Company history of menten GmbH

Exceptional market proximity is the Key to Success

The team around company founder Ralph Menten has been serving partners and customers with great passion and commitment since 1989. The company specializes in the AS/400 server family and was among the first to support this platform introduced in 1988.

With over 600 customers and 1200 installations worldwide, menten boasts many years of extensive know-how in the AS/400 hardware and software world. menten’s customers come from a broad range of industries such as commerce, finance, energy supply, insurance, logistics and the automotive sector. Many of the company’s early clients are still active customers.

AS400 Lineup

Our History

menten GmbH entrance area

2016 Office expansion


Relocation to Bergisch Gladbach and office expansion.

First i‑effect<sup>®</sup> Webcontrol Release

2012 Launch of the innovative browser-based graphical administration interface WebControl


Launch of WebControl, an innovative browser-based graphical administration interface.

Opening Office in Florida/USA - Menten Software LLC

2009 Opening of the first office in the USA


Opening of the first subsidiary in the USA.

First i‑effect<sup>®</sup> Mapgui Release

2007 Market launch for graphical EDI mapping with module *MAPGUI on IBM i


The new *MAPGUI module for IBM i enables the graphical compilation of EDI mappings using drag & drop on the PC.

First i‑effect<sup>®</sup> Release 2004

2004 Summary of the products ascon, edicon and gzip400 in the i‑effect® Solution Suite


The products ascon, edicon and gzip400 are bundled into the i‑effect® solution suite.

IBM Advanced Business Partner (menten GmbH)

2002 Accreditation as IBM Advanced Business Partner


Certified IBM Advanced Business Partner.

GZIP - former i‑effect<sup>®</sup> Solution Suite

1997 Addition to another standard software "gzip400" Winzip for AS400


Addition of another standard software tool, ‘gzip400’ Winzip for AS/400.

EDICON - former i‑effect<sup>®</sup> Solution Suite

1996 Release of EDICON


Extension of the software range by adding ‘edicon,’ an EDI converter for AS/400. This converter made native electronic data interchange (EDI) possible on AS/400 for the first time.

ASCON - former i‑effect<sup>®</sup> Solution Suite

1994 Introduction of standard software ASCON


Introduction of the ‘ascon’ AS/400 system connector, the first standard software for IBM AS/400 systems.

Foundation menten GmbH 1989

1989 Company founded in Cologne


Company founded in Cologne under the name ‘Ralph Menten EDV-Beratung’.


Our company logo through the ages

Menten GmbH Logo Timeline

AS/400 - The Big Bang for the IT-World

The AS/400 product idea of fully integrating the hardware, operating system, database and central functions such as communication and security in a single server platform became one of the biggest success stories in the computer industry.

Over the years, the platform and operating system have been renamed several times, starting with AS/400 and then successively changing to eServer iSeries, eServer i5, System i5, System i, IBM i and IBM Power Systems. Despite all of this change, the system’s popular features and its high performance have remained a constant.

Today, more than 150,000 companies and government agencies around the world use AS/400 or one of its successors, iSeries, System i or Power Systems. Nearly at the same time the AS/400 system was launched on the market, menten began its own success story.

IBM AS400 System i