Welcome to BASIS Europe

Who we are

BASIS Europe Distribution GmbH and BASIS Europe Professional IT Service GmbH are the European subsidiaries of software manufacturer BASIS International Ltd.

What we do

BASIS provides a complete development environment for programming commercial software. Our primary customers are software companies but we also work with companies of all sizes and sectors who develop and maintain their own mission-critical software applications. (Current overview)

We provide assistance to our European customers in the form of product support, training, sales and marketing support, and direct participation in development projects.

Our story

BASIS International Ltd. was founded in 1985 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The company is one of the longest-standing medium-sized IT companies still in private ownership today, operating independently of major corporations.

From the outset, the company has supplied development tools for the efficient programming of commercial software.

History of BASIS products

The company's first product, developed in the 1980s, was BBx – a development environment for Business BASIC, the most commonly used programming language for business applications apart from COBOL at the time.

The 1990s witnessed the arrival of the PRO/5 and Visual PRO/5 product generations.

Since the turn of the millennium, BASIS technology has moved into the Java world. In 2000, the object-oriented development environment BBj was launched for the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and remains at the heart of the ever-growing BASIS product family to this day.

BBj is still backward compatible with earlier generations of BASIS technology as far back as the 1980s, while also providing legacy customers with the option of upgrade paths into the 21st century.


At BASIS, our aim is to spare you the effort of dealing with anything that is not directly linked to your application's business logic.

Therefore, we ensure that BBj remains compatible with all updates and modifications made to Java and the various operating systems.

We are also quick off the mark in terms of integrating any new trends into BBj that are relevant for commercial applications. Modern technologies requested by your customers, such as cloud compatibility, web services, and mobile applications, are made available in your standard environment right away.

This ensures that your application is sustainable, your investment is optimally protected, and your product remains competitive.