The ISD Software und Systeme GmbH – Four decades of success
As a developer of the software solutions HiCAD and HELiOS the ISD Software und Systeme GmbH has been operating successfully in the field of engineering for 40 years now. Hardly any other software company can look back on a comparably impressive success story. It is therefore not surprising that the ISD celebrates its anniversary under the motto “Delivering Experience”, putting emphasis on its expertise, competence and know-how.
The successful company history of the ISD Software und Systeme GmbH began in 1977 with its foundation by Günter Flassig and Ernst-Otto Georg. Under the name of “Ingenieursgesellschaft für Statik und Dynamik im Anlagen- und Maschinenbau“ (“Engineering Company for Statics and Dynamics in Plant and Machine Construction”) the ISD first made its mark as an engineering company in the field of plant construction with particular focus on nuclear technology. As early as in the eighties, however, the focus was shifted to the development of CAD and, somewhat later, also PDM software.
Setting global standards
From then on, the success story picked up more and more speed: In 1985, the Dortmund based company launched the first version of HiCAD, then still a pure 2-D system. In 1986, first PDM functions were integrated into HiCAD, which soon resulted in the creation of HELiOS. In the following years, macro and variant technology was refined and the development of a new 3-D kernel was pushed ahead. The nineties saw the development of industry-specific software modules: Mechanical Engineering, Steel and Metal Engineering, Plant Engineering, Sheet Metal. With this step in particular, the ISD set new standards in the field of engineering. The ISD was the first software company in the world that succeeded in the creation of one CAD system allowing a simultaneous, combined designing in 2-D and 3-D (“2-D/3-D associativity”) as well as a combined working across different industries: HiCAD.
The core of the company: The Development department
The ISD system solutions are based on the ESM (European Solid Modeller) kernel that was created in-house by the developers of the ISD. It provides users with maximum flexibility and independence whenever current market trends or customer requirements must be picked up and implemented rapidly. “Thanks to the constant strengthening of our development department in the last years we could realize a wide range of innovations for our software solutions. The proximity of our company to the TU Dortmund (Technical College Dortmund) will guarantee a continued flow of talent to our company in the future”, says Dr. Markus Grunwald, Technical Director of the ISD. The constant increase of staff capacities and a continuing economic development in conjunction with a future-oriented product management form the basis of the corporate success. “We are aware of our responsibility for our staff. As a result, we have a high percentage of long-term employees, which keeps the level of corporate know-how constantly high and allows a rapid implementation of new customer wishes”, summarizes Dr. Markus Grunwald.
The key to success: Customer proximity
Close contact to the market is consistently kept on all levels. Part of the company philosophy is the “one-stop” approach that comprises not just the development of the software, but also sales, service, consulting and training. “This makes us a reliable partner throughout the complete product lifecycle”, says Michael Strucker, Sales Director of the ISD. “Customers choose the ISD because they appreciate the partnership-based cooperation, the short and rapid ways of communication, and the fact that they have a say in the development of our future solutions. The result is a perfect interaction between our users and us.” The proximity to our customers is also reflected by our constant expansion on the market. Firmly rooted in Germany and with successful subsidiaries in The Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland, the ISD enjoys an outstanding market position.
Young into the future
The Management of the ISD is represented by Günter Flassig, Founder and CEO; Dr. Markus Grunwald, Technical Director; and Michael Strucker, Sales Director. Human Resources Manager and Head of Finance is Turid Gieseler. The focus of the young management team is on how to find the perfect solutions to the challenges of the future. “We are still a young company with great potential. It is our aim to grow further, become even more successful, and constantly increase our presence on the market”, says Günter Flassig, Founder and CEO of the ISD. As a result, new products, solutions and services are created that facilitate working processes on a daily basis.
In the past four decades the ISD Software und Systeme GmbH has constantly set new benchmarks in the field of engineering. And for the future, the Dortmund-based company is optimally positioned with regard to staff capacities, technical and economic aspects and ready to face new challenges.