I wrote a post a few months back about Software AG’s acquisition of IDS Scheer in which I said the firm was increasingly vying with SAP for the position of German “national software champion”. I was subsequently invited to meet Dr Peter Kuerpick, the firm’s Chief Product Officer last week.
First off he was at pains to emphasize that Software AG is not just a European company. I was surprised to find that only 9% of revenues are from Germany. But then having acquired firms like webMethods that should be no surprise. The company has 800 people working in R&D and 3/4 of those are in Seattle, USA, and in India.
We need to consult the customer. We need to explain the value. Customers told us “IBM is an adviser, you are a reseller”
We have 2 camps – a very happy ARIS camp, for non-IT centric views on the process, and we also have happy customers, with automated processing using BPM technology. But i am not a believer in AI – you’re not going to get a process from nowhere. But you can be semantically consistent – i have these business objects and can transfer them across. We’re not believers in case tool/code generation.