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Industry Leaders Jointly Promote Combined EAI and Business Process Management Solution to Meet Growing Market Demand for Total Business Integration

Savvion TM, Inc., a provider of business process management software that allows companies to operate at peak efficiency, and Software AG, Europe’s largest system software provider, today announced a strategic technology partnership. The companies are cooperating to offer smooth interaction between EntireX, the TBI server from Software AG, and BusinessManager from Savvion.

The alliance also includes joint marketing activities, and the optimised versions of EntireX and BusinessManager are now available. Business process management (BPM) is vital to staying competitive in the TBI space. Market research analysts at Gartner Group predict that advanced BPM capabilities will become the new differentiator for middleware vendors.

As TBI projects become increasingly critical to enterprises, business process management is assuming a very important role. The success of these projects depends on seamless integration of back-office applications and the communication of business applications with each other, as well as with the front-office and customer-facing applications. Integrating programmes is also necessary to ensure data consistency, to extend legacy and packaged applications and to enable business process management, Gartner analysts say. They forecast the TBI market to grow by 33% on average over the next 4 years.

Based on the partnership, the two companies will offer customers a very competitive complete e-business solution: EntireX for easily integrating enterprise applications, and Savvion BusinessManager to automate and control the enterprise business processes based on the infrastructure managed by EntireX. These business processes often span networks of enterprises, their partners and suppliers. Overseeing cross-business processes in real time brings significant added value to all involved parties.

The combined solution of Savvion BusinessManager and Software AG EntireX links together the two critical layers necessary in any business system - the business-process layer and the integration layer to existing applications and classic systems.

"Savvion BusinessManager is a perfect complement to EntireX," says Geoff Cooke, UK and Ireland Country Manager, Software AG. "As companies are streamlining operations and expanding to embrace the Internet, they not only need real-time integration with legacy systems, they also need to integrate their business processes with their information. Savvion is a perfect example of the partners we have to enable customers to extend their core applications to the Web while preserving IT investments." Software AG and Savvion will showcase the respective technologies at the CeBIT 2002, Hanover, Germany, March 13 - 20.

Software AG’s EntireX middleware connects a wide range of packaged applications and custom-built applications written for environments like CICS, IMS, Natural, and MQSeries. BusinessManager in turn streamlines operations by letting customers quickly automate business processes in multi-tier environments, which can span both XML and traditional applications, and closely manage execution in real time. Both Savvion and Software AG recognise the extensive benefits XML brings to e-business by providing a standardised way for companies to exchange any type of data over the Internet.


"Through this partnership, Savvion and Software AG together can meet the demands of today’s business environments by leveraging Savvion’s years of proven experience in business process management and XML and EAI integration," noted Dr. Ketabchi, Savvion founder and CEO. "By partnering with Software AG, a global company with a presence in more than 70 countries, Savvion can also expand its customer base to deliver new e-business efficiencies to companies worldwide."


About Software AG

Software AG, Darmstadt, Germany, is Europe’s largest system software provider and a major global player offering cutting edge technology for data management and electronic business. Since 1998 the company has focused its development activities on XML products for the Internet. With about 3,300 employees and representative offices in over 70 countries, Software AG has achieved revenues of 589 million euros in 2001. Its distribution and technology partners include market leaders such as IBM, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard as well as innovative IT solutions providers like Extensibility, Softquad and Citrix. Software AG’s products control the central IT processes of thousands of renowned companies worldwide to include Lufthansa, ZDF, Dresdner Bank AG, DaimlerChrysler, Deutsche Bahn AG (German Rail), BP and VIAG Interkom. Software AG is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (MDAX, Security identification number 724264 / SOWGn.F). Software AG’s UK offices are located in Bracknell and Derby. More information at www.softwareag.co.uk


About Savvion, Inc.

Savvion provides software that lets companies operate at their peak efficiency. Savvion BusinessManager TM is a comprehensive business process management platform that allows companies to align their business processes with their corporate strategies and closely monitor these automated operations using proven management systems such as balanced scorecards. By supporting business processes across enterprises and providing complete visibility and control over their execution, BusinessManager delivers significant operational gains, ushering in a new level of competitive advantage. Leading companies use Savvion technology to streamline their operations, including 3Com, Cisco Systems, i2 Technologies, and Fujitsu. Founded in 1994, Savvion is a privately held company headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, visit www.savvion.com or call 1-888-544-5511.

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