Interview with Systemec Director, Sjoerd Derkx. Systemec is a Euregional Data Hotspot with data centres in Venlo and Nettetal.
In which sectors is Systemec active?
We are an independent and strategic partner that supports companies and institutions in the challenges related to internet and data. A service provider with numerous customers in the Euregion, we manage cutting-edge data centres in Venlo and Nettetal and, amongst other things, provide an in-house Cloud for data storage, high-speed internet connections at home and abroad, and comprehensive IT infrastructure security for our partners.
Which innovations typify Systemec?
Due to the exponential digitisation of society, it is essential that companies and institutions continue to professionalise their IT. Infrastructure is invariably at the heart of this professionalisation and, increasingly, the outsourcing of management services and platforms. Systemec responds to these developments by devising standardised services and customised solutions for every type of organisation.
What challenges do the Corona Crisis and mass use of home office and video conferences present?
The industry traditionally experienced high volumes of internet traffic at the weekends, caused by online gaming and video streaming services. Now, however, everything coincides on weekdays: parents work from home on the Internet, whilst their children play computer games and watch Netflix. Obviously, the Internet cannot be allowed to fail. Home network security is not of the same standard as for businesses either. Our helpdesk has been working night and day to guarantee secure home workplaces and to assist with start-up problems. We have also increased internet bandwidths to facilitate the various communication channels.
What are the repercussions of the Corona crisis for your services?
This situation has revealed the scale of the dependency on our services. A high-quality digital infrastructure is one of the key factors in guaranteeing the continuity of an institution or business.
I predict that the demand for and dependency on our services will only increase.
Systemec is operational on both sides of the border and refers to itself as the digital hotspot in the Euregion. What opportunities for cross-border business currently exist?
As a consequence of Euregional customer demand and the further development of the German fibre optic infrastructure, Systemec opted to realise data centre capacity in Germany in addition to Venlo. This expansion resulted in the largest data centre in North Limburg, on the border of the Netherlands and Germany, and transformed Systemec Datacentre Venlo into a Euregional Data Hotspot.
The Euregion data centres are connected to two independent energy networks (Germany and the Netherlands), ensuring one of the highest possible levels of reliability and optimal redundancy.
The circle is now complete! We didn’t focus on Germany at first, but now welcome the challenges that the border region presents with open arms.
Do you perceive differences in the digital challenges facing the Netherlands and Germany?
Germany is keen to participate in the digital age, yet their infrastructure lags behind. In the Netherlands, we have a choice of speeds and providers in almost every street. There is typically little choice in terms of infrastructure in Germany, particularly in the rural border regions.
The German mentality is more conservative and data protection has always played a major role. Trade in Germany is also largely conducted via trade fairs, brochures and business cards. And the hierarchical structure of German companies doesn’t make the implementation of new technology any easier.
The German youth is more innovative. German students who attend Fontys University of Applied Sciences pass on the Dutch work ethic to their German employers. In terms of the Corona Crisis, we perceive an increased need for German businesses to improve their internet connections for video conferences.
What type of personnel is Systemec searching for? What career opportunities does the company provide?
At Systemec, employees work at the vocational, higher vocational and university level. We require employees at all levels and encourage them to progress their careers by examining their personal development goals and aspirations. This needn’t necessarily be in the form of education: it can also be achieved via the pursuit of training courses, webinars and coaching. IT never stands still, thus employees must be keen to continually work on their personal development and maintain an interest in innovation.
We currently collaborate with a number of training institutes, including Gilde Opleidingen, Fontys Hogescholen and HAN. Interns are trained with the aim of becoming future Systemec employees.
More information about Systemec: www.systemec.nl