In partnership with: Damen     It's Value     

The journey is the reward: the digital transformation from shipbuilder to a maritime solution provider

Hear Damen discuss their digital transformation:
  • The importance of one global ERP and one global PLM (product lifecycle management)
  • Supporting and improving customer experience
  • Integrating the supply chain and a connected co-system
  • IoT and Connected Vessels
  • Cost transparency and optimization
10:00 – 10:05
Welcome & Introductions (Damen Shipyards en It’s Value)
10:05 – 10:15
Digital transformation at Damen Shipyards
10:15 – 10:50
Cost optimisation using TBM and Apptio
10:50 – 11:00
Q&A and Closing Remarks


Aart Rupert
Chief Information Officer
Damen Shipyards Group

After his graduation in economics Aart pursued a career in the ICT Consulting industry. Between 1996 and January 2013 he worked in different positions at various companies. His primary focus in these positions was business / IT transformations, consulting, commercial and operational management. In 2013, he started in his current position as CIO at Damen Shipyards Group, managing the digital transformation and supporting the company growth by structuring the global information and setting high standards on the availability, security and accessibility of Damen’s IT infrastructure. In 2019 he was nominated as “CIO of the year” in the Netherlands.

Pieter-Paul Weijer
Pieter-Paul Weijer
Manager IT Cost Optimization Program
Damen Shipyards Group

After his graduation in Logistics & Traffic Engineering Pieter-Paul pursued a career as consultant within the ERP application software. Between 2007 and 2013 he worked on implementation projects at various companies within the Maritime & Offshore, Engineering, Supply Chain and Energy market. Within these projects he develop a broad perspective and experience on business processes and the supporting enterprise applications. In 2013 he joined Damen Shipyards specifically for the implementation of the ERP application at their yards in Romania and Vietnam. After the successful implementations he started to focus on processes, information, applications and business alignment initiatives with the primary goal of continuous improvement and digital alignment. Since 2020 he started the IT Cost Optimization program to drive spending and cost reduction, while maximizing business value.

Pieter-Paul Weijer
Peter van Loon
It’s Value

Peter graduated in 1996 in Computer Science at the University of Twente and started a career in IT. He has been in several positions like IT Consultant, IT Architect, Manager IT (various positions), Program Manager and Benchmark Consultant before he founded It’s Value in 2009. The purpose of It’s Value is to help companies to manage their IT spend as optimally as possible to improve the company’s performance. In the past 12 years It’s Value has delivered many projects to create cost transparency to enable cost control and support decision making. All meant to improve the IT value to make IT a business enabler instead of a cost burden.


The Damen Shipyards Group is a Dutch defence, shipbuilding, and engineering conglomerate, based in Gorinchem, the Netherlands. Damen Shipyards Group operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 13,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,500 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 175 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality. With 70 operating companies (32 in the Netherlands and 38 internationally) it achieved a production value in 2019 of 2.4 billion Euro.

Its Valuer
It's Value, based in the Netherlands with offices in the UK and Germany, is your IT-finance partner in the digital transformation process. We help companies realize business success by improving grip on the costs, quality and performance of the IT organization, better alignment between IT, finance and the business and the creation of value for the organization, through TBM (Technology Business Management). It’s Value has supported companies like Rabobank, PON, Damen Shipyards, Dutch Railways, ASML, Barclays, Total, Shell and Unilever. It’s Value is a long time Apptio partner in Europe and member of the TBM Council. For more information go to

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