Überlingen – For the 25th time, the TOP 100 competition has selected the most innovative small- and medium-sized companies in Germany. Interflex Datensysteme GmbH (Interflex), a company of Allegion, has been named as one of these leaders in innovation. This was the result of an analysis by the scientific head of TOP 100, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke. The mentor of TOP 100, science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar, honored the company from Stuttgart together with Franke and compamedia GmbH at an award ceremony in Ludwigsburg on June 29, 2018. In an independent selection process, Interflex, with its 500+ employees, stood out because of its culture of open innovation.
Old-style working time models have long been a thing of the past for many employees – in large part because of innovation by Interflex. Established in 1976, Interflex is a pioneer in the field of electronic time recording systems – which is credited to making flexible work time models feasible. "It’s no wonder Interflex founder Wilhelm Haller is regarded as the inventor of the flexitime model,” as Marketing Director Wencke Sarrach explains. Today, Interflex is a part of Allegion, a leading global security products and solutions provider, and has significantly expanded its product portfolio. Interflex now develops hardware and software systems for access control and personnel scheduling, and its process of innovation was recognized by the award.
At each of their twelve Interflex locations in Germany, fostering a culture of innovation is at the heart of their business. "Curiosity is one of our core values," emphasizes General Manager Dr. Jörg Wissdorf. That is why the TOP 100 company is creating structures to encourage our more than 500 employees to be creative. The best example of this is an annual competition, in which Interflex employees, and Allegion employees globally, compete to develop the most ingenious ideas for improving products and processes.
TOP 100: The Competition
Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the TOP 100 seal to medium-sized companies for unique, innovative capacity and exceptional success in innovation. Since 2002, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke has been Scientific Director of the competition. Franke is the founder and Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar is the mentor of TOP 100. The “Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung” (“Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research“) and the “Mittelstandsverband BVMW” (“German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses”) are project partners. As media partners, the German magazines "impulse", "W&V", and "manager magazin" will follow the company comparison. More information can be found at www.top100.de.