Success in the TOP 100

GIS is one of the innovation leaders in 2018

Überlingen – For the 25th time, the TOP 100 competition selected the most innovative companies of German SMEs. One of these innovation leaders this year is the GIS – Gesellschaft für integrated system planning mbH. This was the result of the analysis of the scientific director of TOP 100, Prof. Dr. med. Nikolaus Franke. As a mentor of TOP 100, Ranga Yogeshwar honored the company from Erlangen together with Franke and compamedia on June 29, 2018 at the award ceremony in Ludwigsburg within the framework of the 5th German SME Summit. In the independent selection process, the company impressed with 50 employees, especially through an impressive turnaround.

The GIS – Gesellschaft für integrierte Systemplanung mbH has a troubled time behind itself. Until 2011, the medium-sized enterprise founded in Erlangen in 1984 was exclusively active in the field of nuclear energy. Operators from all over German-speaking countries counted on maintenance and repair software from GIS. After the German government decided on the energy turnaround, the top innovator had to look for new business fields – and passed this challenge with flying colors.


Meanwhile, the 50-member IT company supplies maintenance software to names like DHL, Daimler, Volkswagen and BASF. The foundations of this success are the add-ons developed by GIS for systems such as IBM-Maximo, Infor EAM and SAP EAM. These add-ons ensure effective data management and guarantee that every user can access exactly the data he needs at any time. “An employee in charge of maintenance does not want to carry out 25 individual searches. He wants to be informed at a glance about the condition of his machine. ” Ansgar Niehof convinced. “We ensure that users get all the information without having to search manually on several systems,” Niehof continues. With innovations like these, the medium-sized company has managed the turnaround in the past – and is now a member of the TOP 100 circle for the first time.


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TOP 100: The competition

Since 1993, compamedia has awarded the TOP 100 seal of approval for outstanding innovation and above-average innovation success to medium-sized companies. Since 2002, the scientific direction has been in the hands of Prof. Dr. med. Nikolaus Franke. Franke is founder and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Mentor of TOP 100 is the science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar. Project partners are the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and the BVMW. As media partners, manager magazin, impulse and W & V accompany the company comparison. More information at