CeBIT 2011: Software-Cluster contact points in numerous locations

Press Release / 1.3.2011

The Software-Cluster is present with its topics and partners at CeBIT 2011, the most important international top event of the digital industry, in Hanover from 1-5 March 2011. A year after being awarded in the leading-edge cluster competition of the German federal government the visitors get an insight into the development of the enterprise software of tomorrow in numerous partner booths. A panel discussion on the Software-Cluster with renowned speakers will open the CeBIT lab talks on Tuesday, 1 March 2011 at 12:00 a.m.


CeBIT 2011, the world's most important event of the international information and communication technologies sector, will once again open its gates to visitors from all over the world in Hanover on 1 March 2011. The Software-Cluster, the European Silicon Valley in the region around the cities of Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Saarbrücken and Walldorf, will present software innovations for the digital enterprise in lectures and discussions and in numerous partner booths. Until 2015, the Software-Cluster partners will collaboratively create the enterprise software of tomorrow - for the “digital enterprise” in all industries and worldwide. As a consequence, in 2010 the Software-Cluster was distinguished by the German Federal Government in the “Leading-Edge Cluster Competition”. In total there are 22 science and industry partners present at CeBIT 2011, either with an own main booth or as a partner in a booth across six different halls of the CeBIT fairgrounds.

"CeBIT succeeds in creating once a year what we practice in the Software-Cluster every day: personal exchange between innovative companies and research institutes in the software industry together with a significant boost to one’s own work through close contact with the latest developments," says Software-Cluster spokesperson Prof . Dr. Lutz Heuser. "At CeBIT 2011, everybody can see for oneself the successful results of cooperation in the software cluster at the numerous partner stands."

On 1 March 2011 at 12:00 p.m. partners of the Software-Cluster will open the CeBIT lab talks series with a panel discussion on "Digitally enhanced - Innovated in Germany: The mechanical engineering of the 21st century is created in the Software-Cluster" (Hall 9, Booth A 40). Panelists are: Prof. Dr. Lutz Heuser (Software-Cluster spokesperson/AGT Germany/AGT International), Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas (Federal Ministry for Education and Research), Prof. Dr. Dieter Rombach (Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering), Dr. Wolfram Jost (Software AG) and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster (DFKI German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence). The panel is hosted by Reinhard Karger (DFKI).

The Software-Cluster and its topics are central to numerous other lectures and discussions, ranging from the Internet of Things over Cloud Computing to best practices from different sectors and regions.

Also the stands of the federal states of Saarland and Hessen will inform on the Software-Cluster. At the joint stand of Rhineland-Palatinate there is a dedicated area that displays the activities and actors  of the Software-Cluster in Rhineland-Palatinate. Prof. Dr. Dieter Rombach, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering in Kaiserslautern, emphasizes the benefits of the Software-Cluster: "We are convinced that each individual project within the cluster creates a sustainable competitive advantage for all partners and especially for the German economy as a whole. For Kaiserslautern, this means the beginning of a trend-setting journey on the path to the top IT leaders in Germany."

The following Software-Cluster companies are present at CeBIT 2011: CAS Software AG (Karlsruhe), ConWeaver GmbH (Darmstadt), imc information multimedia communication AG (Saarbrücken), Kobil Systems GmbH (Worms), proALPHA Software AG (Weilerbach), SAP AG (Walldorf), Software AG (Darmstadt), Insiders Technologies GmbH (Kaiserslautern), Sirrix AG (Saarbrücken).

From the field of education and research, the following partners are present at CeBIT: Technische Universität Darmstadt, CASED Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt, University of Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), DFKI German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI Innovative Retail Laboratory, Competence Center Computer Science, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial and Business Mathematics, Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology and Saarland University.

All information concerning the locations of the individual partners at CeBIT, and the events surrounding the Software-Cluster are collected in a flyer that is available for download at: In addition, Software-Cluster is twittering live from CeBIT at the address

Press Contact
Bernd Hartmann • Press Officer • Software-Cluster Managing Office
TU Darmstadt • Mornewegstraße 32 • 64293 Darmstadt • Germany
Phone  +49 6151 16-75212 • Fax  +49 6151 16-70921
At CeBIT via mobile phone: +49 160 93 90 29 16

About Software-Cluster
The Objectives: Digital enterprises work in highly flexible, Internet-based business networks, and design their dynamic business models and processes to ensure that all data regarding processes, operating funds and resources is available at all times in precise real-time and dimensional resolution for planning, controlling and optimization. The Software-Cluster's goal is to enable the transformation of businesses into fully digital enterprises that use ICT as the key driver for product and process innovation. Studies predict 430,000 new jobs in Germany's software industry by the year 2030. Some of the Software-Cluster's other objectives include educating 5,000 skilled professionals in five years, launching 30 companies in the cluster's core area of expertise, and persuading leading foreign companies to establish a presence in the cluster region. According to recent numbers, at least €300 million will be invested in these efforts.

The means: The Software-Cluster will work on five projects to develop concepts, technologies and business processes for emergent software—an innovative leap in the area of enterprise software, which is a key contributor to the German national economy. Emergent software creates a dynamic and flexible combination of numerous components from various providers to meet the highly complex needs of digital enterprises. Successfully realizing the group's goals will require a joint effort from the science and business sectors, and cross-organizational cooperation within the Software-Cluster.

The region: The Software-Cluster spans centers in Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Saarbrücken and Walldorf.

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

Industry & Regional 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 Technology Initiative Kaiserslautern e.V., Technology Initiative smartFactory KL e.V.,

Research & Development: DFKI - Innovative Retail Laboratory, FZI Research Center for Information Technology in Karlsruhe, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research, Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology, Fraunhofer Institute for Technical and Business Mathematics, University of Kaiserslautern, Saarland University.

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