|Industry||Business Process Management, Business Performance Management|
|Founder(s)||Dr. August-Wilhelm Scheer|
|Headquarters||Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany|
|Key people||Michael Rehm (CEO)|
|Revenue||399 million euros (2008)|
|Website||SAG Consulting & Services|
IDS Scheer develops, markets, and supports Business Process Management (BPM) software and is widely regarded as the founder of the BPM industry. 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. 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. In 2009 it was acquired by Software AG.
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.” 
The company holds the unique distinction of being embedded in the products of SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft. 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. A special “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. 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. 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.
The Architecture of Integrated Information Systems (ARIS) is a broad framework covering the strategy, design, implementation and control of business processes. The framework was based on the work of IDS Scheer founder Dr. Scheer in the 1990s and is fundamental to the company’s ARIS platform. The ARIS framework is a generic, well-documented, methodology for business process modeling and lifecycle management.
The ARIS platform is an integrated portfolio of software intended to facilitate the improvement of business methodologies on an ongoing basis. It’s sold in four platform categories; the ARIS Strategy, Design, Implementation, and Controlling. ARIS is used to describe IDS Scheer’s suite of products, as well as the ARIS framework and ARIS Value Engineering methodology.
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 ist "IDS Scheer Consulting GmbH".
- Architecture of Integrated Information Systems (ARIS)
- free modeling tool ARIS Express by IDS Scheer
- business intelligence tool ARIS MashZone by IDS Scheer (freeware version available)
- Oracle BPA Suite
- ITWire. “IDS Scheer Launches in Australia.” July 5, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
- About IDS Scheer
- IDS Scheer’s History Website. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
- By Bob Violino, CIO Zone. “BPM: 3 Vendors To Watch.” Retrieved May 9, 2009.
- By Prasad Ramasubramanian, CIOL. “IDS SCHEER looks to augment BPM in India.” December 15, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
- German Software giant acquires solid MDM foundations, 20th October 2010
- IDS Scheer AG Profile on Vault.com
- By Courtney Bjorlin, SearchSAP. “More SAP customers adopting BPM tools despite the recession. April 22, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
- By Joshua Greenbaum, IT Management. ”A Little Known Company Charts the BPM-SOA Future.” March 5, 2007.
- By Joshua Greenbaum, ZD Net. “IDS Scheer: Jazzing up BPM.” February 18, 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
- Company Release. “IDS Scheer Named a Market Leader in Business Process Modeling Tools by Independent Research Firm.” October 11, 2006. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
- IDS Scheers’ 1999 Annual Report
- IDS Scheers’ 2003 Annual Report
- IDS Scheer 2008 Annual Report
- Leske, Nicola (14 July 2009). "Software AG to buy IDS for 487 million euros". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
- "Evotec up; probable Tecdax inclusion". Reuters. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
- By Ted Williams, White Paper. “Workflow Management within the ARIS Framework.”