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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 117 targeted manner and to promote their loyalty to Software AG. The program prepares suitable employees for taking on greater responsibility and facilitates the internal recruitment of resources for vacant management positions. It provides a forum for exchanging best-practice knowledge, networking internationally and conveying our corporate values through- out the Group. The High Potential program focuses on such subjects as leadership and strategy, as well as innovation and change management. Talent management rather than HR administration Software AG is a leader in Business Process Excellence. In order to offer our customers tailored products, solutions and services for the management of their business products, we rely on skilled staff members. Particularly in the competitive IT sector where there is a shortage of skilled labor, well trained employees are a key competitive advantage. This is because our specialists need a variety of skills to be able to develop precisely the right customer solutions to meet the ever changing business needs of companies today. In addi- tion to extensive technical and industry expertise, social and interpersonal skills are increasingly in demand. They include, for example, strong communication, public speaking and negotiation skills as well as flexibility. Only employees with strong qualifications and interpersonal skills are able to develop and implement the best possible solutions for our customers. They are therefore a critical success factor in an IT market that is so strongly driven by innovation and com- petition. Based on the approach, “living responsibility–lifelong learn- ing,” our Corporate University offers our staff a comprehen- sive range of training options in both technical subjects and social and interpersonal skills. The Corporate University pro- motes employee excellence in every department and in every country through continuous learning and close interac- tion. In addition to educating in a traditional classroom set- ting, we also support contemporary IT-based methods and formats, which are more easily integrated into the normal work day. Online platforms such as e-learning, virtual class- rooms and collaborative social media-based learning repre- sent the largest percentage of the chosen forms of training at Software AG. Furthermore, we introduced a management cockpit in 2012 that provides extensive training KPIs and enables us to con- tinually optimize and enhance the efficiency and effective- ness of our course offerings. We have also improved the level of user-friendliness of our learning management sys- tem and restructured our course offering portfolio. Now it is even easier for our employees to develop and expand their knowledge and skills with the help of the Corporate University. Our learning management system tallied more than 13,000 completed training units from an offering of about 2,200 courses given in e-learning, virtual and live formats. This is a five-percent increase over last year. As in past years, more than two-thirds of the consumed content pertained to tech- nology training. This confirms the determination of our staff to drive the technology leadership and innovative power of Software AG. The number of employees who became certi- fied or recertified for at least one Software AG product in 2012 rose 19 percent to 330 over 2011. 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