Software AG: 14th Consecutive Year Named A Leader in Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Architecture Tools

  • Software AG evaluated for Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute
  • New product release expands on AI facilities for harvesting portfolio insights
  • Integration with Microsoft Teams extended to include cross-product calendaring
  • Alfabet FastLane for mid-market buyers now with investment portfolio management capability

Darmstadt, Germany – Gartner, Inc., a company that delivers actionable, objective insight to executives and their teams named Software AG a Leader in its 2021 “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools,” published on November 9, 2021*. This is the fourteenth consecutive year that Gartner named Software AG a Leader for its Ability to Execute and its Completeness of Vision.

Dr. Stefan Sigg, chief product officer, Software AG, noted: “We are pleased with Gartner’s recognition of Software AG as a Leader in the EA Tools market. We believe Software AG’s continued Leaders position lies in its consistent delivery of innovative capabilities such as leveraging AI and business collaboration platforms to provide portfolio management insights to business users – key stakeholders in digital transformation. The global organizations from all industries that make up our customer base have diverse needs that require comprehensive and versatile capabilities such as those provided by Alfabet backed up by a strong organization.”

The Gartner report comes just a week before Software AG’s new Alfabet release 10.11. Highlights of the release are:

  • Dynamically Composed Portfolio Insights: Provides an AI-based conversational user interface (CUI) for harvesting of architecture and portfolio insights using natural speech patterns for information search.
  • Embedded MS Teams Calendaring: Enables creation - in Alfabet - of MS Teams meetings on EA-related topics. The meetings automatically become part of the relevant users’ MS Teams calendars.
  • Universal REST API Connector: Facilitates integration between Alfabet and third-party products using a code-less, business user-ready connector to almost any REST API endpoint.
  • Portfolio Analytics with Self-service Context Discovery: Allows users to choose in which context to view portfolio analysis results, e.g. in an information flow diagram or portfolio chart, to find the most relevant expression of the data.
  • Multi-perspective Object Assessment: Performs portfolio assessments in 3D using multiple evaluation criteria to evaluate objects from various perspectives such as evaluating business capabilities vis-á-vis competitor organizations.

Further development of Software AG’s Alfabet FastLane product for entry-level portfolio management equips the customer with new investment portfolio management capabilities that relate projects with capabilities, applications and technologies to help align capital expenditure with business goals, plan architecture support for projects and monitor project portfolio delivery progress.

The Gartner report notes: “Leaders have a deep understanding of the realities of the market, a reliable global delivery record, an ability to influence the market’s direction, along with an ability to attract and keep a growing customer base. In the EA tool market, leadership implies understanding, facilitating and supporting the strategic role enterprise architects play at a much broader level. They are more business-strategy-focused, with a shared operating model at the business level that helps drive the relationship with IT. Leaders must not only demonstrate a market-leading vision, but also the ability to execute on that vision”

A complimentary copy of the report is available here.

*Gartner, ”Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools”, by Gilbert van der Heiden, Akshay Jhawar, Nolan Hart, 9 November 2021. Prior to 2012, Software AG was listed as Alfabet because Software AG acquired Alfabet in June 2013.

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About Software AG

Software AG is the software pioneer of a truly connected world. Since 1969, it has helped 10,000+ organizations use software to connect people, departments, systems and devices. Software AG empowers truly connected enterprises using integration & APIs, IoT & analytics and business & IT transformation. Software AG’s products establish a fluid flow of data that allows everything and everyone to work together. The company has about 4,700 employees across more than 70 countries and annual revenue of over €800 million, with the aim of exceeding €1 billion by 2023.