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Software AG signs Relativity reseller deal

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 5 March 2008

Infrastructure software vendor Software AG has struck a global alliance and reseller agreement with Relativity Technologies. Under the terms of the deal, announced during CeBIT 2008, Software AG will offer Relativity’s Modernisation Workbench solution for application modernisation. The Modernisation Workbench is currently used by more than 400 organisations, including seven of the ten largest financial service providers.

“The webMethods Application Modernisation Suite is a universal solution for leveraging all of an organisation’s mainframe assets within a service-oriented architecture. Our partnership with Relativity Technologies works to ensure that we can provide the entire market with a complete offering that is truly end-to-end,” said Dr. Peter Kürpick, president and chief product officer for the webMethods division and member of the Software AG Executive Board.

“From a functional perspective, Relativity Technologies provides a needed on-ramp to SOA by transforming existing mainframe applications into SOA-ready code. Through this approach, enterprises can go beyond the surface – their current interfaces – to fully unlock the business logic, rules and processes that are often deeply embedded in their enterprise systems. This allows them to ‘leverage and extend’ core systems as a faster, safer and cheaper alternative to ‘rip and replace.’”

In terms of high-volume, transactional processing, many enterprises have concluded that mainframe-based systems cannot be beat in terms of the cost-effectiveness, scalability, reliability and security that they provide, according to Software AG.

Another factor causing businesses to update rather than retire their mainframe systems are the business continuity risks associated with wholesale replacement. Driven by these factors, enterprises have increased their focus on Application Portfolio Management (APM) as a means to make critical decisions about where IT-Business misalignments exist, measure the degree of misalignment to determine priorities, and execute application modernisation and application maintenance activities to boost application portfolio alignment.

“With proven leadership in mainframe systems and SOA, the partnership of Software AG and Relativity Technologies is a clear win for customers seeking a single choice for application modernization,” said Steve Maysonave, chairman, president and CEO of Relativity Technologies.

“By using our technology to enhance the capabilities offered by the webMethods suite, enterprises can take advantage of a turnkey and automated process for the modernisation of their application code into reusable web services. Where Software AG differentiates itself is in the multitude of ways that enterprises can leverage these available services as they go beyond just service enablement to create a full-fledge SOA environment.”

Relativity Solutions uses a variety of partner groups to take its solutions to market including strategic alliance partners, delivery partners and technology partners. Current strategic alliance partners include Cognizant, EDS, IBM, Oracle and Unisys. Delivery partners include Bizlogica, Capgemini, CSC, ISM, Patni, Ramco and UST Global.

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