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Software AG Unveils XML Enablement Capability for Federal Government Agencies.

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RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 27, 2003

Capability combines XML and Web Services to help federal agencies modernize legacy systems, improve compliance and increase operating efficiencies by up to 70%

Software AG, Inc., a pioneer in XML solutions, today unveiled its XML Enablement capability for federal government agencies.

Designed to support e-Government functions such as legacy system modernization, paperless transactions and on-time delivery of operational data, Software AG's XML Enablement capability promotes cost savings and compliance by helping agencies to:

-- Reduce by 25% to 30% the amount of low-level coding needed to

deliver content

-- Identify and eliminate redundant data sources

-- Access vital information without redesigning back-office


-- Operate based upon a uniform view into disparate information


-- Integrate structured and unstructured data sources without

moving the data

Software AG's XML Enablement is a group of services, products and best practices that uses XML (Extensible Markup Language) and Web Services to build "views" of information from disparate enterprise sources. These views are placed as XML documents into an Enterprise Metadata Repository (EMR) - a single, understandable collection of views into all information assets - where users can request views using HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol). Users can then retrieve the information itself from various sources as HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) or XML documents for secure publishing to internal and external systems.

"The most recent large-scale attempt to connect government applications together - Enterprise Application Integration (or EAI) - failed in part due to its focus on connecting systems rather than enabling organizations to see what data they have, where it is located, and how to make it useful, " said Bill Ruh, Senior Vice President of Professional Services for Software AG, Inc. "By applying XML and Web services to create uniform business views of data we can help agencies extend the lifespan of their existing IT systems and improve overall efficiencies by up to 70%."

Software AG's XML Enablement capability supports four core processes that help agencies manage information better: Enterprise Metadata Repository, Data Services, Composition and Publishing:

Enterprise Metadata Repository (EMR)

At the core of Software AG's XML Enablement capability is the Enterprise Metadata Repository (EMR), a metadata management system that enables agencies to organize and manage their business data and content in a central facility. The EMR includes a cross-platform data dictionary and enables users to store, query and annotate information from disparate systems. Compliant with both Common Warehouse Metamodel(TM) (CWM(TM)) and Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI), the EMR uses commercial off-the-shelf authoring and developing tools and supports enterprise capabilities such as versioning, check-in/check-out and impact analysis. The EMR allows users to define processes for creating new documents, and then composes the documents automatically in XML or HTML by drawing data and content from various sources. Completed documents are stored in WebDAV compliant folders.

Data Services

Software AG's XML Enablement supports Data Services, which harness the open standards of XML and Web Services to expose selected information from various systems (even legacy systems) internally and externally. Information exposed through Data Services can be "called" or accessed by Web Services-enabled systems using Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and Web Services Description Language (WSDL).


Based upon views of information residing in the EMR, and drawing upon the core data itself exposed through Data Services, XML Enablement then aggregates, transforms and filters data from disparate systems to compose new documents. Filters can be applied to these composite documents to allow or restrict access, and new views can be created based upon organizational roles or other criteria.


Once composite documents have been created through XML Enablement, they can be published to internal or external recipients in user-readable formats such as spreadsheets, Web pages or word processing. The new documents themselves can also be published as Web Services, enabling them to be called and read by other systems.

To help government agencies understand and evaluate the benefits of XML Enablement, Software AG provides a 2-day Solution Discovery session. For details, contact Software AG, Inc. at (877) SAG-4XML or

About Software AG, Inc.

Based in Reston, Va., Software AG, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Software AG, headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany. Founded in 1969, Software AG continues to be Europe's largest and a leading global provider of system software and services enabling enterprise data integration and management. Software AG's products control the central IT processes of thousands of renowned companies worldwide including Delta Airlines, Citibank, Merck and Sony. Software AG develops products and solutions that support the XML (Extensible Markup Language) standard. XML simplifies the exchange of documents and data as well as the integration of cutting-edge Web applications into traditional IT architectures. Software AG works with such sales and technology partners as IBM, Sun, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, BEA and Stellent. In 2002, the corporation achieved 475 million euros in total revenue. Software AG has offices in over 70 countries and currently employs a staff of about 3,000.

Software AG and/or all Software AG products are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Software AG. All other product and company names mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only, and may be the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.
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