4D Project Planning: Actano and IPO.Plan Under One Roof

Mar 8, 2017

On February 22, 2017, Actano Holding AG in Zurich acquired the shares of IPO.Plan GmbH, headquartered in Leonberg. As a result of the merger, the shareholders of IPO.Plan hold a direct interest in Actano Holding. In this way, IPO.Plan (Leonberg) and Actano (Munich/Berlin) are joining forces under a common holding umbrella to combine the advantages of the collaborative project management software RPLAN with the meaningful 3D visualization of IPO.Plan.

As a provider of the leading software RPLAN for scheduling and resource planning of complex projects in industry, Actano has taken important steps towards the truly collaborative, agile project management of the future. The planning of demanding tasks is carried out in teams, tasks are distributed and networked to form an overall plan – even company boundaries are overcome. “The next step is to visualize project plans in such a way that they are intuitively accessible,” says Holger Lörz, CEO of Actano GmbH. The corresponding software RPLAN 4D will be presented to the public as early as March. It is particularly suitable for three application areas: Product development, especially in the automotive industry, the planning and implementation of complex production facilities, and the planning of construction projects. “In these markets, the close connection between Actano and IPO.Plan results in significant competitive advantages for customers,” says Dr. Peter Derendinger, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Actano Holding AG. There is a high concentration of 3D CAD in combination with a high project complexity. “The integration of project planning and visualization of the relevant CAD models seems to us to be a logical digitalization step for these companies”, says Matthias Kellermann, CEO of IPO.Plan GmbH. “The Actano cloud platform also enables the connection of our software IPO.Log for 3D planning and simulation of production and logistics”.

Actano GmbH in Berlin and Munich, Allex Projects GmbH in Bad Boll and IPO.Plan GmbH in Leonberg and Neu-Ulm now operate under the umbrella of Actano Holding AG. As a result of the merger, the former shareholders of IPO.Plan GmbH now hold a direct interest in Actano. Ernst Raue, previously an advisory board member of IPO.Plan GmbH and its founding shareholder Werner Dürr were elected to the administrative board of Actano Holding AG. After the merger, the Actano Group now employs over 100 people.

About Actano – Pioneer in Digital Transformation

Actano focuses on higher speed and effectiveness in project management. More than 20 years of experience lead to innovative methods and new software solutions for the working conditions of the future.

The software solutions create integrated value-added networks with a uniform database and thus ensure highly productive cooperation in project organization. The portfolio ranges from the project management software for large enterprises RPLAN Enterprise for product development in the German automotive industry, the cloud-based RPLAN Connect for planning projects in teams and the 4D project management RPLAN 4D to RPLAN Workstreams for structuring tasks.

The Actano team consists of more than 60 employees located in Berlin and Munich. Over 100 customers include Audi, Daimler, GETRAG, Manz, Mini and VW.

Further information can be found on the Internet at www.rplan.com.