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Software AG (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0003304002 / SOW) today closed a contract with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. August-Wilhelm Scheer and Prof. Dr. Alexander Pocsay for the transfer of ca. 48% of the outstanding shares of IDS Scheer (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0006257009 /IDS). The sale of these shares will be part of a public tender offer by SAG Beteiligungs GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Software AG, starting in the current quarter. Software AG will offer €15 in cash per outstanding share of IDS Scheer capital. This represents a purchase price for the entire share capital of around €487 million. After obtaining regulatory approval, the formal offer period will start in August and finish before the end of September. As ca. 48% of the shares have been contractually secured it is not necessary to set a minimum quota. The term and conditions of the offer for outstanding shares will be de... (more)

GROUP Business Software to Acquire Lotus911

Websphere Journal GROUP Business Software AG announced that it will acquire the Atlanta, Ga. based Lotus911. The integration of Lotus911 should be completed by the end of the year. The deal will not only expand the product portfolio of GROUP, but extend its North American presence, adding resources in the Southeast, Midwest and on the West Coast. “GROUP’s vision is completely synergistic with Lotus911’s mission to deliver the latest innovation and value to customers by leveraging and extending Lotus’ collaboration platform,” said Jim Bracco, General Manager of Lotus911. “The future outlook is incredible -- for us, for GROUP and for our customers.” With Lotus911, GROUP will cement its position as the leader in the Lotus market, delivering a comprehensive set of business solutions as well as a range of services from custom application development to implementation a... (more)

Business Process Modeling Notation 2.0

Weblogic Sessions at Cloud Expo OMG has approved the Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN(TM)) 2.0 specification beta submission. OMG's Board of Directors approved the specification at the OMG Technical Meeting held in San Antonio, TX in September 2009. The finalization process for BPMN 2.0 is underway and the final version of the specification is expected to be adopted in mid 2010. The initial version of BPMN provided a graphical notation for specifying and documenting business processes with an emphasis on defining "orchestration processes." BPMN 1.x has been broadly adopted by the industry. OMG lists more than 60 implementations. However, BPMN 1.x did not define an interchange format to allow users to exchange models in a standard way between different tools nor did it include a native executable format. The BPMN 2.0 beta specification addresses these and im... (more)

Terracotta a Finalist for the Big Data Award

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Terracotta, Inc., the leader in in-memory technologies for enterprise big data, today announced that its customer Sabre was a finalist for leading German publication Computerwoche's Big Data Award competition. Sabre was selected as a finalist for the award for its use of Terracotta's BigMemory to ensure unmatched performance and scale for its leading online reservation platform that serves millions of people daily. (Logo: Sabre is a globally operating technology supplier for the travel industry and must process thousands of consumer booking requests per second. Its traditional IT infrastructure could no longer support the flood of customer requests and data, and it needed a new approach to data management. It turned to BigMemory, the flagship product line of Terrac... (more)

BPMS Next Generation: IBPMS

In a previous post I discussed Business Process Management (BPM) evolution as reflected by an Ovum report.  Recently I read new Gartner BPM Magic Quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is titled IBPMS Magic Quadrant. If you compare it to previous Gartner BPMS Magic Quadrants (you should not compare them), you will find a totally different picture.  Only three Leaders in the IBPMS Magic Quadrant, namely: IBM, PegaSystems and Appian. No Challengers and a lot of Visionaries I know (Oracle, Software AG, Tibco, Vitria) and two Visionaries I never heard of (Bosch Software Innovations, Whitestein).  Previous BPMS Magic Quadrant includes many Leaders, many Challengers as well as many Visionaries. The pattern of few Leaders, No Challengers and many Visionaries is typical to immature markets. Gartner explains it as a new generation of BPMS tools. What differentiate IBPMS from BPMS? IBPMS too... (more)

Software AG: webMethods 9.5 Launched at Innovation World 2013

By Bob Gourley webMethods 9.5 enables elastic scaling, mobile and social BPM SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 10, 2013 - Software AG today announced the launch of the next version of the market leading webMethods 9.5 platform at its annual Innovation World user’s conference in San Francisco. The focus at this year’s Innovation World is on how to maximize the new business opportunities and competitive advantages provided by the increasing digitization of the business world and the public sector. webMethods 9.5 is another significant step in combing cloud, mobile and social technologies with automated business processes and the agility needed to fully utilize the Digital Enterprise.   This release delivers three new major capabilities as well as a series of enhancements across the webMethods Suite. The new features in webMethods 9.5 include: Elastic ESB: For the first time custo... (more)

Will Software AG Survive until 2019? - Revisited

I am not happy to Revisit a Vendor Survival post saying that my prediction that a vendor will not survive was correct (for example, SUN). If a vendor is not a monopoly, I am not happy to find that the probability that it will survive is lower than it was (Apple, HP etc.). Even if it is a monopoly in specific markets and not a monopoly in others, I am not happy to find that its Survival probability is lower than it was (Microsoft).  The reason that I am not happy is that competition is good for my customers: They can buy better products and pay less. This post is out of the ordinary. The probability that Software AG will Survive is now higher than it was when I wrote the post: Will Software AG Survive until 2019?     Software AG's Business Lines In my previous Vendors Survival post on Software AG, I analyzed its two major Business Lines: 1. Mainframe DataBase, Development ... (more)

Software AG Ranked as a Leader in the Big Data Streaming Analytics Platforms Report by Independent Research Firm

Software AG was among the select companies that Forrester Research, Inc., a leading independent research firm, invited to participate in its report, “The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Streaming Analytics Platforms, Q3 20141”. In this evaluation, Software AG received top scores in the Current Offering and Strategy Categories, and among the highest scores in the Market Presence Category. Software AG’s Apama Complex Event Processing platform, part of the company’s Intelligent Business Operations (IBO) offering, was evaluated. Citing Software AG as a company with a “…vision (that) puts real-time customer experience first”, Forrester highlighted several features that landed Software AG’s in the Streaming Analytics Leader category, including: Stream Processing - “Software AG IBO provides comprehensive streaming operators. Filtering, aggregation, location-based, time windows, ... (more)

Mission Critical App Server Market to Reach $23.1 Billion by 2020

Worldwide application server market revenues are forecast to grow 17.5% year-over-year from $7.4 billion in 2013 to $23.1 billion by 2020. This is in the context of a world communications infrastructure that is changing. Technology is enabling interaction, innovation, and sharing of knowledge in new ways and application server market promise to bring significant capability to enterprises seeking mission critical solutions to making the Internet available for productive, efficient use. @ThingsExpo billboard on Highway 101 in Silicon Valley is viewed by 1.3 million motorists per week Application Server Market Company Profiles: 360 Logica, Actuate, Adobe, AgilePoint,  Appian,  Aurea,  BigAgi,  BizFlow, BonitaSoft, CA Technologies, Crosscheck Networks,  EMC, Fabasoft Group, Fiorano, Fujitsu, GSX, Hewlett Packard, HostBridge, IBM, Informatica,  Intalio, iWay Software, ... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

New Apama By @SoftwareAG For the 'Internet of Things' | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Software AG has announced the availability of their newest version of the Apama Streaming Analytics platform with a significant new feature and two major enhancements: the addition of new high-bandwidth channels, native Universal Messaging integration, and a common user developer environment with other Software AG products. To learn more about Apama, visit SoftwareAG booth at the upcoming Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo, November 4-6, 2014 in Silicon Valley. Twenty-fold Increase in Performance on Single Computer With the addition of new high-bandwidth channels, performance is increased twenty-fold on a single computer producing upwards of 32 million events per second; in a scaled-out architecture, performance can increase massively to billions of events per second. This industry-leading performance is achieved by splitting a data stream into multiple, separate channels to e... (more)