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Hi, my name is Marco Wobben. I started my career as an independent software developer in the early nineties. As an entrepreneur I continued development of the FCO-IM casetool in 2003 under the name of CaseTalk. As owner of the company, consultant, developer, trainer and presenter, I'm considered the driving force behind CaseTalk and I'm enjoying every bit of it.

With contributions from researchers, teachers, professors, students, developers, consultants, customers, and enthusiasts, we made CaseTalk what it is today. I thank them to help me make CaseTalk the preferred choice of fact oriented information modeling tool to many.

Let me introduce you to some of them:


Guido Bakema is a Professor of Applied Sciences at the HAN University of Applied Sciences, and one of three founding fathers of FCO-IM. Without any doubt he was the biggest driving force behind the research of FCO-IM. During his many years as lectorer he was responsable for tool and transformation development. In his spare time he wrote the very first FCO-IM book. And amazingly he still found the time to visit many universities across world. Spreading the word of fact oriented modeling to the world. After his recent retirement, he holds a honourable position as ambassador of CaseTalk.

JanPieter-ZwartJan Pieter Zwart is one of the three founding fathers of FCO-IM. Jan Pieter has recently retired as teacher, researcher and publisher at the HAN University of Applied Science. Originally he wrote the FCO-IM book, and recently published a new book for self studying FCO-IM. Whenever a question or issue arises, Jan Pieter has the brain to deeply analyse it and come back with the only correct answer.

harm-van-der-lekHarm van der Lek is one of the founding fathers of FCO-IM. Encouraged by Professor Guido Bakema to use NIAM in practice, Harm found an elegant way to enhance it into FCO-IM. After that Harm has been involved in many Data Warehouse projects and build automation tools for them. A bundle of his columns is available in a book called 'Sterren en Dimensies'. He teaches about temporal aspects of data in several courses per year.

peter-alonsPeter Alons has spent many years of his career working on metadata management. As a consultant he has helped big enterprises to achieve a single point of definition in regard to information management. For that he developed the metadata framework. Over the years as a consultant and analist, he published a series of Dutch columns which are now available in his book 'About facts and things'.

richarddejongRichard de Jong studied physics and mathematics in Rotterdam. He worked for various small and large ICT-companies as teacher, projectleader and teammanager. He currently works at a high school as ICT-teacher and teaches FCO-IM as part of the curriculum. He's the author of FCO-IM course material for the Dutch high schools.

chris-scholtenChris Scholten studied systems design and graduated with distinction. After reaching several degrees in mathematics, Chris now teaches systems modelling, database programming, xml and databases, object oriented analysis and design. His research focuses on finding a way to automate the mapping process between language based specification and the implementation of rules in information systems.

ton-de-bruynTon de Bruyn was chairman at the FCO-IM user group. Currently he is both lecturer and course manager for Business Informatics and Information Management at Saxion University. Ton is consulted by his former students on his FCO-IM knowledge.

elton-manokuElton Manoku as a student at the HAN University, quickly developed into a model and metamodel expert. He build the BridgeToolset with which conceptual model could be transformed into dimonsional models for data warehousing purposes. His capabilities lead him to a position at the same university as teacher and research assistent with Guido Bakema and Jan Pieter Zwart. Currently he's involved in the GIS world and considered as one of the best (meta)model transformation specialists.

leon-verschuurLeon Verschuur started his career as language philosopher and started working in IT-work in 1998. As a consultant and information modeler, he's helped CaseTalk in developing and testing the CaseTalk Viewer product in real live projects. He publishes about information management in agile projects and scrum teams.

dineke-romeijnDineke Romeijn is a lecturer, student counselor and researcher at HAN University of Applied Sciences. Her main subject is Business Intelligence. She organizes and teaches courses at Bachelor and Master level. Apart from teaching and research, she's a student counselor for part-time students in Information Science.

marco-engelbartMarco Engelbart is a lecturer at the HAN University of Applied Sciences and has written books on FCO-IM and a big music fan and collector. The English version of the exercises book for self study can be downloaded our website. As a researcher he's currently involved in FCO-IM to Anchor Modeling transformations.

lulzim-bilaliLulzim Bilali was involved in building components to reverse engineer relational models to FCO-IM models and transform them to ER, UML, Relational model and Star Schema. As a lecturer Lulzim taught on the topics of Model to Model Transformations and Business Intelligence. As developer and consultant he's still active in this area.

NUR AZIZAH FAZATFazat Nur Azizah worked at the HAN University of Applied Sciences at the Research and Competence Group. After one year she promoted at the Institute of Technology Bandung with Professor Guido Bakema as promotor. This resulted in the paper 'Data Modeling Patterns using Fully Communication Oriented Information Modeling (FCO-IM)'. Currenlty she is active as researcher and lecturer at ITB, Indonesia.

missing-photoBenon Paloka is the first Albanian student graduating from the Master in Information System Development at HAN University of Applied Sciences. Benon has the honor of building the first FCO-IM to ERM transformation, after which he returned as a lecturer at the Universiteti i Shkodrës teaching at Physics, Mathematics and Informatics Departments.

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