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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 95 RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Drastic change in business requirements Today’s business world is changing at an unprecedented rate. Driven by technological innovations, market require- ments are always evolving. Innovation cycles are constantly shrinking, pressure from competitors around the world is intensifying, and companies and users are being inundated with information from the Internet and social networks. Through mobile devices and new cloud applications, users expect around-the-clock access to information from social media—regardless of their location. Companies are facing the challenge of efficiently processing and distributing these huge amounts of data, analyzing it, and quickly making business decisions based on it. No matter their industry or size, all enterprises are affected by this dramatic change to some degree. To remain agile and competitive, managers must ensure that they can implement necessary changes to the business model and related processes rapidly. The challenges companies face today are very complex and inspire equivalent demands on IT. It is crucial to represent these changes in application systems and the IT landscape flexibly in real time. Ultimately, information technology gives enterprises adaptability in achieving their business goals. Today’s companies are often dominated by overgrown, het- erogeneous, and highly complex IT landscapes and rigid application systems. Regardless of whether proprietary legacy systems or standard software such as ERP systems are involved, this organizational inertia and inflexible IT infra- structure often prevent necessary changes from being made. This situation places high pressure on corporate IT to adapt while providing great business potential for Software AG, which is positioning itself in these growth markets. We offer the software tools needed to adapt IT and its processes—for cost-effective implementation and a high level of invest- ment protection. Our process-oriented approach does not require replacing the existing IT infrastructure; rather, we connect it with modern applications. We aim to get added value out of organizations’ existing IT landscapes by digitiz- ing workflows throughout and making them more flexible. When developing our software solutions, we focus on creat- ing a bridge between enterprise processes, business units and the IT department through an agility layer (middleware). This creates the necessary agility and transparency between the IT silos and the customers’ business models, because different speeds prevail in these two layers. Our solutions ADDITIONAL EARNINGS-RELATED FACTORS 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