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Highlights of Software AG’s history

1969

Birth of software industry

Following a decision by the US government that software and hardware need to be invoiced separately, IBM announces that starting January 1, 1970 they will no longer invoice their software as part of their hardware and operating systems: The software industry is born!

Unbundling
1969

Software AG founded

Six young employees at the consulting firm AIV (Institut für Angewandte Informationsverarbeitung) establish Software AG in Darmstadt. Software AG is one of the first software-only vendors worldwide, hence the name and spirit of independence. One of the founders is Peter Schnell, who goes on to become long-serving CEO of the company and founder of the Software AG Foundation.

Peter Schnell
Peter Schnell
1971

Adabas launched

Peter Schnell installs the first version of the database system he developed, Adabas (adaptable database system), which becomes the bedrock of Software AG's success. Still among the fastest commercially available databases on the planet.

Adabas
1972

Software AG in North America founded

Software AG of North America is founded in Reston, Virginia. It is Software AG's first office outside Germany. Some of the first North American-based customers are New York City Council, the Massachusetts Mutual insurance company, and Consumer Gas in Toronto all using ADABAS.

ADABAS-datamation
1979

Top 10

Guess how many are still on the market today…

Top 10
1979

Natural launched

Natural is launched. This complete 4GL application development environment supports both procedural and event-driven programming.

Natural
1979

First International User Group founded

Product groups merge to form Software AG Users' Group

First International User Group
1984

Software AG moves

… into its new campus for 500 employees in Darmstadt, Germany. The extraordinary architectural design of the building creates an extremely employee-friendly work environment. The building is expanded in the late 1980s.

Software AG
1992

Software AG Foundation

Peter Schnell establishes the Software AG Foundation, which is an anchor investor, holding about 34 percent of the company's shares.

Foundation
1992

Entire Integration Tools launched

Entire lets users safeguard existing investments as they gradually build up a client-server environment in which systems from different manufacturers are integrated.

1996

Peter Schnell retires from the company

… and focuses his full attention on the Software AG Foundation.

Peter Schnell
Peter Schnell
1997

Launch of EntireX

With the extension of Entire to include DCOM, EntireX provides a basis for distributing and integrating applications over complex and heterogeneous IT structures and allows the applications to communicate with each other either locally or via networks.

EntireX
1998

Bolero launched

Software AG introduces Bolero, a software platform based on Java technology.

Bolero
1999

Software AG is listed

… on the Frankfurt stock exchange on April 26 in what was at the time the world's biggest-ever software industry IPO.

Listing
2000

Tamino launched

The Tamino XML Platform is the world's first product platform entirely based on XML.

Tamino
2002

New CFO

Arnd Zinnhardt is appointed Software AG's Chief Financial Officer. Today, he is one of the longest-serving CFOs in Germany.

Arnd Zinnhardt
Arnd Zinnhardt
2003

New CEO

Karl-Heinz Streibich becomes Software AG's CEO.

Karl-Heinz Streibich
Karl-Heinz Streibich
2007

"Move your feet to give a hand" launched

Since the launch of our "Move your Feet" campaign, our colleagues around the world have contributed more than 100,000 km, with Software AG, the Software AG Foundation and the employee representatives on the Supervisory Board donating a certain amount per kilometer to different charity organizations every year.

Move your feet
2007

webMethods, Inc. is aquired

With a deal valued at $546 million, this acquisition is one of the largest pure-software deals in the history of the European IT industry, and launches Software AG into a leading position in integration and BPM.

webMethods
2008

SV Darmstadt 98

Software AG becomes the main sponsor of SV Darmstadt 98 sports club and demonstrates the company's engagement and close ties with the region.

SV Darmstadt 98
2009

Arnold Schwarzenegger @ CeBIT

The governor of California visits Software AG's booth, together with German chancellor Angela Merkel.

CeBIT
2009

Software AG celebrates 40th anniversary

Software AG celebrates 40 years of strength and independence.

40 years
2009

IDS Scheer acquired

With the acquisition of IDS Scheer AG, Software AG supplements its leading middleware portfolio with the ARIS products for modeling and managing business processes.

IDS Scheer AG
2011

European Business Award

Software AG wins the European Business Award for its international growth strategy.

European Business Award
2011

Terracotta acquired

Terracotta Inc. is a US-based leader in in-memory and cloud-enabling technology. Terracotta's in-memory processing provides the foundation technology for Software AG's cloud and big data offerings.

Terracotta
2013

Apama

Purchase of the Apama Complex Event Processing Platform of Progress Software.

Apama
2013

alfabet acquired

Alfabet is a leading software provider in the areas of Enterprise Architecture and IT Portfolio Management.

alfabet
2014

Digital Business Platform

Software AG introduces the first Digital Business Platform to the market.

Digital Business Platform
2016

Adabas 2050+ launched

… to support and further develop the Adabas and Natural product portfolio until the year 2050 and beyond. That is nearly 80 years of support - and an industry first in customer commitment!

Adabas 2050+
2016

Zementis acquisition

Zementis provides software for "Deep Learning", a key capability in machine learning and data science, and a fundamental technology driving "artificial intelligence" (AI) development.

Zementis
2017

New Chief R&D Officer

Dr. Stefan Sigg joins Software AG as Chief R&D Officer. Today, he is the company's Chief Technology Officer and a member of the Management Board.

Stefan Sigg
Stefan Sigg
2017

Cumulocity acquisition

Software AG acquires Cumulocity GmbH and its Internet of Things (IoT) platform that allows enterprises to connect and experience every "thing" instantly! Changing the world with smart cities, smart wind farms, smart everything.

Cumulocity
2017

ADAMOS founded

… a strategic alliance for Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is founded - by machine manufacturers for machine manufacturers. The joint venture included DMG MORI, Dürr, ZEISS, ASM PT and Software AG - more partners have joined since.

ADAMOS
2018

TrendMiner acquisition

Acquistion of TrendMiner to expand the IoT portfolio through time-series data used in AI algorithms.

TrendMiner
2018

New CEO

Sanjay Brahmawar is appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of Software AG.

Sanjay Brahmawar
Sanjay Brahmawar
2018

Software AG a "Healthy Company"

As the first IT company in Germany, Software AG receives the award "Gesundes Unternehmen".

Healthy Company
2018

built.io acquisition

Acquistion of built.io, a market-leading iPaaS company to accelerate leadership in hybrid and cloud integration.

built.io
2018

New CRO

John Schweitzer joins Software AG's Management Board as Chief Revenue Officer.

Jogn Schweitzer
John Schweitzer
2019

HELIX

CEO Sanjay Brahmawar kicks off Helix, the multi-year transformation project to return Software AG to sustainable, profitable growth.

January 2019
HELIX
50 Years

Software AG is #50yearsbold

… and is represented in more than 70 countries worldwide, touching the lives of millions for half a century.

2019, May 30
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