Our commitment to the
public and private sectors
Business and Politics
Active in various areas
Software AG lives up to its role as a socially responsible
company in various areas of business and politics.
The Details of Our CommitmentLearn more about Software AG's initiatives, memberships and funding projects here:
|Digital Industry Association||BITKOM represents more than 2,200 digital sector companies. Of those, more than 1,400 are direct BITKOM members. This sector accounts for 700,000 jobs, generates €140 billion in domestic annual revenues and €50 billion in exports. Software AG is a BITKOM member. BITKOM acts on behalf of its members and is committed to promoting innovative economic policy, modernization of the education system and forward-looking network policy. BITKOM’s top priority is establishing innovation-friendly conditions in Germany. The focal points of BITKOM’s political agenda are education and the next generation of skilled specialists, network policy, data protection and security, e-Government and e-Health, SMEs and startups, copyright, software technologies, consumer electronics, climate protection and sustainability, accessibility and age-appropriate design as well as a new telecommunications and media regulations. Website|
|Shaping the digital transformation together||The National IT Summit took place on June 12-13, 2017 for the first time under a new name, the Digital Summit, in Ludwigshafen. The summit concentrated on the topic of e-health. The Digital Summit and its recurring process establishes several platforms for collaboration for shaping the digital transition among members of government, business, academia and society. The Digital Summit addresses topics in the German government’s Digital Agenda and its organization is oriented accordingly. The Digital Agenda consists of seven areas of action. The Summit process is organized into nine platforms and two forums that develop specific projects and launch initiatives. Karl-Heinz Streibich, CEO of Software AG, co-chairs the Digital Administration and Public Sector IT platform with Klaus Vitt, State Secretary of Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Commissioner for Information Technology. The platform focuses on innovative public administration. Website|
House of IT
|A network of representatives from politics and science||
The Rhein-Main region is one of Europe’s thriving hubs for information and communication technologies. Representatives from science, business and politics created the House of IT to strengthen the ICT sector. Following in the footsteps of the House of Finance and the House of Logistics & Mobility, the House of IT aims to raise awareness for the scientific and economic assets of the region’s software industry both in Germany and abroad. All of its activities are in the interest of an interdisciplinary network of representatives from politics, business and science. The House of IT focuses primarily on promoting sustainable innovation, offering excellent education programs and supporting startups with the ultimate goal of fostering growth of the region’s ICT sector. Participating organizations pursue the following common vision through the House of IT:
• In cooperation with its partners from other flagship projects, the House of IT promotes a clearer perception of the Frankfurt-Rhein-Main region and Darmstadt, the city of science, as an influential European ICT hub, as a "German Silicon Valley" and an ideal ecosystem of new ideas and startups.
• A greater number of high-profile scientists, ICT leaders and specialists, entrepreneurs and exceptional students choose to settle in this region.
• The House of IT helps increase value, innovation and growth in the ICT sector as well as create jobs in the region.
• The House of IT assumes a leading role in the interdisciplinary education of ICT decision makers and specialists.
• The House of IT makes a significant contribution to fostering entrepreneurial spirit in the region, which is reflected by the growing number of startups.
Software AG has held premium membership in the House of IT since March 2011. Website
Initiative D21 e.V.
|Innovative, charitable action in business and politics||The focal point of Initiative D21 is innovative, non-profit activities in business and politics to accelerate the transformation to an information and knowledge society in Germany. Initiative D21 aims to stimulate growth and secure future-proof jobs through better education, training and innovative capability. Software AG is a member and supporter of the activities of Initiative D21. Website|
IT FOR WORK e.V.
|A business network demonstrating competence, faciliating collaboration and fostering growth||IT FOR WORK is the coordinating office in Hessen for the Software Cluster consisting of Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe and Saarbrücken. It unites the different IT competencies in the Rhein-Main-Neckar region, proactively matching them and providing a basis for fruitful business relationships. Its networking events include IT laboratory discussions between business and research as well as matchmaking among potential business partners. Aside from exchange and networking, IT FOR WORK also helps young IT entrepreneurs get off to a successful start. In addition, the network sponsors a job tour to recruit new IT specialists, particularly recent graduates and young professionals. As a company based in Darmstadt and a member of the Software Cluster, Software AG is a member of IT FOR WORK. Website|
|The path to the IT leader of tomorrow||
The Software Campus was established in 2011 at the IT Summit for Politics, Research and Business as a medium to train IT leaders of the future and counter the shortage of IT managers in Germany. It is geared toward exceptionally strong PhD and computer science Master’s students. They conduct a research project of practical relevance with a partner from research and one from business. The project is supplemented with intensive leadership training and mentoring. The German Ministry of Education and Research sponsors the practical training. Since it was established, 17 research and business partners have participated in the Software Campus. Software AG is a member and founding partner of the Software Campus. Website
|The Silicon Valley of Europe||The German software and IT services sector has been an economic powerhouse for some years. Employment in this industry continued growing at an above-average rate even through the recession. Innovation networks, such as the German Software Cluster, are key engines of growth. The region that is home to centers of software development such as Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Saarbrücken and Walldorf is Europe’s leading hub of enterprise software. There are about 11,000 software companies located in the Cluster Region, together generating €25 billion in annual revenue and employing more than 100,000 people. This means that one in every five employees of the German software/IT services sector works in the Software Cluster. In addition to small and medium-size companies, the region is also home to a number of global corporations. According to the most recent Lünendonk lists—an annual ranking of the software and IT industry—11 out of Germany’s 25 biggest software companies are based in the Software Cluster. This gives the Software Cluster, commonly referred to as the "Silicon Valley of Europe," a leading position at a global level as well. Software AG has held the position of spokesperson for the German Software Cluster since April 2014, giving the B2B software sector in the southern German region a strong voice. Website|
Current Research Projects
ELISE is a research project to develop an interactive and emotion-sensitive learning system for developing expertise in the area of business process management. The integrated hardware-software system ELISE is designed as a “serious game,” where learners pass through and play through 3D visual multimedia business processes (process walkthrough) using virtual-reality goggles. The project connects innovations in human-technology interaction with innovations in gamification and embodiment didactics – and it does so for different demographic target groups. This makes the process interactive and provides a unique user experience. ELISE is being funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Software AG is responsible for the development and concept as well as media implementation of selected business processes in the learning system using its ARIS software solution. Learn More
Showcase: Smart Energy - Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition
Software AG is a participating business partner in the enera project. Its aim is to develop a decentralized and dynamic energy system (a smart grid) in order to unite two previously contradictory goals: intensive use of renewable energies on one hand and a guaranteed stable power supply on the other. enera hopes to achieve this through a digital transformation of the energy system. Learn more
The Radar CNS (Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse in Central Nervous System Disorders) research program funded by the European Commission explores the potential of wearable devices and smartphones to prevent and treat illnesses such as depression, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. It aims to improve patient quality of life and possibly change how these and other chronic illnesses are treated. Software AG is one of 24 organizations supporting this project. Software AG’s role focuses on the data analysis and methodology for detecting the disease status, collecting and processing the data in real time as well as visualizing the data and managing patients. Learn more
CeBIT 2017 - Visit of Federal Minister of Economics Brigitte ZypriesBrigitte Zypries is launching the startup competition on the topic "Space 4.0 - From Space to Business" on the stage of the CeBIT stand of Software AG in Hanover. The competition was jointly initiated by Software AG and FabSpace 2.0.
The German National IT Summit
Software AG is an active participant in the annual Digital Summit. This year's summit took place on 12-13 June, 2017 in Ludwigshafen and concentrated on the theme E-Health.
Event at Digital Summit 2017
The Software Campus was established in 2011 at the IT Summit for Politics, Research and Business as a medium to train IT professionals of the future and counteract the shortage of IT managers in Germany.
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