About Us

Thingware GmbH

At Thingware, we are at the forefront of harnessing the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Our mission is to empower businesses to evolve and thrive in this digitally connected era.

Founded by Jan Schär, a seasoned IoT consultant with a rich background in Civil and Industrial Engineering, our firm brings over two decades of experience and a unique understanding of how the digital and physical worlds intersect. Jan’s entrepreneurial journey, including the successful launch of one of the largest IoT marketplaces, ShopOfThings.ch in 2017, and his leadership at Thingware LLC, lend unparalleled industry expertise to our services.

Our diverse range of consulting services, from IoT strategy development, technology selection, architecture design to hands-on training and education, are designed to meet the unique needs of every business. Our clients span across various sectors, ranging from startups aiming to disrupt the industry to well-established enterprises looking to innovate and enhance their operations.

At Thingware, we believe in creating a smart, efficient, and sustainable future. We do this by helping our clients navigate the complexities of IoT, guiding them to leverage this transformative technology to their best advantage.

Join us in shaping the technological landscape of tomorrow. With our broad knowledge base and your passion, we are confident in creating a brighter, more connected future.

Jan Schär, IoT Consultant

Hello, I’m thrilled to meet you. With a rich tapestry of experience that spans more than two decades, I’ve dedicated my life to transforming the way we use and view technology.

I began my journey studying Civil Engineering, a decision that led to an enriching 15-year career as a civil engineer on large construction projects. I witnessed the birth of grand structures, becoming an integral part of their existence. But I wasn’t just a passive observer; my hands and mind were deeply involved in the creation process. As a full-stack developer for more than two decades, I’ve also been a part of various projects, some of which coincided with these large construction projects. My understanding of the practicalities of construction and an instinctive grasp of code intertwine to form a unique understanding of both the physical and digital world.

My pursuit of knowledge didn’t end with civil engineering and coding. I later went on to earn a degree in Industrial Engineering. For the past six years, I’ve immersed myself in the ever-evolving world of IoT, spending the last four of those years at a major corporation. Here, I’ve been able to further expand and refine my understanding of IoT and IIoT, gaining valuable insights into their application in mid to large scale enterprises.

Entrepreneurship has always been a passion of mine, and six years ago, I turned that passion into reality when I founded ShopOfThings.ch. This platform has since become one of the largest marketplaces for IoT products, and for the past three years, I’ve had the privilege of leading Thingware LLC, the parent company of ShopOfThings.

Throughout my career, I’ve always believed in the power of broad knowledge. It’s why I don’t limit myself to just practical or architectural queries. Instead, I delve into planning issues, and this ability to look at the larger picture has proven to be a key strength.

Outside of work, I find balance in life through family and exploration. You’ll often find me embarking on multi-day backpacking trips with my wife and our three children, absorbing the beauty of our surroundings. I also spend time leading a youth group, passing on the wisdom I’ve gained over the years, and learning from the vibrant energy of the young minds I guide.

I welcome you to join me as we delve deeper into the world of IoT, leveraging our shared passion to shape the technological landscape of tomorrow. Let’s create a future that’s smart, efficient, and sustainable.