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Software AG GB 2012, englisch

06 HIGHLIGHTS 08 LETTER FROM THE MANAGEMENT BOARD 12 THE COMPANY 38 SOFTWARE AG SHARE 46 CORPORATE GOVERNANCE 58 REPORT OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD 68 GROUP MANAGEMENT REPORT 155 CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 245 FURTHER INFORMATION 99 Collaboration is playing an increasingly important role—and not only in the private sphere. In the business world, too, employees across organizations want to communicate with each other in real time, interact efficiently and respond quickly to events. At CeBIT, Software AG presented a new application that meets this demand and offers various options for fast, interactive communication—a kind of Twit- ter for companies. Unlike Twitter, communication is not lim- ited to a specific number of characters. Any kind of data can be reproduced and communicated. Thus, even complex message types can be used, as is necessary in practice for companies. This innovation brings together people as well as systems, processes and applications. It offers integration par excellence. The solution will be available for iPhone, iPad, Android devices, BlackBerry and Windows phones, as well as for the cloud and for use on corporate servers. It takes advantage of the communications options presented by social media to give companies a heretofore unheard of overview of current activities. Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are now standard equipment for most knowledge workers. This fact alone dramatically changes the communication and work culture. And then there is the rapid development of cloud applications and social media tools, which have become as natural for so-called digital natives as the telephone and email are for the previous generation. The diversity of mobile devices makes integrating them into business pro- cesses costly and time-consuming. Companies can use the webMethods Mobile Designer solution to develop a single version of their application, which they can then use on any mobile device—whether iPad, Android or Black- berry—without additional development. R&D services for the ARIS product family The ARIS product family handles the analysis, optimization and monitoring of business processes for enterprises across all sectors. Millions of users count on ARIS to design, publish, analyze and improve their processes. At CeBIT 2012, Soft- ware AG demonstrated how customers from various sectors are implementing excellent business processes and achiev- ing their business goals faster. The latest product develop- ments and numerous case studies showed visitors how important rapid responses are in the digital business world of the future. ARIS 9.0 integrates social, mobile, cloud and big data Over the course of 2012, Software AG put the focus on technology developments that radically change the business world—social, mobile, cloud and big data. Software AG is staying abreast of these technological changes with the introduction of version 9.0 of webMethods and ARIS, pre- sented in September at our ProcessWorld international cus- tomer event in the United States. Both new product versions take advantage of current technological developments, which offer companies greater transparency for their busi- ness processes as well as more agility and higher perfor- mance. Together, they help enterprises respond quickly to technological changes. They are based on an IT infrastructure that is modular, extensible, adaptable and scalable to sup- port agile and automated business processes. The new ver- sions were developed in close collaboration with key cus- tomers and released for sale in the first quarter of 2013. THE SOFTWARE AG GROUP 69 ECONOMIC CONDITIONS 78 BUSINESS TREND AND ECONOMIC SITUATION 80 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE 82 FINANCIAL POSITION 89 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF SOFTWARE AG 92 (PARENT COMPANY) ADDITIONAL EARNINGS-RELATED FACTORS 95 TAKEOVER-RELATED DISCLOSURES 125 REMUNERATION REPORT 127 RISK REPORT 139 EVENTS AFTER THE BALANCE SHEET DATE 149 FORECAST 151