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Software AG GB 2013. englisch

GroupManagementReport its EAM portfolio in 2013 with the acquisition of the leading EAM provider, Alfabet AG. Integrating ARIS, the market-lead- ing process modeling and analysis platform, with the Alfabet products, enables customers to better coordinate and com- prehensively optimize the transformation of their processes and the necessary adaptation of their IT landscapes. With the new ARIS Connect, crowdsourcing (the interactive collaboration and mutual generation of ideas among mul- tiple users via the Internet and social media) can now be employed for improving processes via a cloud-based tool. Companies need universal solutions such as those offered by Software AG’s Intelligent Business Operations platform (IBO), introduced in 2013, to derive the desired cost effi- ciency and scalability from the explosive growth of data from heterogeneous sources (big data). This platform en- ables decision makers to recognize business-relevant events in real time and address them with automated processes. This increases organizations’ agility and improves their re- sults. In addition to Software AG messaging software, the IBO platform comprises Terracotta BigMemory, the leading in-memory data management solution for big data. It also includes integration, analytics and visualization functionality from JackBe technologies, acquired in 2013, and Apama complex event processing software, also bought in 2013. It allows companies to make immediate business decisions thanks to the ability to conduct real-time unified analysis of all business activities across all data streams. With the LongJump cloud platform, acquired in 2013, end users can develop their own applications without the help of an IT department. With this addition, Software AG has expanded its offering to address smaller companies’ and individual departments’ IT projects. Decentralized application development plays a key role in the digitization of compa- nies, because it frees up IT department resources. Soft- ware AG introduced its new Software AG Live cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service at Innovation World 2013. The plat- form is comprised of Process Live, Portfolios Live and Agile- AppsLive, with more to come in 2014. R&D expenditures and investments In a globalized, extremely dynamic world, a software com- pany can only grow sustainably with ongoing innovation. As a market-leading company, Software AG must therefore continually enhance and develop its portfolio. That is why R&D plays a key role in Software AG’s business and growth strategy. In 2013 Software AG’s R&D strategy combined customer-­ centric development of existing solutions, product innova- tions and integration of newly acquired technologies. Joint research projects with colleges and universities, technology partners and users provided valuable insight as well. This R&D mix is the foundation of Software AG’s sustainable technology lead. Our focus is always on our customers be- cause only those innovations that offer a clear added value are successful in the market. With that in mind, Software AG increased R&D expenses in fiscal 2013 by 7 percent to €107.9 million (2012: €101.1 million). R&D employees As of December 31, 2013, 998 (2012: 887) Software AG employees (average number of employees, i.e., part-time employees are taken into account on a pro-rata basis only) worked in R&D in 13 countries worldwide. This is a 13-per- cent rise year on year. The majority of R&D employees are based in Germany, India and the United States of America. R&D earnings in 2013 Software AG focused its R&D activities primarily on the in- tensive and innovative expansion of the product suites in its high-growth BPE business line. In order to turn innova- tions over to the market quickly, to secure interoperability of the product lines and to give customers planning security, Software AG will unveil the new versions of its products twice a year, at CeBIT in spring and at Innovation World in fall. ARIS 9.5 and webMethods 9.5 were released in fall 2013 according to the new schedule. The planning and implementation of IT landscapes plays a major role in the field of Enterprise Architecture Manage- ment (EAM), which is part of BPE. Software AG enhanced 71 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