Analysis of Software AG, vendor of ADABAS and other data management and middleware products. Related subjects include:
- (in Software Memories) Historical notes on Software AG
I’m getting a flood of press releases today, because many of the companies I write about were selected to Intelligent Enterprise’s list of 12 most influential vendors plus 36 more to watch in the areas Intelligent Enterprise covers (which seems to be pretty much the analytics-related parts of what I write about here and on Text Technologies). It looks like a pretty reasonable list, although I think they forced the issue in some of the small analytics vendors they selected, and of course anybody can quibble with some of the omissions.
Among the companies they cited, you can find topical categories here for IBM (and Cognos), Informatica, Microsoft, Netezza, Oracle, SAP/Business Objects (both), SAS, and Teradata; QlikTech; Cast Iron, Coral8, DATAllegro, HP, ParAccel, and StreamBase; and Software AG. On Text Technologies you’ll find categories for some of the same vendors, plus Attensity, Clarabridge, and Google. There also are categories for some of these vendors on the Monash Report.
Since I was researching Software AG anyway, I took the opportunity to ask about Software AG’s native XML DBMS Tamino, which certainly has some fans. Jim Fowler, Software AG’s Director of Market Development, Enterprise Transaction Systems, was kind enough to write up the following for me:
As you know, when Tamino was released in the late 1990s it was one of the first – if not the first – commercially available native XML database. We now have several hundred Tamino customers worldwide, and Software AG is fully committed to supporting our customers.
At the same time, we recognize that XML has matured and evolved in many different directions during the past decade; Read more
The two oldest major software products companies may well both be German – SAP and Software AG. They’re both a little older than CA (which, directly, or indirectly, has bought most of the other pioneers), Information Builders, or SAS, none of which – if I recall correctly – was founded before 1975-6.
In its current configuration, Software AG is based in Germany, publicly traded, and divided into two divisions:
- ETS (Enterprise Transaction Systems), perhaps better thought of as “Software AG Classic.” This is a 350 million Euros business, solidly profitable and still growing, albeit slowly.
- WebMethods, a SOA/integration division named after the biggest of the acquisitions it’s built from. This is a 100 million Euros business growing Very Fast.