About us

Center Integrated Business Applications Initiators


Smart Logistics Cluster on RWTH Aachen Campus

It is the goal of the Smart Logistics Cluster to make it possible to experience complex interdependencies between logistics, production and service offerings. Aimed towards an entirely new way of intensive on-site cooperation between research and industry experts, complex value chains are looked at from a new, holistic point of view. To do so, the entirety of internal and external flows of goods and information is examined as well as the exchange of services.


FIR e.V. at RWTH Aachen University

The FIR is a non-profit, cross-industry research institution at RWTH Aachen University. The FIR works in the area of business organization and corporate development. The institute researches, qualifies, teaches and supports in the areas of service management, information management, production management and business transformation. As a member of the Industrial Research Association, the FIR promotes research and development in favour of international corporations as well as small and medium-sized companies. The FIR is also registered as a so-called Johannes Rau Research Institute. As such, it supports the research strategy of the federal state of NRW and participates in relevant regional clusters.


myOpenFactory Software GmbH

myOpenFactory GmbH is a provider of a web-based integration platform for inter-company data exchange (enquiries, orders, invoices etc.) for networked manufacturing companies. The platform was developed especially for the order processing of small and medium-sized companies, is manufacturer-independent and based on standardised data standards. The use of myOpenFactory simplifies and accelerates procurement processes, increases responsiveness and transparency in the supply chain and thus reduces inventories.


Trovarit AG

Trovarit AG is a market analyst and provider-neutral contact in all questions concerning the use of business software in companies. As a spin-off of the FIR e. V. at RWTH Aachen University, the company is part of a long-standing tradition that combines scientifically founded company and process models with practice-proven procedures for software evaluation and deployment analysis. With proven tools, exclusive market data and professional consulting services, the company offers support in the structured analysis of software deployment, the optimisation of the interaction of business processes and software, and the efficient and secure selection of software solutions.


As a member of the Center Integrated Business Applications, you enjoy exclusive access to services and offers relating to business applications. As part of a specialist community, you will also benefit from the exchange and collaboration with experts and companies that deal with topics relating to the selection, harmonization and introduction of business software from different perspectives.

Together at the Center, we shape the future of business applications – we are able to take both the user and provider perspective and develop solutions for everyone involved.

In joint innovation projects, different companies work on challenges that affect everyone – the focus here is on finding the best solution together and quickly.

As a member company, you naturally have full access to our Industry 4.0 infrastructure with innovation lab and reference factory. In addition, membership includes discounted/free participation in our training courses as well as access to networking and innovation events and the community platform.

Our members


The center thrives on a team of scientific staff who combine theoretical knowledge in the field of production with extensive project management experience in the industry.

Katharina Berwing

Center Director

Tobias Schröer

Center Director Assistant

Andreas Kraut

Head of Account Management & Operations

Marcus Meeßen

Software Development & IT Architecture Leader

Jonas Reck

Senior Solution Architect


Lea Wietschorke

Projektmanagerin für Weiterbildung


Birgit Merx

Marketing Cluster Smart Logistik


Sarah Fritzsche

Marketing Cluster Smart Logistik