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Wout Hartel | Consultant @ Digital Services

By 10 februari 2020 No Comments

Why did you decide to join IG&H and what do you do?
I work as a Consultant at Business Engineering. During my studies I did an internship at IG&H Consulting. I found that internship through a former colleague of De Kleine Consultant who is also a friend of mine, Rosa Huiskamp. She was very enthusiastic about IG&H. That was contagious. Because of what she said IG&H came across as a company where you have a family feeling and where people are modest. Moreover, it came across as an enthusiastic working environment. During my internship I noticed that I enjoyed working on content-related topics much more than process-related topics. But on the other hand, I didn’t want to program all day. And that is exactly what the Business Engineering team offered.  

What do you like best about your work and what least?
What I like the most is working with colleagues and clients on a complex puzzle, a problem. I have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree applied mathematics. For this job you need to like complex puzzles and details and this is exactly what I liked about the study. You are looking for a solution 80 percent of the time and you find it only 20 percent of the time. That makes the whole study awesome. The search for the solution. What I also enjoy doing is communicating the solution to the client. I like to explain complex things in a simple manner. I think the process tasks are the least fun for me, for example making schedules to plan the workload for the coming weeks. Or schedule meetings. I must of course get it done now and then. That is part of the job. But luckily that is only 10 percent of what I do. 

Can you tell something about the project you are currently working on?
With a team of 6 colleagues from Business Engineering and Pensions, we are making a design for a new pension administration. We design the IT applications in such a way that elderly people who will retire can receive the correct pension contribution in time. My role in the project is to advise the client on how to conduct a business process within the IT landscape (collection of all IT applications). Basically, it is the translation of the business ambition into how you can implement it in IT. 

How would you describe the Business Engineering team? 
As people who share a passion to solve complex puzzles. The range between colleagues with little and a lot of work experience is large. I can therefore learn a lot from fellow colleagues. And they are always open to help you. There is a very pleasant atmosphere, regardless of the position you have. 

To whom would you recommend your job and to whom not? 
If you like modelling and not programming, you’ve come to the right place at Business Engineering. We go into the details; we want to understand everything. But we don’t want to program it in the end. So, if you on the other hand, like programming very much, you better go to the Platform Services or Data Science team. And if you are more interested in management or strategic issues, one of the sector teams probably fits you better.