June 3, 2013 – Software AG announced a buyout of fellow German-based vendor alfabet AG to pump up its enterprise architecture and IT process management line.

alfabet provides software geared to map out and streamline IT infrastructures. Software AG CEO Karl-Heinz Streibich said in a statement on the proposed deal that as more business becomes a digital operation, “the importance of optimizing IT landscapes and processes is growing.”

Software AG stated that alfabet’s products are being integrated into its own Enterprise Architecture and IT Portfolio management product lines. In mid-May, Software AG unveiled a trio of solutions called AgileApps Live as a concerted move into the platform, process and integration as-a-service areas, with functionality and offerings based on previous acquisitions of LongJump and ARIS. On Monday, Software AG noted the potential of combining process capabilities from its ARIS offerings with those of alfabet.

With headquarters in Berlin, 16-year-old alfabet AG also has offices in Cambridge, Mass. and Singapore, and counts 135,000 members of its user community. Corporate customers include financial and banking company UBS, auto parts supplier Continental and German coal dealer RAG. Erik Masing, CEO of alfabet, said he was intrigued by the potential expansion of global customers in a move to join Software AG.

Financial details, as well as information on staffing and executive roles, were not disclosed by Software AG, according to a spokesperson. Both vendors have agreed to the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval.

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