Simplify responsibility
with otris software.

About otris software AG

As a specialist in software-based data and document management, otris supports decision-makers in companies and organisations in assuming management responsibility. To this end, otris provides software solutions with which all administrative processes are mapped, controlled and documented in a fully comprehensive and fully transparent manner.

With the help of otris software solutions, executives have an overview of complex administrative processes at the click of a mouse and make their decisions on the basis of clear factual situations. The service portfolio comprises eleven specialist solutions grouped into three suites: the otris compliance SUITE, the otris legal SUITE and the otris privacy SUITE.

The solutions are based on their own tried-and-tested technology platforms and can be used in combination or individually. The guiding principle of otris software development is to create sophisticated technology that is easy to use.

Die otris software AG betreut so­wohl mittelständische Unternehmen als auch Großkonzerne in ganz Europa. Dabei überzeugt otris mit der Fähigkeit, standardisierte Software genau an die Kundenanfor­derungen anzupassen: Standardsoftware wird zur Individuallösung. Kundendialog und kooperatives Projektvorgehen sichern den maximalen fachlichen und betriebswirt­schaftlichen Nutzen.



Meilenstein 1993 - Alles begann mit der Entwicklung des Softwaregenerators JANUS an der Ruhruni Bochum

Start of the JANUS research project at the Ruhr-Universität-Bochum under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Balzert. The idea that software should be able to be developed at the push of a button, which was developed within the framework of the research project, became reality and was expanded into a 3-layer application generator.


Meilenstein 1998 - Dr. Christoph Niemann und Dr. Frank Hofmann gründen die otris

Foundation and market entry of o3s Objectoriented Software Solutions & Services GmbH & Co. KG
by Dr Christoph Niemann and Dr Frank Hofmann.


otris software AG - Meilenstein 1999

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


Meilenstein 2000 - otris fimiert um zu otris software AG

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


otris software AG - Meilenstein 2003

Market launch of the web-based ECM platform DOCUMENTS.

EASY Software AG distributes the product as EASY Portal via its more than 400 trade 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 contract management processes become secure and efficient.

otris privacy (previously privacyGUARD) – software that supports the development and operation of a company-wide data protection management system. The work of the data protection officer is simplified by a predefined structure, made clearer and verifiably documented.


Meilenstein 2010 - otris wird durch KPMG zertifiziert

KPMG certifies the archive component
otris software AG according to IDW-PS 880.


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


Meilenstein 2013 - Produkt für Beteiligungsmanagement Software otris corporate

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


Meilenstein 2014 - Software-Lösung für Compliance und Richtlinienmanagement

Introduction of the compliance software solution otris compliance. The software, which is based on the company’s own technology platform, structures and documents the company-wide compliance organisation and securely guides documents and guidelines through the company.


Meilenstein 2016 - otris APP macht Lösungen für Vertragsmanagement, Beteiligungsverwaltung, Compliance und Datenschutz mobil

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


Meilenstein 2018 - 20 Jahre otris software AG

20 years of successful development – economically and technically. Sustainability, solidity and innovation have been firmly anchored in the corporate culture of otris software AG since its foundation 20 years ago.


otris software AG

Independent into the future. With the repurchase of all otris shares from the holdings of Easy Software AG, otris will become 100 percent independent in August 2019. A big step that was fully financed by the founders and employees. The new independence opens up new opportunities in the OEM business.


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

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

Bild Vorstand der otris software AG - Dr. Frank Hofmann und Dr. Christoph Niemann

Dr.-Ing. Frank Hofmann
is co-founder and board member of otris software AG. He is responsible for the company’s Enterprise Content Management division as well as for sales and marketing. Dr Hofmann studied electrical engineering and information technology at the Ruhr University in Bochum. He also completed an integrated study abroad programme at the National School of Electronics and Radio Engineering in Bordeaux (ENSERB), France. During his PhD, he pioneered the realisation of one of the first tools for model-driven software development. Since then, he has been considered an expert in the field of ergonomically designed user interfaces and the support of enterprise-wide processes through software solutions.

Dr.-Ing. Christoph Niemann
is co-founder and board member of otris software AG. He is responsible for the JANUS business division as well as for the company’s finances and human resources. Dr Niemann studied electrical engineering and information technology at the Ruhr University in Bochum. During his doctorate at the renowned Chair of Software Engineering under Professor Dr. Helmut Balzert, he pioneered the realisation of one of the first tools for model-driven software development, which he subsequently brought to product maturity and has continued to develop ever since.

Investments | Subsidiaries

Logo amicaldo - Tochterunternehmen der otris software AG

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

Logo bytemine - Beteiligung der otris software AG

bytemine GmbH
Specialist for IT security, services and products in the Linux and Unix environment.

Logo otris PROJECTS - Tochterunternehmen der otris software AG

Specialist for individual IoT solutions for networked industrial plants.


Good partnerships are successful when all parties involved can develop their individual strengths and combine this knowledge in a joint solution.

Logo actago - Partner der otris software AG

actago GmbH
actago GmbH is an innovative service provider for data protection management, data protection consulting and services from Landau an der Isar. actago offers comprehensive consulting services and individual services. Customer satisfaction is always the central focus here.

Logo Easy Software - Partner der otris software AG

With over 10,500 customer installations, EASY SOFTWARE AG of Mülheim an der Ruhr is one of the leading developers and providers of cross-platform solutions in the fields of electronic archiving, document management and enterprise content management.

Logo oas - Partner der otris software AG

OAS AG is one of the leading suppliers of sector-specific systems for the batch-oriented manufacturing industry. The portfolio ranges from the planning and realisation of entire production plants to the supply of measurement and control technology components and the development of innovative software products for process control.

Logo Proxess - Partner der otris software AG

PROXESS GmbH, based in Rietheim-Weilheim, has been selling its own document management solutions as well as document recognition and workflow solutions since 1991, with a focus on the German-speaking region, and in doing so supports over 2600 customer installations.

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SONNTAG IT Solutions
SONNTAG IT Solutions is a multidisciplinary IT consultancy for IT compliance, IT project management and digitalisation. IT Solutions supports companies with practicable solutions for IT audits, IT (crisis) projects and digitalisation efforts. As a spin-off of the SONNTAG Group, it can draw on a wide range of expert know-how in the areas of legal advice, tax advice and auditing and offer universal services beyond IT.

Logo XSuite - Partner der otris software AG

xSuite Group GmbH
With over 180 employees worldwide, an international, highly motivated and well-trained team supports xSuite customers in matters of document management. The xSuite Group has set itself the task of developing standardised, digital solutions for companies that enable simple, clear and user-friendly handling of business processes.