On May 30 in Saarbrücken, Software AG celebrated 25 year anniversary of ARIS. Software AG were particularly proud and happy that Minister President, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer gave her greetings to the success story starting in Saarland.
First Wolfram Jost, Member of Executive Board from Software AG, gave a speech in which he looked at 25 years of ARIS. It started as a standalone PC application and has evolved into a functionally broad and stable platform. The partnership with SAP and the international partner community were instrumental for becoming the worldwide number 1 tool for Business Process Management recognized by Gartner and other analysts. Many of the early developers are still part of the team. In fact, the ARIS team has the lowest staff turnover in Software AG. Wolfram made clear that “after a child is born, the challenge is to let it grow into an adult”. Currently, ARIS is a key product of Software AG’s Digital Business Platform.
The Minister President of Saarland, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, expressed her appreciation for the all jobs created in Saarland through ARIS. She recognized that ARIS is essential for any organisation that wants to manage and analyze business processes in a digital world. Furthermore, she made clear that the future of ARIS is in our own hands. Many believe she will actually be the next Chancellor of Germany after Merkel.
Next on the stage was Gert Ottosson from Ferrologic in Sweden representing the partner community. Gert joined the community 17 years ago as part of the international expansion of ARIS. He gave his view on the development throughout those years: “Early on we had to educate the market in the Nordics about how to organize a successful and value-driven systematic strategy execution approach supported by ARIS. Today, such value-driven methodology is a must-have for all companies that wants to maximize business value fast and at low risk, e.g. in their digital & business transformation, process improvement, business/IT alignment or compliance initiatives“.
After the presentations, there was a huge cake to celebrate the anniversary with all employees.
Agenda for the celebrations in Saarbrücken
– Welcome speech Wolfram Jost, CTO, Member of the Management Board of Software AG
– Opening speech Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Minister President of Saarland
– Partner speech Gert Ottosson, Business Development Director of Ferrologic
– ARIS Hall of Fame and exhibition
– Let’s get the party started: Big ARIS birthday celebration 🙂