Software Cluster Starting New Web Porta

Press Release / 2.8.2010

The Software Cluster presents a new digital point of contact. The website presents all important figures and links regarding the Software Cluster as well as a brief introduction to the research foci "Emergent Software" and "Knowledge Transfer".


The central coordination office led by manager Gino Brunetti, which designed the website, can now showcase the structures and content focus of the Software Cluster. "The new website is an introduction to the world of the Software Cluster" says Brunetti about the offer. "We considered it particularly important to package the complicated topic of "Enterprise Software" and the structure of the cluster in an easy-to-understand way. In addition, another special focus was, of course, on linking the websites of the locations in Darmstadt (, Kaiserslautern (, Karlsruhe (, and Saarbrücken ( On these sites, very concrete offers and information about events can be found. In the next few months, we will continually work on expanding this portal." For the media, the portal is the first point of contact in terms of background information, press releases, informational diagrams, and other image materials about Europe’s largest software innovation forge. In the press area, this kind of information is available for download free of charge.

Press Contacts:
Gino Brunetti
Manager, Software Cluster Coordination Office
Phone: +49 6151 16-70821

Norbert Eder
Vice President Corporate Communications Software AG
Phone: +49 6151 92-1146

Software Cluster “Software Innovations for the Digital Enterprise”
The Goals: Digital enterprises operate in highly flexible, Internet-based enterprise networks and dynamically align their business models and processes with these: All data about processes, equipment, and resources from the real world of the enterprise are available for planning, controlling, and optimization purposes at any time, dependent neither on time nor on location. The goal of the software cluster is to enable the transformation of an enterprise into a completely digital enterprise, where ICT is the essential driver for product and process innovations. Studies predict 430,000 new jobs for the software industry in Germany by the year 2030. Some of the other goals of the software cluster include the training of 5,000 specialists within 5 years, the founding of 30 companies in the core area of the cluster, and the settlement of leading foreign companies in the cluster region. On the basis of current figures, this would lead to investments of at least €300 million.

The Way: In six projects, the software cluster will develop concepts, technologies, and business processes for emergent software – an innovation leap in the area of enterprise software, which is one of the most important areas of the German economy. Emergent software dynamically and flexibly combines a multitude of components from different manufacturers in order to fulfill the highly complex requirements of digital enterprises. The realization of the cluster’s goals will require joint efforts by industry and science as well as cross-organizational collaboration within the software cluster.
The Region: The software cluster is distributed across the centers Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Saarbrücken, and Walldorf.

The Partners:
Strategy Board: DFKI - German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering, IDS Scheer AG, IMC information multimedia communication AG, intelligent views gmbh, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), proALPHA Software AG, SAP AG, Seeburger AG, Software AG, Technische Universität Darmstadt (CASED)

Industry & regional IT networks: CAS Software AG, Competence Center Computer Science, ConWeaver GmbH, Corisecio GmbH, CyberForum e.V., 1&1 Internet AG, EUROSEC GmbH, IHK Darmstadt Service GmbH, Insiders Technologies GmbH, John Deere Werke Mannheim, KOBIL Systems GmbH, mineway GmbH, Netbiscuits GmbH, Ontoprise GmbH, SIEDA GmbH, Sirrix AG, STI Software Technologie Initiative Kaiserslautern e.V., Technologie-Initiative smartFactory KL e.V.

Research & development: DFKI - Innovative Retail Laboratory, Research Center for Information Technology at the University of Karlsruhe, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research, Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics, University of Kaiserslautern, Saarland University

Project Duration: 5 years (start 07/10 - end 05/15)
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), total volume over 80 million euros.
Central Contact Person:
Gino Brunetti
Manager, Software Cluster Coordination Office
Mornewegstraße 32
64293 Darmstadt
Phone: +49 6151 16-70821
Fax: +49 6151 16-70921
Website: or