About Patrick

I am from Belgium and spent most of my childhood as a musician playing the flute, piano, organ and leading a choir.

My father was an engineer at IBM. I grew up with computers and information technology. Despite a musical and technical background, I studied economics at the University of Leuven, mastering in business administration and insurance sciences.

Over the course of 20 years, I evolved into the role of enterprise architect. I started my career developing software for hospitals. After that, I worked as data administrator for one of Belgium's top financial institutions. Following some mergers and acquisitions, I became the group-wide lead architect for information and application architecture. I also had the opportunity to do some business architecture for financial institutions in central and eastern Europe.

It turns out that enterprise architecture is a lot like music! You conduct people playing their instruments to create music that is appreciated by the audience. Enterprise architecture is orchestrating people, aligning the business and IT and delivering results that are appreciated by the stakeholders.

After many years in the field, I wanted to share my experience with others by providing training and consultancy services in enterprise architecture using TOGAF® and ArchiMate®. So I joined SMME.

I now teach in the Middle East, Europe and the USA. Wherever I am, each class brings its own perspective to enterprise architecture. Talking to students about subject-, culture-, region- and organization-specific matters makes each course a unique journey.

I look forward to seeing you in the classroom!

Where in the world is Patrick?
Certifications Held by Patrick
TOGAF® Certified
Instructor Accreditations Held by Patrick
TOGAF® Foundation (Level 1)
TOGAF® Certified (Level 2)
Introduction to ArchiMate®

Testimonials

  • Great presentation skills!
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    Jean-François
    Swift
    11/2015 Leuven
  • Patrick is an excellent speaker with sound knowledge of TOGAF
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    Zakiyur Salauddin
    UAE University
    11/2014 Dubai, UAE
  • Amazing time with Patrick on Archimate. This course made me think from EA perspective. A "must" course after TOGAF.
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    Zakiyur Salauddin
    UAE University
    11/2014 Dubai, UAE
  • The instructor makes the difference!
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    Eric H.
    CARGILL
    08/2014 Leuven, Belgium
  • Patrick is a very qualified and experienced instructor. I enjoyed my time during the session.
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    Noura A.
    Injazat
    03/2013 Dubai, UAE
  • The instructor's practical experience helped a lot during the course.
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    Sarmad N.
    Ericsson
    12/2012 Dubai, UAE
  • Patrick is a great instructor with very good experiences and examples to share.
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    Dennis T.
    Oniryx
    10/2012 Leuven, Belgium
  • Patrick has excellent expertise in applying TOGAF in real-life companies.
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    Marc V.
    KPN Group
    10/2012 Leuven, Belgium
  • Great delivery, coverage, flexibility and time management. Above all, Patrick made the course amusing.
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    Hani K.
    NBK
    06/2012 Kuwait
  • The course was very useful. Now I understand the components of TOGAF. Well done!
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    Hamzeh A.
    NBK
    06/2012 Kuwait
  • Patrick is a superlative practitioner and expert and has very in-depth knowledge.
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    Afzal I.
    Dubai Bank
    05/2012 Dubai, UAE
  • Patrick was a champ! Despite having a cold he persevered and was fun!
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    Gaby T.
    American Express
    12/2011 Phoenix, AZ