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Freek Ravesloot

Technical Consultant

The Netherlands

A day in the life of an identity access management engineer

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Could you give an overview of your career to date?

From 2007 to 2012 I studied as a network engineer at Rijn IJssel in Arnhem. I was doing an internship at the same time, which went well so I was offered a job and worked as a system engineer with small and medium enterprises. In 2012 I moved to The Hague where I studied business IT & management at The Hague University – as my background was mostly technical at the time, this helped me bridge the gap between the technical and business side. During my degree, I did an internship at the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations related to testing a new portal. After I graduated, I worked as an intern at Accenture investigating the usability of a software package before starting at Capgemini in 2016 within its cybersecurity team. Here I was put on the more technical side which I really liked and I had my first exposure to identity and access management. However, I was eager to have a more technical role where I could do the implementations rather than just talking about them, which wasn’t possible at Capgemini at the time. I spoke with Bart (who I knew from my studies) and he mentioned that Intragen was recruiting and could give me the opportunity to become an expert in implementing the identity and access management solution, Ping Identity. I met him for a coffee and I started at Intragen in 2019 as a technical consultant focused on Ping Identity.

What led you to a career in identity access management?

My first real experience with identity access management was at my first job. I had an assignment with the Dutch government who is responsible for the identity management platform which government agencies across the Netherlands, including the Tax and Customs Administration and Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs, can use to verify the identity of Dutch residents on the internet. I worked as part of the team that provided the solution for Dutch companies to do business with the Dutch government. What motivates me about working in this industry in particular is giving both workforce and customers a good and safe experience with exchanging their digital identities.

What do you enjoy most about working at Intragen and what makes it different to other companies you have worked in?

I like the size of the company, it’s not too big or too small and everyone is a professional in what they do. And I like that we’re a flat organisation – you can go to Ian (CEO) or Mike (CTO) whenever, their doors are always open. You also have the opportunity to provide input when you find something that needs improving and get to see the result of making these changes, which you don’t get at bigger companies. For example, when doing a full implementation of One Identity for a client, in its current state the client had to do a manual import each day. So I created a script to automate the task for them - it used to take them an hour each day, now they can do it in 5 minutes.

What does your current role at Intragen involve?

I am a technical consultant at Intragen and our in-house expert for one of the identity management solutions we work with, Ping Identity. My role is technical but I also work closely with clients, which I enjoy and find satisfying. In the future, I’ll be involved in training team members in the Ping Identity solution through our Academy.

“As a technical consultant, my day usually includes providing support, conducting research, rolling out implementations, documenting environments and creating proof-of-concepts for clients.”


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Could you give an overview of what a typical day might look like for you?

My day usually includes providing support, conducting research, rolling out implementations, documenting environments and creating proof-of-concepts for clients.

What is the most interesting project you have worked on at Intragen?

A bank in England was about to go live but things were not working so they asked us for help. I supported them by putting in place the final steps needed and in time for the go-live - seeing clients happy and finishing projects on time is the most exciting part.

Could you give one interesting/unknown fact about yourself?

I enjoy playing squash.

Fill in the blank - When I’m not at work, you can find me...

Going out with friends or visiting family in my hometown.

What’s your top recommendation for someone visiting Utrecht?

Our company meeting in Helsinki this January was great. We visited a local brewery and finished the night singing karaoke in a bar together. If you come to The Netherlands, I recommend visiting the cities and seeing the canals.

“At Intragen, you have the opportunity to provide input when you find something that needs improving and get to see the result of making these changes. For example, I created a script to automate a task for a client - it used to take them an hour each day, now they can do it in 5 minutes.”


Freek Ravesloot

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