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De Lijn

Customer

De Lijn is the Flemish Region’s partner for urban and regional public transport in, from and to Flanders. It is an external autonomous agency within the Mobility & Public Works policy domain. De Lijn is a centrally managed organisation with decentralised operations for those services that need to be on the ground and close to the customers. In this way, it contributes to the new Flemish transport model constructed around fifteen transport regions.  
 In 2020 De Lijn had 8.018 employees. In addition there are around 2 400 employees in private companies who drive by order of De Lijn.

Our Offering

Cnext delivers Data Platform & Integration services for De Lijn since 2009.

Since oct 2020, Cnext started the transition of a centralized OnPremise ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) based on Microsoft BizTalk Server towards Hybrid IPaaS based on Microsoft Azure Integration Services. It involves the integration with about 40 different applications, amongst backend systems like SAP and SaaS offerings like Microsoft Dynamics 365 and GPP (customer centric product offerings) custom development with Microsoft Azure Services.

Impact

This allows DeLijn to be more agile and be ready to support their initiatives to become more customer centric.

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SUPPORTING THE BUSINESS WITH A MODERN FOUNDATION

About BDO

BDO’s global network extends across 162 countries and territories, with 80,000+ people working out of 1,591 offices – and they’re all working towards one goal: to provide our clients with exceptional service.

Our firms across the network cooperate closely and comply with consistent operating principles and quality standards. That means local resources who understand your business, your local and international markets and the specifics of your industry: all backed by a truly global network.

The fee income of the member firms in the BDO network, including the members of their exclusive alliances, amounted to $8.99 billion as of September 30, 2018.

 

Cnext

Cnext helps BDO in its journey to get more value out of it’s data for their customers.

We are delivering services for BDO since 2011 – focus on Application Integration (MS BizTalk Server) which provides key integration flows between their internal systems for accounting and auditing and their customer through various self-service channels.

Cnext delivered helped BDO partners and C-level during to validate their vision towards BDO Digital (the new vision and service offering towards their customers) where data and digital transformation are the key enablers.

In 2019 this resulted in the first internal awareness campaigns and the setup of BDO Air , a new AI product levering their data and integration platform to help the auditors. See The Record Issue 13: Summer 2019 (tudor-rose.co.uk) build entirely in the Microsoft Azure Data & ML Platform.

In 2021, we started with the phase-out of their On-Premise Microsoft BizTalk Server ESB in favour of MS Azure Integration Services. 

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Easy exchange of information and monitoring

ArcelorMittal is the largest steel producer in the world. Safety and quality are given top priority during the production process. This strategy is supported by IT investment, with major local IT projects at the production sites in Ghent and Liège, including for the support of administrative processes. The production site in Ghent can proudly call itself the number one in Europe for industrial automation, quality and production costs.


Cnext is helping ArcelorMittal Ghent to maintain and expand their Microsoft BizTalk platform. This platform is being used as an integration layer between the mainframe, the knowledge base, SAP, numerous websites, Azure, suppliers and various locations across Europe. This makes it easy for the sites and the suppliers to exchange information about materials, transport, orders, invoices and business data. Cnext is also assisting ArcelorMittal to operate the System Center Operations Manager for monitoring more than a thousand servers.

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ECS grows thanks to automation

It’s impossible to drive for long on Belgium’s motorways without seeing an ECS container. The company is a familiar name in the logistics sector in Western Europe, with a fleet of more than 500 trucks and 6,000 containers. As well as transporting containers from the European mainland to Ireland and the UK, ECS also provides warehousing services in Zeebrugge.

Faster order processing

Automating its logistics ordering processes has given ECS unlimited scalability in terms of administration, and enabled it to speed up all its processes, from initial order to final invoicing, for both customers and suppliers. ECS has been able to grow over the years thanks to these investments.

Cnext also automated the administrative processes. The existing Microsoft BizTalk environment is set up as a platform for accelerating the integration of the new supply chain planning software with ECS’s and its customers’ and suppliers’ ERP systems. It’s also important to give new customers and suppliers access to the EDI platform as fast as possible.

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