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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 101 Other R&D services in the ARIS environment The ARIS Community reached more than 200,000 mem- bers—an unrivaled number in the industry. The community is the world’s largest BPM user group and allows individuals, organizations and universities to analyze, visualize and dis- cuss business information. More and more, companies are seeing that collecting intellectual capital for use by the entire company provides competitive advantages. Not only do the members, who hail from over 40 countries, have extensive opportunities to exchange information with each other, but they can also obtain free modeling software. Post modeling, the process models can be implemented in our webMethods suite so that the entire value chain is cov- ered (model to execute). The R&D efforts of the ARIS developer team will continue to focus on expanding the ARIS product range, enhancing user friendliness and broadening the use of ARIS within the com- pany. Addressing Internet users and community members will also play an increased role. Over the course of 2012, developers labored to convert the entire product line to a cloud architecture. It is distinguished by the following characteristics: • Multitenancy architecture (a single instance can support several clients with unlimited users) and single-instance storage (a comprehensive IT strategy for preventing duplication through one-time storage of data) • Scalability and elasticity, resulting in a lower TCO (total cost of ownership) • Against the backdrop of the rapid spread of mobile devices, preparations began to integrate mobile applica- tions and user interfaces to result in concrete solutions in the new year. • As a response to the megatrend of increased integration through social media, the development team worked on integrating social media functions, such as ARIS Align, which is essentially Facebook for BPM. At CeBIT in March 2012, Software AG announced the certi- fication of its Software AG Cloud Ready portfolio for another leading platform, cCell Services from HP, one of the largest providers of infrastructure and data center services. Software AG Cloud Ready offers solutions for modeling, process man- agement, service-oriented architecture and cloud integra- tion, allowing faster and more cost-effective optimization of business processes. With it, HP customers who run Software AG products in their own data centers can seamlessly switch to HP’s cloud platform—and get a high degree of flexibility and new forms of collaborative value creation. This gives Software AG customers even more options for deploying their software solutions. They can choose whether they want obtain their cloud services through their own data centers, a regional IT partner or HP. Thus, they can put new environments in the cloud on an on-demand basis much more quickly using their existing Software AG licenses, thereby reducing long-term costs and expenses for hardware and hosting. Along with HP, we are among the first compa- nies with a mature cloud platform, so we can offer our customers the next logical step in the transition to a com- pletely cloud-based business infrastructure. 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