Software AG
Company typePublic
IndustryComputer software
Founded1969; 55 years ago (1969)
HeadquartersDarmstadt, Germany
Key people
  • Sanjay Brahmawar, CEO
    Totkam Khatibzade
    Gross Bernd
    Stefan Sigg
ProductsDigital Transformation & Internet of Things software and consulting including ARIS, webMethods, Adabas & Natural, NaturalONE, Apama, Cumulocity, Zementis, Alfabet, Mashzone Nextgen, CONNX, and Terracotta
RevenueIncrease €958.2 million (2022)[1]
Decrease €75.6 million (2022)[1]
Decrease €19.2 million (2022)[1]
Total assetsIncrease €2678.4 million (2022)[1]
Total equityIncrease €1511.2 million (2022)[1]
Number of employees
4996 (FTE, 2022)[1]

Software AG is a German multinational software corporation that develops enterprise software for business process management, integration, and big data analytics. Founded in 1969, the company is headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, and has offices worldwide.

With over 10,000 enterprise customers in over 70 countries, it is the second largest software vendor in Germany, and the seventh largest in Europe.[2] Software AG is traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOW” and part of the technology index TecDAX.[3]

In 2023, Silver Lake and Bain Capital made separate offers to buy the German company. In June, Software AG had most of its controlling interest acquired by Silver Lake, in a deal valued at 2.4 billion euros.[4][5]


The company was founded in 1969 by six young employees at the consulting firm AIV (Institut für Angewandte Informationsverarbeitung). One of the founders was the mathematician Peter Schnell, who later became chairman of the board for many years.

ADABAS was launched in 1971 as a high-performance transactional database management system. In 1979, Natural, a 4GL application development English-like language, that was mainly developed by Peter Pagé, was launched. The company continued to open offices and subsidiaries in North America (1971), Japan (1974), UK (1977), France (1983), Spain (1984), Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, and Saudi Arabia (1985).

By 1987, Software AG had around 500 employees, 12 subsidiaries in Europe and offices in more than 50 countries. In 1999, Software AG was listed on Frankfurt Stock Exchange and soon after the company released Tamino Information Server and Tamino XML Server.[3]

In January 2005, Software AG acquired Sabratec Ltd, a privately held legacy integration vendor headquartered in Israel.[6] This was followed by the acquisition of its Israeli distributor SPL Software in March 2007[7] and the application modernization business of another Israeli company, Jacada in December 2007,[8] which formed the basis for its research and development center in Israel.

The company launched Centrasite SOA Governance platform in 2006 and with the $546M acquisition of U.S. rival webMethods in 2007 Software AG became active in the enterprise service bus, business process management and service-oriented architecture (SOA) product space.[9]

In July 2009, it announced a takeover offer for the Germany-based company IDS Scheer AG. Since February 2010, IDS Scheer is part of the Software AG Group.[10] In October 2010, the company acquired New Jersey based Data Foundations, a leading master data management provider.[11]

In May 2011, Software AG acquired Terracotta, Inc. and Metismo Ltd. Terracotta Inc is in the field of in-memory technology for high-performance applications and cloud services - especially the middleware platform WebMethods should benefit from this acquisition.[promotion?][12]

In April 2012, Software AG (SAG) announced buying the British technology provider my-Channels. With it, Software AG gained in-house access to universal messaging technology that allowed the company to transfer their data streams quickly and safely to the cloud and mobile applications.[13]

In March 2013, SAG invested in Berlin-based company metaquark, which is specialized in mobile software - the aim is to jointly develop the webMethods Mobile Suite.[14] In April, Software AG bought the US cloud platform provider LongJump, which offers modules and templates for building and running business applications in the public or private cloud settings.[15]

On June 13, 2013, it acquired alfabet AG, a software provider of enterprise architecture and IT portfolio management.[16] Then SAG announced purchased the Apama Complex Event Processing platform of Progress Software; the platform provides an environment for the design and operation of CEP applications providing tools and graphical analysis and test capabilities for analysts, developers and administrators.[17]

In August 2013, Software AG acquired JackBe to serve as the foundation for its Intelligent Business Operations Platform, which provides analytics and decision management for real-time applications.[18] In December, Software AG invested in big data analytics company Datameer,[19][20] which offers self-service Big Data Analytics and "to follow cutting edge technology trends".[21]

On March 27, 2017 SAG announced the acquisition of Cumulocity GmbH, based in Düsseldorf, Germany.[22] On June 12, 2018 Software AG acquired the Belgian self-service analytics company, TrendMiner NV., a specialist in virtual data analysis for the manufacturing and process industry.[23]

In April 2023, private equity firm Silver Lake agreed to buy the company for €2.2 billion (US$2.4 billion).[24] Silver Lake was outbid by Bain Capital in a non-binding counteroffer through its portfolio company Rocket Software, but Software AG's board and management supported the original offer citing its higher likelihood to go through and since it would remain an independent company.[25][26] In June 2023, Silver Lake secured 63% of Software AG.[27]

Corruption allegations

In July 2017 allegations emerged in South Africa that Software AG made "kickback" payments by entering into questionable commission agreements with a Gupta-controlled company in the hope of securing lucrative state contracts.[28] "Software AG [launched] an internal investigation after a media report alleged it had paid kickbacks as part of a wide-ranging South African scandal..."[29]


Company acquired Country Date Business Reference United States USA November 2018 IoT & Cloud Integration [30]
TrendMiner Belgium Belgium June 2018 Data Analytics & Visualization [31]
Cumulocity Germany Germany March 2017 IoT & Cloud Integration [32]
Zementis United States USA December 2017 Predictive Analytics & Big Data [33]
CONNX Solution United States USA August 2016 Technology Provider [34]
alfabet Germany Germany June 2013 Enterprise Software [citation needed]
Apama United Kingdom UK June 2013 Software Product [35]
LongJump United States USA April 2013 CRM Software [36]
Metaquark United States USA May 2014 Mobile Software [14]
JackBe United States USA August 2014 Artificial Intelligence [37]
my-Channels United Kingdom UK April 2012 Messaging Platform Software [38]
Terracotta, Inc United States USA May 2011 Computer Software [39]
Metismo United Kingdom UK May 2011 Mobile Middleware [40]
Data Foundations United States USA October 2010 Enterprise Software [citation needed]
RTM Real Time Monitoring Germany Germany April 2010 Technology Provider [citation needed]
Teconomic Switzerland Switzerland July 2009 Fintech [41]
itCampus Germany Germany October 2018 IT Software [citation needed]
IDS Scheer Germany Germany July 2009 IT Software and ERP Consulting [42]
Jacada United States USA December 2007 IT Software [43]
webMethods United States USA April 2007 ecommerce Software [44]
SPL Software Israel Israel March 2007 System Integration [citation needed]
StreamSets, Inc United States USA February 2022 Data Engineering [45]


Software AG markets software products in technologies like DBMS, application modernization, SOA, BPMS and ESB.[46] Below are a few of their products on the market.

Gartner Rankings

Software AG has been consistently ranked as a leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant reports for enterprise integration platform as a service (iPaaS), enterprise architecture tools, and application integration middleware. In the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service, it was ranked as a leader for the fifth consecutive time.

In the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools, SAG was also ranked as a leader for the fifth consecutive time. Additionally, in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Integration Middleware, the company was ranked as a leader for the 15th consecutive time.[48]


Software AG uses two main customer communities: the ARIS Community,[49] for the user group around ARIS, and the TECHcommunity,[50] for collaboration around Cumulocity IoT, Adabas & Natural, webMethods, Apama, Alfabet, TrendMiner. In August 2021 Software AG introduced its virtual platform Software AG Groups where developers and customers can connect, collaborate, learn and share ideas.

The Software AG University Relations Program organizes events and features free education packages that are self-explanatory, easy to use and made for remote learning. In an effort to build an academic user group, students gain free access to software, video tutorials and online training with the option to get certified upon completion.[51]

In 2022, Software AG partnered with the all electric ERA Championship as a title sponsor, bringing their technological expertise to the series, implementing solutions regarding data and utilizing the series as a platform for the company's ESG initiatives.[52]


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