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  • May 08, 2019 – Software AG unveiled, a multi-function iPaaS which combines the low-code usability of with the high control of complex integrations and APIs in webMethods Integration Cloud. With an industry-leading set of 300+ supported connectors, integrates apps, data, APIs, B2B, and IoT devices.
  • April 23, 2019 – Software AG launched Alfabet FastLane for quick and easy IT portfolio management in the cloud. Alfabet FastLane comes with pre-configured portfolio analyses, pre-built reports and dashboard views that provide commonly needed answers on portfolio issues, step-by-step guidance for data entry and user assistance to aid in task completion.
  • March 27, 2019 – Software AG announced the Zero Defects Manufacturing Platform (ZDMP), which was launched in January 2019 for 48 months with an investment of 19M€ provided by 30 sponsoring companies and the European Commission. Its mission is to develop and establish a digital platform and related apps for achieving excellence in manufacturing through zero defect processes and products. (Software AG will contribute its webMethods Hybrid Integration Platform and Cumulocity IoT to support ZDMP with data acquisition, integration, interoperability and IIoT capabilities. In addition, Software AG is leading the Ambassador Program for the ZDMP project.
  • Jan. 31, 2019 – Software AG adopted new strategic direction and gives an outlook on 2019. The strategic reorientation has the goal of accelerating revenue growth while both achieving higher recurring revenue and maintaining high profitability.
  • Jan. 8, 2019 – Software AG announced that Dr. Wolfram Jost, who engineered Software AG’s digital transformation technology as the company’s Chief Technology Officer, will leave Software AG to pursue new opportunities. Dr. Stefan Sigg, Member of the Software AG Management Board, will take on an expanded role of Chief Product Officer, encompassing all aspects of Software AG’s products, including product management, product development and support. Software AG also announced that Bernd Gross will assume the position of Chief Technology Officer and Paz Macdonald will join the company as Chief Marketing Officer as of January 14, 2019.
  • Nov. 28, 2018 – Software AG announced that it has expanded its relationship with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) and will offer some of its key products for application integration, API management, process design & transformation, analytics, and data management to help enterprises drive digital transformation. Under this expanded relationship, Software AG will now offer key components of its Digital Business Platform as part of the new computing services on the newly launched AWS Marketplace for Containers, based on Docker and Kubernetes.
  • Nov. 27, 2018 – Software AG launched its next generation Software AG Cloud, an open, enterprise-grade cloud platform for building, testing, deploying, and managing everything from simple apps to complex, cloud enabled enterprise and IoT applications.
  • Oct. 25, 2018 – The Supervisory Board of Software AG appointed John Schweitzer (50) as the new Chief Customer Officer and Member of the Executive Board of the company as of November 1st, 2018.
  • Sep. 28, 2018 – Software AG acquired, a San Francisco based market leading iPaaS company to accelerate Leadership in Hybrid and Cloud Integration.
  • Aug. 28, 2018 – Software AG appointed Raj Datta as new president for North America.
  • Jun. 12, 2018 – Software AG acquired TrendMiner to expand IoT portfolio through time-series data used in AI algorithms.
  • Feb. 20, 2018 – Software AG unveiled the latest version of its open, cloud-based Cumulocity IoT platform (Release 9), which builds on its powerful distributed architecture with additional edge processing capabilities.
  • Jan. 31, 2018 – Software AG appointed Sanjay Brahmawar as the new Chief Executive Officer of Software AG for five years as of August 1, 2018.
  • Nov. 23, 2017 – Software AG announced a partnership with Siemens AG to strengthen the presence of the cloud-based open Internet of Things (IoT) operating system MindSphere across industries.
  • Oct. 31, 2017 Software AG announced that it is taking its partnership with robotic process automation (RPA) provider Kryon Systems to the next level with a technology license and distribution agreement.
  • Sept. 14, 2017 – Software AG continued its Internet of Things innovation drive with the launch of an extended Cumulocity IoT technology portfolio for cloud-based IoT platform services enablement.
  • Sept. 5, 2017 – Software AG established a strategic alliance for the future topics of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Through the joint venture ADAMOS (ADAptive Manufacturing Open Solutions), DMG MORI, Dürr, Software AG and ZEISS as well as ASM PT.
  • Aug. 3, 2017 Software AG formed a Scientific Advisory Board to better embrace technology trends from a business and scientific point of view. The board is to serve as a catalyst for outside ideas and provide Software AG with a scientific perspective on trends in technology.
  • April 25, 2017 - Software AG announced a partnership with leading application software company OSIsoft. This partnership enables businesses to combine enterprise-wide IT and operations data and tools together with the Software AG Digital Business Platform for enhanced analytics, machine learning, integration and rapid IoT solution development.
  • April 24, 2017 - Dürr AG and Software AG have entered into a strategic partnership to develop new Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 solutions. Dürr’s new cloud-ready IoT platform will include best-of-breed digital solutions, technologies and applications from iTAC Software AG – the company’s IoT software subsidiary – as well as Software AG and other partners.
  • March 27, 2017 - Software AG announced the acquisition of Cumulocity GmbH, based in Dusseldorf, Germany. Cumulocity develops innovative solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) offering connectivity for networked digital devices and sensors through a cloud-hosted IoT device management and application enablement platform.
  • March 21, 2017 - Software AG announced the Industrial Internet - “Made in Digital Germany” initiative at CeBIT, designed to propel European manufacturing into the 21st Century and demonstrates its core Internet of Things software services.
  • March 21, 2017 - Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology solution provider, announced a new partnership with Software AG to support the increasing demand of companies for a complete one-stop shop Internet of Things solution.
  • Jan. 31, 2017 - Software AG announced a collaboration with Google Cloud Platform and the immediate availability of its market leading webMethods Hybrid Integration Platform on Google Cloud Platform.
  • Dec. 2, 2016 – Software AG announced that it has acquired Zementis, Inc. with headquarters in San Diego, California. Zementis Inc. provides software for “Deep Learning”, a key capability in machine learning and data science, and a fundamental technology driving “artificial intelligence” (AI) development.
  • Nov. 30, 2016 – Software AG announced the availability of webMethods 9.12 with significant enhancements, including support for enhanced mapping, out-of-the-box scripts to create Docker Integration Server images, and enhanced event-based integration with a new Digital Event Services communication layer.
  • Nov. 29, 2016 – Software AG announced the availability of webMethods Insight Enterprise Edition. webMethods Insight Enterprise Edition delivers comprehensive business and system insight by providing full design-time to run-time application lifecycle validation, and execution-time visibility and control for distributed applications.
  • Oct. 14, 2016 – Software entered a strategic innovation partnership with Robert Bosch GmbH (“Bosch”) to develop new joint services and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0.
  • Oct. 4, 2016 – Software AG unveiled its digital assessment tool during the Innovation World Tour  conference in New York City. With the online tool, business can easily and quickly assess their readiness for Digital Transformation.
  • Aug. 31, 2016 – Software AG released details of its agenda to support and further develop its Adabas and Natural product portfolio until beyond the year 2050.
  • July 27, 2016 – Software AG announced the availability of next generation Digital Business Platform capabilities that enable financial institutions to operationalize blockchain by gaining greater integration of, visibility into, and action upon public/private blockchain applications.
  • May 23, 2016 – Software AG announced the availability of its new webMethods DevOps Edition for continuous development, testing, integration and deployment, with low to zero failure rates. 
  • April 26, 2016 - Software AG announced a major new research program supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), which will develop new ways of monitoring major depressive disorder, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis using wearable devices and smartphone technology.
  • April 18, 2016 - Software AG announced the general availability of its new MashZone NextGen Business Analytics capability. MashZone NextGen is based on Presto, which originated from the acquisition of JackBe, and replaces Software AG’s original MashZone product.
  • March 14, 2016: At CeBIT 2016, Software AG presented technology that is needed for the transformation of companies into truly digital businesses – the Digital Business Platform 2.0.
  • Nov. 9, 2015 - Software AG announced the availability of the Apama Streaming Analytics 9.9. Apama is the market-leading platform for streaming analytics and intelligent, automated action on fast-moving big data. It combines event processing, messaging, in-memory data management and visualization and is the most comprehensive platform for managing vast, fast-moving data streams and turning meaningful insight into action.
  • Oct. 19, 2015 - Software AG released the webMethods Integration Platform 9.9 focusing on enhancing and expanding its hybrid cloud integration capabilities. The new webMethods Integration Platform delivers major enhancements for hybrid connectivity, cloud connectivity and advanced orchestration, enabling the rapid development of agile applications that leverage clients’ entire IT landscapes.
  • Oct. 13, 2015 - Software AG launched Digital Marketplace – an online hub designed to help customers respond faster to the accelerating digitization of the global economy. Software AG’s Digital Marketplace allows enterprises to select and leverage essential IT development components such as solution accelerators, business process models, application components, adapters and industry frameworks as well as fully fledged solutions developed by Software AG’s partners and customers.
  • On May 13 at the annual meeting, new representatives of the shareholders were elected to the Supervisory Board. Previously on May 7, employee representatives were decided by the employees of Software AG.
  • In April, Software AG was able to welcome Evalueserve in its partner ecosystem. In this context Evalueserve is acting as a consultant and value-added reseller for advice and solutions around the analysis of large data streams.
  • In March, Software AG announced its initiative "Transformation to the Cloud", which helps companies determine optimal strategies for cloud adoption and implementation.
  • In January, Software AG and Wipro Ltd. established a common streaming analytics solution platform that provides real-time information for the market of the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • In October at the annual international customer conference Innovation World, Software AG presented the advancement of its BPE product portfolio and introduced the first Digital Business Platform.
  • In August, Software AG announced the expansion of the Management Board by a new member with global responsibility for sales, marketing and services.
  • In the first quarter Software AG announced the sale of its SAP consulting business to the Scheer Group GmbH and completed the transaction on May 31.
  • At the end of May, Software AG celebrated its 45th anniversary. Software AG is the oldest global software company in Europe.
  • In April, Software AG announced that JackBe, a real-time visual analytics and intelligence software provider acquired by Software AG, was recognized by the Association for Corporate Growth as the Strategic M&A deal of the Year within the $100M category.
  • In March at CeBIT, Hanover, Germany, Software AG unveiled its Intelligent Business Operations Platform to address the business challenges posed by the explosive growth in the number of interconnected personal devices and digital sensors.
  • In February, Software AG announced the publication of “The Digital Enterprise: The Moves and Motives of the Digital Leaders,” a tour-de-force introduction to CEO Karl-Heinz Streibich's vision of the impact digital transformation is having across all industries, supported by more than 20 examples from companies around the globe.
  • On Aug. 22, Software AG announced the acquisition of JackBe Corporation, a privately-held company with headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland (USA) and a provider of real-time visual analytics and intelligence software.
  • On June 13, Software AG announced that it has purchased the Apama Complex Event Processing Platform of Progress Software. The platform provides an environment for the design and operation of CEP applications providing tools and graphical analysis and test capabilities for analysts, developers and administrators.
  • On June 3, Software AG acquired alfabet AG. Alfabet is a leading software provider in the areas of "Enterprise Architecture" and "IT Portfolio Management" focusing on the planning and optimization of IT landscapes.
  • In April 2013, Software AG bought the US cloud platform provider LongJump. The Platform as a Service offers a range of ready-made modules and templates for building and running business applications in the public or private cloud settings.
  • In March 2013, Software AG invested in Berlin-based company metaquark, which is specialized in mobile solutions. The aim is to jointly develop the webMethods Mobile Suite of Software AG. This allowed the company to access especially to the innovative know-how of metaquark.
  • In October, Software AG unveils a major update to its webMethods product suite. Extending its fully independent integration layer, webMethods 9.0 focuses on uniting the management of Big Data from any source with automated business processes and applications deployed in the cloud, on mobile devices or in-house.
  • Also in October, Software AG launches a major update to its ARIS product suite, combining new Cloud, Mobile, Social and Analytic technologies, at its ProcessWorld event in the USA today. ARIS 9.0 focuses on accelerating process improvement by allowing a significantly broader set of corporate skills and experiences to contribute to process design and testing.
  • In April, Software AG acquires the company “my-Channels” for Universal Messaging Technology. With it, Software AG customers have a single, universal messaging middleware platform across the enterprise, across the cloud and to mobile apps.
  • In early March at CeBIT, Software AG announces its strategy for the in-memory management of Big Data, up to 1,000 times faster than current technologies.
  • At the end of the year, Software AG wins the European Business Award for its international growth strategy.
  • In November, Software AG presents Software AG Cloud Ready, the latest solution in the company’s cloud strategy.
  • In late May, Software AG acquires UK-based Metismo Ltd., Hampshire. Metismo provides an extremely flexible and multi-functional platform for the development of applications and automatic transformation into different mobile device formats.
  • In early May, Software AG acquires Terracotta Inc., the US based leader in in-memory and cloud enabling technology. This acquisition allows Software AG to provide innovative cloud solutions and dramatically increase the performance and scalability of its Business Process Excellence platform. Terracotta’s in-memory processing will provide the foundation technology for Software AG’s cloud and Big Data offerings.
  • In March at CeBIT, Software AG presents its new positioning, which will focus on software and solutions for enterprise business process management. This cutting-edge concept, based on independent process and integration platforms, enables businesses to overcome the limitations of conventional software applications. Software AG is also demonstrating its fully integrated product portfolio, for the first time since its acquisition of IDS Scheer, under the name Enterprise BPM and is establishing itself as the world's largest provider of this innovative platform technology. In addition, new products for master data management (webMethods OneData) and complex event processing (webMethods BusinessEvents) are being presented at CeBIT. 
  • In February, Software AG announces its Cloud strategy – Software AG Cloud Ready. Software AG fully supports the vision of extreme collaboration with cloud enabling technology to facilitate faster change and process improvement with greater participation from all key stakeholders. Software AG Cloud Ready includes modeling, process management, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and cloud integration offerings. It is designed to bring business and technical stakeholders together to collaborate on process transformation quickly, and at a lower cost.
  • In February, Software AG ranked # 7 in Bloomberg Businessweek's Hot Tech 50, making us one of the world’s fastest growing technology companies.
  • In January Software AG reported that Group revenues in fiscal year 2010 hit a record high of €1.12 billion (2009: €847.4 million), exceeding the target set in 2007 and a year earlier than originally planned.
  • In January Software AG introduces Process Intelligence for webMethods BPMS customers. The process intelligence product adds strategic and tactical capabilities to webMethods BPMS. It includes business dashboards, historical process discovery, interactive analytics, process benchmarking, and organizational analysis.
  • In December the legal integration of Software AG and IDS Scheer AG has been completed with the registration of the merger in Germany. The fusion of both companies into one legal entity has established a new global player offering software and services for Business Process Excellence. 
  • In October Software AG acquires New Jersey-based Data Foundations, a leading provider of Master Data Management (MDM) software. Linking Business Process Management and MDM will reduce complexity, deliver accurate data and maximize process quality
  • In September Software AG delivers a new generation of Business Mashups with ARIS MashZone 2.0. With the Enterprise Edition, the product addresses large companies as well. 
  • In August Software AG is named a Leader in Business Process Management Suites by the independent research form Forrester Research, Inc. Software AG receives its top scores in services as well as process modeling and collaborative design
  • In August the Software AG Supervisory Board establishes a new company governing body: the Group Executive Board (GEB). The GEB consists of four members from the current management board plus four divisional directors representing the operational management areas.
  • In July IDS Scheer AG’s annual general meeting approved the merger agreement with Software AG by a majority of 92,03 % of the share capital on July 8, 2010. This is another important step in the integration of Software AG and IDS Scheer AG.
  • In June Software AG and IDS Scheer demonstrate how business process excellence technology helps organizations to return to economic growth at ProcessWorld in Berlin. Over 800 participants from around the globe attend.
  • In May Software AG is ranked as leader in delivering service-oriented architecture (SOA) Governance technologies to the marketplace by Gartner, Inc., a leading industry analyst firm. The ranking, based on total software revenue in 2009, represents the second consecutive year in which Software AG is listed as the global market leader in SOA Governance.
  • In March ARISalign, the first joint product of Software AG and IDS Scheer, is presented at CeBIT 2010.
  • In February Software AG announces that it has registered the domination and profit transfer agreement between SAG Beteiligungs GmbH and IDS Scheer on the commercial register at the Saarbrucken District Court. As a result of the registration, the integration of the operational processes of both begins. The two companies are under common leadership.
  • In February Software AG announces general availability of webMethods 8, the latest release of Software AG’s flagship webMethods platform.
  • In January Europe's largest software cluster, Software Innovation for the Digital Enterprise, is among the winners of the Excellence Cluster Competition of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This cluster is considered the Silicon Valley of Europe, spanning centers located in Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Saarbrücken and Walldorf. Software AG is part of it.


  • The document for a voluntary public tender offer made to shareholders of IDS Scheer AG is published on August 17th. Software AG tenders €15 per share in cash.
  • Software AG announces its takeover offer for IDS Scheer AG on July 13th. The strengths of Software AG: technology leadership in middleware software, financial strength and a global presence will complement IDS Scheer’s strengths: the modelling, implementation and controlling of business processes, a strong partner network and a large service presence in their approx. 7,500 customer base.
  • At the beginning of July, Software AG acquires Teconomic AG in an all cash deal. Based in Freienbach, near Zürich, Switzerland, Teconomic provides comprehensive IT consulting services and solutions to the European financial sector focusing on SWIFT Services.
  • In June, Software AG announces the latest release of its flagship webMethods platform, webMethods 8.0. The release enhances the ability of companies to capitalize on both open architecture and existing infrastructure investments, reduces the time and cost to improve processes and integrate systems, and enables dramatic end-user productivity through tighter collaboration between IT and the business.
  • Software AG celebrates its 40th anniversary on May 30th. The company was founded in 1969 in Darmstadt as Europe’s first software company. The company is entering its fifth decade of developing innovative technology as “independent” market leader in business process software.
  • With its new product, AlignSpace™, Software AG creates the largest social network of BPM professionals. The new product is a platform that offers collaboration between all project participants in a Business Process environment. Data, documents and services produced within this environment are made available and reusable within or across company borders. Leading social networks can also be easily plugged-in.
  • Software AG takes a 51 percent shareholding in Leipzig-based software company itCampus, as of April 1, 2009. By joining forces with itCampus, Software AG expands its German research and development capacity in the realm of process automation.
  • Software AG appoints Ivo Totev to the Executive Board with responsibility for Professional Services worldwide.
  • Various independent market research firms have designated Software AG a leader in the SOA
  • and BPM sectors, demonstrating the successful integration of the webMethods product line into the overall product portfolio.
  • The acquisition of Jacada (Israel) strengthens Software AG’s position in the application modernization market: Jacada counts more than 200 customers in the integration business. Furthermore, the acquisition expands Software AG’s product portfolio with additional products for modernizing the user interfaces of applications that run on mainframes and medium-sized computers.
  • Software AG is strengthening its Professional Services in response to an increased demand for consulting services relating to strategic SOA and BPM projects—creating a new position for professional services on the board, occupied by the distinguished Holger Friedrich.
  • In April, Software AG pays shareholders dividends of €1.00 per share.
  • Software AG successfully acquires webMethods, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEBM) a leading business integration and optimization software company. With a deal value of $546 million, this merger was one of the largest pure software deals in the history of the European IT industry. The combination creates a new global leader in business infrastructure software with over 4,000 enterprise customers worldwide and is one of the largest independent vendors in the rapidly growing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Business Process Management (BPM) markets.
  • Again Software AG achieves best financial results in the company’s history: Operating revenues improve by 36% (at constant currency rates), Licensing revenues grow by 53% (at constant currency rates), EBIT rises by 23%, Free cash flow increases by 46%, EBIT margin guidance for 2008 revised upward to 24%.
  • Software AG announces Adabas 2006 and Natural 2006. The new releases offer support for Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA), Eclipse open source, cross platform initiatives, and AJAX-based rich internet applications to meet today’s business and IT requirements of customers.
  • Launch of crossvision – the new suite for SOA – in February 2006.
  • In May Software AG pays a dividend of 0.80 € per share.
  • Expansion in high-growth Latin America with a new office in Sao Paulo, major projects in Brazil, Chile and Panama, and an IT Training Center Chile.
  • Software AG and Fujitsu earn ‘Intelligent Enterprise Magazine’s Editors' Choice Award for SOA and BPM Solutions’ - SOA, ESB, BPM products and expertise makes the Software AG and Fujitsu partnership a "Global Force in BPM".
  • Launch of the “CentraSite™ Community: the first standards-based SOA Forum Partner Alliance and interactive forum unite independent software vendors and system integrators to deliver interoperable SOA solutions to customers.
  • Expansion in Japan: in December Software AG officially opens its office in Tokyo. The new office will directly serve the company’s well established Japanese customer base of over two hundred enterprises.
  • The best financial results in company history: for fiscal 2006, Software AG reports revenue growth of 10% to €483.0 million. At constant currency rates, this represents an 11% rise and exceeds the company’s target. In the same period, EBIT increased by 15% to €111.2 million.
  • With total revenues of € 438 million and an operating income of € 96.4 million Software AG reported record operating results for fiscal 2005.
  • Driven by the positive earnings trend Software AG paid a dividend of 0.75 Euro for the business year 2004 - the first dividend since 2002.
  • Software AG formed strategic alliances with Fujitsu as well as IDS Scheer. Together with Fujitsu the company delivered a joint integration offering for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). With IDS Scheer Software AG widened their SOA product portfolio to include the design and monitoring of business processes.
  • Software AG released certified adapters for the integration of mainframes into the SAP – R3 and Netweaver landscape. The company became a service partner of SAP Germany.
  • By acquiring the software specialists Sabratec (modernisation of mainframes) and Casabac (development software for enterprise wide web applications) Software AG further enhanced its XMLi-portfolio. The organic growth of Software AG is strengthened by the acquisitions of technology and sales competence: through the acquisition of APS Venezuela and five sister companies in Panama, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico the company further expanded its market presence in Central America and the Caribbean.
  • Software AG celebrates two anniversaries in 2004: the 35th year since its foundation and the 5th year since its stock market quotation.
  • In a strategic realignment implemented in 2003, Software AG focuses its development work and offering on the ETS and XML Business Integration business lines.
  • In conjunction with iGATE, Software AG establishes Software AG India in the Indian city of Pune. Software AG has a majority share in the new company.
  • In October Karl-Heinz Streibich becomes the new CEO.
  • The executive board is given an international focus in spring 2003 with three new regional board members.
  • Software AG is listed on the TecDAX index at the beginning of the year.
  • Dr. Erwin Königs steps down from the executive board. Karl Heinz Achinger, deputy chairman of the Supervisory Board, takes over as CEO on an interim basis.
  • German President Johannes Rau presents Peter Schnell with the Gold Medal of the Federal Association of Foundations in Germany for his foundation work. The Software AG Foundation is one of Germany’s ten largest foundations and disburses financial support amounting to around 25 million euro annually.
  • Software AG announces record sales of over 588 million euro for 2001.
  • Software AG continues to develop its products: Natural 5 for Windows can process XML documents and access the Web directly via HTTP; development of EntireX results in a complete solution for integration of platforms and applications within and between organizations, and enhancements to Tamino XML Server makes it easier for users to handle XML data. Tamino XML Server’s open architecture guarantees customers smooth linkage to and communication with existing IT infrastructure.
  • Takeover of SAGA Systems, Inc., USA. After the takeover, around 35% of Software AG sales are accounted for by the American market.
  • At the end of the year, Software AG introduces the Tamino XML Platform – the world’s first product platform entirely based on XML.
  • The arrival of the new millennium presents no problems for Software AG or its customers.
  • 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. The total issue volume is over DM 850 million. After only 6 months, Software AG’s shares are included in the MDAX stock index.
  • At CeBIT, Software AG unveils its Tamino Information Server to the general public for the first time. Tamino is a completely new information server for the Internet comprising a database system based on the new Web standard XML (eXtensible Markup Language). Tamino is especially designed for the storage, management and transfer of structured and unstructured data.
  • Software AG introduces Bolero, a software platform based on Java technology.
  • The investment firm Thayers Capital acquires all the shares of Software AG North America, which subsequently trades under the name SAG Americas (SAGA).
  • Software AG and SAP AG jointly establish the subsidiary SAP Systems Integration GmbH in Alsbach-Hähnlein near Darmstadt, in which Software AG has a 40% interest. SAP SI focuses on introducing the SAP R/3 application system in selected market segments.
  • EntireX is introduced. 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.
  • In a technology partnership with Microsoft, Software AG ports DCOM (Distributed Component Object Model) to the main computer platforms available on the commercial market. Microsoft introduced DCOM as a component of Windows NT and it has become the industry standard alongside CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture). Since Windows NT is being installed on more and more computers, the integration of the Microsoft technology with existing applications on mainframes and UNIX systems becomes ever more important.
  • Company founder Peter Schnell hands over company management to Dr. Erwin Königs in order to devote himself fully to Foundation development work.
  • After negotiations with Siemens Nixdorf AG, Software AG takes over SQL-Datenbanksysteme GmbH in Berlin, so gaining full access to the Adabas D technology.
  • Software AG opens an office in Moscow and establishes a subsidiary in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • First Eastern Europe subsidiary is founded in Prague.
  • Announcement of cooperation with SAP AG. This collaboration opens up new opportunities for solutions: the SQL-DB database system gives users of SAP’s R/3 application system a more efficient and cost-effective solution.
  • Launch of Entire integration tools. Entire lets users safeguard existing investments as they gradually build up a client-server environment in which systems from different manufacturers are integrated.
  • Peter Pagé leaves the executive board. Peter Schnell puts all his Software AG shares into two foundations, 98% of them into the charitable Software AG Foundation. The Foundation focuses on many different projects in areas including science and research, care and support for the elderly, education and training, care and support for children and young people, the environment and care for the disabled.
  • Software AG continues to stand firm despite the worldwide downturn caused by political developments. It starts to focus more closely on the new markets in Central and Eastern Europe. In the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic, it succeeds in taking on project management duties for the establishment of the IT network needed for privatizing nationalized industries.
  • Lufthansa becomes a Natural customer.
  • Software AG takes over Software AG System Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Software AG of North America. This amalgamation takes Software AG’s development into international organization to the next level. As Software AG of North America is now operated as a private company, the stock market listing is discontinued.
  • Subsidiaries are founded in Italy and Mexico.
  • Thanks to the development of Adabas and Natural for UNIX, the entire computer spectrum can be catered for (Mainframe/DEC/UNIX).
  • Software AG now has 497 employees in Germany and sales totaling DM 170.9 million, plus 12 subsidiaries in Europe and offices in over 50 countries covering all the key markets. Software AG’s strategy of conducting its operations in Europe mainly through its own subsidiaries continues to be successful. License revenue from these countries grows by 21 percent in this year.
  • 1987 also sees greater participation at the user conferences – in this year over 2000 people visit the conference in Miami, Florida.
  • Software AG directs its product strategy towards open integrated software architecture (Open ISA). ISA provides the basic architecture for developing new functions in an integrated way, allowing users to make use of new technical possibilities without making major changes to their existing application systems.
  • Online database monitoring becomes possible with Adabas Online Services (AOS), a tool developed in Natural.
  • In Spain, Spanish software magazine “CHIP” names Software AG Espana – just two years in existence and with sales of DM 5 million – as “Company of the Year” for its success in the Spanish database market.
  • BP and Telefónica are added to the list of customers (Adabas and Natural).
  • Software AG records above-average growth for the industry: sales are up by over 28 percent on last year to reach DM 111.7 million and the number of staff in Germany doubles from 134 to 272.
  • Subsidiaries are also founded in Switzerland (SAG Software Systems AG), Austria (Software AG Österreich) and Belgium (Software AG Belgium S.A.).
  • Software AG is now also represented in the Middle East: Software Middle East GmbH opens an office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Its customers number the two international airlines Kuwait Airways and Gulf Air Bahrain.
  • Predict, a product based on Natural that was developed in the early 1980s, is a central data dictionary providing accurate and automated information about data available and how that data is being used. Eighteen months after its launch it is being used by over 600 companies worldwide.
  • With Con-nect, a Natural-based mainframe-supported system with functions for improving transparency and simplifying work processes in offices and administrations, Software AG integrates the office communication domain into its overall software system.
  • Adabas and Natural extend market coverage with Software AG systems for DEC/VAX computers.
  • Software AG acquires two major customers in the shape of the European Parliament and DaimlerChrysler.
  • December sees the publication of the first issue of Software Report, Software AG’s customer magazine.
  • In September Software AG moves into its new premises in Darmstadt-Eberstadt. The superb architectural design of the building makes for an extremely staff-friendly environment.
  • French subsidiary is founded in Paris.
  • Merck becomes a major customer of Software AG in the pharmaceuticals and chemicals industry (Adabas and Natural).
  • Siemens becomes an Adabas customer.
  • Software AG North America is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Peter Schnell becomes Software AG’s sole shareholder. He starts supporting charitable causes in the USA and Germany alongside his duties as a board member.
  • Natural is launched. This complete 4GL application development environment supports both procedural and event-driven programming. In the 1980s, Software AG uses Natural to develop a range of other products, including Entire System Management (ESM) with the two core products NOP (Natural Operations) and NOM (Natural Output Management).
  • Software AG first opens a computer center of its own. Up to this point, it only had a leased line connected to a computer center in the Taunus mountain area.
  • Com-plete is the first TP monitor launched on the German market. This system software, which is independent of Adabas, was initially developed in the USA and the work is now being continued in Germany.
  • Software AG UK is founded.
  • Peter Pagé, a key player in the development of Natural, becomes Member of the Board.
  • Development of Natural begins. This is an application programming language that makes it much more economical for individual customers to create data processing applications. The product got its name because it supports the natural working method of the developer.
  • In its fifth year of existence, Software AG has 13 employees.
  • Software AG of Far East is founded in Japan.
  • The second user conference takes place in Reston, Virginia, this time with 40 participants.
  • The US subsidiary starts to play a part in the development of Adabas.
  • Software AG’s first user conference takes place in New York with ten participants in attendance. Over the next few years, Software AG product users form user groups in Germany, the USA and a host of other countries. These user groups not only give users a forum to share their experiences, but also have a decisive influence on development of existing products, and help strengthen the relationship between Software AG and its customers.
  • Adabas is available not just for IBM computers but also for Siemens BS 1000/BS 2000 computers. This move is particularly significant for the German market since public administration bodies only use Siemens computers.
  • Adabas is developed from a single-file to a multi-file-capable database.
  • Software AG of North America is founded in Reston, Virginia, USA. Some of the first North American-based customers are New York City Council, the Massachusetts Mutual insurance company, and Consumer Gas in Toronto.
  • The product’s first customers in Germany and Austria include the bank Westdeutsche Landesbank, Vienna City Council, the Bavarian Association of Savings Banks and Giro Centers, Hessische Zentrale für Datenverarbeitung (a Wiesbaden-based data processing center) and Munich City Council.
  • Adabas (adaptable database system) is launched for the first time. Adabas is a high-performance database that provides the users with the information they need quickly and flexibly.
  • The concept for an adaptable and extremely versatile database management system grows out of extensive experience gained from data processing applications and the development of the first software products.
  • Six young employees at the consulting firm AIV (Institut für Angewandte Informationsverarbeitung) establish Software AG in Darmstadt. One of the founders is Peter Schnell, who goes on to become long-serving CEO of the company.
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