Data management in universities is a challenging endeavor in particular due to the diverse infrastructure of devices and software in combination with limited budget. Nevertheless, in particular the analytical measurements and data sets need to be stored if possible digitally and in a well-organized manner. This manuscript describes how scientists can achieve a data management workflow focusing on data capture and storage by small adaptions to commonly used systems. The presented method includes data transfer options from ubiquitous devices like NMR instruments, GC (MS) or LC (MS), IR and Raman, or mass spectrometers to a central server and the visualization of the available data files in an electronic lab notebook (ELN). The given instruments were chosen according to the needs of synthetic chemists, in particular devices needed in organic, inorganic and polymer chemistry where single data files in the range of several megabytes per data set are produced. Altogether, three different data transfer systems were elaborated to allow a flexible handling of different devices running with different proprietary software: The first procedure allows data capture via the use of a mail server as data exchange point. ... mehrWith the second procedure, data are automatically mirrored from a local file folder to a central storage server where new files are monitored and processed. The third procedure was designed to transfer data with manual support to a central server which is supervised to register new information. All components that are necessary to install and use the herein elaborated functions are available as Open Source and the designed workflows are described step by step to facilitate the adaption of procedures in other universities accordingly if desired.