The Federale Overheidsdienst Economie, KMO, Middenstand en Energie (Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-employed and Energy) is a Belgian federal government department, established to play an active role in Belgium's pursuit of an efficient economic policy. As such, it assists in implementing governmental decisions, in protecting consumers, in monitoring the implementation of the Belgian economic laws, in promoting technological knowledge and competitiveness, and in guaranteeing the energy supply for the Belgian economy and its citizens.
The project had three basic targets: restructuring and streamlining the organisation, migrating and harmonizing the infrastructure, and installing a service oriented approach. Except for the KBO-episode, everything went as planned. As both platforms used different applications, eventually one of either was chosen for the new, uniform infrastructure. “The key message here was: try and get as many synergies as possible, both from a management and a cost control perspective
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