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How we got started

How apintra got its start

Gerhard Hartkemeier founded HGS Software in the early 1980s. He developed a complete solution for manufacturing companies. The focus was on a recursive parts and production list with variant logic in the form of formulas that can be stored. This enabled the necessary flexibility in production. The foundation is based on another special feature: a relational database. Today you benefit from high processing speeds, especially with large amounts of data. Early on, the company built on today’s IBM Informix product, which at that time was still marketed under the name RDS.
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HGS ASCII Version aus 1980

Other products for finance and accounting followed very quickly. As a supplement to the existing cost center, cost unit and cost type accounting with BAB, a direct cost and contribution margin accounting (according to Riebel) was developed together with a global concrete formwork manufacturer and a lecturer from the University of Strasbourg.

This allowed two cost calculations to be run in parallel and independently of one another. The premise of the solutions has always been: maximum transparency with maximum flexibility.

The scope of the software grew with further orders. At that time, professors from Bielefeld University and companies also cooperated on the development. The result was discount management as part of the merchandise management solution.

For customers this means:

  • More than 70 different types of discounts as standard
  • Discounts in addition or in sequence.

Typically, individual companies use fewer types of discounts. However, this enormous selection ensures that the right formats are always available, and the software does not have to be adapted.

The merger of the former Neutra GmbH – Lawyers and Notaries Division (around Herbert Franosch) and the HGS Software – ERP Division (around Gerhard Hartkemeier) to form SyncLine GmbH led to new growth. Alongside a comprehensive ERP software, this company’s portfolio also included a comprehensive solution for lawyers and notaries. The lawyer software was for example used at one of the largest law firms headquartered in Frankfurt. All the products from a US manufacturer with over 70,000 installations (Laticorp Inc.) were also taken over and became part of the product range as a further line.

The BDE (production data acquisition) and PZE (personnel time recording) built on the ERP software in the production module. As part of a project with Gildemeister Projekta, a graphic control center with real-time processing was integrated. At that time, sales took place almost exclusively through authorized resellers and partners. Our technology has been installed more than 1,000 times in Europe.

Since the company formerly known as INFORMIX Inc. stopped further development of the development platform, no major conversions were carried out. A new development of the solutions on a graphical surface was ruled out for cost reasons. The merger was dissolved and each company then carried on with its core business.

The HGS division continued to look after old customers and henceforth concentrated on internet technologies. eBay grew stronger and stronger in the late 1990s. The company developed an eCommerce solution from the existing modules. Two of the world’s top 5 power sellers used this software. With the help of our solution, a company in the field of electronic components completed more than 1,000 orders. Over the years, customers have repeatedly pushed for the continuation and further development of the “old” ERP software. INFORMIX had meanwhile been taken over by IBM. The technology in the area of development tools had also evolved. We therefore planned a new edition of our software based on the technologies that are established and possible today.

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Under the leadership of a main investor, a US investment company and a group of developers (DBMS specialists from the USA and UK), a US stock corporation was founded: today’s apintra®. It took more than seven years to modernize the software and bring it up to the latest state of the art. Our new technology is likely to once again rank among the frontrunners relative to competitors.

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