Software AG wins Hellmann Worldwide Logistics as global customer for the webMethods Integration Platform

Darmstadt, Germany– Software AG (Frankfurt MDAX: SOW) has acquired the globally operating full-service logistics service provider Hellmann Worldwide Logistics as a customer. In the future, Hellmann will switch its mission-critical B2B integration platforms for Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and electronic data exchange (EDI) to Software AG's webMethods. In the course of the changeover, about 750 different interfaces will be transferred to webMethods, tailored to Hellmann's individual needs.

The new platform is the central communication interface to the company's more than 500 global customers, partners, carriers, customs systems and logistics platforms. In addition, Hellmann integrates data and processes between applications along the entire logistics value chain via webMethods Integration.

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics interacts with its customers and partners in a global network that transparently maps uniform transport management systems and process and data integration across the entire supply chain. For this purpose, the logistics service provider depends heavily on the availability, performance, robustness and security of all used software solutions – especially with regard to customer contacts and automated shipment processing. With the switch to webMethods, Hellmann is implementing a future-proof technology that supports the planned growth of the company, the increasing demands on an always transparent logistics chain as well as the cross-departmental and cross-company digital process integration.

"Our confidence in the performance and service quality of a German software manufacturer, as well as the close interlocking between integration, diverse API interfaces and B2B communication channels, were decisive reasons for the conversion of our platform to webMethods of Software AG," says Peter Schenk, Head of IT Governance, IT-Supporting Functions & Platforms at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. "webMethods makes it easier for us to onboard new customers and partners. This is critical to our business. It increases the transparency of the information flow and helps us digitize the complex processes along our global value chain." For the further scaling of global processes, Hellmann relies on Software AG to flexibly adapt to changes in the markets, customers and partners as well as the company itself.

"The dynamic extensibility and flexibility of webMethods are the two main pillars of our high-performance platform," says Matthias Berulla, Sales Executive of Software AG, summing up the technical capabilities and functions of the new B2B platform for the logistics service provider. "Hellmann's IT department will manage and control the platform itself centrally. Working in a unified development environment across all products and interfaces will make it easy for the IT team to integrate emerging divisions as well as new customers and partners."

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