Software AG has unveiled major updates to its webMethods product suite and its ARIS product suite, combining new Cloud, Mobile, Social and Analytic technologies, during the recently concluded ProcessWorld event in the USA. Extending its fully independent integration layer, webMethods 9.0 focuses on uniting the management of Big Data from any source with automated business processes and applications deployed in the cloud, on mobile devices or in-house. ARIS 9.0 focuses on accelerating process improvement by allowing a significantly broader set of corporate skills and experiences to contribute to process design and testing, while its advanced analytic capabilities visually present individually selected business information and KPIs, which can be used interactively on any mobile device.
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Software AG further revealed that ARIS 9.0 and webMethods 9.0 together will help enterprises navigate the dynamically developing world of technology and harness current developments to deliver even more business insight, agility and performance. The basis for this is modular, extendable, adaptable and scalable IT infrastructure supporting agile and automated business processes. An early customer access program for ARIS 9.0 and webMethods 9.0 is scheduled for later in Q4 2012, general availability starts in Q1 2013.
Marco Gerazounis, Senior VP Middle East North Africa & Turkey, Software AG, said: “Big data, cloud connectivity and social networking capabilities are increasingly playing an important role in the growth and success of business enterprises. The new updates to the webMethods and ARIS product suites unlock more powerful and practical functionalities in these key domains, while incorporating advanced analytic capabilities that enhance the ability of enterprises to quickly respond to new business opportunities and evolving challenges.”
Extending its fully independent integration layer, webMethods 9.0 focuses on uniting the management of Big Data from any source with automated business processes and applications deployed in the cloud, on mobile devices or in-house. By combining In-memory, Cloud, Mobile and Social technologies, webMethods 9.0 allows customers to have micro-second access to huge amounts of data, distributing the relevant information to any device and providing the required level of business responsiveness to successfully react to new business opportunities.
“The efficient management of Big Data offers unprecedented business opportunities to enterprises that react fast enough to take advantage of them”, said Karl-Heinz Streibich, CEO of Software AG. “With webMethods 9.0, Software AG has taken a major step in enabling enterprises gain a real competitive advantage and fully address these opportunities.”
Addressing Big Data with In-memory technologywebMethods 9.0 is now tightly integrated with Terracotta, a leading in-memory technology for enterprise Big Data. Terracotta, with over one million deployments and used by over two million developers, brings unsurpassed scalability to webMethods customers. webMethods 9.0 now enables local or distributed data caching providing higher performance and fault tolerance. webMethods 9.0 can also process very large XML documents directly in-memory increasing performance and reducing programming complexity.
Integrating Cloud applications with any IT infrastructure. Delivering on Software AG’s cloud strategy of being the leader in solutions that allow the mix and match of on-premise and cloud applications, webMethods CloudStreams is a new product that allows customers to easily and efficiently integrate SaaS applications such as Salesforce.com with other on-premise and other SaaS applications, and govern their integration. With webMethods Command Central, also a new product, customers can now provision and control functionality to streamline deployment options in hybrid cloud environments.
Mission Critical Mobile Applications.The new webMethods Mobile Suite provides a high level of security for interactive mobile applications. Organizations can quickly build and distribute mobile applications, allowing only authorized users and devices on their networks and preventing malicious threats. Employees, customers and trading partners can now interact with the enterprises’ IT systems from anywhere in a secure distributed environment.
Social Collaboration – Fast Reactions to Business Needs.Social collaboration is emerging in response to the need to react faster to changing business circumstances. It has dramatically changed the way people connect, communicate and collaborate with peers, and is impacting the way companies improve their business performance. The new webMethods Pulse brings real-time information and event streams to the right stakeholders enabling collaborative actions and responses. This is done instantly, independent of location or preferred device.
webMethods Command Central provides operational visibility and control across the entire webMethods landscape, as well as the ability to start/stop environments such as webMethods Integration Server, webMethods Broker and My webMethods Server. webMethods Command Central users are able to configure environments using a single tool, and gain the visibility needed to compare configurations, version levels and fix levels across the webMethods landscape.
webMethods Active Transfer simplifies the process of setting up and managing file transfers with trading partners. It provides a centralized solution that handles all file transfers, providing a fast, reliable and scalable way of exchanging files regardless of size and file volume. Plus, webMethods Active Transfer helps companies meet their file transfer-related SLAs and provides advanced security and access control mechanisms to secure and safeguard mission critical data.
With ARIS 9.0, process improvement is also accelerated through improved operational cross-product analytics and intelligence. To provide rapid access to a larger ARIS user community within the enterprise, the new product ARIS Connect will support deployment in public, private and hybrid clouds.
“Millions rely on ARIS when it comes to designing, publishing, analyzing and optimizing their processes. Now, ARIS 9.0 brings even more innovations to keep businesses agile. For the first time, ARIS customers will be able to collaborate, utilizing the cloud, mobile devices and social media to improve processes faster. With ARIS 9.0 Software AG is making a very real contribution to the knowledge based company,” said Karl-Heinz Streibich, CEO at Software AG.
Connecting more people … anywhere. Social collaboration dramatically changes the way people connect, communicate and collaborate and it’s impacting the way companies improve business processes. With the new product ARIS Connect, enterprises can unlock the power of social collaboration for business and IT improvement. Supporting collaboration by anyone, anywhere and at anytime, ARIS Connect also introduces a new HTML5 based client technology giving access through smart phones and tablet devices.
Social collaboration brings many different stakeholders with different roles and skills together, each having different expectations and different requirements. ARIS 9.0 provides every stakeholder with the right tool environment, product perspective, information, data and user interface to address their role-specific skills and needs. They can adapt the tool to project-specific requirements, from metamodels to UI configurations.
ARIS 9.0 is easier to use and learn, thanks to a new browser based “look and feel with toolbars” and toolbar tabs cluster functionalities. Users save time with shorter paths between features, more tips and intuitive handling.
“With ARIS, we have far more flexibility than before, so we can better support the needs of the various business areas across the enterprise,” said Klaus Weber, Senior Director Risk & Internal Controls at Infineon Technologies AG.
ARIS Connect is fully cloud ready. Customers can run ARIS Connect in public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructures to simplify roll-out and foster adoption.
Advanced Analytics. Today expectations concerning business results have much increased. Modeling activities need to be linked to the focus and vision of the business and communicated effectively to build a responsive, flexible organization. ARIS 9.0 provides results that matter to the daily business of all stakeholders, including advanced analytic capabilities, dashboard technologies and spreadsheets and simulation capabilities. Best-practice content and quick-start Prime methodologies guarantee a fast track to value.