Software AG unveiled a major update to its webMethods product suite at its 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. 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 Technology
webMethods 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.
"People want the real-time access that in-memory solutions can provide. Business data is growing at an incredible rate, and organizations across all countries and industries have to face the challenge of scaling up their data infrastructure to meet this new pressure," said Nathaniel Rowe, research analyst, Aberdeen Group. "Aberdeen's research into Big Data has shown that organizations with in-memory computing were not only able to analyze larger amounts of data in less time than their competitors - they were literally orders of magnitude faster."
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.
"Our collaboration with webMethods and Software AG has helped provide the right tools and expertise to help us transform our business processes, not only increasing productivity and efficiency, but also increasing our opportunities for innovation", said Jag Ramaswamy, Senior Manager, Global Enterprise Integration at Coca-Cola Refreshments.
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.
"Avnet found the right integration suite—and the right partner. Software AG has proven to be a visionary when it comes to innovation, to consistently standing behind its products and to supporting Avnet's mission-critical business at a moment's notice. By enabling a paradigm shift in the way Avnet's IT performs integration, Software AG has enabled IT to bring greater value to the business through its integration suite, faster," said Ayman Taha, Director – Enterprise Solutions Integration, Avnet.
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.
Software AG's webMethods 9.0 unites cloud, social, mobile and big data technologies in a major development of the company's Cloud and Big Data strategies.
• Cloud: The new webMethods CloudStreams extends Software AG's independent & vendor neutral integration layer to any Cloud based application such as Salesforce.com, allowing any cloud to anything integration
• Mobile: The launch of the webMethods Mobile Suite allows customers to fully utilize mobile opportunities for their business applications utilizing the highest security standards
• Social collaboration: The new webMethods Pulse provide instant mobile notification and interaction between people and significant business events with full use of collaboration & crowdsourcing for process optimization
• Big Data: webMethods is now tightly integrated with Terracotta, a leading in-memory product, providing unparalleled scalability and access to Terabytes of data at the micro-second level
Business Value Faster
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.
About Software AG
Software AG (FRA: SOW) helps organizations achieve their business objectives faster. The company's big data, integration and business process technologies enable customers to drive operational efficiency, modernize their systems and optimize processes for smarter decisions and better service. Building on over 40 years of customer-centric innovation, the company is among the top 10 fastest-growing technology companies in the world and is ranked as a "leader" in fifteen market categories, fueled by core product families Adabas and Natural, ARIS, Terracotta and webMethods. Software AG has more than 5,500 employees in 70 countries and had revenues of €1.1 billion in 2011. Learn more at www.softwareag.com.