25 Years of proALPHA: Looking Back, Thinking Ahead
A Journey Through a Quarter Century
A big thank you to all our customers, partners and employees for 25 years of great teamwork, confidence and shared growth. Today, about 900 people work for the proALPHA group at 26 offices in nine countries. 100,000 users in small and mid-sized enterprises use the comprehensive ERP solution on 1,800 installations. This strong basis opens up new opportunities in digital transformation.
However, there is no time to waste, and so proALPHA keeps the finger on the pulse of technology. The speed of digital evolution has multiplied over the last couple of years. For the benefits of its customers, the group promotes various Industry 4.0 projects and develops the usability concepts of tomorrow.
Something New in Europe. And Also at the Other End of the World.
proALPHA Expands to China
Globalization is in progress. Many proALPHA customers operate on an international scale. To support them on site, proALPHA expands its global presence. The basis for this is provided by the merger with the Swiss Codex group. The next great step follows in October 2016: proALPHA opens its first office in China.
1 + 1 > 2
proALPHA and ABS Become proALPHA Business Solutions
The proALPHA group and ALPHA Business Solutions AG (ABS) have merged into proALPHA Business Solutions GmbH. proALPHA now holds a stronger third place in the ERP market for SMEs in the production and trade sector.
New Investor Brings More Financial Power
Bregal Unternehmerkapital Becomes Investor
The incorporation of Bregal Unternehmerkapital, a private equity firm owned by the Brenninkmeijer family, into the proALPHA group unlocks great financial potential. As a family-owned private equity firm, Bregal attaches great importance to long-term and future-oriented investment as well as a sustainable financial structure.
Research, Development & Tests
Scientific Cooperation Unites Theory and Practice
Shaping the future in a world of ever more complex technologies and industries is best done in close cooperation between research and industry. For this reason, proALPHA has created a close network of like-minded partners since 2010. Their common goal is to turn visions into practical concepts.
Go with the Flow
Brilliant Ideas and the Spirit of Science
Sometimes, you can achieve more in a few relaxed moments than in many weeks of hard work. This is what proALPHA experiences in the first months of the year 2005, when Greek restaurants become think tanks and a new subsidiary emerges from a scientific cooperation in Poland.
Sheer Luck or a Good Instinct?
proALPHA Survives Dotcom Bubble Burst
The Internet is booming, mobile phones are on the rise. Since 1995, more and more start-ups have been flooding the market for digital technologies. And shareholders can't wait to get their piece of the cake commonly referred to as the "New Market". At this time, proALPHA Software AG, too, is planning to go public. And once again, the stars align for proALPHA, but the outcome is not as planned.
A New Name for the New Millennium
Company Changes Name and Gains Foothold in Hungary
proALPHA is a registered trademark. All subsidiaries already have the product in their name, the youngest one of them being the new subsidiary in Hungary. And finally the parent company shares its subsidiaries' name: In October 1999, W. Ernst Informatik AG officially becomes proALPHA Software AG.
A Solid Base for Conquering the World
Constructions for New Headquarters Start and First US Subsidiary Opens
proALPHA follows its clients and tests the waters in the New World. In Nashua, New Hampshire, proALPHA goes into American ERP business on June 6. Several customers want to use the software in their subsidiaries and overseas branches. In Germany, too, the company provides a show of force: in Weilerbach, constructions for the new headquarters start.
A Modem's Quiet Hissing and Crackling
proALPHA One of the First Companies to Get Website
The modem is beeping while the user is sitting in front of the screen and the site is slowly loading, provided that the phone line is not occupied. In 1996, the Internet is still uncharted territory, because it was made available to the public only in 1993. With its corporate website, proALPHA is among the pioneers. A web counter keeps track of the number of visitors, which is proudly displayed on the site.
ERP Without a Limit
proALPHA Established in Austria
Austria wants the modern ERP system proALPHA. W. Ernst Informatik AG supports its first subsidiary abroad wherever it is needed. One of the managing directors does the first training for developers himself. In the "Brauner Hirsch" inn in Gleisdorf, co-founder Martin Wolf conveys his know-how to tomorrow's Austrian proALPHA experts.
Night Shifts Before the Big Day
proALPHA Product Has Its Premiere
After two years of straining development work the big day has finally come: the ERP program proALPHA is ready to be launched. Ziehl-Abegg is the first customer to use the software. The number one provider of ventilation and drive technology has been involved in the development right from the start.
3 Computers, 2 Chairs, 1 Coffee Machine
W. Ernst Informatik GmbH Is Founded
Three portable computers worth 16,000 marks, two chairs and a display kitchen with a coffee machine. With this inventory, brothers Leo and Werner Ernst and Martin Wolf found their new company. The most valuable capital of W. Ernst Informatik GmbH is the motivation to "do it better" than before, combined with the corresponding know-how.