Get to know who we are.
Hi. I'm Wesley Portugaels. I manage. I support. We explore.
I was born and raised in Limburg, Belgium and computers are something that always interested me. After finishing high school at the age of 16, I followed various IT related courses which helped me to become a system- and networking engineer. In that capacity I manage the IT infrastructure of various homes and companies.
Over the years I've developed a passion for supporting and helping people. My overall experience is that you can not manage an IT infrastructure without educating and learning its users how to work with it. You can fix a problem without telling the user how you fixed his issue, but there is a good chance that the problem will surface again, rather sooner than later. When you support and help the user, leading them to fixing their own problem, he will have learned something and, at the end of the day, you'll both be happy.
Hi. I'm Vicky Verhulst. I design. I teach. We explore.
I was born and raised in West-Flanders, Belgium and have always been a creative person. In school, my favorite subjects were arts and music because those would allow my creativity to flourish. When family and friends need something pretty, they usually contact me (whether it's for advice or to actually create the thing they're looking for). Over the years, this has allowed me to continuously both improve upon my existing skills and learn new ones. When a customer wants a specific design, I won't stop until we're both satisfied.
Sometimes when you don't understand something, and finally manage to find some kind of explanation, you're even further away from home. You can compare it with going to the doctor: if he explains something in Latin, it will sound the same as Chinese to you. I find it both challenging and fun to teach people various IT skills, going from starting to work with a computer till learning to work with specific software and/or tools. I'll take the time to teach them, answering all questions they might have in the process.
Both in our professional and private life we love to explore. The nice thing about our job is that it has plenty of variety: there are so many ways to go, so much things to learn, that it will never get boring. We always say that, when you stand still in IT, you are going backwards. The sector is constantly evolving and you have to be open to explore and learn new things in order to provide your customers with the latest and the best technology.
Another nice part of variety in our job is visiting a lot of different customers. You get to go to places you would normally never go, and part of that has become a passion in our private life. In 2015, we started to play Ingress. Ingress is a location-based, augmented-reality game played online on smartphones. It is kind of like geocaching, but instead of searching a physical cache, you search a virtual portal by traveling to various cities and places around the world. In 2018, we said goodbye to the Ingress scene and started to play Jurassic World: Alive, in which we now lead one of the largest Belgian alliances. The ideal way for us to relax after a hard day of work is to hit the road with some friends and explore the world. After all, we all need to relax sometimes, right?