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Software AG GB 2013. englisch

GroupManagementReport Business and General Conditions Corporate structure and business activities Legal corporate structure The Software AG Group is managed globally by the parent company, Software AG, acting as a holding company. The financial position of the parent company is shaped by the financial position of the Group. For this reason the Manage- ment Board of Software AG combines the management reports of the Group and of the parent company into one management report. Unless otherwise stated, “Software AG” will hereinafter refer to the Software AG Group. Business lines and organizational structure Software AG is a leading provider of process and integration software and guides its customers in their transformation to a Digital Enterprise. We help them design IT infrastructures that are so flexible that they can be adapted quickly and easily to ever changing business needs. This flexibility and agility are key for companies to be competitive. It is an ongoing necessity to adjust to IT’s short innovation cycles and the advancing digitization of our society. Software AG solutions build on existing IT landscapes that have evolved gradually over years, often becoming ex- tremely heterogeneous. At some point these complex IT infrastructures can no longer keep up with state-of-the-art technology. They drive maintenance costs up and stop meeting their actual purpose—namely to provide efficient and automated mapping and support of business processes. This is when transformation becomes unavoidable: IT sys- tems must be harmonized and modernized. It usually isn’t just a matter of rebuilding the IT architecture, but rather an extensive and continuous overhaul of all processes in the organization. This creates a cycle. New technologies enable business processes to be modified and designed more effi- ciently. At the same time, meeting new requirements as- sociated with how business is done necessitates more modern IT systems. Thanks to its products and services, Software AG considers itself to be an engine of this trans- formation cycle affecting all organizations. The Group’s business activities are divided into three report- ing lines: business process management or Business Process Excellence (BPE), data management or Enterprise Transac- tion Systems (ETS) and Consulting. The Business Process Excellence (BPE) segment consists of software products for completely integrated solutions in the field of Business Process Management for organizations of all industries and sizes. These products and services enable automated analysis, development, control and optimization of data. Our offering covers the entire value-creation chain: from analysis, consulting and planning to development, implementation and even monitoring of processes across the entire organization. The webMethods and ARIS (process software) product fam- ilies as well as the Terracotta products, a subsidiary acquired in 2011, make up the key components of this segment. We enhanced our BPE product portfolio with five technology acquisitions during the year under review: Apama, the lead- ing Complex Event Processing (CEP) technology, Alfabet, a leading provider of Enterprise Architecture Management and IT portfolio management, metaquark, a mobile solutions company, LongJump, a cloud platform provider, and JackBe, a leading provider of real-time data visualization and anal- ysis. For further information on Software AG’s acquisitions in fiscal year 2013, please refer to the section on Assets of this Management Report. 63 Corporate Governance Report of the Supervisory Board Consolidated Financial Statements Notes Additional Information Group Management Report Business and General Conditions Economic Report Events after the Balance Sheet Date Risk and Opportunity Report Remuneration Report Forecast Takeover-Related Disclosures Statement on Corporate Governance