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Canon investment praised as IRISLink 2014 kicks off in Belgium

Leading information management conference IRISLink 2014 has kicked off in Belgium.

ITProPortal was invited to attend the exclusive IT event, which has welcomed delegates from more than 40 countries to the industrial chic surroundings of The Egg in Brussels.

Opening IRISLink 2014 with a keynote address, the company's founder and president, Pierre De Muelenaere, pointed to intelligent document recognition, enterprise content management, and IT infrastructure optimisation as some of the key concerns for businesses looking maximise productivity and create added value for customers.

"This is a very special edition of IRISLink - a unique opportunity for IRIS to create more value. Innovation and technology are key drivers for the development of our company," he said.

De Muelenaere also praised the firm's partner ecosystem, noting that its 2013 acquisition by Canon had allowed it to invest heavily in research and development, as well as helping it solidify relationships with big name players like IBM, Dell and Cisco.

Indeed, company CFO Denis Hermesse revealed that IRIS had pumped more than €6 million (£4.9m) into R&D last year, resulting in IT outsourcing revenue gains of some 40 per cent and the granting of 10 new patents in the US.

IRIS is expected to cap off its big day by announcing a number of new products, so stay tuned for more news out of Belgium.

Founded in 1987, professional solutions specialist IRIS is headquartered in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.