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best-practice innovations was founded in Cologne in 2007 and is a management consulting company for digital business. We support our clients with their digital transformation as well as the implementation and protection of digital business models with our consulting services, project management services and training in internationally accepted best practice frameworks. Services include the provision of young professionals, qualified experts, and management teams.

We advise our clients in the management fields of governance, risk, compliance, architecture, quality, requirements management, service management, project management, information security and data protection.

If our clients have vacancies in organizational functions, we can provide interim staff, specifically trained and prepared for the respective function.

Moreover, our team includes accredited trainers in common industry-best-practices for digital added value, management and control of technologies, services and projects and the protection of information and data.

We are also are an approved provider of workshops and certification examinations in the fields of IT service management, project management, Governance/Risk/Compliance, data protection and information security.

Why b-pi?

Our Strengths

A Reliable Partner

Our aim is a confidential and long-term co-operation with our clients. We strive to promote their interests now and in the future. Checklists and analytical papers are not enough. Our strength is that we always see the company as a whole, that we develop individually customized solutions, and then implement them.

Our Academic Network

Since 2008, we have been co-operating with universities, where we join their business informatics departments in teaching theory and practice of important business concepts. We also supervise students’ theses and provide the opportunity for students to gain hands on work experience. At the same time, we increase our knowledge and expertise by research.

The Best Employees in the Industry

The skills, experience and motivation of our employees are the crucial key to success. Fair working conditions, a comprehensive training package as well as specific further education ensure that our employees are among the best in the industry.

The b-pi leadership-team

Your Key Contacts

Do you need expert advice? Is your company expanding? Do you need training courses for your employees in the relevant industry practices? Our team is always there for you and will develop a suitable solution for you and your requirements. Please contact us!

Evangelos Kopanakis

Evangelos Kopanakis

Managing Director b-pi
+49 221 964 34 63-1

Dr. Stefan Zickenheiner

Dr. Stefan Zickenheiner

Managing Director b-pi
+49 221 964 34 63-2

Björn Bausch

Managing Director b-pi sec
+49 221 964 34 63-38

Olga Kozlova

Training Services
+49 221 964 34 63-20

Key Facts


August 2017

b-pi extends its service portfolio by adding Security and Data Protection, founding the subsidiary b-pi sec GmbH with Björn Bausch as managing director.

June 2017

The new local branch of b-pi is situated in the historical SKYPER mansion in Frankfurt to represent our close proximity with the financial sector and related projects.

November 2015

b-pi extends its service portfolio by adding the Staffing Service. At the same time, and just in time for the Graduate Congress in Cologne, the company’s website goes live with a completely revised corporate design.

May 2014

Dr. Elizaveta Gardó takes part as a member of the jury in the Best Practice User Group Deutschland e.V.’s 7th presentation of the PRINCE2® Best Practice Award for outstanding performance in project management.

January 2014

Dr. Stefan Zickenheiner becomes partner and additional managing director of best-practice innovations.

December 2011

The first b-pi employees from its own ranks complete their ITIL® v.3 training successfully, thus acquiring the ITIL® v.3 Expert Level.

November 2011

Following the departure of the managing director Dr. Justus Meier at the beginning of 2011, Dr. Elizaveta Gardó and Dr. Stefan Zickenheiner join the senior management in the course of the year.

November 2009

b-pi’s training division becomes ISO 9001 and AZWV certified.

August 2008

The Institute for Business Informatics (Philips University Marburg) organizes a basic course in ITIL® for students, in co-operation with best-practice innovations GmbH. In the following months further co-operation projects in the Rhine Main Area emerge.

May 2008

best-practice innovations GmbH is now fully accredited by the APM Group to conduct ITIL® courses.

June 2007

best-practice innovations GmbH is founded by Evangelos Kopanakis and Dr. Justus Meier.
Emphasis is initially on the development of a training portfolio focusing on ITIL® v. 3, and consulting projects related to process and organization issues for IT management.