Information Management

By designing the corporate IT of tomorrow, we make it possible to create added value through information.

The overriding goal for manufacturing companies in the age of networked digitalization is to develop into a digital, agile and learning company. This enables continuous adaptation to the ever more dynamically changing environment. The ceffective and efficient use of information as a resource is decisive for the ongoing acquisition of knowledge to improve and expand business processes, products and services.

A part of company management, information management plays an essential role in meeting the requirements outlined above. The planning and control of information and communication is achieved through the effective and efficient use of information technologies by coporate IT. So far, this task has been driven by IT organizations within the company. However, due to the networked digitalization of the economy, information management has increasingly become an interdisciplinary task which must be performed by several agents (specialist departments, external service providers, etc.) in order to create added value for the company. This requires a development in interdisciplinary collaboration in terms of a business IT alignment.

The Information Management unit develops, evaluates and innovates organizational and technological models for the optimal realization of information logistics through both established and novel solutions for designing the corporate IT of a digital, agile and learning company.

The Information Management Division focuses on the following research areas:


» We align business and IT with the strategic approach of digital architecture management to ensure sustainable business success. «

Jan Hicking, Bereichsleiter Informationsmanagement


The research project will provide a user friendly network management concept to solve communication problems by using 5G. Furthermore, the empowerment by 5G shows new application concepts for the industry.


Development of a Cloud-Based Collaborationsoftware to optimize the information exchange between various stakeholds within a construction project.


cyberKMU² developed an online platform that enables production companies to easily find matching technologies (CPS) to increase their production process efficiency.


Overall target of the Industrie 4.0 competence center is to enable SME to efficient and and effective processes along the value chain by digitalization and connectivity. The three hubs Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Ruhr and Rhineland cover the target region of North Rhine-Westphalia.


The goal is achieved by exchanging data between the companies involved in the process chain and the neutral operator of a legally protected cloud service.


The goal of eCloud is to empower SMEs to implement flexible energy management that is prepared for current and future challenges in the area of ​​energy use, without deepened energy knowledge and with little distraction from the day-to-day business.


The target of the research project "eSafeNet" was the investigation, conception and demonstration of an innovative information technology communication approach for the internet of energy. Basically, potentials of a dedicated communication infrastructure were analyzed considering mobile communication as main technology and tethered transmission technology, e. g. powerline, so that safety relevant structures for stability, reliability and safety meet the requirements. To guarantee the economic efficiency, a service platform was designed which provides safety relevant and additional smart services by service providers.


The aim of the project EWIMA is the prototypical construction of regional virtual power plants in NRW. The approach pursued is the further development of operational energy management for a cross-company optimization of consumption, generation and storage of energy in the direct company neighborhood. key innovation is a central IoT platform that enables complex functions and services.


The aim of the research project was to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of search queries in ERP systems. Hereby, it reduced the effort for the user and improved the quality of the results. The achievement of the goals was realized by the development of a self-learning, context-based search engine for ERP systems. By taking into account the context of a search query, user behavior and a results evaluation by the user, the result quality of search queries was continuously increased. The development of a demonstrator was intended to show the usefulness of the concept by testing it in different scenarios and evaluating it by means of an economic assessment.


The aim is to design and pilot a novel, intelligent inner-city mobility solution. A collaboration of innovative SMEs from the structurally weak urban region of Aachen is herewith funded to implement this. The result will be an integrative customer-centered service platform for autonomous electric shuttle, so-called "PeopleMover".