RIB IMS History
Since 1987 RIB IMS has developed step by step into a leading software and consulting company for CAFM, property management, cable, FTTx and network management as well as billing solutions. The RIB IMS history is correspondingly diverse.
Our timeline reveals the most important stages from the foundation to the first steps in the telecommunications and network market, the expansion by CAFM to the first intelligent integration of REG-IS into a CAFM system, the first and future-oriented CAFM solution based on from HTML5 to the arrival of apps and the development of the extremely adaptable BIM interface.
Our History at a glance:
RIB IMS GmbH, based in Dinslaken and with offices in Berlin and Philippsburg, is one of the leading software and consulting companies in the fields of real estate, cable and network management in German-speaking countries.
As a company with currently around 75 employees, we have been developing innovative IT solutions for cable management, CAFM, property management, billing & accounting and the user help desk since 1987. The RIB IMS software now includes over 35 standard modules for a wide variety of tasks, our cloud services have an average availability of more than 99.9 percent.
With more than 500 completed projects and over 40,000 active users, RIB IMS software is an established and market-shaping factor.
Growing customer base - further development of the software
For the first time "KOMDIA-SQL" is presented. The further development of "KOMDIA" is also operational on a "real" database.
Expansion of the company group - new software version
We are expanding with a location in Berlin. And a new software generation named "KomNeD" will gradually replace existing solutions this year.
First time market leader
For the first time, we are the market leader in the area of infrastructural CAFM, cable and network documentation and develop specifically for the hospital sector. Our aspiration to remain in the innovation-driven environment will determine the coming years.
New development INForm
The existing application will be expanded and complemented by a first workflow manager - incidentally for the first time on the German market. This also enables our customers to flexibly define processes themselves and implement them in the software. The product has the working title "INForm".
The topic "Web" is slowly gaining momentum. As one of the first providers in Germany, we offer extensions for our tool that can run on the Web. Complete projects are no longer rigidly programmed but implemented via workflow management.
Completion of the components around the previous version and extension of the flexible possibilities of the solution. We are launching a complete redesign of the interface - at the end of 1999, a product will be offered for the first time under the name "IMSWARE".
IMSWARE version 3
With this version, we are implementing for the first time a powerful, integrated CAD editor that no longer requires any additional CAD licenses or traditional CAD connections. Massive expansion of the modules for the technical CAFM.
Introduction of DOPPIK for municipalities
The introduction of DOPPIK presents new challenges. With a bundle of features, we prepare ourselves for the growing demands of our public-sector customers. The commercial CAFM will be further expanded and the property management area will be added.
Foundation of IMS.kom
With the founding of IMS.kom ("Software Solutions for Municipalities") we are establishing an independent subsidiary on the market in order to better meet the requirements of the public sector.
CAD core becomes 3D-capable
With the new version, the CAD core becomes 3D capable. This makes us one of the first manufacturers on the German market to have multidimensional, integrated graphics on board as part of the basic equipment. Incidentally, with the "IFC" BIM standard. With our tools for FM, we address more new customers than most of our market competitors.
Expansion of commercial CAFM
Massive expansion of the interfaces to ERP systems and expansion of the software with modules for commercial consideration of all processes. IMSWARE now includes around 30 standard modules for all areas.
Foundation of KIRUS
Similar to a few years ago in the municipal sector, our Church clients expect a special approach. As a spin-off we bring the KIRUS ("solutions for church and social affairs) to the market and already this year we will win numerous customers based on the new church data model.
Foundation of IMS systems
We are expanding with the IMS systems to a new subsidiary, which focuses specifically on solutions in the field of billings, accounting, data management and billing software. With the grown location in Berlin, we can continue to successfully assert ourselves on the market. In our software, we focus on the connection to ECM systems.
FTTx, Dashboards, ICT
The year is marked by a multitude of innovations: We are addressing the very topical topic of "Fiberglass Management" under the title "FTTx" We are the first provider in Europe to offer a fully integrated solution for the planning, construction and operation of complex fiber optic networks. Also the dashboards (still on the technical basis WPF) see for the first time the light of the world and are first foretaste of the coming IMSWARE versions.
IMSWARE.GO! - HTML5
We continue to develop in the direction of HTML5 - as a trend-setting technology on the Web, we are convinced of the future viability and are thus one of the first providers to secure once again a technological advantage over the market.
New APPs and founding of IMS Schweiz AG
The first final version of IMSWARE.GO! is presented. Other APPs (also with GPS support) are released for Apple iOS, Google Android and Blackberry. With the mobile offline support of important processes we deliver an important building block for our customers.
And we are founding IMS Schweiz AG, which is based in Zurich and supports both our direct customers and our local partners.
Extension data center
With the move to a new data center, we offer our cloud customers the highest standards in data protection, availability and performance. With location in Germany we can fulfill demands of the EU-DSGVO as well as concerns of the IT-Grundschutz. A failover solution for the high availability of IMSWARE is also offered.
Further module innovations
With further, innovative modules such as the "Strategic space management" or the "Self-Service Relocation" module, we provide our customers with intensive support in real estate life cycle management.
And with the further expansion as part of the current release for 2016 with regard to simpler search options, power filters or improved out-of-the-box solutions, we are happy to comply with suggestions from our customers.
Awards and new APPs
For the second time in a row, we are recognized by the Stifterverband for our research commitment.
We are grateful for that.
And at this year's CeBIT we received the "Best Of" industry award 2016 for IMSWARE.GO! as well as the IT innovation award for our APPs.
That's our pleasure.
Shortly afterwards, we will bring further APPs for asset and inventory management as well as interactive maps for our portal onto the market.
The 2017 version of our software solutions will appear at the end of the year.
Continuous innovation & development
We publish more, innovative APPs, eg. For example, an APP for OCR-based meter reading that automatically detects meter readings and sends the checked values to the central database.
Or our work in the field of AI: In this way we are in the first projects able to drive a real "predictive maintenance strategy".
Further expansion of our own data center for hosting & cloud.
BIM, IoT and new partner
The first version of our universal BIM interface with direct connection to the database and free attribute mapping is presented.
This enables seamless transfer of BIM data from almost any IFC data source. And even a conversion of external data from non-standard IFC formats into IFC or their direct transfer is possible.
The Internet of Things provides data that we connect via sensors and enable seamless data integration. And in real time.
RIB Software SE, headquartered in Stuttgart, participates substantially in our company.
We receive the Industriepreis 2018 for IMSWARE and are pleased about the new award "Best of Mittelstand" for our portfolio.
ServiceLayer and BIM
We continue to expand service layers and connectivity in our products.
In 2019 we will continuously improve our standard solutions and strengthen topics such as BIM, Cloud, IoT and DigitalTwins. Our vision of "FM 4.0" is taking shape.
Topics that drive us
With our new versions IMSWARE 2020 and IMSWARE GO! 4.0, we are expanding existing functions and are introducing an "end to end" process for end-to-end digital form processing. We focus the integration of our products on the innovative MTWO platform.
With the renaming of "IMS Gesellschaft für Informations- und Managementsysteme mbH" in July, we are now sharpening our profile as a facility management expert within the RIB Group under the name "RIB IMS GmbH".
Over the course of the year, we'll be focusing further on improving our speed and latency Cloud - in the course of the year also under Microsoft Azure.