November 4, 2008

OpenSpan and Software AG Partner to Extend webMethods Product Suite to Corporate Desktops

OpenSpan, Inc., a leader in desktop productivity and SOA acceleration software, and Software AG, a global leader in business infrastructure software (FRANKFURT: SOW), today announced a partnership designed to extend Software AG's webMethods Product Suite to corporate desktop environments. The partnership enables a wide range of desktop and other legacy applications to participate in Software AG's webMethods Product Suite, streamlining critical processes for business users.

"With the webMethods Product Suite, organizations can build their bridge to SOA and optimize modernization initiatives by extending the value of core systems such as mainframe and server-based applications," said Arnold Huffman, senior vice president, Business Solutions Development, Software AG. "Software AG helps organizations more quickly transform core systems into modern and flexible business applications and processes, all while avoiding costly and risky rip-and-replace strategies. Partnering with OpenSpan allows our SOA value proposition to be extended to the corporate desktop, helping to drive productivity improvements deeper into the enterprise."

The webMethods Product Suite extends the reach of core systems to the Web by modernizing existing user interfaces and provides organizations with the ability to quickly convert existing mainframe and server-based applications into Web interfaces as they build their bridge to SOA. OpenSpan enables webMethods Product Suite customers to include a wider range of corporate desktop applications in their SOA solutions. This includes Windows and Java-based applications, third-party or software-as-a-service applications and even closed applications where no APIs exist. Virtually any application can now be modernized and accessed via the webMethods Product Suite.

The webMethods Product Suite also extends core systems for use in a service-oriented architecture by exposing existing IT assets as new services and enabling core systems to leverage any service. OpenSpan enables virtually any corporate desktop application to consume Web services and allow integration with new applications without having to redevelop the application or modify the source code. Any new service created via the webMethods Product Suite, as well as those developed independently by the customer, can be integrated with existing applications to deliver immediate value.

With OpenSpan, webMethods Product Suite customers can also service-enable a wider range of corporate desktop applications as well as business processes that span multiple applications. OpenSpan's Virtual Broker technology further accelerates the shift towards thin-client computing by enabling corporate desktop applications to be moved off desktops altogether and instead be deployed as a series of services in an optionally virtualized middleware environment.

"In the current economic climate it is imperative that organizations find ways to do more with less--increasing employee productivity and maximizing the investments already made in their existing infrastructure and corporate assets," said Eric Musser, CEO of OpenSpan. "Application modernization is a low-risk way for Global 2000 organizations to get the most out of their existing investments in IT systems, while still providing the new capabilities required to support changing business requirements. We look forward to partnering with Software AG to help organizations improve the effectiveness of their corporate desktop environments."

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Software AG is the world's largest independent provider of Business Infrastructure Software. Our 4,000 global enterprise customers achieve business results faster by modernizing, integrating and automating their IT systems and processes. As a result, they rapidly build measurable business value and meet changing business demands. Based on our solutions, organizations are able to liberate and govern their data, systems, applications, processes and services - achieving new levels of business flexibility.

Our leading product portfolio includes solutions for high performance data management, developing and modernizing applications, enabling service-oriented architecture, and improving business processes. By combining our technology with industry expertise and best practices experience, our customers improve and differentiate their businesses - faster.

Software AG has almost 40 years of global IT experience and over 3,600 employees serving customers in 70 countries. The company is headquartered in Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0003304002 / SOW). Software AG posted total revenues of EUR 621 million in 2007.

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About OpenSpan, Inc.

Global 2000 enterprises leverage the OpenSpan Platform to integrate applications, service-enable legacy systems, automate business processes, extend functionality and build new composite applications in order to realize immediate value on their IT investments. OpenSpan and its partners utilize the company's unique approach to integration to accelerate service-oriented architecture (SOA) deployments and increase enterprise desktop productivity. OpenSpan received the 2008 SIIA CODiE Award for Software Newcomer of the Year, the 2008 Editors' Choice Award from Redmond magazine and the 2007 Product of the Year Award from Customer Interaction Solutions magazine. A venture-backed company, OpenSpan is headquartered in Alpharetta, GA. More information about OpenSpan is located online at