Company evolution

OrbiTeam Software GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1998 as a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT (at that time part of GMD, which eventually merged with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) with the aim of developing and marketing the BSCW shared workspace system. OrbiTeam's primary business is the professional support, maintenance and development of BSCW systems around the world.

OrbiTeam works closely with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, which has been engaged in the development of collaborative support systems for more than 20 years. Fraunhofer FIT recognised years ago that there was a large gap between simple cooperation tools like e-mail or bulletin boards and complex client/server systems. This prompted the institute to begin developing a solution to bridge this gap in 1994.

The resulting product, in its original version, was the BSCW system. The launch and corresponding announcement quickly revealed that the market was ripe for such a product, driven in part by the overwhelming user feedback.


We support our customers during the entire process, from the requirements analysis, to delivery of the software and on to installation and training. To carry out our projects, we utilise various development tools and state-of-the-art technologies.

Our team boasts many years of experience in the development of software solutions for web-based collaboration. We work with standard products such as Eclipse and Subversion.  For application development, we rely on established object-oriented languages such as Python and Java. The development of user interfaces is based on state-of-the-art technologies and standards such as HTML/CSS and Ajax/JavaScript.

All of our employees have extensive, in-depth knowledge in the planning and development of Internet-based applications and groupware systems. Because each of us is involved in the development and maintenance of our product, we know the BSCW system like the back of our hand. This enables us to respond to your requirements and wishes with a small team of highly-motivated, highly-qualified specialists.


OrbiTeam is headquartered in Bonn, Germany.