IRIS wins IBM Outstanding Watson Award 2016

IRIS is pleased to announce that the company has received the IBM Outstanding Watson Award 2016 on the occasion of “IBM's Night of the Stars” gala dinner.


Louvain-la-Neuve (Brussels) – Belgium, 21 June 2017 – IRIS, a member of the Canon Group, European leader in Information Management, is pleased to announce that the company has received the IBM Outstanding Watson Award 2016 on the occasion of “IBM’s Night of the Stars” gala dinner.

The IBM awards are a major recognition from IBM to reward its partners and recognize their exceptional performance and collaboration over the previous year. They reward in-depth knowledge and expertise in the various IBM hardware, software and service divisions.

Bart Windal, Enterprise Unit Executive for BeLux at IBM, explains the reason why IRIS has won this award: “In 2016, IRIS was the first IBM Business Partner to certify for Watson in Luxembourg. They have prioritized this investment to strengthen their ECM strategy with the data analytics capabilities offered by Watson offerings. The decision has proven to be correct. They have closed and implemented an innovative Watson Explorer project.”

Rick Gruijters, Director Business Strategy EIM at IRIS, adds: “In times where technology is evolving faster than organizations can adapt, precise allocation of resources and budgets is required to make the largest impact. IRIS continues to invest in knowledge in order to guide our customers (or partners as we like to see them) in this digital evolution. The IBM award for our Watson activities is a great confirmation of our mission to take every organization to the next level in digitization.”

Bart Windal, Enterprise Unit Executive for BeLux at IBM; Kevin Casoli, Country Director IRIS Luxembourg; Grégoire Markesis, Software Channel Leader IBM BeLux.

Piet Tanghe, Country Director Belgium, IRIS; Rick Gruijters, Director Business Strategy EIM, IRIS; Donald Lemmens, Director Hybrid Cloud Solutions, IRIS; Kevin Casoli, Country Director Luxembourg, IRIS.

About Watson Explorer:

IBM Watson is a cognitive system enabling a new partnership between people and computers. Watson Explorer is a cognitive search and content analysis platform that gives you access to insights from all the data you care about, so you can drive business performance and growth. Search and analyze structured, unstructured, internal, external and public content to uncover trends and patterns that improve decision-making, customer service and ROI. Leverage built-in machine learning, natural language processing and next-gen APIs to unlock hidden value in ALL your data. Gain a secure 360-degree view of customers, in context, to deliver superior experiences

About IRIS:

IRIS’ mission is to help individuals, professional organizations, public administrations and international institutions to better manage their information and to transform their main assets into digital data, easy to archive, easy to share and easy to convert into valuable and actionable content.

Our group is organized in two divisions, IRIS Products & Technologies and IRIS Professional Solutions.

For 30 years IRIS P&T engineers have been working on our software code to improve the features of our products and adapt them to our digital world. IRIS P&T division is specialized in:

  • Portable scanners & OCR software
  • Document capture platforms for document classification and data extraction
  • Document capture toolkits in order to make our in-house technologies available to software editors and hardware manufacturers

IRIS Professional Solutions provides solutions and services to guide companies through the various steps of their digital transformation thanks to an extended portfolio covering:

  • Enterprise Information Management
  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Consulting Services
  • Outsourcing


Press contact:

Catherine Rochigneux
Corporate Communication Manager
[email protected]

IRIS Group – Rue du Bosquet, 10 – 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve – Belgium

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