Software AG Named a ‘Leader’ in SOA Service Life-cycle Management by Independent Research Firm

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- Inaugural report finds that ‘Service Life-Cycle Management is a major enabler Of SOA’
- Evaluation encompassed 96 criteria, including comprehensive analysis of CentraSite
- Software AG receives highest score for ‘Market Presence’

Software AG, a global leader in business infrastructure software, today announced that it was recognized as a ‘Leader’ in the recently published The Forrester Wave™: SOA Service Life-Cycle Management, Q1 2008 [by Larry Fulton with Randy Heffner and David D’Silva (January 28, 2008)]. According to Forrester Research, a leading independent IT research firm, "Service Life-Cycle Management is a major enabler Of SOA"1. Complimentary copies of the report can be found at WWW.SOFTWAREAG.COM/AWARDS.

Forrester’s comprehensive evaluation encompassed 96 criteria with Software AG named a leader in the report. Software AG also earned the top score in the evaluation for ‘Market Presence’. The company was also credited with "…providing the strongest user experience."2

"By bringing CentraSite together with webMethods Infravio, we’ve created a highly differentiated product that has been recognized for its enterprise-class and global-class performance, ease-of-use, and comprehensive support for a full-range of SOA activities," said Dr. Peter Kürpick, Chief Product Officer for the webMethods division and member of the Software AG Executive Board. "This most recent recognition from Forrester is particularly gratifying due to their deep understanding of our users’ real-world requirements. With significant development already underway for our next release later this year, we’re also confident in our ability to maintain our position as a leader for years to come."

According to Forrester’s vendor scorecard for Software AG3:

- "CentraSite provides solid functionality in most areas, with very strong core capabilities . . ."
- "CentraSite provides leading functionality in impact analysis and service definition and strong support of other portfolio management needs."
- "Among the largest installed bases of products in this evaluation, with significant annual growth."

Forrester also concluded that ‘[a]s the product develops, CentraSite’s pragmatic and collaborative view of the enterprise, combined with deeper integration of Infravio’s significant workflow and repository horsepower, will strengthen its position as a highly flexible, easily consumed, and vendor neutral solution."4 Software AG received the top score for ‘Market Presence’ in the report. Criteria used for this rating included the strength of a company’s installed base; market presence in terms of productrelated revenue; recent growth and momentum; and the range of available support services offered for getting started. Software AG earned the second highest score in the evaluation for ‘Current Offering’ as well.

"Governance is too often viewed as a passive activity solely focused on ensuring baseline performance. In reality, it is an active process that can be used to dramatically improve service quality, to streamline development and accelerate end-user adoption, and to overcome the dayto- day challenges associated with SOA’s inherent complexity," said Mike Matsumura, Deputy CTO, Software AG. "Forrester clearly understand this. As such, we’re extremely delighted by their recognition of our position as a leader in service lifecycle management. We’re also indebted to our global customer base, who’s first-hand perspective have helped us to create a real-world solution."

Previously, Software AG had been named a ‘Leader’ in The Forrester Wave™: Human-Centric BPM for Java Platforms, Q3 2007 [by Colin Teubner with Connie Moore, Jamie Barnett (August 3, 2007)].

1 The Forrester Wave™: SOA Service Life-Cycle Management, Q1 2008 [by Larry Fulton with Randy Heffner and David D’Silva (January 28, 2008)].

2 The Forrester Wave™: SOA Service Life-Cycle Management, Q1 2008 3 The Forrester Wave™: SOA Service Life-Cycle Management, Q1 2008 – Vendor Scorecard: Software AG [by Larry Fulton (January 28, 2008)].

4 The Forrester Wave™: SOA Service Life-Cycle Management, Q1 2008
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