Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner

Unternehmensanwendungen: Prozesse, Modelle und Implementierung

General Information

Responsible: Prof. Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner
Teaching staff: Dr. Matthias Uflacker, Martin Lorenz
Contact Email: martin.lorenz(at)hpi.de

Short Description

Enterprise applications are about storing, displaying, manipulating, and analyzing large amounts of often complex data and the support and automation of business processes with that data. By that definition, data is the central aspect of enterprise software that drives the execution of business processes.

In this seminar, we describe characteristics of enterprise applications. In addition, we discuss typical enterprise business processes and elaborate on the requirements of information systems, which support these workflows. We introduce the concept of in-memory computing, which requires a programming model different from traditional disk-based database management systems. It requires a rethinking of how a system architecture needs to be designed and how functionality has to be distributed among the different layers. We furthermore focus on, how enterprise applications are developed and discuss improvements to this programming model.


13.04.Examples of Enterprise Applications
18.04. Guest Speaker Werner Sinzig (SAP)
20.04.Guest Speaker Werner Sinzig (SAP)
25.04.Project Work (9 weeks)
04.07.Write Essay (3 weeks)


Goals of the Seminar

  • Understand
    • What "enterprise applications" are
    • Common business processes
    • Enterprise applications development
    • In-Memory Database technology
  • Do
    • Work on a project in a small project team
    • Presentation of project results
    • Write short essay about project results
  • Improve
    • Programming skills
    • Presentation skills


  • The participants should be in the 4th semester or higher.
  • The number of participants is restricted to 25. If more students apply, we reserve the right to select the participants

Teaching and Learning Process

The project seminar is a combination of a lecture and a practical part:

  • Teachers impart relevant knowledge
  • Students work on a self-containing topic in a team of max 4 people
  • Students regularly present their work
  • Every team comprises a project documentation
  • Throughout the whole semester, each team has a weekly meeting with the respective tutor


Results of project work40%
Written Report25%
Personal Commitment10%