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Software AG opens KZN branch office in Durban

* KZN market poised for growth
* Automotive, transport and retail markets ready for business process excellence

Software AG, one of the top 10 fastest-growing technology companies in the world and ranked as a "leader" in 15 market categories, officially opened its doors with a branch office in Durban on 1 November 2012. As part of the Software AG growth strategy for South Africa and Africa, KZN becomes an important pillar in the growth plans.

“The commercial growth in KZN is a focus area for Software AG,” says Sales Director Garth Meier. “Software AG is in a unique position to assist customers based in Durban and Richards Bay in achieving efficient and fast business infrastructure changes required to ensure success. Across the automotive, transport and retail industries in KZN, this import and export hub into Africa and the rest of the world is a strategic asset for the country. Recent growth of our KZN customer base makes a local office essential for sales and support into the region.”

Software AG currently has webMethods customers in the automotive, retail and insurance space, including Toyota South Africa, Mass Discounters and McCarthy/Bidvest Financial Services.

The KZN Software AG office currently consists of seven people with a growth plan to be 20-strong by the end of 2013. Software AG will also invest in the region in terms of running a graduate support programme on the webMethods and ARIS technologies. The Software AG internship programme will also commence early in 2013 in partnership with existing KZN customers as the company is committed to ensuring that the skills required for ongoing business success is created and nurtured in the region.

ARIS offers the opportunity for graduates to learn the art of business process, while the webMethods technology offers graduates the ability to apply technical integration, business process automation and SOA skills. Software AG supports an open standards framework and encourages the use of these technologies.

Natural/Adabas customers in KZN will continue to be supported through the established partnership model with Business Connexion in Durban.

Software AG Durban will offer the full suite of services available in Johannesburg and Cape Town – including training, support, sales and consulting services.

The team in Durban is lead by Andre Muzerie, well known in the KZN region for his experience in property, manufacturing and finance sectors. Andre and the Durban team may be contacted at:

Software AG South Africa, The Business Centre, 2 Ncondo Place, Umhlanga Ridge, Durban
Tel: (+27) 31 830 5061, Fax: (+27) 31 571 0760, Mobile: (082) 324 8021, E-mail: andre.muzerie@softwareag.com

Software AG

Software AG (FRA: SOW) helps organisations achieve their business objectives faster. The company's big data, integration and business process technologies enable customers to drive operational efficiency, modernise their systems and optimise processes for smarter decisions and better service. Building on over 40 years' of customer-centric innovation, the company is among the top 10 fastest-growing technology companies in the world and is ranked as a "leader" in 15 market categories, fuelled by core product families Adabas and Natural, ARIS, Terracotta and webMethods. Software AG has more than 5 500 employees in 70 countries and had revenues of €1.1 billion in 2011. Learn more at www.softwareag.com.

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