Software AG Announces webMethods 9.5, Process Live, and Portfolios Live

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Software AG released new or enhanced offerings for three products:

Process Live Released: Integrating Social Collaboration with Process Improvement in the Cloud (a SaaS offering)

Software AG announced the availability of Process Live at Innovation World 2013, its global user's conference in San Francisco. Process Live is a cloud based service integrating social collaboration with process improvement. Process Live is built on ARIS technology which has shaped the business process management discipline over the last 20 years. It offers customers maximum agility in running process improvement projects when required, without upfront investment or installation bottlenecks. As a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering, Process Live leads to faster time to value while at the same time reduces total cost of ownership. Giving customers the scalability and flexibility offered by the public cloud is an integral part of Software AG's strategy of empowering the Digital Enterprise.

 

Process Live is part of Software AG Live, a cloud-based suite unifying process improvement, IT portfolio management, agile application development and application integration.

 

With Process Live organizations can design, share and collaboratively improve processes in the Cloud. It is easy to use and provides innovative ways to visualize process content enabling all stakeholders to participate in process improvement projects. To ensure enterprise-wide participation in process improvement initiatives, social collaboration is seamlessly integrated in Process Live. This turns a one-way street into an interactive dialog, increasing awareness and acceptance of process improvement initiatives. As Process Live is integrated with the ARIS Community, users can leverage the knowledge of over 250.000 community members for their projects.

 

"Process Live gives us the opportunity to start process improvement projects immediately and to dynamically scale them based on demand and maturity. The new user experience and the social collaboration capabilities turn process management into an interactive dialog, increasing awareness and acceptance which significantly eases change management. Process Live truly unlocks social process improvement in the Cloud which marks a new era for process management", said Fabian Erbach, Partner at the management consultancy firm, the Litmus Group, in Singapore.

 

"With Process Live we have created a brand new native cloud offering, capitalizing on the experiences collected with ARIS in thousands of customer projects. We are giving access to the speed and accuracy of a process driven business to departments and organizations of any size", said Software AG CTO Wolfram Jost. "With a fully scalable investment model, business users have direct access to powerful process improvement tools when and for how long they need them – without having to involve the IT department".

 

Process Live is part of Software AG Live a cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) suite. It addresses today's business needs with unmatched speed, ease-of-use and full support for social and mobile collaboration. Subject matter experts and IT professionals alike across organizations can design and develop agile applications while easily integrating existing systems.

 

For more information visit: http://www.processlive.com

Software AG: webMethods 9.5 Launched at Innovation World 2013

Software AG announced the launch of the next version of the market-leading webMethods 9.5 platform at its annual Innovation World user's conference in San Francisco. The focus at this year's Innovation World is on how to maximize the new business opportunities and competitive advantages provided by the increasing digitization of the business world and the public sector. webMethods 9.5 is another significant step in combing cloud, mobile and social technologies with automated business processes and the agility needed to fully utilize the Digital Enterprise.

 

This release delivers three new major capabilities as well as a series of enhancements across the webMethods Suite. The new features in webMethods 9.5 include:

  • Elastic ESB: FFor the first time customers can dynamically scale their implementations into private and public clouds. This allows customers to handle peak demands and quickly bring on new capacity without downtime or manual intervention.
          
  • Social BPM: The webMethods BPMS solution now provides guidance tools to help users be more effective and efficient  in managing and completing tasks.  With Social BPM, tasks can be tagged to facilitate the identification of expertise resources so that  work can be routed to the best expert available.  This improves the efficiency in the delegation of task assignments.
          
  • Mobile BPM: Users can now remotely monitor in-progress processes using a pre-built mobile business process monitoring      application that is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Aggregated views of process instances give instant insight into stalled or failed processes, providing the ability to graphically visualize the failure step to identify and respond to problems in real time.

 

"Disruptive trends such as cloud, mobile and social continue to drive organizations' expectations for interacting with projects and applications," said Wolfram Jost, CTO at Software AG. "By extending the mobile, cloud and alignment capabilities of our solutions, we greatly improve how quickly and effectively customers can respond to their market needs".

 

In addition webMethods 9.5 provides many enhancements to the webMethods Suite, including:

  • Updates to the Model-to-Execute functionality and methodology, which automates the alignment of business process analysis with automated system- and task-based business processes.
          
  • Stage & Milestone Support: Business executives and process owners can now get high-level visibility into their process status  and separate the signal from the noise.  With this visibility they can quickly understand whether SLAs have been reached or breached across the key milestones that constitute their business process.
          
  • Enhanced Upgradability provides superior user experience and peace of mind when migrating from prior webMethods releases. This reduces the overall effort for businesses looking to migrate to the newversion

 

For more information about webMethods 9.5, please visit: http://www.softwareag.com/webmethods

Software AG Announces the First Public Cloud Offering for IT Portfolio Management - Portfolios Live

Software AG announced the availability of Portfolios Live at its global user's conference Innovation World 2013 in San Francisco. Portfolios Live is a new cloud-based service that provides CIOs the ability to manage and transform IT landscapes based on comprehensive and accurate budget, regulatory, legal and technical information. Portfolios Live offers a set of pre-configured solutions for specific tasks that enterprise architects and portfolio managers manage on a day-to-day basis. This new solution combines best practices and guidance to collect, connect and assess available IT assets and support both the IT and business decision making needed to transform an organization into a Digital Enterprise.

 

Portfolios Live offers CIOs precise and transparent management of their IT landscapes and is part of Software AG Live - a Platform-as-a-Service suite that also includes process design, agile application development and application integration.

 

Portfolios Live provides the transparency required for comprehensive and accurate IT planning. It equips portfolio owners to gather and maintain high quality data concerning their full application landscape. Based on this, it provides step-by-step guidance and ultimately the visualization and reports that make the basis and justification for IT investment decisions apparent. It identifies candidates for consolidation or transition into the cloud, assesses the cost structure of the application portfolio, the underlying technological risk and contractual obligations.

 

For the first time, organizations have a ready-to-use infrastructure to collect their IT data, without upfront investment or installation bottlenecks, and have it connected and assessed in pre-configured portfolio views that are readily applicable to their businesses.

 

"Identifying the cost and strategic business support of your IT assets is a fundamental first step on the road to the Digital Enterprise", said Software AG CTO Wolfram Jost. "Having this service available in the cloud enables organizations to start well informed IT planning at a project level and scale up on demand."

 

Enterprises must increasingly address new business opportunities through information technology against a background of flat IT budgets. Therefore a closer assessment of the costs of maintaining IT systems can free budget for new, innovative solutions. But freeing budget without impacting the operational business requires transparency. Research  by IDG, among financial IT investment decision makers, shows that almost 60 percent of financial decision makers cannot oversee the impact of IT budget cuts on business performance and risk exposure. Boston based Nucleus Research , which specialize in ROI studies, found that most organizations are struggling to have reliable data at hand when it comes to their digital assets. The study shows that enterprise IT decision makers have to rely on information that is, on average, 14 months old and is only 55 percent accurate.

 

Portfolios Live is part of Software AG Live a cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) suite. It addresses today's business needs with unmatched speed, ease-of-use and full support for social and mobile collaboration. Subject matter experts and IT professionals alike across organizations can design and develop agile applications while easily integrating existing systems.

 

For more information visit: http://www.portfolioslive.com

 

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