Driving force behind the digital transformation

From data centre to ERP system developer

It all started with a computer containing 32 kilobytes of main memory, which cost 1.4 million Marks.
When ORDAT founded its data centre on 24 March 1970 on Giessen’s Ludwigstrasse, equipped with state-of-the-art computer technology, no-one would have thought that around ten years later the company would begin developing a software that is now used in over 270 companies worldwide.


Our motto: set standards for our customers

ORDAT has experienced and shaped the IT industry for over 50 years. As an owner-run company with a stable shareholder structure in a very dynamic IT market, we never followed short-lived trends when developing our products. Instead, we looked at which technological developments could really benefit our customers. Thanks to this product policy, ORDAT was able to make its company software independent of specific operating systems very early on. For example, FOSS (ORDAT.ERP) was introduced back in 1999 under the operating system Linux. As early as 1984, ORDAT was already settings standards with FOSS (ORDAT.ERP) in terms of integration and use of fully automated electronic data exchange (EDI). In the automotive industry, EDI plays a major role in the communication between manufacturers and suppliers.




The digital infrastructure is rapidly evolving and changing. Data and applications become mobile and migrate from local networks onto the cloud. EDI enables communication in real time and increases process transparency.


The systems open up: everything is becoming more networked. Applications (such as CRM, ECM, DMS) are vertically and horizontally integrated.


The graphic user interface is born: It makes application software such as the FOSS (ORDAT.ERP) work on PCs using graphic symbols and a mouse.


The 1980s are characterised by an increase in storage volume and greater efficiency in terms of data use: magnetic data carriers such as floppy discs, magnetic tapes and hard drives all made this possible.


It all began with a punched card: in the 1970s, punched cards served as a storage medium (e.g. for processing external wage information at ORDAT) and were printed directly using a dot-matrix printer. It’s unthinkable today, but true: the computers didn’t yet have a monitor.

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