Software AG Buys Apama from Progress Software

Complex event processing platform will help enable digital enterprises


Darmstadt, Germany—June 18, 2013—Software AG executed an agreement with Progress Software to acquire Apama, its platform for Complex Event Processing (CEP) and CEP-powered solutions. The Apama CEP platform together with Software AG’s low-latency messaging and in-memory technology will enable customers to gain maximum value from real-time business data in any business area where sub-second response times to events are critical, such as fraud detection; capital markets trading; or customer experience management.

“Data can lose its value in an instant,” said Robin Gilthorpe, Chief Executive Officer, Software AG. “Software AG’s big data technology focuses on empowering enterprises to react to complex data while that data is still live and while a reaction still has significant business impact—whether preventing fraud, increasing sales or even in saving lives. This acquisition is a major step in delivering on our strategy of empowering enterprises to derive meaningful business insights and value from big data.”

Apama CEP allows organizations to correlate and analyze business activities across multiple data streams in real-time and take immediate action in response. In addition, Apama CEP will enable customers to fully design, test, monitor and control the industrial internet to a new level of precision and at a new level of intelligence.

Under the deal, Software AG will take over the Apama technology teams based primarily in Cambridge (United Kingdom), Bedford (U.S.) and Hyderabad (India). Also included are the global Apama sales and technical teams which serve their extensive customer base in financial services, communications and other markets. Software AG will maintain the Apama product brand given the high brand recognition of Apama in the CEP market. Software AG will also continue and expand Apama’s industry and solution focus areas, including capital markets trading, risk and surveillance, as well as more broadly location and context-aware customer experience management and fraud prevention.

Software AG’s big data strategy focuses on delivering real-time insights from any big data source to any type of device for immediate action. It combines in-memory data management with event stream processing and messaging to deliver real-time business insights. Software AG’s big data platform will enable a new class of applications that easily adapt to emerging use cases and new data sets. These goals have not been achievable using traditional disk-based data management approaches. Apama is a low-latency CEP platform that fully complements Software AG’s product portfolio.

“Both Progress and Software AG are committed to making this transition as seamless as possible for customers and to continue providing them with the highest levels of support to which they’ve become accustomed," said John Bates, Co-founder of Apama and Chief Technology Officer, Progress Software. "I will be joining Software AG once the transaction is completed and am personally committed to this transition.”

The Apama Event Processing Platform is a complete design and deployment environment for CEP applications. From graphical design tools to research and back-testing utilities, the complex event processing (CEP) platform provides analysts, developers and administrators a full lifecycle design center that is optimized for CEP solutions. Apama is used by capital markets participants in trading, risk and compliance.

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