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Saving money through efficient and flexible planning

“The new planning platform means we are able to do more with the same people and resources. Thanks to Ordina we are increasing our efficiency, we can make last-minute changes quickly and easily and we have a better overview of the availability of staff and their schedules. The new system offers tremendous flexibility, an absolute godsend in a media environment.”

VRT Contact Contact Wouter Tielemans


VRT is the public broadcaster of Flanders and has about 2,800 employees. VRT's programming of radio, television and new media is a byword for quality, in content, form and use of language. The VRT keeps a close eye on technological developments so that it can offer programmes to viewers and listeners via new media applications whenever that is necessary and desirable.


The pressure on VRT to cut costs has been constantly in the headlines in recent years. The challenge for the broadcaster: to maintain high quality output with less funding. To do this, VRT is endeavouring to use its resources more efficiently.


Ordina tackled VRT's planning problem and implemented Quintiq as a new planning platform, with SAP as the backbone. Various planning projects were defined and implemented step by step, including for the news department, radio production, television production and production companies. The planning tool takes the various constraints and logic of the business process into account in an intelligent manner. At the same time it takes account of the skills of employees, collective labour agreements, overtime, sickness, availability of in-house and freelance personnel and the specific wishes of customers.


Today VRT plans virtually all its resources via the Quintiq planning application: 550 TV journalists, 250 radio technicians, 400 production staff, and all the studios and equipment. The intelligent planning system makes it possible to combine all personnel, equipment and resources in an efficient manner. Planners can now identity pitfalls and opportunities in good time, in the event of a change or if a new assignment arises. In this way, VRT is making optimum use of all available resources.