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As a complete supplier and service-oriented company the 42 GmbH provides custom IT solutions for all areas in hotels and restaurants.

Quality and continuity

With innovation, tailored to the specific needs of hotels and gastronomy, the POS, Hotel management systems and materials management systems offer a maximum flexibility in the adaptation of the systems, the company ensures the seamless integration of hardware and software in proven operations.

Connected to the reliability of selected hardware components and industry know-how of the partners and software trainers, 42 GmbH represents a company that focuses on quality and continuity.

Customer satisfaction

The Gabler Wirtschaftslexikon states the following about Customer Satisfaction: “replacement phenomenon where the customer purchased products or services judged on its user gained experience.”

We say: “Dear customers, thank you for your confidence, for the great cooperation in recent years and continued success.”

Well-known customers such as Arabella Hotels, ROBINSON, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, A Rosa, Hotel Hafen Hamburg, EAST, Gastwerk,GOP Variétés, Bayer Gastronomie and Messe Gastronomie Hannover are some of our satisfied customers.

The history of 42 GmbH (click here)
Name change into “42” Hoffstiepel Computersysteme GmbH
42 GmbH is an exklusive reseller of protel hotelsoftware
about 600 protel Installations worldwide

Market entrance of protel MPE (Multi property Edition) & WBE

protel introduces as one of the first suppliers a fully integrated solution for hotel chains. Additionally the online booking tool WBE is launched.

Enlargement of product range by offering KOST materials management

42 GmbH offers sales, installation and support for KOST materials management

First matrix POS Customer installed in a national cooperation


15 employees


First matrix POS Installation in Europe

2006 -2007

about 3400 protel Installations internationally

relocation to Erich-Ollenhauer-Straße, Hannover / Langenhagen, 800m²


Market launch of von book@once -> the first SaaS solution

30 employees


about 5000 protel Installations internationally


Founding of the inhouse software development team

Additionally to 43 GmbH, a sister company, 42 founds the inhouse software development team.

Installation of a own hosting server in a data processing service centre

To satisfy the strong demand for hosting- & cloud-solutions 42 offers hosting services.

50 employees

42 GmbH opens a second office due to growth in the number of employees in Ikarusalle in Hannover (100 m²)

Market introduction of Matrix NEO!

42 GmbH launches a new mobile cash register system called Matrix NEO! as a stand alone solution as well as an add-on to matrix POS cash register system.

42 now offers dispensing systems from Gruber Schanksysteme

In order to enlarge the product range 42 GmbH offers dispensing systems from Gruber Schanksysteme including sales, installation and support.

Relocation to Eckenerstraße 2, Hannover (1500m²)


70 employees

product launch of table reservation tool ``Reservision``

Purchase of Kakom GmbH in Bremen

42 GmbH buys Kakom GmbH (formerly Hermann O. Eckert GmbH), Bremen to enter the market of cash register systems for bakeries. 

80 employees

Connecting people with their goals and steady, solid growth

The path of 42

Today’s 42 GmbH began with the founding of Hoffstiepel EDV-Beratung by Thomas Hoffstiepel in November 1989. After initially serving a very broad spectrum in the field of trade software, the still very young company quickly specialized in the restaurant and hotel sector.

A major milestone in the company’s history was partnering up with
protel hotelsoftware GmbH very early on, back in 1995. Also a very young company back then, protel has since grown into a market-leading provider thanks to its innovative Windows-based solution (which was laughed at back in the day).

The next crucial partnership was collaboration with Forty-Three GmbH and its extremely flexible Matrix POS cash register software solution since 2001.

2002 saw the beginning of a partnership in the field of materials management with the also still young KOST Software GmbH. Cooperation continued to grow through many successful joint projects. Today, KOST is the leading product management system in the restaurant, hotel and group catering sector.

Other areas include video monitoring and secure Internet, for example. You can trust 42 to include only the best results in the industry in your portfolio here as well.

One of the most crucial features its the one-of-a-kind service 42 is well known for. Many customers say this is one of the most decisive reasons for their purchase

Carrying out our own in-house software development since 2011 has resulted in the creation and programming of additional modules for
Matrix POS.

42 sees itself as a service company in a service industry. A very large number of our employees have studied hotel or restaurant management and are familiar with the precise needs of customers. This is the key to our success.

After almost 25 years, the company has grown to employ more than 50 people, and this number continues to grow…


Innovative ideas secure our lead in an ever more demanding market.

42 offers complete IT solutions and serves more than 6,000 customers worldwide across the entire hotel and restaurant sector, ranging both in size and type from individual restaurants to food-service and travel/leisure catering operations, grouping catering etc. and from owner-operated hotels to international hotel groups. A sampling of our satisfied customers can be found under References.

Our strength lies in individual consulting and support before, during and after installation. Our worry-free service has become a trademark in the industry over the past 20 years. We have the perfect solution for your business, too!

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