The former Finance Minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg Gerhard Stratthaus has joined the board of directors of the international software trading company usedSoft. Stratthaus sees himself as a brand ambassador for usedSoft and advocates of a free software market. Other usedSoft administrative board members are Hans-Olaf Henkel, MP to the European Parliament, the former BDI president and IBM-Manager in Europe, and the usedSoft founder Peter Schneider.
Gerhard Stratthaus is one of the most successful German financial politicians. The business studies graduate had been from 1998 to 2008 the finance minister of the region Baden-Wuerttemberg. From 2008 to 2011 Stratthaus was a member of the Management Committee of the Special Financial Market Stabilization Funds “SoFFin”. In addition, Stratthaus had been a long-time member of the Supervisory Board of the EnBW [Energie Baden-Württemberg] and of several banks, today he is still active in the Supervisory Bodies of the research institution ZEW, as well as in the Baden Tannenzäpfle-Brauerei [brewery].
“The used software market is a highly interesting one with excellent prospects for the future," emphasised Stratthaus, who sees himself as a brand ambassador of usedSoft. “In this case, usedSoft is the best-known and the only serious brand in the pole position." usedSoft should focus on customers from the public service. "Above all, organisation and administration - and I know what I am talking about as the former Lord Mayor and Finance Minister in Baden-Wuerttemberg - require savings so that the necessary resources are available for the future tasks within education, security and social fields. With usedSoft authorities save a lot.“
"Gerhard Stratthaus is an absolute economist," added Peter Schneider, the founder and CEO of usedSoft. "With him, we have been able to win a convinced advocate of the liberalised software market, who confronts the cartel of the US software monopolists in a determined manner." Schneider and Stratthaus have known each other since their common political work in the "Konvent für Deutschland” [Convention for Germany], which had been established by the retired Federal President Roman Herzog and managed until his death.
The usedSoft Group has been on a growth path for years. In 2016, the usedSoft companies achieved the sales amounting to 16.7 million Euro. This represents a growth of 38 percent compared to the previous year. In 2017, the Group predicts a double-digit growth rate again. The customers of the usedSoft Group include: Edeka, s.Oliver, Segafredo, the Archdiocese of Salzburg, the Federal Social Court of Germany, the Munich Airport, various law firms, a leading club of the German football league and various Sparkassen [savings banks].
Founded in 2003, usedSoft is a leading European supplier of used standard software. The buyers of usedSoft licenses include companies as well as public authorities and software traders. Among the more than 10,000 customers of the usedSoft Group are Alete, s.Oliver, Segafredo, Munich Airport, a leading German football league club and several savings banks and various law firms. German authorities are also increasingly implementing used software. In addition to the Bundessozialgericht (Federal Social Court) in Kassel and the Datenzentrale (data centre) Baden-Württemberg more than 1,200 local authorities rely on usedSoft licences, including the cities of Nuremberg and Fürth, as well as the District of Passau. The cost savings achieved by buying second-hand licences are up to 50 percent of the sale price. The board of directors includes the former head of IBM Europe, Hans-Olaf Henkel and the former finance minister of the German state of Baden-Württemberg, Gerhard Stratthaus and the former Bayer CEO Manfred Schneider.