People and organizations

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Organizing work efficiently – significantly raising performance

A company’s or institution’s success greatly depends on three closely interlocking factors:

  • The people who work there,
  • the information and communications technologies they use, and
  • the structures and processes they operate in.

Gaining a holistic view of this synergy and knowing how to optimize it are among Fraunhofer IAO’s core competencies.

The institute helps its customers create work structures, processes and conditions that raise long-term added value and ensure a motivated and productive workforce.

Fraunhofer IAO’s approach to linking technology and management expertise is unique in Germany.

If required, the institute can draw on further expert knowledge from within the Fraunhofer network.



Information and master data management

Employees can work more efficiently when they have on-demand access to the relevant information they need, when and where they need it. We help our customers design their knowledge management. Our goal is to facilitate swift information flow with maximum security.


Smart data and big data

Companies today face the challenge of harnessing huge quantities of data to help them make decisions, optimize processes and design new products and business models. Taking a holistic approach, we apply our vast technology know-how and innovative methods to analyze the potential of big data and its applications and to help our customers select suitable technologies and methods.


Web-based business models

The internet offers many opportunities for innovative business models. But the IT world moves fast: To avoid planning errors, it’s more important than ever to scrutinize ideas early on. Fraunhofer IAO helps its customers every step of the way, taking the first spark of an idea to a successful, web-based business model.


Organizing research and development (R&D)

How an innovative company organizes its research and development activities is a key factor in its competitiveness. At Fraunhofer IAO, we can draw upon decades of experience in systematic R&D management. We combine the latest scientific findings with tried-and-trusted business practices such as lean development or agile innovations on behalf of our customers.


Flexible work arrangements

Flexible work arrangements offer companies a variety of benefits. But what’s the best way to optimize mobile working, home office and similar solutions? At Fraunhofer IAO, we help companies find flexible work models that maintain, or even boost, productivity. We work together to find out if and how companies and staff could benefit from the world of flexible working.


Resources management

Modern technologies facilitate an increase in resource efficiency – the challenge is figuring out how to filter the vast number of potential technical solutions to find the one that works best for you. At Fraunhofer IAO, we help companies optimize their resource and sustainability management.