The ERP BI laboratory of the chairs for business informatics, financed by tuition fees, was established in 2008. There are currently 15 high-quality workstations as well as 2 high-performance application servers, an infrastructure server and numerous applications in the areas of ERP and BI

The areas of application of the ERP BI laboratory are:

  • Conducting certification events for students, which can be financed by tuition fees, among other things
  • Provision of infrastructure for courses
  • Provision of common ERP and BI applications with case studies and test data for cross-institute seminars, business games, experiments and theses

By focusing on the support of small group forms of teaching and the high degree of independence from manufacturers and products, it nevertheless enables both intensive and broad training of the students. The laboratory is available for BWI and IVR events.

ERP BI laboratory: overview of configuration and utilization


1 lecturer workstation with laptop
15 student workplaces with desktop systems (configuration below); additional jobs for students with their own infrastructure
1 SmartBoard (projector and handwriting capture and storage; purchased by Dept. VII)
1 projector and screen
1 whiteboard

Lockable laboratory with independent locking technology (RFID cards and badges)

Configuration of workstations ERP-BI-laboratory:

  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise (Update to Windows 10 Education pending)
  • Intel vPro System the 4th generation „Haswell“ (d.h. Q87 Chipsatz i5-4570 CPU mit 3.2 GHz, 4 Cores)
  • Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • 8 GB RAM (DDR3-1.600 MHz)
  • 500GB SATA (6.0GB/s, 7200U./min)
  • Monitor, mouse and keyboard

Server equipment ERP-BI laboratory

  • 1 x infrastructure server (administration of users and networking of the servers, internet access)
  • 2 x BI servers for data analysis etc. (Dept. VII)
  • 2 x ERP servers (Dept. VIII)

Application system landscape (not exhaustive)

  • SAP
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • Microsoft Project 2013/2016
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2013/2016
  • MS Office 2013 (Update to Office 2016 pending)
  • Cloud infrastructure  (Amazon AWS, und IBM BlueMix und Microsoft Azure)



  • 15 jobs for students
  • 1 lecturer job
  • 2 application servers (for BI and ERP systems)
  • 1 file and network server
  • Smart board
  • Projectors, printers, etc.
  • 3D mouse for CAD systems
  • Access system with chip cards to offer students very flexible opening times



  • mySAP ERP
  • MS Dynamics NAV
  • MS Dynamics AX
  • Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Semiramis
  • APplus


  • HiQube
  • IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence
  • MicroStrategy
  • MS SQL Server
  • ProM
  • Palo OLAP Server
  • SAP BW
  • SAS (Sponsor: Information Works)


  • Dassault Systems Catia
  • PTC Creo
  • Siemens NX


  • Dassault Systems Enovia
  • PTC Windchill
  • Siemens TeamCenter

Factory simulation tools

  • Dassault Delmia
  • Siemens Tecnomatix


  • MS CRM 4.0

In later stages it is planned to add further systems to the laboratory. It is also planned to expand the ERP BI laboratory into a competence center that also offers training and consulting services in the non-university area.




Keplerstr. 17 , 70174 Stuttgart , 6th floor Room 6.018

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