Whoever wants to simplify responsibility must also be willing to take on responsibility.

About otris software AG

As a software-based data and document management specialist, otris software AG supports company decision-makers in realising management responsibilities. The solutions from otris software are available for this purpose. They can be used track, control and document all administrative processes completely and with full transparency.

The service portfolio encompasses all fields: otris contract for reliable contract management, otris corporate for clear investment portfolio management, otris compliance for sustainable guideline management and otris privacy for secure data protection management. The otris software solutions are based on our own tried and tested technology platforms, complement each other systematically and represent functionality in technology and operability. They can be used individually, in combination with each other or as a complete solution. The software modules actively control and establish a hierarchy to the data concerned, guarantee ease of use and are constantly being optimised.

In this way, management oversees complex administrative processes with one click and can make decisions based on a clear state of affairs. We at otris software AG provide services for small to mid-sized enterprises as well as internationally-operating customers throughout Europe. We are unique because we are able to provide custom-tailored solutions based on our standardized software packages. By listening to clients and collaborating with them on their individual projects, otris ensures that enterprises get expert advice and the most out of their projects. otris: We transform standard software into custom solutions.



Beginning of the research project JANUS at the Ruhr University in Bochum under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Balzert. The idea that software needs to be developed at the touch of a button, developed in the context of the research project, becomes reality and expands into a 3-layer application generator.


Dr. Christoph Niemann and Dr. Frank Hofmann found and launch o3s Objectoriented Software Solutions & Services GmbH & Co. KG.


First commercial version of the JANUS software factory. Future partners ARtem GmbH (now Funkwerk AG) and Personal & Informatik AG are among the first customers.


Change of name from o3s Objectoriented Software Solutions & Services GmbH & Co. KG to otris software AG.


Market launch of the web-based ECM platform DOCUMENTS.

EASY Software AG sells the product as an EASY portal through its more than 400 trading partners. Today the product is used by more than 2000 EASY customers.


Based on its own technology platform, otris software AG introduces two new products to the market.

otris contract – a software solution for contract management that structures contracts and relevant correspondence in contract files and makes them available depending on access rights. The contract portfolio and the associated responsibilities become transparent, and the processes in contract management are secure and efficient.

otris privacy (formerly privacyGUARD) – software that helps build and operate a company-wide privacy management system. The work of the data protection officer is simplified by a fixed structure, clearly arranged and demonstrably documented.


KPMG certifies the archive component of otris software AG according to auditing standard 880 of the German Institute of Public Auditors (IDW).


otris software AG grows into a group of companies (bytemine, amicaldo, otrisPROJECTS).


Based on its own technology platform, otris software AG introduces a new product for investment management and controlling: otris corporate – the web-based software solution which creates transparency within investment structures. Clear presentation and easy access to important documents, master data and key figures simplify the work in compliance management.


Introduction of the compliance software solution otris compliance. Based on its own technology platform, the software structures and documents the compliance organization company-wide and steers documents and guidelines safely through the company.


otris develops a mobile platform: the otris app. Download the app to your smartphone, scan QR codes, transfer tasks and documents – that’s how easy the otris app myFavorites works.


20 years of successful economic and technical development. Sustainability, solidity and innovative strength have been firmly anchored in the corporate culture of otris software AG since its foundation 20 years ago.


State-of-the-art technology and impressive design: anchored in the otris DNA through the founders.

They have worked together for over twenty years: Dr. Frank Hofmann and Dr. Christoph Niemann, the dual leadership of otris software AG. After their academic career at the Ruhr University Bochum, they founded a successful company together with some of their former students.


Dr.-Ing. Frank Hofmann
is co-founder and CEO of otris software AG. He is responsible for the Enterprise Content Management business unit as well as the company’s sales and marketing. Dr. Hofmann studied electrical engineering and information technology at the Ruhr University Bochum. In addition, he completed an integrated period of study abroad at the National School of Electronics, Computer and Radio Engineering (ENSEIRB) in Bordeaux, France. During his doctorate, he was a pioneer in the realisation of one of the first tools for model-driven software development. Since then he is considered to be an expert in the field of ergonomically designed user interfaces as well as that of enterprise process support through software solutions.

Dr.-Ing. Christoph Niemann
is co-founder and CEO of otris software AG. He is responsible for the JANUS business unit as well as the company’s finance and personnel. Dr. Niemann studied electrical engineering and information technology at the Ruhr University Bochum. During his doctorate at the prestigious Chair of Software Technology with Professor Dr. Helmut Balzert, he was a pioneer in the realisation of one of the first tools for model-driven software development, which he subsequently developed to product maturity and has since been continuously developing.

Holdings | Subsidiaries


amicaldo GmbH
Innovative service provider for IT services, online marketing, print media and office solutions.



bytemine GmbH
Specialist in IT security as well as services and products associated with Linux and Unix.



Focuses on individual software solutions for monitoring, diagnosing and managing industrial plants.


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