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Digital expert Zure (Finland) sets up a base in Flanders

Headquartered in Helsinki (Finland), Microsoft Azure specialist Zure has recently set up a business entity in Ghent, one of Flanders’ main cities, known for its thriving start-up scene. Established in 2011, Zure has mainly been growing organically. The company designs and builds Microsoft Azure-based solutions, ranging from data and cloud platforms to web, mobile and IoT applications.  

Founders Zure Belgium

The best way to grow

“For a few years now, we’ve been thinking about what type of growth would best suit Zure,” writes Sakari Nahi, Coding Executive Officer at Zure, in a corporate blog post, explaining how various options – including acquisitions and setting up side offices abroad – didn’t feel like the Zure way.  

“However,” he adds, “there’s one way that did feel like a fit for us: international growth, establishing an international presence for Zure with the goal of creating a clone of ourselves. Here, the most important aspect is to find the right local team – a team of founders and experts whose values match ours.”  

Dream team

“It took us a year to find a suitable team,” Nahi goes on, “but we found a dream team from Flanders: Glenn Colpaert and Pieter Vandenheede. Glenn and Pieter are senior professionals of Azure and Microsoft technologies. What’s more, their values perfectly match Zure’s. In addition, we found a well-known and universally respected member of the global Microsoft Azure community, Maarten Balliauw, to act as our public advisor on how to become the best provider of Azure solutions.”  

As such, Balliauw also advices Zure on how to set up and do IT service business in Belgium and its northern region of Flanders. “Zure cares about the people they build technology solutions with and for,” he comments. “This is a mindset Glenn and Pieter also subscribe to. They are the right people to make Zure Belgium succeed.”  

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19 June 2020

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