It is all in the data
This year, Smart Profile celebrates its 25th anniversary in the Benelux. Naturally, we would like to take a moment to celebrate this milestone. I have been working for Smart Profile (then Computer Profile) since 2009 and was asked to share my story.
I joined Smart Profile (then Computer Profile) in the summer of 2009. Smart Profile was a shareholder of the company I used to work for. There I was already working with the data from Smart Profile.
Every month, we received a new CD in the mail containing a copy of all the IT data we used to analyse Smart Profile. On occasion, I had also visited Smart Profile’s old office to see where our data came from.
Unfortunately, in 2008 the financial crisis started, and many of our clients operating in the IT market put their foot down. So it all went downhill pretty quickly for the company, and the first people were laid off in 2008, and the rest followed in 2009. The curtain fell for me too, and I had to look for a new challenge.
Rogier, a former colleague from the time we worked together at Heliview, was working at Computer Profile as Sales Manager. I still played squash with Rogier, and he would sometimes tell me about his work. Rogier suggested that I go and talk to Smart Profile since they were looking into doing something with analytics internally.
My old employer had previously fulfilled that role for Smart Profile, but of course, that stopped. And Smart Profile was looking for a new partner. On a Friday afternoon, I visited Harry and Michiel at the office. I went into the meeting room at 3 o’clock and came out at half-past 5.
The next day, because that’s Michiel, he had already drawn up an employment contract. So that was funny.