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Software AG Aims to Extend Legacy Systems Through AJAX

Customer Survey Reveals Concerns About Future of Legacy Systems

Software AG has found in a survey conducted to 180 customer organizations companies have moved away from IT-centric considerations (such as cost savings and platform consolidation) as their primary focus for legacy systems, and are much more concerned with business- centric issues such as real-time access to legacy data, agility and flexibility to meet business demands.

In addition, according to the survey, respondents no longer look predominantly to rewriting, replacing or outsourcing as the primary strategies for dealing with legacy systems. Modernization is now the overwhelming preference. The full report entitled, "Customer Survey Report: Legacy Modernization" (June 2007) is available for free download.

Specific results of the Survey include:

-- More than 60% of respondents analyzed were "very" or "extremely" concerned about "the flexibility of this [legacy] system to be quickly modified to meet changing business requirements."
-- Nearly 60% of respondents analyzed were "very" or "extremely" concerned about "real-time interaction between this [legacy] system
and other systems to support business process automation."

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AJAXWorld News Desk 07/05/07 12:59:51 PM EDT

'The results of our recent global customer survey clearly show that legacy systems are being positioned by IT organizations as significant players in the new enterprise,' said Joe Gentry, CTO of Enterprise Transaction Systems, Software AG. 'Customers are no longer asking, 'How do we get rid of these systems?' Instead they are asking, 'How do we take the business value that already resides in our legacy systems and bring this value into our new enterprise architecture to deliver business results?'