Software AG Joins the EAI Industry Consortium and Forms Enterprise Information Integration Committee

London, May 12, 2004 - The EAI (Enterprise Application Integration) Industry Consortium is pleased to announce that Software AG has joined the organisation to create and direct a new Enterprise Information Integration (EII) committee, assume the position of EAIIC German Country Chair and become an Endowment Partner for the upcoming Global EAI Summit in May.

Software AG, one of Europe's largest system software providers, marks the Consortium's first member to join out of Germany. The company has recently increased its focus on the integration market and recognised the need to address a new integration trend, EII. Recently acknowledged by industry analysts, EII better meets the needs of enterprise data information management by leveraging connections between information from different applications and databases. In response to this integration development, Software AG worked with the EAIIC to form an EII Committee responsible for supplying information and guidance to customers looking into EII infrastructures.

Aside from founding the new committee, Software AG took on the position of Germany Country Chair and Endowment Partner for the Global EAI Summit. The appointment of German Country Chair requires Software AG to act as the Consortium's representative in this region which includes working with other members and increasing membership. As an Endowment Partner, Software AG takes on a leadership role for the upcoming Global EAI Summit held in Banff, Canada from 24-28 May.

"Forming the Enterprise Information Integration Committee puts us in a unique position to contribute to the Consortium's value by expanding its focus to include evolving integration issues such as EII," states Jonathan Airey, Vice President, XML Integration Business at Software AG. Jonathan continues, "Working with an organisation that has built-up as much global presence and momentum as the EAIIC, enables us to accelerate our progress in the EAI and EII spaces and do so in partnership with our customers.

Michael Kuhbock, Founder and Co-Chairman of the Consortium states, "Since its founding, the Consortium has continued to gain steady recognition among the integration marketplace worldwide. We are thrilled that Software AG has joined our team and has already taken such a proactive role in the Consortium's activities. We anticipate that Software AG will continue to accept leadership positions worldwide within the Consortium."

Other members joining in April include Oracle, Orsus Software, City of Edmonton, Crowe Chizek & Co. LLC, Sandbox Systems, Textron, Boston Corporate Finance, student members from Europe, Asia and North America and individual members. The total membership now surpasses 160 companies.

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