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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 111 representatives of PDG S.A.—Brazil’s largest construction and real estate company—demonstrated how they succeeded in lowering the time required for a credit check process from weeks to hours. Software AG upheld CeBIT’s main theme for 2012, “managing trust,” with the presentation of its Cloud Ready strategy for cloud-based IT solutions. The flex- ibility achieved here allows the appropriate use of new and existing cloud products and meets the diverse security needs of industry and public administration. In Fall 2012, we held our ProcessWorld international cus- tomer event in Orlando, Florida, again. This symposium aimed at IT managers is already well-established in the industry and attracts several hundred international partici- pants annually from the worlds of business and administra- tion. Held from October 15 to 17, it offered more than 40 lectures and workshops in which selected reference custom- ers—including Coca Cola Enterprises, Estée Lauder, Heineken and Nielsen—presented best-practice case studies. The top- ics ranged from process strategy, integration, and SOA to current trends such as data management and cloud comput- ing. This event is an excellent platform for customers to discuss their experiences and exchange information about new approaches in the field of BPE. Every year at Process- World, Software AG focuses on new products and solutions, which in these times of increasing competition help enter- prises achieve their business goals faster and increase their value. Software AG also showed the 250 attendees at Process Forum—held on June 13, 2012 in Darmstadt, Germany—what business process excellence means in practice and how excellent business processes contribute to a company’s suc- cess. True to the event’s slogan of “meet the experts,” Soft- ware AG made numerous experts available to talk to others about their experiences. Reference customers, including the Frankfurt airport (Fraport AG), the German stock exchange (Deutsche Börse), Merck kGaA (chemical and pharmaceuti- cal company) and Swisscom IT Services AG, reported on their experiences with optimized business management, the use of ARIS for different applications, the implementation of a service-oriented architecture, and the modernization of operational applications. The numerous one-on-one discus- sions at such trade shows and forums give us valuable feed- back from the market that flows directly into our product strategy. We have published more information about cus- tomer references on our website at corporate/customers/default.asp. We conduct customized events and present first-hand prod- uct and market information in our on-site Customer Briefing Center, which is outfitted with the latest in technology. As part of our customer success program, companies can pres- ent the best practices that they have developed using our technology at our briefing center. In addition, we present our Customer Innovation Award, which features a number of different categories. This award recognizes customers who have developed particularly innovative solutions using our technology. 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