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Internship Martin @ Admiral Dynamics

Martin’s internship experiences

The past weeks, Martin Vloeberghs (student Intercultural Relations Management at Thomas More) did his internship at Admiral Dynamics. Curious how he experienced working at our company? Read his experiences below!

My 6-week internship started on November 12. At first, I was a little hesitant because I didn’t know what to expect of being an intern at an IT consultancy company. Already during my first interview, I had a good connection with Carole Vincke, Marketing & HR manager at Admiral Dynamics. As I don’t have a background in IT at all, I felt this would be a very difficult but educational period. Of course I did some research about the company before the start.

On my first day at the office, the entire Admiral crew was present. I instantly felt very welcome and part of the team. My first day was also the longest one! After office hours, all consultants and myself followed a training about marketing automation with ClickDimensions during the bi-monthly Competence Center. This very interesting presentation was given by Laurent Van Aert, Business Unit Manager of the company.

During the following weeks, I have been demonstrating myself by doing all sorts of tasks. According to me, one of the most important aspects of working life is having a structured and clear communication style. I’m very glad to have had an open way of communicating which certainly helped me to achieve my goals. I never noticed a form of misunderstanding or miscommunication because everything has been explained clearly.

My coach Carole did her best to involve me as much as possible. I have been assisting her while she was presenting to a group of IT students. This visit was certainly one of my highlights. End of November, we joined a round table discussion about employer branding, diversity and workable work being organised by Voka Antwerpen-Waasland. Voka is an employers’ organisation, so I was the only student at this event. Obviously I learnt a lot about the aforementioned topics and from other participants’ experiences.

This 6-week internship has been a short, but extremely educational and exciting time. Meeting new people and gaining experience in the workplace are a definite plus for my education, personal development and professionalism. I’ve done a variety of assignments which made my internship a great experience. I’ll leave the office with a positive feeling, seeking for new adventures.

Thank you for having me!
Martin

We would like to thank Martin for his dedication, support and enthusiasm. All the best, Martin!

Are you also interested in doing an internship at Admiral Dynamics? Apply for an internship: just send us your motivation and cv!

Butterflies and Lotus flowers for Team Admiral

On Wednesday 12 December the entire Admiral Dynamics crew gathered for an early Christmas event. As Christmas is a very special and warm time, we decided to visit the colourful China Light spectacle @ Zoo Antwerpen. During our one hour walk, we experienced a stunning Chinese lights festival including an Asian love story, beautiful Lotus flowers and (Admiral) butterflies! It was a chilly night, so a warm aperitif like mulled wine and genever was more than welcome.

The Chinese lightshow was only the first part of our team evening. Of course, we couldn’t go home with empty stomachs. So, we ended up at Brutal, a local restaurant near the Zoo. It was pleasant to have dinner all together in a cosy and warm setting with delicious foods, while chatting about our holiday plans, families and lives besides Admiral Dynamics.

As 2018 is almost over, this was definitely a blissful end of year team activity! Again an evening well-spent with the Admiral family. Curious about our after work event? Have a look at the photos below.

PS: We’re always looking for great people to join our team. Check out the vacancies on our career page. Or send your CV if you think we would be a perfect match!

 

Admiral Dynamics in front of the class at Thomas More

Admiral Dynamics in front of the class at Thomas More

On Wednesday November 21, Admiral Dynamics was invited at a CVO TSM college on the Thomas More De Nayer campus to present our company and to help this group of IT graduate students by giving them some hands-on tips and tricks for LinkedIn. We were warmly welcomed by student coach Heidi Wulff and her class of 15 motivated IT students.

First, Carole Vincke kicked off the afternoon by presenting ourselves and giving some detailed information about our company, its activity, and our tooling such as Dynamics CRM. As this group is approaching the final stage of their curriculum, it might be an opportunity to do an internship at Admiral Dynamics. The young students were passionately listening to our presentation as they had little knowledge of our day-to-day operations.

Afterwards we were asked to give some guidelines in order to attain a professional LinkedIn profile. We helped each student individually by giving advise on how they should complete their personal profile page.

At the end of our visit, we did a short role play which allowed our experienced HR manager to interview an IT student pretending to be a real candidate. Given the fact the students have little experience in this field, we are sure they made a step forward.

As expected, this turned out to be an educational, interactive and fun afternoon for both the company as the students.

Are you also interested in doing an internship at Admiral Dynamics? What are you waiting for? Apply for an internship: just send us your motivation and cv!

PS: This blog item was written by our current intern Martin Vloeberghs, student Intercultural Relations Management at Thomas More.

Admiral Dynamics @ Resco.next 2018 Prague

Resco.next 2018 Prague: our experiences

Admiral Dynamics was present at resco.next 2018 in Prague on November 15-16. Resco.next is an educational conference organised by Resco and designed for all IT and business professionals interested in the Resco Mobile CRM solutions. Both Marga Van Laere and Koen Van de Vyver participated at the business mobility event of the year to get in-depth product knowledge about Resco Mobile CRM for Microsoft Dynamics 365/CRM.

Curious how they experienced the 2-day conference? Read Koen’s report of the resco.next 2018:

“Let’s kick off with some interesting stats. This background information will give you a better understanding of Resco Mobile CRM.

Currently, Resco has 2.200 company customers (51% Europe, 39% North-America, 8% New-Zealand, 2% other countries), 150.000 licensed mobile users, with an average daily usage of 11 sessions a day, 9 minutes and 42 seconds per session, which totals in a staggering 1 hour 42 minutes a day.

No wonder that Resco.next 2018 attracts more than 200 attendees from over 24 countries, representing 92 companies and enjoying 28 sessions in 2 days. These sessions are divided in 2 tracks: a sales-oriented business track and a more technical track. Of course, there’s plenty of time to network in order to get to know the team behind Resco, have one-on-one conversations with the Resco engineers and learn from partners and even competitors.

So what are my key take-aways from Resco.next 2018?

  • First of all, Resco is going to invest heavily in partnerships. The partner enablement program, allowing business partners to step up their game, is an example of their partner’s focus. However, from a partner perspective, the most interesting news came from Resco’s announcement that they will deliver a robust mobile solution for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service. Read the full press release at PRNewswire.
  • Secondly, Resco’s road map is looking both interesting and promising as Resco will be further developing their Route Planner and Inspections modules. Their functionalities are a great addition to the Dynamics 365/CRM stack, what makes me extremely happy as a Dynamics consultant. Moreover, Resco is pushing out the HTML version of the Woodford configuration tool. This truly brings them back to the present, as the old Silverlight version is being depreciated in 2020.
  • Last but not least, Resco confirmed its status as the leading mobile solution for Dynamics CRM and Salesforce. This was made clear with the numerous inspirational sessions hosted by several partners and with the Mobility Success Panel. Participants of the panel were Gustaf Westerlund, Jeremy Higgins, Ilya Naroditskiy, Daniel Buzatu, Nils Oltenau and myself (Koen Van de Vyver). These panelists did share some of their insights and gave sound advice on things you should (re)think of before implementing Resco as a mobile solution.”

As always, the resco.next conference was truly educational and inspirational. Definitely worth participating! The next European edition will be in Rome: Admiral Dynamics will be there for sure.

Would you like to know more about resco.next 2018? Get in touch, we’ll tell you all about it!

Indian Summer Family Event for Team Admiral Dynamics

Indian Summer for team Admiral Dynamics and family

On Saturday September 15, it was our long awaited Indian Summer Family Event. And yes, it felt a bit like summer again! We kicked off our family day with a tasty but light lunch at the Regatta Club in Antwerp (Linkeroever) because team Admiral Dynamics knew what would come afterwards.

After the lunch, the action got started: we kicked off the afternoon with a game of archery tag. Check out the picture of the winning team below. After a short break, it was time to put on our wet suits (which was also quite challenging 😉). Because now the water fun would begin!

First there’s a session of Stand Up Paddle in pairs. And last but not least, we tried to do some wakeboarding. That was the most difficult part for most of our team. We learned that wakeboarding or water skiing behind a cable requires more practicing, but we all had lots of fun and laughter watching our colleagues, their partners and kids crashing into the water. Watch the small video on our Instagram page to see what we mean!

After a well-deserved shower, we concluded this day sitting on the terrace at the lakeside, sipping from our drinks and delicious BBQ and enjoying the sunset.

What a great day it was, what a fantastic team and family we are! Plenty of memories and stories made. Have a look at the pictures below to get an impression of how it was.

PS: This teambuilding event was perfectly organised thanks to Jeppa Sport.

Team Admiral Dynamics goes VR

On Wednesday July 5 the Admiral Dynamics team stepped out of reality and went on a virtual reality adventure @ The Park Playground. Admiral’s mission was to kill the zombies before being killed themselves! It was an amazing and challenging experience in a virtual world.

Back in the real world, we soaked up the last sun rays and enjoyed a beautiful sunset and Antwerp’s finest views, while sipping away a fresh beer on the Black Smoke rooftop terrace. Summer nights in the city of Antwerp are great! Of course, we also filled our empty stomachs with delicious food at the Black Smoke restaurant.

Check the pictures below of both the VR activity as the rooftop drinks afterwards. Or have a look at our short movie on Instagram of one team fighting against the zombies.

Fun times and great memories for team Admiral Dynamics! Most of us will now enjoy some time off because the holiday season is here but we are already looking forward to our next team event in September.

 

Admiral Dynamics @ Digital Transformation Conference

Partner of the Digital Transformation Conference

We’re proud to be the first platinum sponsor of the Digital Transformation Conference organised on April 18 in Mechelen (Lamot Congres Centre). This one-day event is being organised for the second time already. The Digital Transformation Conference gives visitors the unique opportunity to get updated on the latest evolutions in digital transformation. It’s the perfect event to be immersed with inspiring keynotes, workshops, experiences, live demos and much more.

Admiral Dynamics is a prime partner of the Digital Transformation Conference. Both Marga Van Laere and Marc Crauwels are sharing their knowledge with you during their speaker slots. They will be talking about their experiences regarding business and customer innovation. You could also meet us at our booth in the exhibition area.

As a partner of the Digital Transformation Conference, we can offer you a discount on your entrance ticket. For the discount ticket, you will only pay €45 (instead of €75) for a whole day (including lunch and coffee breaks). So don’t hesitate and make sure to buy your entrance ticket via this link or the button below!

Sign up for the event and don’t forget to meet us at our booth on April 18! We are happy to welcome you.

Teambuilding Admiral Dynamics Cooking workshop Kook Klasse

Team Admiral Dynamics cooks to impress

On Wednesday November 22 the Admiral Dynamics team surpassed all expectations and made the most delicious dishes during a cooking workshop @ Kook Klasse. Instead of going to a normal restaurant, order food and have your meals served, we went to a cooking class where we had to prepare our own meals. And that went surprisingly well!

Our team was divided in small groups and each of them was responsible for one or two dishes. In less than 1 hour we could start our 6-course dinner. Curious what we made? Certainly check out the culinary result of our team cooking on our Instagram page. We were quite impressed of the outcome ourselves! 😉

Conclusion of the evening: we had an excellent evening with yummy food, delicious wines in an informal and cosy setting. Last but not least we spent some informal time together with our TOP team. Definitely worth repeating!