The software got a boost again when the student met with Rutger-Jan Loenen and Michiel Otterloo. Their roots were in construction and they wanted to design software for the building sector. A location-based system like FlexWhere was exactly the concept they were looking for. This developed into Ed Controls.
Loenen and Otterloo brought incorporated both FlexWhere and Ed Controls into a newly established company: Interactive Blueprints. Jan Willems became the third director. He was already involved with FlexWhere as a business consultant. They set up the head office in the historic city of Deventer in the Netherlands. The three still constitute the management board.
FlexWhere makes working easy
The guiding principle for Interactive Blueprints was – and still is – that software should simplify work. That’s why both FlexWhere and Ed Controls are made with ease of use in mind. That focus turned out to be spot-on. More and more organisations started inquiring about the software.
The software for shared spaces and meeting room management was no longer made specifically for individual customers. Interactive Blueprints converted the system and FlexWhere has since been available as a Software as a Service (SaaS) product.
FlexWhere wins a European tender
The introduction of FlexWhere at the Municipality of Rotterdam proved that the software had reached maturity. In 2016, the company won a European tender for the deployment of desk sharing.
The second largest municipality in the Netherlands uses FlexWhere at four large buildings with around 5,000 workplaces. More than 12,000 city workers use the software daily to find a workstation or meeting room.
Due to its success in the Netherlands, companies in other countries took an interest. In Belgium, a partnership with Ikanda was signed. Soon, FlexWhere was introduced at several major insurers. The apps and website are now also available in English and German.
The name of Interactive Blueprints changed to Dutchview information technology at the end of 2018. That was not merely cosmetic. The company took another professional leap forward and obtained the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certificates.
Hot Desking is becoming increasingly popular
About twenty years after the inception of FlexWhere and fifteen years after Bill Gates’ prediction, more and more organisations are starting to work agilely and share desks. In addition to government agencies, FlexWhere is also used by multinationals, museums and international non-profits.