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Software AG makes the cloud ‘more accessible’

German software company Software AG has launched a cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) which it regards as one of its most significant releases ever.

Software AG Live brings together a number of the company’s products, including the recently acquired Long Jump ‘citizen developer’ platform, into a suite that “addresses today’s business needs with unmatched speed, ease-of-use and full support for social and mobile collaboration while fully integrating with existing solutions in hybrid cloud environments.”

Software AG says the Live platform extends its offering allows subject matter experts and IT professionals across organisations to design and develop agile applications, while integrating existing systems.

“Organisations are pressed more than ever to develop and deploy agile, scalable and secure solutions within days, rather than months,” Software AG’s Steve Keys told iTWire. “To address the changing needs of the business environment a new set of solutions is needed to engage better with customers and leverage the impact the industry is seeing by the megatrends of cloud, social, mobile and big data.

“By extending our business process and integration leadership to the cloud, we are now offering a complete PaaS suite, unifying process design, agile application development and integration, while enabling customers to utilise hybrid cloud deployments to support their business needs.”

According to Gartner, revenue for PaaS is on pace to reach US$1.2 billion in 2012, up from US$900 million in 2011.

“As the industry has evolved, we’ve seen the needs of our clients change with it,” said Karl-Heinz Streibich, Chairman and CEO of Software AG. “With this launch, we are welcoming the next phase of Software AG, to help our customers create a truly digital enterprise and embrace the opportunities that cloud deployments offer.”

The Software AG Live suite is comprised of:

  • AgileApps Live is an application PaaS, implemented on technology from recently acquired LongJump. With AgileApps Live organisations achieve business-driven innovation managed by IT. This new offering provides unique flexibility to adapt to changing business processes, regulations and other business needs.
  • Process Live is a collaborative business process analysis PaaS, enables users to collaborate across departments and geographies to improve requirements management and design of business processes. Process Live is compatible with Software AG’s market-leading ARIS Business Process Analysis platform.
  • Integration Live is an integration PaaS which enables cloud-to-cloud integration and seamlessly connects with private cloud or on-premise installations. Availability is scheduled for Q1 of 2014.

Software AG says it is the only company to offer this comprehensive suite of business process, integration and Big Data solutions enabling the rapid creation of enterprise-wide and on-premise to lightweight and cloud-based applications.


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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire and editor of sister publication CommsWire. He is also founder and Research Director of Connection Research, a market research and analysis firm specialising in the convergence of sustainable, digital and environmental technologies. He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.