress concerns a better ‘matching of competences’. In this context, ‘Big Data’ can’t be far off, and indeed several of his projects relate to this. That makes for quite enough professional challenges. To clear his head in his time off, Danneels, married with three children, loves to go cycling several times a week.