In 1992, a team of only nine persons responded to Gert Lang’s call to start up today’s FIS from the former SAP department of the ball bearing manufacturer FAG Kugelfischer in Schweinfurt. At that time it was not obvious that in 2012 a continuously growing number of already more than 450 employees would celebrate the 20th company anniversary of an advanced software developer.
However, the company founder was not granted to live to see this milestone of steady rise of his start-up in 1992. In June 2012, Gert Lang died suddenly and unexpectedly even before the 20th anniversary of FIS GmbH on September 08, 2012.
His tireless commitment, entrepreneurial skills and keen sense of dealing with customers and us, his employees, characterized his leadership as company owner and managing director during his whole life – attributes that paved the road to success of FIS whose history is marked with several milestones that Gert Lang achieved himself.
In 1980, the Graduate Engineer in Economics started working in the bearings industry and gained first experience in organization and IT as well as in SAP R/2 projects as from 1986.
In 1992, he left behind his subsequent employment as proxy and chief department manager for Logistics Europe to take up the management of the newly founded FIS Informationssysteme und Consulting GmbH.
Already four years after the foundation of FIS, the company had to relocate from Schweinfurt to Grafenrheinfeld. The new premises were ready for occupancy in 1996. At the time of relocation, the number of FIS employees had increased to 50. The FIS premises were extended by two data centers in 1998.
FIS quickly enhanced its business segment of pure consulting by creating its own software solutions within the SAP environment with focus on the Technical Wholesale industry. Enhancing its own product range by complementary products to the SAP standard proved to be the right decision and the associated success reflected the distinctive business acumen of the visionary Gert Lang.
Today, FIS together with its subsidiary FIS-ASP, FIS-SST, FIS-UK, FIS-iLog and Medienwerft is one of the very few full-service providers for SAP applications and Customer Engagement & Commerce. Due to the internationalization pushed ahead by the company founder since 2008, the FIS group generates an annual turnover of approximately 52 million EURO at six locations in Germany, Poland and UK.
Gert Lang’s corporate policy was characterized by his cosmopolitanism and vision embodied in a value-oriented business culture that shows itself open towards the interests of customers and employees who always found and find an attentive ear with any concern.
It was a farsighted decision that Gert Lang made when he prepared the business continuation by his employees placing them hereby in the center of interest as well. It is the employees who are the key promoters of this corporate culture emphasizing that growth orientation and social responsibility are not mutually exclusive, but actually depend on each other and who will continue along the path of success of FIS in keeping with his values.