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Software AG is the world's largest independent provider of Business Infrastructure Software. Our 4,000 global customers achieve measurable business results by modernizing and automating their IT systems and rapidly building new systems and processes to meet growing business demands. Our industry-leading product portfolio includes best-in-class solutions for managing data, enabling service oriented architecture, and improving business processes. By combining proven technology with industry expertise and best practices, our customers improve and differentiate their businesses - faster. Software AG Get There Faster

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Whitepaper: Application Modernization: Preserving Your Organization's DNA

by Software AGMar 01, 2008

The term "modernization" has once again achieved buzz-word status in the IT industry. The term became very popular around Y2K and then went back into hibernation. Now nearly every major software vendor uses the term somewhere in their marketing, and major analyst firms such as Gartner and Forrester are devoting more and more ink to it. And it's no wonder. A group of CIOs surveyed by Gartner in 2008 reportedly named "legacy application modernization" as the fourth highest overall in a list of technology priorities.

But like any other term with billions of dollars swimming around it, modernization (especially "legacy modernization") has taken on some unexpected connotations. This paper explains what's at stake when organizations contemplate modernization, describes how some vendor solutions portrayed as "modernization" are actually risky and radical substitutes, and then proposes a reasonable way forward that is both modern and moderate.

Core systems are those custom-built systems that support the vital, high-volume data processes unique to a particular enterprise. Core systems are one-of-a-kind and often give organizations a competitive advantage in the marketplace. These systems are typically comprised of millions of lines of code and can support billions of transactions per day.

Core systems are like DNA. DNA is a basic building block of life that contains in its structure all of the history of an organism. The DNA also tells the cells how to behave; it tells the organism how to grow and how to function and is the unique map to that organism�s identity. Core systems are the same. Within these systems � which have been added-to and modified for years or even decades � is data that represents the history of how the organization has evolved. And these systems also embody the unique combination of data and business rules that differentiate an organization and help maintain the organization�s competitive edge in the marketplace.

But even the most finely-crafted DNA is not perfect. Defects and flaws creep in over time, and it can fail to help the organism successfully adapt to a changing environment. So if a company's core systems are its DNA, it is not enough to simply preserve the core systems and move them forward. Core systems must also be improved and enhanced to help the organization better adapt to new challenges.

The key to application modernization is preserving the organization's investment in its core systems as an expression of its unique DNA, while at the same time enabling the new capabilities the business needs to successfully meet stakeholder demands. Application modernization uses the organization's core systems as a launch pad for the future, rather than wasting precious enterprise resources (i.e., time and money) trying to re-create them.

Whitepaper: BPM Done Right: 15 Ways to Succeed Where Others Have Failed

by Software AGMar 01, 2008

The rates of adoption of business process management (BPM) technology are increasing dramatically, and with them, the stories of missed expectations and wasted investment also are on the rise. BPM�s promises are real, but the path to success is littered with pitfalls and shortcuts to failure. Best practices can help you avoid them. The good news is that BPM has now reached a stage of maturity that ensures that customers who are just embarking on using its methods and tools have a wealth of experience to learn from and build on. But don�t embark on BPM assuming your processes are working well. Ensure that you have relevant data on the effectiveness of processes before you automate their execution: Measure first.

Whitepaper: Five Steps for Building the Business Case for SOA Governance

by Software AGNov 01, 2008

IT architects understand that governance is essential to service-oriented architecture (SOA) success, but they need to get the business to understand this as well. With SOA, financial services firms gain a flexible architecture that slashes maintenance demands, improves quality and reusability, speeds the development of new systems, and reduces time to market. But in order to achieve these benefits SOA development must begin with SOA governance. Without governance SOA can turn into chaos. Too often, however, IT architects lack the tools and resources to articulate the business case for SOA governance. This paper will give you the ammunition, language, and methodology to make the business case for SOA governance. You will learn the five essential steps for selling the benefit of governance to business, and set your enterprise on the path of SOA success.

Whitepaper: Taking a Bite Out of Integration Costs with Software AG

by Software AGJan 01, 2009

Apple decided to implement the webMethods Integration Platform to solve existing bottlenecks, and also serve as a platform for integrating new applications and services going forward. According to Dhinu, factors in favor of the webMethods technology were the adoption of industry-accepted standards and emerging Web services standards, and the platform�s demonstrated record for reliability, scalability and performance.