IDS Scheer

IDS Scheer develops, markets, and supports Business Process Management (BPM) software and has been regarded as the founder of the BPM industry.[1][full citation needed][2][3][full citation needed] The company was established in 1984 by current supervisory board chairman and Chief Technology Advisor, August-Wilhelm Scheer as a spin-off from the Institute for Information Systems.[4][full citation needed][5][full citation needed][6][full citation needed] Based on Dr. Scheer's early Y-Model, developed in the 1980s, IDS Scheer's ARIS product and related consulting services is the heart of the company's technology and revenue.[4][full citation needed][5][full citation needed] In 2009 it was acquired by Software AG.[7]

IDS Scheer Consulting GmbH
IndustryInformation Technology
FounderDr. August-Wilhelm Scheer
Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany
Area served
Key people
Rudolf Keul, Josef Bommersbach
ParentScheer Group GmbH

IDS Scheer has a dominant BPM market-share in Europe and is considered well-positioned in the US market based on its partnerships with Microsoft, SAP, HP, Oracle, IBM and TIBCO as well as consistent financial success and numerous favorable reports from Gartner, Forrester, and AMR Research. However, the company is less well known in the US market, warranting some in the US to call IDS Scheer a “better kept secret.” [1][full citation needed][3][full citation needed][5][full citation needed][8][9][full citation needed][10][11]

The company holds the unique distinction of being embedded in the products of SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft.[5][full citation needed][9][full citation needed][10][11] End-user markets for IDS Scheer include consumer packaged goods, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, papers, metals, retail and textile industries.


IDS Scheer was founded in 1984 to market the Y-Model reference framework developed by Dr. Scheer in the 1980s. The Y-Model helped users identify and classify processes and was originally the foundation of IDS Scheer's products.[5][full citation needed] A “Y” symbol is still in the company's logo today as a representation of the Y-Model.

The company went IPO on the Frankfurt exchange in 1999. By the end of its first year as a public company, IDS Scheer had 87.1 million euro in annual revenue and had developed and sold the ARIS architecture it's known for today.[12][full citation needed] The company grew rapidly from 87.1 to 220 million euro in revenue from 1999 to 2003 and up to nearly 400 million euro by 2008.[12][full citation needed][13][full citation needed][14][full citation needed] IDS Scheer acquired German-Swiss consulting firm Balink in 2004 and Russian consultancy Business Logic in January 2005.

The company continues to fuel an aggressive expansion today, including the opening of offices in Australia, Croatia, and Shanghai from 2004–2007. By 2007, the company had almost 3,000 employees, over half of which were devoted solely to consulting.

Software AG agreed to buy IDS Scheer for €487 million in July 2009.[15] The takeover was cleared by competition authorities in October 2009.[16]

Scheer Group bought IDS Scheer Consulting GmbH on April 1, 2014.


The firm was originally called “IDS Prof. Scheer Gesellschaft für integrierte Datenverarbeitungssysteme mbH”, was then shortened to IDS Scheer. IDS stands for Integrated Data-processing Systems.

The current (2012) name is "IDS Scheer Consulting GmbH".

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  1. ^ a b ITWire. “IDS Scheer Launches in Australia.” July 5, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
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  3. ^ a b About IDS Scheer
  4. ^ a b IDS Scheer’s History Website. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d e By Bob Violino, CIO Zone. “BPM: 3 Vendors To Watch Archived 2009-03-10 at the Wayback Machine.” Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  6. ^ By Prasad Ramasubramanian, CIOL. “IDS SCHEER looks to augment BPM in India.” December 15, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  7. ^ German Software giant acquires solid MDM foundations, 20th October 2010
  8. ^ By Courtney Bjorlin, SearchSAP. “More SAP customers adopting BPM tools despite the recession. April 22, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  9. ^ a b By Joshua Greenbaum, IT Management. ”A Little Known Company Charts the BPM-SOA Future.” March 5, 2007.
  10. ^ a b By Joshua Greenbaum, ZD Net. “IDS Scheer: Jazzing up BPM.” February 18, 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  11. ^ a b Company Release. “IDS Scheer Named a Market Leader in Business Process Modeling Tools by Independent Research Firm.” October 11, 2006. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  12. ^ a b IDS Scheers’ 1999 Annual Report
  13. ^ IDS Scheers’ 2003 Annual Report
  14. ^ IDS Scheer 2008 Annual Report
  15. ^ Leske, Nicola (14 July 2009). "Software AG to buy IDS for 487 million euros". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  16. ^ "Evotec up; probable Tecdax inclusion". Reuters. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-02.

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