Information Management

Digital architectures for sustainable business success

The digital transformation is both a challenge and an opportunity that must be managed over several years. The digitally networked company has successfully mastered the digital transformation and is able to

  • make decisions based on data,
  • to react flexibly to changes in general conditions,
  • Achieve goals with sustainable measures.

Information management is the central link between the IT technical support of a company and its value-added processes. The digital transformation requires an unprecedented business-IT alignment of companies, since innovations have an impact on the entire company and no longer only on individual areas. Our approach is to use the Aachen Digital Architecture Management (ADAM) to close the existing gaps and develop digital architectures that take into account not only internal requirements but also an external view. The digital transformation includes internal and external customers, which must be addressed holistically. ADAM places these customers at the center of all considerations and, by designing a digital architecture, enables digitally shaped processes, networked products and competitive business models.

FIR implements ADAM from different perspectives and has defined the following three main research areas:

  • Information logistics: Evaluation of the use of artificial intelligence methods to improve internal and external business processes.
  • Information technology management: Identification, evaluation and configuration of digital technologies to innovative solution concepts in order to digitalize products, processes and business models.
  • IT complexity management: Definition of the necessary steps to design the digital architecture, taking IT and corporate strategy into account.
» We align business and IT with the strategic approach of digital architecture management to ensure sustainable business success. «

Dr. 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".