Nick Belhomme

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Software Architect / Project Lead / Team Manager

International Conference Speaker

Creator of "FireStorage Plus!"

Author of the Zend Framework 2.0 Cookbook


PHP 5 Zend Certified Engineer

PHP 5.3 Zend Certified Engineer

Zend Framework Certified Engineer

ScrumAlliance Certified ScrumMaster


Date of birth: 12 November 1978
Nationality: Belgian
Marital status: Married
Biography: With more than 2 decades in professional web application development Nick Belhomme has contributed in a number of ways to the PHP Community. He is a domain-driven design enthusiast and his consulting focus is the design and construction of enterprise applications. He speaks and is frequently found at conferences. He authored several articles and the Zend Framework 2.0 Cookbook. Understanding the changing needs of the Internet he created “Firestorage Plus!”, a Firefox Addon which is downloaded by thousands and used by hundreds on a daily basis. In his spare time he likes to travel, take hikes with his lovely wife and loves nature.

Psychological "Big Five" Profile

Personal Big Five Profile

Myers-Briggs personality type: ENTP

ENTP profile ENTPs are inspired innovators, motivated to find new solutions to intellectually challenging problems. They are curious and clever, and seek to comprehend the people, systems, and principles that surround them. Open-minded and unconventional, Visionaries want to analyze, understand, and influence other people. ENTPs enjoy playing with ideas and especially like to banter with others. They use their quick wit and command of language to keep the upper hand with other people, often cheerfully poking fun at their habits and eccentricities. While the ENTP enjoys challenging others, in the end they are usually happy to live and let live. They are rarely judgmental, but they may have little patience for people who can't keep up.
See the complete ENTP description.

Technical Skills

Proficiency in the following:


Business Analyst:


Software Tools:

  • Eclipse PDT
  • PHPStorm
  • Software Development and Collaboration (Jira)
  • Continuous Integration (Jenkins)
  • Selenium
  • Version control (SVN, GIT)
  • Capistrano
  • Vagrant
  • Salt
  • Puppet
  • Node
  • Linux (Debian, Red Hat, CentOs)
  • Apache (2.*)
  • Windows
  • DOS
  • SmartDraw
  • Enterprise Architect
  • PHPDoc, DoxyGen, DocBlox, Sphinx
  • SFTP
  • FTP
  • SSH
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Visio)
  • MS SharePoint

Language Skills

Professional Experience

Essent Enterprise Release Manager

February 2018 - December 2018 (10 months)
Protect and manage the movement of releases through the build, test, and production environments. Ensuring there’s a proper structure in place to allow the company to scale efficiently. Interface and communicate with test managers, development managers, IT operations, and the PMO on a daily basis. Manage up and provide reporting as well as meeting updates to senior IT management and line of business.

Essent Software Architect - Quality Assurance Lead

January 2016 - February 2018 (2 years)

System Architect at Enrise (Consultant at Enrise)

November 2014 - December 2015 (1 year 2 months)
As a system architect my role was to monitor the correct functioning and implementations of various technical components amongst others. This to ensure that the full stack application could stand the test of time and because of the microservice approach could easily be scaled out.

Sr Quality Assurance lead + tester at De Persgroep ( Consultant at Enrise)

October 2013 - November 2014 (1 year 2 months)

Business Analyst at CodeFinity

May 2013 - present (7 years)

Software Architect (PHP5) at Odd World bvba

September 2002 - present (18 years)

Business Analyst at Odd World bvba

June 2007 - present (13 years)

Creator of FireStorage Plus!

February 2013 - present (7 years)
An highly acclaimed Mozilla Firefox Addon completely written in Object Oriented Javascript which is used by thousands of people and let you inspect the browser storage mechanisms such as localStorage and sessionStorage.

Zend Framework 2 Architect at Ziggo (Consultant at Enrise)

September 2013 - November 2013 (2 months)

Zend Framework Architect at Belgacom

September 2009 - May 2013 (3 years 8 months)

PHP5 Expert Application Developer at Skynet Belgacom

March 2008 - September 2009 (1 year 6 months)

Manager, Coach and Web Developer at Universal Websites

June 2003 - January 2007 (3 years 7 months)

Lead Developer for the Website at V-tality bvba

January 2005 - March 2005 (2 months)

Leading PHP Developer at Ecostructuur bvba

June 2003 - August 2003 (2 months)

Web Developer at Belhomme Photostudio

September 2000 - July 2001 (9 months)
For my thesis I made a User Generated Content site. Specialized towards photographers and models. Web standards were implemented and the site used the latest technologies anno 2001. Because of the site I graduated with Honour in my class of 2001.

Certificates, awards en recognitions

A1 Graduated with honour in 2001 at Kdg

PHP5 + PHP5.3 Zend Certified Engineer (ZCE) + Zend Framework Certified Engineer (ZCE-ZF)

Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master


'Karel de Grote' Hogeschool Antwerpen - Professional Bachelor, 1998 - 2001
Zend PHP 5 Certification - Zend Certified PHP Engineer, Jan 2008
Zend Framework Certification - Zend Framework Certified Engineer, Juli 2009
Scrum Master Certification - Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master, Aug 2011
Zend PHP 5.3 Certification - Zend Certified PHP Engineer, Oct 2011

Additional Information


Most Recent Letters Of Recommendation:

Nick is certainly one of the best (if not the best) PHP developer I had the pleasure to work with. His main abilities according to me are his very professional diagnostic about problem solving and his speed at getting the work done. By the way, Nick proved to be a very accessible person and he really is passionated by his work, a quality that makes it all, for me.
Belgacom Skynet - Cédric Lesne , Web Integrator
Nick is an easy person to work with. Always ready to help, he adds technical knowledge, a critical mind but with a very positive attitude and patience to any project. He is also one of the most consistent and driven developers I know, urging his fellow developers to best practices and out-of-the-box thinking. And, not unimportant, he is very fun colleague to have in the team
Belgacom Skynet - Vicky Peck , Expert Content Developer
Nick is consultant in the company I work for. Nick is reliable and always ready to help his colleagues when they need it. He is a good consultant, able to join a team and to become a real member of this. He has good contacts with colleagues, he really wants to integrate himself into his client's teams. He is results oriented and easily assimilate projects of his client. I really appreciated to work with Nick.
Belgacom Skynet - Olivier Laloux , Analyst - Developer
I've known Nick as a highly motivated and enjoyable person to work with. He has an everlasting optimistic view on things and strives for success with great passion
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, On Time
Belgacom Skynet - Maarten Segers , Senior ICT Software Developer Consultant
Nick is one of the most experienced PHP developpers that I know. It was a pleasure to work with him.
Belgacom Skynet - Maarten Dequanter , PHP Consultant
Very good PHP consultant, proactive, very competent, he does a very hard work. He feels rapidly concerned by the project he have to work on and by the objectives your company has to reach. Nick is really somebody you can trust and rely on.
Belgacom Skynet - Vincent Witzik , Expert Content Developer
Nick is one of the best PHP consultant I ever collaborate with. He is proactive, very competent and hard work is not an issue for him. This is someone you can really trust and rely on. He is committed to assume end-to-end accountability and to ensure mutual trust and respect By the way, he is also a pleasant co-worker
Belgacom Skynet - Thierry Melkebeke , Content Development Manager
Nick has joined my client's team 3 months ago to perform major PHP developments. The client has until now given very positive feedback. On the other hand, the partnership between Nick and us runs very smoothly, it's a pleasure working with him.
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity
Award Winning Recruitment & Staffing Company Volt Europe - Manuel Noirfalise
Nick is a very driven person with a lot of fresh ideas and a good understanding of the current IT market, ranging from the financial part of running a website down to the core implementation of it. As a colleague, he is fun to work with and is, when you ask him for it, always willing to share his knowledge with you.
Belgacom - Kevin Cocquyt , IT Consultant
I worked with Nick at Belgacom. In short a guy with loads of tips and tricks in his sleeve. I found his advice was always invaluable, giving sharp insight into the ramifications of architecture decisions, and he always made himself available to assist with such decisions. You would find him come down hard when it comes to code quality clearly demonstrating his passion for his work. He motivates and stands by example to push forward best practices. I get inspiration on his technical knowledge.
Belgacom - Vivekasundaram M. , Senior Software Engineer Mphasis
I am pleased to recommend BELHOMME Nick who has been an expert web developer colleague for the past five years. During that time, I have come to know him as a strong person and a role model for his peers. Nick is a rare type of web developer who combines exceptional natural ability with a willingness and eagerness to learn. Nick is able to help his peers with difficult development concepts, but does so in a way that is both practical and non-condescending. Although he is aware of his natural ability in the area of development, Nick is constantly challenging himself. Nick is a hard-working person who understands exactly what a project is all about from the outset, and how to get it done quickly and effectively. During his five years in the expert web developer position, I cannot remember an instance in which he missed a major deadline. He’s often brought projects in below budget and ahead of schedule. Nick is a resourceful, creative, and solution-oriented person who was frequently able to come up with new and innovative approaches to his assigned projects. He functioned well as a team leader when required, and he worked effectively as a team member under the direction of other team leaders. Based on my experience working with him, I can unreservedly recommend BELHOMME Nick to you for any senior expert web developer position.
Belgacom - Costin Teo , Web Integrator
Nick Belhomme born November 12th 1978 worked as PHP developer and later on as technical lead in the Skynet team from March 2008 until April 2013. Skynet is a brand of Belgacom, the leading Telecom provider of Belgium. The Skynet team maintains the leading multimedia Website of Belgium. Nick had the lead on some major Business projects, like TV Everywhere and he was also responsible for the workflow tools of my team. Nick was also responsible in recruiting new local and offshore team members. With his spirit and technical know how he was the driving force behind implementing stable solutions to optimize the workflow of everybody in my team. He assured quality by creating a solid release architecture which gives my team the tools to do one-click releases, backed up with today release management tools such as PHPUnit, Selenium and Jenkins. Nick is very result oriented. He is someone you can trust to deliver projects on time. His own quality standards are high, pushing the team to the same. He always carried out his duties to our fullest satisfaction It is with great regret that we see him leave. We wish him great success with his future endeavors
Belgacom - Raschke Jürgen , IT Team Manager
It is a pleasure to work together with Nick. He knows his stuff and he can teach others to understand complex material. He has a very positive "I can do that" mentality and drags other people into the same positive vibe. He isn't afraid to tackle problems that are outside his comfort zone. In no time, he masters new technology to get the project to the next level. Excellent knowledge, great personality, ... In short, a guy you want to have in your team!
be.coded - Van Hauwaert Bert , owner of be.coded
I know Nick as very intelligent, professional and nice to work with. From the first moment we started to work together I noticed that he's really committed to reach the perfect result. He is capable to detect problems, stand up and take action. During critical moments he uses his capabilities to solve the issue. I would describe him as a good team player. He shares knowledge, insights and helps when you are interested to improve your skills. He is also working perfectly independent, I would even recommend him as a project lead. I would be happy to work again with him on future projects, because I know that he is responsible, driven to reach the target.
Stilio - Van der Mercken Debbie , owner at Stilio
Nick is someone who makes it easy to just say positive things about. I had the pleasure of working with Nick for about a year on a big project where he was one of the software developers involved. Even though Nick was working remotely for most of the project (which took place in Amsterdam, where he's living in Belgium) that never was an issue. In fact it feels so irrelevant that I could easily leave it out, which is exactly what makes it relevant to mention. I've come to know him as a very experienced developer that's always constructive in his feedback, thinking ahead, skillful and cheerful. Overal just a very nice guy I would recommend for any project with complex domains and would love to have the pleasure to work with in the future!
logiQ - Keep Henk , Owner at logiQ
Nick is the kind of software developer you wish for your dreamteam. Having a lot of experience in the world of software development he brings in technical excellence, the ability to quickly learn the working of unknown domains and the ability to explain technical matters very clearly to a wide range of audiences. During the time we worked together I got to know Nick as a very reliable team member, driven to create great results and most importantly a very kind, positive, humble and fun person to work with. I hope to enjoy his presence again in the future!
Enrise - Stevens Kai , Product Owner