6 SOFTWARE AG | INTERIM REPORT 3/2013 1.6 EXTERNAL HONORS Leading products and solutions: Confirmed by industry analysts and market researchers Independent industry analysts and market researchers again categorized Software AG as a high-quality vendor and positioned its products and services as market leading in the third quarter. In Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites” Software AG was placed in the “leader” quadrant and earned the highest position at both ends of the quadrant, which recognizes product innovation and high-quality service. The evaluation was based on the web- Methods Suite 9.0 integration software. Furthermore, Gartner positioned Software AG in its newly created “Magic Quadrant for Application Services Gover- nance.” Vendors were evaluated based on their ability to execute, completeness of vision, and thus their commitment to customer satisfaction. This rating is also based on the BPE product line. In a study conducted by the Experton Group, Software AG emerged as “Big Data Leader 2013“ and a “strategic pace- setter.” For the first time in Germany, the analyst and con- sulting firm examined 68 companies that market their prod- ucts as big-data solutions. Based on an evaluation of 100 different criteria, the “Big Data Vendor Benchmark” ranked providers by their level of competitiveness and portfolio appeal in various categories. Software AG scored well with its Terracotta in-memory and big data analytics solutions. 1.4 NEW PRODUCT SUITE Apama Intelligent Business Operations Platform JackBe technology enables real-time analysis of data and the integration of heterogeneous sources. This is the foun- dation for Software AG’s new Apama Intelligent Business Operations Platform. Software AG’s acquisition of Apama by parent company Progress Software took place on July 16, 2013. The transaction agreement was signed on June 13, 2013 and was communicated by press release (see Q2 2013 report). The new intelligent business platform offers cus- tomers simple options for the visualization of different types of data analysis and real-time insight on dynamic processes. Information relevant to decision making can be recognized immediately. Shorter response times and data-driven deci- sions allow customers to achieve optimal business results. 1.5 CONSISTENT REALIGNMENT OF CONSULTING DIVISION Sale of SAP service operations in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia As a measure to hone the consulting business’ focus on high-quality process consulting in German-speaking coun- tries, Software AG sold its SAP service operations in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia as of August 31, 2013. The division was bought by itelligence AG, which had already acquired Software AG’s SAP service operations in Canada and the USA at the beginning of the year.