The Software-Cluster is Europe's most powerful network of companies and training & research institutions in the area of software development. The cluster region spans a wide area in the southwest of Germany around the cities of Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Saarbrücken and Walldorf. The cluster's main area of expertise is business software. In other words, software for managing business processes within and between companies. Among the members of the Software-Cluster are the most important German software companies, SAP AG and Software AG. However, the cluster also includes numerous medium-sized companies, which are specialists and innovative leaders in their specific areas, as well as Germany's leading computer science faculties at the universities in Darmstadt, Karlsruhe, Kaiserslautern and Saarbrücken and leading research institutions, such as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and the Research Center for Information Technology (FZI) in Karlsruhe. This bundling of software expertise within a specific region is one of a kind in the global software sector.
Dr. Harald Schöning, Vice President Research of Software AG, is the spokesman of the Software-Cluster.