Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) today announced the company was cited as a leader in a recent independent report — “The Forrester Wave™: Streaming Analytics, Q3 2017”— for its Apama Streaming Analytics Platform. The report is targeted towards AD&D (application development and deployment) professionals who are “looking to enhance or build applications that sense, think, and act in real time”.
The report, principally authored by Mike Gualtieri, noted: “there is no stopping Apama to become the real-time engine for digital transformation that extends all the way from the factory floor to direct customer interactions ... Software AG customers include Bosch, Deutsche Post DHL Group, HSBC, and Octo Telematics.”
Software AG recently made several significant moves that it believes contributed to the company’s highest possible score in the strategy category, including:
· The acquisition of Cumulocity along with the integration of Cumulocity’s IoT offering with Software AG’s Digital Business Platform into a broader offering called Cumulocity IoT, an Industrial IoT platform offering a choice of SaaS, PaaS, Edge and on premise deployment. This new IoT platform comes with pre-configured solution accelerators that enable enterprises to quickly and painlessly get started with IoT. Key features of Cumulocity IoT include industry leading device, cloud & enterprise integration - streaming and predictive analytics - improved strategic IoT scenario planning (including modeling the impact of IoT on existing business processes)
· The acquisition and integration of Zementis, which provides software for “Deep Learning”, a key capability in machine learning and data science, and a fundamental technology driving “Artificial and Cognitive Intelligence” development. Machine learning as well as Artificial and Cognitive Intelligence are the key technologies for building smarter, next-generation IoT applications and are key competitive capabilities for building responsive organizations. To accelerate time-to-insight, Zementis provides rapid operational deployment of predictive models – from basic statistical algorithms to complex predictive models and deep learning capabilities - for mission-critical applications such as risk scoring, fraud detection and predictive maintenance.
· Continued development and innovations of MashZone Nextgen visual analytics, Terracotta In-Memory Data Management and enrichment for streaming content, and Universal Messaging that is used for high-speed, reliable messaging across a broad range of protocols and APIs.
According to the Forrester report, “Software AG’s Apama continues to be a broadly applicable and perennially capable streaming analytics platform. With its recent acquisition of Cumulocity, Apama deeply extends its reach deeper into industrial IoT (Internet of Things) use cases by providing device management, digital twin, and other connectivity-oriented services.”
Moreover, Software AG added to their Internet of Things offering with the formation of a new strategic alliance with DMG MORI, Dürr, ASM and Zeiss to establish ADAMOS as a global standard for machine tool and plant engineering equipment firms. The alliance plans to attract other Machine Tool and Mechanical & Plant Engineering Equipment vendors to join the Alliance globally.
In the manufacturing industry, the potential for connected Machine Tool and Mechanical & Plant Engineering Equipment to improve productivity in the production process and the supply chain is vast. By creating global standards and processes, manufacturing equipment can more easily be connected, managed, and made smarter to drive the fourth industrial revolution (or Industrie 4.0). The strategic alliance will develop the ADAMOS platform – an open, non-proprietary, fully customizable platform that brings together the most up-to-date IT technology and industry knowledge.
Dr. Wolfram Jost, Chief Technology Officer, Software AG, noted: “We believe this report validates our approach in leveraging the powerful Apama Streaming and Predictive Analytics capabilities in our Digital Business Platform as well as in the Cumulocity IoT platform; however, we did not stop there and brought in key industry expertise and knowhow with the formation of the ADAMOS alliance. The new ADAMOS standards will especially help small to mid-sized Machine Tool and Mechanical & Plant Engineering Equipment vendors as they align with global norms and practices of larger manufacturing firms. Most importantly, these firms will be able to confidently share data and access proven software solutions that will be available to everyone.”
Anneliese Schulz, Vice President, Software AG Asia, shared “Asia Pacific’s IoT market is expected to reach 8.6 billion connected devices by 2020 and 86% of companies in the region will have some form of IoT in place by 2019. The capabilities of our Apama Streaming Analytics enables customers in the region to glean real-time insights from the plethora of data, rapidly streaming in from IoT devices, to provide new value to their businesses. We remain committed to providing our customers with a comprehensive product portfolio to prepare them for the digital future.”
Apama’s Streaming Analytics is fundamental to enterprises deriving maximum knowledge, value, contextual insights, and competitive advantage from the rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT). Continuous analytics on streaming data can be performed to identify business patterns, which have happened or are about to happen. Apama supports distributed architectures and runs in the cloud, on-premises, and, due to its small hardware footprint, at the edge. Visualizations and visual analytics for business users support both human-oriented and automated intelligent actions.
The Apama Streaming Analytics Platform is a core module of Software AG’s Digital Business Platform, an integrated set of powerful technologies, capabilities and methodologies for managing a digital transformation and for reshaping business designs that enable an enterprise to be more data-driven, customer-obsessed, hyper-connected and super-agile. The Digital Business Platform is offered in the cloud, as a service, on premise, or in a hybrid configuration.
The report is available here.
 The Forrester WaveTM: Streaming Analytics, Q3 2017 by Mike Gualtieri, September 7, 2017