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proALPHA Gains with Software Cluster

Federal Ministry of Education and Research Allocates More than 80 Million Euro for Software Innovations

Jan 27, 2010

On January 26, 2010 Federal Minister of Education and Research Annette Schavan announced the winners of the second round in the Excellence Cluster Competition at Berlin. Among these winners is the largest European software cluster "Software innovations for the digital enterprise". With this decision the Federal Government boosts the German soft-ware industry. The ERP provider proALPHA Software AG with headquarters at Weilerbach close to Kaiserslautern is member of the strategy board of the cluster. The project is funded with more than 40 million Euro.

Joint research focuses on the subject "emergent software". Dynami-cally and flexibly, this software combines a variety of components developed by different providers to meet the highly complex requirements of globalized enterprises. The principle of emergent software is seen as a key innovation for the digital enterprise and future internet applications. In this context "emergence" describes the development of surplus value over and above the sum of its fractions.

Already today the technology platform of the complete business solution proALPHA meets the requirements for flexibility and efficiency in business processes to a great extent.

In the establishment of an excellence cluster, proALPHA CEO Werner Ernst sees the chance to even extend the innovation advantage:

"Increasingly complex business processes have to automatically adjust to changing general conditions. The event-driven proALPHA workflow management is an excellent basis which requires globally valid stan-dards to unfold its full potential. The cooperation between medium-sized companies like proALPHA, research institutes and the big ones in the business within the scope of these excellence clusters is the necessary precondition."

In addition to that, he is convinced that in the future the Southwest of Germany will be recognized as the national software centre.

The cluster is considered to be the European "Silicon Valley". It comprises centres at Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Saarbruecken and Walldorf. In the scope of six projects the cluster itself (management, networking, international presence, education and training, utilization) and the technological and methodical research and development of software solutions for the digital enterprise is to be brought forward.

Members of the software cluster are the big German providers of business software IDS Scheer AG, SAP AG and Software AG, other small and medium-sized companies in the software industry for example IMC AG, Seeburger AG, proALPHA Software AG and intelligent views GmbH. The three leading research centres for computer science (DFKI, Fraunhofer, FZI) and the renowned computing faculties of the Darmstadt university represented by the LOEWE CASED centre, the Kaiserslautern university, the Karlsruhe institute for technology and the Saarland university contribute their expert knowledge in research, development and training to the cluster project.

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