HGS Software was founded by Gerhard Hartkemeier in the early 1980s. At that time, a comprehensive solution for manufacturing companies, based on a relational database, was developed. Parts and production lists and assuring the required flexibility in production stood at the forefront of this development. The decision to use what is now IBM’s Informix product (at that time still sold under the name RDS) as the database was made very early on. Relational databases enable high processing speeds, especially with large amounts of data.
Other products such as finance and accounting were developed very quickly. In addition to cost-centre, cost-unit and cost-type calculations using operating statement sheets, a unit-cost and contribution-margin calculation (following the work of Riebel) was also developed in cooperation with a large, globally active concrete formwork manufacturer and a lecturer from the University of Strasbourg.
This allowed two cost calculations to be run in parallel and independently of one another. The premise of the solutions was always maximum transparency with maximum flexibility.
With further orders, the scope of the software grew. In cooperation with professors at the University of Bielefeld, discount management was optimised as part of the merchandise management system, and more than 70 different types of discounts could be used in addition or in sequence as standard. Of course, a company only uses a handful of discount types. But with a selection of more than 70 such discounts, our clients can find the right form for their companies without having to adjust the software.