born at Amsterdam on November 23rd 1947, and living at Zeist,
studied theoretical physics at the Free University of Amsterdam,
taking his M.Sc. in 1970.
Until 1975 he worked at the Free University as a scientific
officer at the Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences. During this
period he was involved in designing and developing software,
both in Algol '60 (on the X8 at the Mathematisch Centrum) and
in Fortran, which was used for interpreting the research results
of the department of experimental solid-state physics. This
led to three publications.
He also performed research into simulation models with a view
to being able to describe the behaviour of translation invariant
structures with finite clusters. At the"Centre Européen de Calcul
Atomique et Moleculaire" in Orsay (near Paris) he carried out
a 7-month study under dr. Chuck B. Sommers into computer programs
on an IBM 360/195, performing non-relativistic calculations
on the energy levels of metals. He obtained his doctorate in
theoretical solid-state physics under Prof. dr. A Lodder on
March 20th 1975 with a dissertation entitled "A cluster description
of a perfect crystal - a test on silver". His interest in IT
is reflected not only in the large volume of software that he
developed for his various studies but also in the theses in
his doctorate dissertation.
Important role at Cap Gemini
In July 1975 he joined Cap, a subsidiary of the international
IT consultancy Cap
Gemini S.A. As a designer, he worked on large administrative/office
applications. He has also been involved in developing user-oriented
compilers. As an EDP auditor, he has also analysed a large number
of different information systems and projects.
Over and above this, he has held a large number of management
positions within the Cap Gemini group. Starting as a team leader,
then IT project leader and then by way of interim information
manager and account manager moving on to the position of Manager
Professional & Technical Development at the Cap Gemini Nederland
holding company (1987). Professional Development covers everything
required to ensure that the professional skills of staff match
market demand. Career paths have been drawn up with this aim
in mind, underpinned by a training philosophy consisting of
an introduction course, a second and a third level. Technical
development covers the methods, techniques and tools for systems
development, project management and quality assurance.
In the summer of 1990, following the merger of Cap Gemini
Nederland and Pandata, Cap Gemini Pandata made initial preparations
to upgrade the SDM2 methodology. After a preliminary study,
the first activities were formally launched in 1991 in five
key methodology areas: Information Policy and Planning, Project
Management, Systems Development, Management and Quality Assurance.
Daan Rijsenbrij's role was that of project manager and main
architect. Following the merger of Cap and Volmac, these activities
were continued in a slightly different setting. This exercise
in methodology resulted in more than twenty books, most of them
published by Academic Service.
Cap Gemini in the Benelux decided in the spring of 1997
that systems development should be handled in a radically different
manner in the foreseeable future. The message driving this theme
was : "application delivery must be reduced from nine months
to nine weeks and perhaps even nine days". Under the working
title of ProgrammeX Cap Gemini
launched an ambitious research project to achieve this objective.
As content manager, Daan Rijsenbrij shaped the direction of
Cap Gemini Institute
Daan has been a "corporate scientific officer" since
January 1999, shaping the direction of the Cap Gemini Institute.
This institute is the R&D unit, taking a pragmatic approach
to translating such areas as IT Architecture, IT Security, Information
& Knowledge as business resource, The Web as the common infrastructure,
Component-based development, methodology, competence planning
and strategy. He is also responsible within the Institute for
the external profiling of Cap Gemini research.
Daan Rijsenbrij was appointed Extraordinary Professor
of Business Informatics by the Stichting Het Vrije Universiteitsfonds
at the Faculty of Exact Sciences, Mathematics and Informatics
Division on January 1st 1993. He is charged with delivering
a course of lectures in 'Introduction to Elementary Business
Informatics", which sets out to provide an overview of IT matters
at play in companies and the Government. Daan Rijsenbrij's field
of research includes Architecture in IT.
Publicist and Speaker
Daan Rijsenbrij has collaborated on a large number
of publications, both in Dutch and in other languages. He is
regularly in the press and is much in demand as a speaker on
a wide range of IT topics. His favourite topics are: IT Architecture,
IT Philosophy, and The Principles of Business Informatics.
As Prof. Rijsenbrij sees it, the information age demands
a new view of man in order for man to avoid being overwhelmed
by the ever-swelling information flows and the ever more rapid
chip. His own thinking is based on Ouspensky, Plato and Advaita