Software AG Named in the Leaders Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools

RESTON, Va., Nov 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Software AG today announced that it has been named by Gartner, Inc., a leading industry analyst firm, in the Leaders Quadrant of the recently released Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools(1). Enterprise Architecture (EA) tools help companies ensure that IT design and development follows a path that enables the achievement of essential business goals. With the integration of ARIS into its product portfolio, Software AG delivers a feature-rich tool set well known for its longstanding leadership in EA and Business Process Analysis (BPA).

"It is an honor to be recognized in the Leaders Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools," said Dr. Wolfram Jost, Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Executive Board, Software AG. "The proven capabilities of the ARIS Platform in enterprise architecture management, especially in alignment of business goals with IT strategy and operations, are key elements customers have come to depend on." In describing the EA market, Gartner stated that "Enterprise architects must integrate, analyze and communicate structured and unstructured information about a wide range of subjects (technology, solutions, interfaces, information and data, business processes, organization structure, and strategy). This information must be authoritative, auditable and meaningful for a variety of stakeholders across IT and the business." EA tools allow architects to fulfill this role by allowing them to capture, store, structure, analyze and present information related to EA and by allowing for multiple architectural viewpoints.

The ARIS Platform enables customers to plan, visualize and evaluate processes, applications, technologies, data and organizations through a central repository.

The consistent integration of all information means that architecture elements can be reused across all views on the enterprise for planning, design and development of solution scenarios. All involved parties of an organization from senior management to operational managers are supported by stakeholder-oriented viewpoints to facilitate their daily work.

Software AG's Enterprise Architecture Management Solution contains a rich metamodel with broad EA reference content that provides a foundation on which to structure and relate the variety of information that is essential to involved stakeholders. ARIS also has the ability to exchange information with a range of products, including development tools and integration middleware. By providing rich modeling and BPA capabilities, ARIS is ideally suited for organizations that want to use the same tool for EA and BPA to efficiently manage their IT and align it with business needs.

Complimentary copies of Gartner's report are available at

(1) Gartner, Inc., "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools" by Chris Wilson and Julie Short, October 28, 2010.

About the Gartner Magic Quadrant The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2010 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Software AG With more than 1,000 U.S.-enterprise customers and 800 employees, Software AG's U.S. operation contributes one third of the company's total revenue and is Software AG's largest market presence and R&D location. Software AG has operated nationwide in the U.S. since 1973 through a fully-owned subsidiary, Software AG USA Inc., which is headquartered in Reston, Virginia -- also an R&D hub for the company's core data management and integration technologies. R&D labs for the development of Software AG's webMethods product suite -- offering SOA integration and BPM solutions -- include facilities in San Jose/Silicon Valley, Seattle and Denver. For more information, visit

Software AG is the global leader in Business Process Excellence. Our 40 years of innovation include the invention of the first high-performance transactional database, Adabas; the first business process analysis platform, ARIS; and the first B2B server and SOA-based integration platform, webMethods. We are unique in offering the world's only end-to-end -- and easiest to use -- business process management (BPM) solutions, with the lowest Total-Cost-of-Ownership. Our industry-leading brands, ARIS, webMethods, Adabas, Natural and IDS Scheer Consulting, represent a unique portfolio for: process strategy, design, integration and control; SOA-based integration and data management; process-driven SAP implementation; and strategic process consulting and services.

Software AG had revenues of 847 million euro in 2009 and has more than 6,000 employees serving 10,000 enterprise and public institution customers across 70 countries. Our comprehensive software and services solutions allow companies to continuously achieve their business results faster. The company is headquartered in Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0003304002 / SOW).

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