Roger Malevé has been CTO/CIO at the National Lottery since April 2009. He studied economics and has worked at the Federal Public Service for Finance, in various ministerial offices and for the investment company GIMV. He also worked for private companies such as Stork Group and Telindus.
“At peak times, the Lottery has the second busiest computer network in Belgium, after the banks.”
sending them through digitally did not begin until 1992. “Now we track scratch cards almost in real time, so the in-store stock volume is always optimal. Digitalization also makes it possible to analyze the huge quantities of data we have in our systems. Big data is a familiar concept at the National Lottery. That way, we try to understand our players better, to be able to offer them an even better service and more fun. As you can see, the National Lottery business is fully supported by IT.”
Various profiles The IT aspect of the National Lottery is taken care of by around 50 staff members, led by Roger Malevé. About 50 other people work on projects. “They include architecture specialists, developers, security specialists, system administrators, project managers – a whole range of fields,” the CTO/CIO explains. His own management style is easy to describe. “I believe in management by walking around. Being present on the floor is definitely as efficient as seven meetings (laughs).” Special dividend Malevé has worked for many different companies, but his job at the Lottery is something special. “We have a very specific mission. Not only do we try to keep the gambling side of things on the right track, but we give much of the money that we earn back to society. The social dividend that we pay out is unique.”
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