We expended €12.2 million for research and development in the first quarter of 2007, or 13.3 percent of product revenues. Investments totaled €5 million in the Crossvision business line and the ETS business line invested €7 million in research and development.
Together with its new partners - Novell, Inc., MEGA International, and alfabet - Software AG has continued developing the CentraSite Community, a platform covering all aspects of SOA.
The CentraSite Community was established by Software AG and Fujitsu Limited in 2006. The partner forum unites software providers and system integrators to make it possible to offer customers mutually compatible SOA solutions. The goal is to support companies in successfully designing, implementing, administering, and optimizing their SOA environments allowing customers to benefit from the core competencies offered by each member of the alliance.
CentraSite, along with Novell Identity Management, is presenting new security solutions, for instance to controlling access to certain services. Identity management solutions are an important part of IT governance within an SOA.
MEGA International has also joined the CentraSite Community. Companies using the MEGA Suite are supplied with suitable solutions for analyzing and planning their business processes. This software for modeling business processes offers companies a multi-layer overview of strategy, operating and IT requirements, and IT system and service specifications, providing CentraSite users with business guidelines for their SOA projects.
In addition, the joint technology solution offered by alfabet and Software AG for end-to-end SOA planning and governance ("planningIT") enables corporatewide IT planning.
Software AG plans to contribute to improving interaction between business and science by implementing executive training programs that also enable students to put their expertise to use in the field. In addition to the project with the Technical University of Darmstadt, we recently joined forces with the College of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt in a strategic partnership designed to promote student mentoring, the use of free licenses of charge, and a cooperative course of study in information technology.
Software AG's Crossvision Application Designer makes it possible to create web 2.0 environments by linking existing applications with web applications. We now offer a freeware version of this innovative tool to enable students, for example, access to the latest software technology.