Ivo Willems


Our journey into Semantics ; how to contextualize the meaning of Semantics for your organization

How do you convince a well-run IT department to expand its horizon into the world of Semantics? How can you explain to business users the need to incorporate Semantics? What are the types of investments one has to make to start? What are the tools/techniques that best support Semantics and fit withing our organization? These are some of the fundamental questions one runs into when there is an inkling that this ‘new’ thing called Semantics may be beneficial to a company.

In his presentation Ivo Willems will share the journey Fluor Corporation took. Focused on the organizational aspects more so than the technical, this presentation will highlight some pragmatic steps, difficult decisions and chosen approaches. Within this all, the technical solutions Fluor opted for are not forgotten.


Ivo Willems is an Executive for Fluor Corporation, one of the largest publicly traded Engineering and Construction companies in the world. In his role as Global Director for IT Research & Development and Knowledge Management, Ivo and his team focus on technologies and methods to improve collaboration on Fluor's engineering and construction projects. Ivo's background is in Computer Science, Systems Integration, Enterprise Master Planning and Plant Automation. One of his favorite quotes as it relates to his work : "When you automate a mess, you get an automated mess."

Over the years Ivo has been involved with automation efforts on various projects for both Fluor's clients as well as internal to Fluor. As such Ivo was able to gain a significant amount of know-how regarding work processes and business requirements. The increasing importance of data, and with that data about data, made it necessary for Fluor to start looking at semantic technologies.

In their endeavor to provide more context-driven answers and results, the Fluor efforts approach the issues at hand from various perspectives, in line with the distinct focus areas of systems integration and knowledge management.

Ivo's presentation will provide an overview of Fluor's journey and its challenges; focusing on people, technologies and business requirements.

Business Transformation and Information Technology Executive

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