Ronny Timmermans

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Ronny Timmermans is the CEO and Founder of XeniT with a long experience in the IT industry and Enterprise Document Management. He enjoys classical music, keeping up to date with Alfresco community and keeping the XeniT team happy and motivated.
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Intelligent Information Management unleashes the cognitive revolution

Posted by Ronny Timmermans on 10/16/20 1:40 PM

“Consider a future device …  in which all of your books, records, and communications have been stored and engineered to be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. You now have an enlarged intimate supplement to your memory.”

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Topics: Alfresco, Alfred, Cognitive clarity, document, Innovation, IIM, cognitive search

Enterprise search empowers people: let's discover how

Posted by Ronny Timmermans on 6/1/20 2:53 PM

Last year, we addressed the rhetorical question Do workers still waste time searching for information? Depending on the (digital) nature of your business, any number between 10 to 30 % of knowledge workers' time is spent on searching for information. That time can be well spent, but it is a substantial and significant cost.

If people at your company spend a considerable amount of time searching for information, do they find what they need? How much time does that take? How many wrong turns do we take before arriving at our information destination? To visit new places, we search for them in Google Maps. Only then, maps draw the shortest route.  Without such a guide, we don't discover that the essential piece of information exists. Even worse, we waste substantial amounts of time recreating an inferior copy. Over the last decade, searching in a professional context has increased in importance and complexity.  If data is the new gold, enterprise search (ES) is the shovel to dig.

According to Harvard Business Review - "How should we measure the Digital Economy" - consumers value search engines (Google, Solr) more than other digital categories, with no comparable off-line substitutes. Research uncovered that users are willing to give up on search engines only if they receive more than $ 15,000.



Although we invest large and increasing amounts of our time and money in information, we only have limited insight into the return on information. However, it is possible to quantify information efficiency much better than we do today. We need mechanisms to measure and improve.

The new content management systems, collaboration tools and corporate portals have improved access to information. However, they have also created an information deluge. New information silos arise on a daily basis, via 'old school desktop sync (dropbox, box ..) or data and document 'stores' in the cloud. Without a doubt, accessibility (A) has improved, and concurrent editing is a wonderful achievement in Google Drive or Microsoft Office online. But confidentiality and integrity (CI) have suffered. Alongside cognitive clarity.

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Topics: Enterprise Search, Google, Amazon, fusion, lucidworks

XeniT open sources Alfred Software - part II

Posted by Ronny Timmermans on 7/26/19 3:53 PM

Today, software and service as often merged into one concept. Alfred is our solution to achieve the highest standards in performance and availability when running Alfresco Content Services. It is software, a reference architecture, best practices & managed services. Our arsenal of tools consists of proactive monitoring, systematic failure analysis, downtime avoidance, and continuous performance tuning.

With an Alfred subscription, you get the classical advantages from a commercial subscription-like warranty and support, road-map input, early release, rapid bug correction, and fast security updates. But what you really get, as good as we can deliver, as the results you need in line with your budget:

  • 99.9 % or better availability
  • 95 % of searches return results in 3 seconds
  • users need 3 clicks or less to retrieve the document they need
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Topics: Alfresco, Alfred, Open Source

XeniT open sources Alfred Software

Posted by Ronny Timmermans on 6/26/19 9:45 AM

Summary TL;DR:

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Topics: Alfresco, Alfred, Open Source

Alfresco ECM: Cloud first, content and process!

Posted by Ronny Timmermans on 5/6/19 1:30 PM

Last March, I attended  the annual Alfresco Sales Kickoff event, held in Dublin. The aim of the event was to bring together Alfresco Top management, the Sales and Marketing teams, and key partners and share the global vision.

I represented Xenit, which was the only Belgian partner that attended and sponsored the conference.

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Topics: Alfresco, Digital Transformation, Cloud

About Xenit 


Xenit is a Belgium-based IT company, focusing  on content services solutions, and covering all document-related business processes, from data migration to digital archive to hybrid/cloud hosting solution, to help organizations get control of their information. Premier Partner and System Integrator of Alfresco Digital Business Platform, Xenit has more than 10 years of experience in Alfresco Content and Process Services.


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