Business Informatics

Business informatics deals with questions at the interface between computer science and business administration, for example with the aim of digitally mapping business processes in companies and administrations and thus effectively supporting them.

The field of study at a glance

Business IT specialists develop and integrate IT application systems for specific administrative tasks within a company. These include, for example, so-called Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems for order processing, procurement, warehouse and material flow monitoring, cost accounting or payroll accounting. They also take on coordinating, advisory and strategic tasks such as project management, process analysis or supporting production planning. You have broad business knowledge and know the structure and structure of system software, e.g. operating systems and databases, as well as local and global communication systems and networks (see also “Informatics”).

Course offered

Bachelor's and master's degree programs in this area are offered primarily by technical colleges, but also by individual universities. Possible course names include “IT management”, “administrative information technology” or “digital product management”. At some universities, business informatics can also be studied as a focus or specialization as part of a business administration course or a computer science course.

Contents of the course

The interdisciplinary course teaches the basics of business administration, including mathematics and statistics. On the other hand, application-related knowledge in computer science is acquired. This includes specialist areas such as information systems, software programming, computer communication, databases, data networks and IT security as well as current developments in the field of mobile media.

Career opportunities after graduation

The employment opportunities for business IT specialists are diverse and can be found in almost all sectors of the economy, from software houses, management consultancies and computer manufacturers to the manufacturing/manufacturing industry, credit institutions and insurance companies, to service and consulting companies. Qualified activities and management tasks in the IT or business sectors dominate, preferably in the fields of organization/system analysis, programming/software development as well as consulting and sales.