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Three Software AG Customers Recognized as Computerworld Honors Laureates.

* Florida Community College, Jacksonville acknowledged for comprehensive online enrollment system

* Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET) honored for groundbreaking enhancements to information sharing network for Pennsylvania law enforcement and public safety

* City of Philadelphia praised for use of technology to spur urban redevelopment

RESTON, Va. -- Software AG, a global leader in business infrastructure software, today announced that three of the company's customers - Florida Community College, Jacksonville, the Pennsylvania Justice Network and the City of Philadelphia - were recently awarded Laureate status by IDG's Computerworld Honors Program based on their use of Software AG technology. For two decades, Computerworld Honors have identified organizations from around the world whose use of information technology has been especially noteworthy for the originality of its conception, the breadth of its vision and the significance of its benefit to society. In this year's competition, the program recognized the online enrollment system developed by Florida Community College, Jacksonville (FCCJ); the information sharing network for law enforcement established by the Pennsylvania Justice Network; and the City of Philadelphia's information system for real estate development.

This year's honorees were commemorated during the 20th Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards program, held on June 2, 2008 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The technology achievements recognized by this program are preserved and protected within a centralized archive accessible by scholars and the general public alike. The material is also shared with over 350 universities, museums and research institutions throughout the world.

"These awards are a testament to the revolutionary work that our customers are achieving using our technology. What makes these organizations exemplary is how they're making a difference in their community, and we're really proud of the partnerships that we forged with them, going back 30 years in the case of Philadelphia," said Dean Mericka, president of ETS Americas, Software AG.

Florida Community College, Jacksonville launches online enrollment system

Florida Community College, Jacksonville is one of the nation's largest baccalaureate colleges, serving more than 73,000 students a year. The college continues to experience a doubling of online enrollment each year because of rapid growth in its online degree and distance learning programs. To meet the increased demands of a growing student body, FCCJ created a comprehensive online system called Connections that enables students to enroll, select courses, complete coursework and manage their entire educational experience through a single Web-based portal. By doing so, they can avoid the need and expense of visiting one of the college's five campuses or five major centers. FCCJ intended for Connections to be flexible enough to meet the changing technology needs of students and staff. Adopting and implementing Software AG's service-oriented architecture (SOA) technology has allowed the college to define and provision an information technology infrastructure that makes it possible for different applications to exchange data and participate in various processes such as enrollment, billing and class registration.

"We're very pleased and somewhat humbled to be recognized by the Computerworld Honors Program." said Dr. Rob Rennie, CIO and VP, Technology at Florida Community College, Jacksonville.

Dennis Reiman, the college's CTO and Associate VP, Strategic & Emerging Technology, added "this is a validation of the high quality work being done by our talented staff, and we are excited to share this recognition with our technology partners, who have been so supportive of our work."

Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET) advances public safety and law enforcement with enhancements to statewide information sharing network

The Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET) is the commonwealth's primary public safety and criminal justice information network. It was established under executive order in June 1999 with a mission of enhancing public safety through the integration and sharing of criminal justice information throughout the Commonwealth. When the network was first established, application silos and the limitations of point-to-point integration inhibited JNET's ability to quickly and securely present users with a consolidated view of information. In response, JNET has embraced an SOA as the foundation for its "Next Generation Architecture," and successfully deployed a Federated Warrant Search engine that compiles warrant data from across multiple domains.

Today, JNET's integrated justice portal provides a common online environment for authorized users to access public safety and criminal justice information. This critical information comes from various contributing municipal, county, state and federal agencies. JNET's secure Web portal provides access to over 33,000 practitioners throughout the Commonwealth's sixty-seven counties as well as federal and state agencies. JNET also provides these practitioners with the ability to conduct secure investigations in a Web-based environment.

"Through this award, I hope that other law enforcement and government agencies realize how JNET has enabled Pennsylvania's public safety agencies to be more efficient and effective through the use of technology. We couldn't have done this without all of the hard work of those who helped make the Federated Warrant Search a reality," said Dave Naisby, JNET Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Justice Network.

City of Philadelphia invigorates real estate for redevelopment

The City of Philadelphia launched its Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI) as a government-wide program to revitalize neighborhoods citywide. The program is designed to expedite the process of identifying, preparing and assembling potential properties for redevelopment. By fostering new development to replace blighted communities, the city seeks to improve job creation, public safety and economic growth. For NTI to be successful, the city recognized the need for a single, consolidated view of property information to aid in planning efforts, as well as to provide a thorough and concise view of property details for potential investors. In addressing this need, Software AG's technology was used in the development of the Virtual Property Management Information System (VPMIS), which provides real estate developers, citizens, and city agencies with easy access to the information they need to plan for re-development while eliminating much of the red-tape and delays previously encountered.

"To be publicly acknowledged by Computerworld Honors clearly confirms the value that VPMIS brings to the city. This level of success was due, in part, to the support of our housing partners, who are dedicated to strengthening the real estate market and overall economy within our great city," said Joseph James, deputy chief information officer of the Mayor's Office of Information Services of Philadelphia.

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About the Computerworld Honors Program

Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, the Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. In its 20th year, Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to benefit society.

Each year, the program's Chairmen's Committee, a group of 100 Chairmen/CEOs of global technology companies, nominates individuals and organizations around the world whose visionary application of information technology promotes positive social and economic progress. Nominations are evaluated by an independent board of CIO-level judges who select Laureates, Finalists and award recipients, in 10 industry-related categories, to be honored at the Laureate Medal Ceremony. This year's ceremony and accompanying Gala Awards Evening took place on June 2, 2008 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

The technology achievements honored by this program are preserved and protected in national archives, and in over 350 universities, museums and research institutions throughout the world. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories can be found at the Computerworld Honors website:

About Software AG

Software AG is the world's largest independent provider of Business Infrastructure Software. Our 4,000 global enterprise customers achieve business results faster by modernizing, integrating and automating their IT systems and processes. As a result, they rapidly build measurable business value and meet changing business demands. Based on our solutions, organizations are able to liberate and govern their data, systems, applications, processes and services - achieving new levels of business flexibility.

Our leading product portfolio includes solutions for high performance data management, developing and modernizing applications, enabling service-oriented architecture, and improving business processes. By combining our technology with industry expertise and best practices experience, our customers improve and differentiate their businesses - faster.

Software AG has almost 40 years of global IT experience and over 3,600 employees serving customers in 70 countries. The company is headquartered in Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0003304002 / SOW). Software AG posted total revenues of EU621 million in 2007.

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