Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme
Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme, AG
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 (SNI) was formed in 1990 by the merger of Nixdorf Computer AG
Nixdorf Computer AG
Nixdorf Computer AG was a computer company founded by Heinz Nixdorf in 1952. Headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, it became the fourth largest computer company in Europe, and a worldwide specialist in banking and point-of-sale systems...

 and the Siemens
Siemens AG
Siemens AG is a German multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Munich, Germany. It is the largest Europe-based electronics and electrical engineering company....

' Data Information Services (DIS) division. Functioning as a separate company within Siemens, SNI sold the BS2000
BS2000 is a mainframe computer operating system developed by Fujitsu Technology Solutions.Unlike other mainframe systems, BS2000/OSD provides exactly the same user and programming interface in all operating modes and regardless of whether it is running natively or as a guest system in a virtual...

 and SINIX
SINIX was a variant of the Unix operating system from Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme. Supersedes SIRM OS and Pyramid Technology's DC/OSx. Its last release under the SINIX name was version 5.43 in 1995...

 operating systems, BS2000 mainframe computer
Mainframe computer
Mainframes are powerful computers used primarily by corporate and governmental organizations for critical applications, bulk data processing such as census, industry and consumer statistics, enterprise resource planning, and financial transaction processing.The term originally referred to the...

s, a number of databases, SNI RISC-based RM-x00 server
Server (computing)
In the context of client-server architecture, a server is a computer program running to serve the requests of other programs, the "clients". Thus, the "server" performs some computational task on behalf of "clients"...

s and a variety of other hardware and software products (everything from Personal Computers to SAP R/3
SAP R/3 is the former name of the main enterprise resource planning software produced by SAP AG. It is an enterprise-wide information system designed to coordinate all the resources, information, and activities needed to complete business processes such as order fulfillment or billing.- History of...

). It was the largest IT company in Europe
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 until, in the late 1990s, it was split into two: Fujitsu Siemens Computers
Fujitsu Siemens Computers
Fujitsu Siemens Computers B.V. was a Japanese and German IT vendor. The company was founded in 1999 as a 50/50 joint venture between Fujitsu Limited of Japan and Siemens AG of Germany...

 and Wincor Nixdorf
Wincor Nixdorf
Wincor Nixdorf is a German corporation that provides retail and retail banking hardware, software, and services. Wincor Nixdorf is engaged primarily in the sale, manufacture, installation and service of self-service transaction systems , retail banking equipment, lottery terminals, postal...

. The latter took over all banking and retail related business.
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