About us


As a digitalisation company, the Center Integrated Business Applications designs innovative and future-oriented solutions for business application systems. It is a neutral platform for business applications providers, consultants and users. With the conception and design of (efficient) applications for an integrated IT system landscape, the Center Integrated Business Applications opens up and secures the future value creation for all companies sustainably involved in the integration process. In this way, the center becomes a crystallisation point for applications along the entire value chain of manufacturing companies.


As an interface between providers, consultants and users of operational application systems, the Center Integrated Business Applications bundles resources and expertise for further development of products, services and business models for the integrated networking of the IT system landscape in companies. Relevant questions of business applications users are in our consideration focus and are subjects of exchange, research and development.


“ImplAiX®”, the Aachen implementation model for business software, constitutes the methodical foundation of all Center Integrated Business Applications activities. Jointly developed by the Center Integrated Business Applications, the FIR at the RWTH Aachen and the Trovarit AG, ImplAiX® offers a practical, process-embracing methodology to support, train and certify providers, system houses and users in their respective requirement spectrum.

Presented as a process model from the perspective of a user company, ImplAiX® covers neutrally and scientifically based, all phases of a software implementation from the analysis of requirements to the acceptance. Thereby the model with the three layers “implementation”, “team management”, “tools and templates” considers all dimensions of a software implementation as well as the interdependencies between these design fields.


With the structured approach of ImplAiX®, the Center Integrated Business Applications creates the prerequisites for a stringent and successful introduction of integrated business software and provides the security to process all related tasks in a target-oriented and efficient way.

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.

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

Managing Director


Tobias Schröer

Center Director Assistant / Head of Department Production Management


Marcus Meeßen

Software Development & IT Architecture Leader


Md Al Mamun

Software developer


Eni Ceca

HR Recruiter


Beate Deppe

Head of legal and contract management


Sarah Fritzsche

Marketing Smart Logistics Cluster


Birgit Merx

Marketing Smart Logistics Cluster